Alvaro was a two-year letterwinner for both the WTHS soccer and baseball teams. On the diamond, he was tabbed first-team all-conference pitcher, all-Gloucester County and all-Group IV, while also earning honorable mention all-South Jersey laurels in his senior season. On the soccer pitch, Alvaro was first-team all-conference and all-Gloucester County, third-team all-South Jersey and honorable mention all-state Group IV in 1984. In ’85, he was named WTHS Male Athlete of the Year. Alvaro went on play college baseball at Campbell University (1986) and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1988-90). He moved to the coaching ranks at Williamstown High School (1997-2001) before returning to his alma mater in 2002, where he remains as varsity baseball coach and JV girls soccer coach. His coaching laurels include 2001 South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2001), 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year, four conference titles (2001, ’03, ’05, ’11), two South Jersey titles (2007, ’10) and one state title (2007), compiling a career record of 262-138. He currently serves as a mathematics teacher at WTHS.
Brown-Pavan was a letterwinner in three sports, including standout roles on the field hockey and softball teams. In field hockey, she was a two-year starter at goalkeeper. She allowed only 11 goals in 18 games as a junior in 1984, as the Minutemaids went 17-1 and finished as South Jersey Group IV runner up. Brown-Pavan was named Most Improved Player on the team that finished as the No. 1 team in the Courier Post Cup standings. Then, in 1985, she earned second-team all-Group IV status. On the softball diamond, she was the starting right fielder for the 1985 Group IV state championship team, and in 1986 she earned the team’s Most Improved Player award. In addition, Brown-Pavan was awarded the Karen Neate Most Courageous Athlete for the 1985-86 school year. She moved on to Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where she was a three-year letterwinner, serving as starting goalie in 1988 and ’89. In ’88, she allowed just six goals in 23 games, helping the squad to the NCAA Division III National Championship. The following year, Brown-Pavan yielded just 11 goals in 22 games for a team that finished national runner-up. She still owns the TSC/TCNJ records for saves in a game (17) and shutouts in a season (17). She is currently the Clinical Manager in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Colongo was a three-year starter and letterwinner for the Minutemen football team. As a fullback and linebacker, he helped the team to the South Jersey Group IV championship and South Jersey No. 1 ranking in 1987 (10-1 record). As a junior, Colongo was a first-team all-South Jersey fullback, then was tabbed first-team all-South Jersey at linebacker his senior season. He was a first-team all-conference player both years. Colongo moved on to play strong safety at Glassboro State College/Rowan University for two years. He currently works as a Sales Consultant for Cherry Hill Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep.
Dawson was a three-year letterwinner on the mats for the WTHS wrestling squad, becoming one of the few wrestlers in South Jersey history to never lose in a dual meet. He posted a career record of 60-2-1, claiming two District 29 championships and two Region 8 crowns. His only two career losses were in the state tournament, where he qualified his junior and senior seasons. Some of Dawson’s other honors included: two-time Lenape Christmas tournament champion; two-time all-South Jersey selection; two-time first-team Olympic Conference selection; all-Gloucester County; Jim Haines Award winner as most outstanding varsity wrestler; two-time team MVP; team captain during the 1976 season. He went on to wrestle collegiately for a time at Montclair State College, and continued in the sport later as an official and as a volunteer coach in the Washington Township midget program. Currently, Dawson serves as Principal at West Avenue School in the Bridgeton School District.
DiBenedetto starred both on the basketball court and the track and field arena during her time at WTHS. On the hardwood, she was a two-year letterwinner, serving as captain her senior year (1989-90). Also in 1990, she was named second-team all-conference, honorable mention all-Group IV, honorable mention all-county and Gloucester County and Carino Club Unsung Hero, all while leading the Minutemaids in rebounding. With the track team, DiBenedetto earned three letters and was the team’s Outstanding Field Performer three times. Three times she set new school records in the discus, topping out at 123 feet, 5 inches in 1990. Her 121-9 toss won the state Group IV title, also in 1990. Other laurels included: first-team all-county, all-conference, all-Group IV and all-South Jersey; county and conference championship meet discus champion; and undefeated discus record during dual meets (1990); and a top-five finish in the state Meet of Champions. In college, DiBenedetto was a two-year letterwinner at East Stroudsburg University, breaking a 13-year-old school record in the discus in 1991 (129-6). She has worked in the corporate fitness industry for over 10 years, is a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor and is currently working in the education profession. She spent the 2010-11 season as a freshman girls basketball coach and assistant track and field coach at WTHS.
Durkin-Zechman was a standout in both soccer and lacrosse, but truly made her mark for the Minutemaids lax squad. She was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain, earning all-South Jersey second team honors in 1996, ’97 and ’98. She was first-team all-conference in 1998, team MVP in ’97 and ’98 and became the first WTHS player to score 100 career goals. In soccer, Durkin-Zechman was a four-year letterwinner and three-year captain, team MVP in 1996 and ’97, first-team all-conference, second-team all-South Jersey and second-team all-Group IV in 1996.She played college lacrosse at the College of New Jersey, helping the Lions reach the NCAA Division III Final Four all four years, including a national championship in 2000. In addition, she scored 66 career goals and was team captain in 2002. Currently, Durkin-Zechman is head lacrosse coach at Shawnee High School, where she teaches physical education and driver’s education, and assists with summer camps both at Shawnee and in Washington Township.
Dzierzgowski earned three varsity letters in both football and baseball during his days at WTHS. On the gridiron, the wingback/cornerback helped the Minutemen to the Olympic Conference title, returning an interception for a touchdown to clinch the conference against Edgewood. He was first-team all-conference, all-Group IV and all-county, and honorable mention all-South Jersey. On the diamond, Dzierzgowski served as team captain and catcher. His junior year, he batted .526 in leading the Minutemen to the conference title. He was a first-team all-conference, all-Group IV and all-county selection, and honorable mention all-South Jersey. In his senior year, he was named team MVP and WTHS Male Athlete of the Year. Dzierzgowski played college baseball at the University of Delaware and Glassboro State College before moving to the coaching ranks. He was an assistant and head coach at WTHS from 1989-2000, and his teams won South Jersey Group IV, Diamond Classic and Olympic Conference crowns during his tenure. He currently serves as a health and physical education teacher at Bunker Hill Middle School.
Klauder was a four-year starter for the Minutemen boys basketball team, amassing 1,393 career points (18.3 points per game). He was a first-team all-conference selection three times, and all-Group IV and all-South Jersey in his junior and senior seasons – during which he also was tabbed honorable mention all-state. The three-year team captain later went to Division I Wagner University, where he was a three-year starter and two-year team captain. Klauder left Wagner as the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made, helping the Seahawks to the National Invitation Tournament in 2002. Currently, Klauder serves as an assistant coach at Pitman High School and works as a Sales Representative for Bellia Office Furniture.
Long was an outstanding performer in both football and baseball, earning his highest laurels as Minutemen quarterback. He earned three letters on the gridiron, starting three years under center and one year as a safety and punter. In 1983, Long, the team captain, was named first-team all-Olympic Conference, first-team all-Group IV, third-team all-South Jersey and was WTHS Male Athlete of the Year. As a sophomore, he was runner up for Gloucester County Rookie of the Year. On the baseball diamond, he won two letters as a starting third baseman, earning all-conference honors and honorable mention all-Group IV selection in 1983. Long moved on to Widener University, where he earned letters in both football and baseball. Currently, he is the Vice President of Risk Management at New Century Transportation.
Pron stood out on both the Minutemaids tennis and softball teams, earning three varsity letters on the diamond and four on the hardcourts. It was with the softball squad, where she spent three years in the varsity pitcher’s circle, where she truly made her mark. In 2000, she helped the team to championships at the Hammonton Invitation and South Jersey Group IV while earning second-team all-conference honors. The next year, as the main pitcher, Pron led the ‘Maids to the Olympic Conference title while being named all-South Jersey and first-team all-conference. Then, in her senior year, she pitched the team to the Group IV state and South Jersey titles. She was first-team all-South Jersey and all-conference, an all-state selection and County Local Athlete of the Year. In tennis, she was an all-conference selection her junior and senior seasons. Pron went on to play both sports at Drexel University, where her laurels included: Softball team MVP, Colonial Conference Rookie of the Year, all-CAA scholar-athlete; Tennis team captain, CAA scholar-athlete, Coaches Sportsmanship Award, team scholar award (highest GPA on team). As a graduate student, Pron served as assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach. She currently works for the Department of Defense as a 3D Multimedia Instructional Designer.
Quillen made his mark on WTHS athletics as an outstanding golfer, but he also was a standout on the basketball court. In golf, he was a four-year letterwinner, losing only four matches in his career. He was named to the all-conference and all-county teams three times, served as team captain and won the team’s Most Dedicated and Longest Hitter awards. On the hardwood, Quillen was a two-year letterwinner, earning team MVP honors as senior co-captain in 1978. He set records for most points in one quarter (24), most points in one game (35) and most assists in one game (22) his senior year. In college, he was a four-year starter, playing one year at West Chester and three years at Glassboro State. A consistent scorer, Quillen earned all-conference laurels while at Glassboro State. He later qualified for the United States Amateur tournament (1993) and owns two career holes-in-one. He currently serves as owner and partner in a number of different business ventures, and make his home in southwest Florida.
Rosenberg earned varsity letters in both swimming and volleyball, but his exploits on the court were where he truly excelled. He played only one year at the varsity level, but in 2000 he was named Rookie of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, first-team all-Olympic Conference and a New Jersey State All-Star. Rosenberg led the team in kills and blocks, earning the President’s Education Award and the Mayor’s Special Honor and Award for Academic Excellence. He played club volleyball at The College of New Jersey before moving on to teaching and coaching. Currently, Rosenberg is a health and physical education teacher at Tatem Elementary School in the Haddonfield School District.
Woodward-Powell was a four-year letterwinner for the Minutemaids gymnastics team, serving as team captain her junior and senior seasons. She was considered the team’s top gymnast her final three years with the program and is considered one of the squad’s all-time best performers. Woodward-Powell was the first WTHS gymnast to qualify for the South Jersey Sectionals and the New Jersey Individual State Meet, both in the all-around. She was named first-time all-South Jersey her senior year. Currently, Woodward-Powell lives in Idaho and works as a Senior Manufacturing Systems Analyst.
Mike Van Horn:
Van Horn was a two-year letterwinner for the Minutemen football team, but his biggest contributions have come in his post-high school years. Van Horn has served as a head football coach for the Washington Township Parks and Recreation Football League’s 85-pound and 105-pound teams for the past 24 years. During that time, his teams have won 22 league championships, 24 conference championships and posted 22 undefeated seasons, advancing to the league championship game in all 24 seasons. His teams’ all-time record is 261-3. Van Horn also has made significant financial contributions (more than $1,500 annually for 20 years) to the WTPR Youth Football Program and has funded, donated and helped install scoreboards on the varsity field and the tile floor at the Doud Field House. He also is a Founding Father and CEO of the WT Patriot Wrestling Club, a non-profit club that helps wrestlers train, fully funding the club facility on Route 42. He serves as President of Oscars Carpet One.
Robinson is the lone inductee in 2011 who didn’t graduate from WTHS, but his influence on the baseball program was great. The 16-year Major League Baseball veteran won a World Series as the cleanup hitter for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, and later had a successful career as a hitting coach in the big leagues. His employers included the World Champion New York Mets in 1986 and the Florida Marlins in 2003. The longtime Washington Township resident began working with the WTHS program in 1993 as a volunteer assistant and helped with the team on and off between MLB stops from that point until he passed away in 2010. Robinson provided equipment and made financial donations to the Minutemen, and he hosted Bill Robinson Hitting Academy every winter.