Athletic Halls of Fame
CHA Athletic Hall of Fame

2019 Inductees

2019 Inductees

1998 Varsity Men's Crew

Chris Greenleaf ‘99  | Frank O’Neill ‘98  
Tom Paradiso ’98 | Tucker Schade ‘98

In 1998, the CHA Varsity Crew Quad—comprising Frank O’Neill ’98, Tom Paradiso ’98, Tucker Schade ’98, and Chris Greenleaf ’99—won 1st place in the Junior Men’s Quad at the U.S. Rowing Association Youth Invitational Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio. The boat won the national championship by more than seven seconds—a length of open water—with a time of 6:20.3. Coach Bruce LaLonde was quoted in the Chestnut Hill Local at the time as saying, “They rowed with amazing technical ability and athletic strength… They rowed the best race of their careers. They literally dominated the race. They rowed exquisitely… It was beautiful.” 

After graduating from CHA, three of the boat members went on to row at the University of Pennsylvania—Frank on the lightweight team and Tom and Chris on Penn’s heavyweight team. Following their rowing careers at Penn, Chris and Tom continued to row. Tom competed for a number of years at the national and international levels, ultimately rowing on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing. Incredibly, Tom and Chris both rowed in the U.S. men’s lightweight eight at the 2004 World Championships.

Michael C. Brown ’00

Baseball | Basketball
Michael Brown earned 12 varsity letters during his athletic career at Chestnut Hill Academy, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He was awarded the Patterson Cup honoring him as the school’s most outstanding athlete in 2000. Michael excelled particularly in basketball and baseball. During his CHA basketball career, Michael was a member of the 1997-1998 Inter-Ac championship team, playing guard and later serving as the team’s captain for the 1999-2000 season. He was the team’s leading scorer and team MVP during his senior year. Michael was a two-time Inter-Ac All-Star in the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons and the recipient of the Markward Basketball Award in 2000. He was the 6th player in CHA’s storied athletic history to score over 1,000 career points. Michael was also an outstanding baseball player and team catcher. He was an Inter-Ac All-Star and Philadelphia Regional All-Star all four years of high school. He twice earned team MVP (1999, 2000) and graduated with 17 individual baseball records. Michael was a three-time Philadelphia All-City All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000) and was selected to the Philadelphia Carpenter Cup All-Star team three times (1998, 1999, 2000). He was named a High School All-American by Rawlings’ Baseball Factory and the National Baseball Coaches Association. Michael earned a four-year athletic scholarship to play baseball at Temple University.
He returned to SCH as the assistant head baseball coach where he helped lead the varsity team to their 2016 Inter-Ac Championship title. 

Rick Knox ’92

Wrestling | Baseball | Football

Rick Knox graduated from CHA with 11 varsity letters in football, wrestling, and baseball. He earned four varsity letters in football and was named All-League for three years. As a wrestler, Rick won over 90 matches and was All-Inter-Ac and All-American, placing 5th at Nationals in 1992. He also earned three varsity letters on the baseball diamond. Rick pursued football at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a three-year starter and two-time undefeated Ivy Champ. In his senior year at Penn, Rick earned All-Ivy and won the Pennsylvania Football Club Award. 
CHA, and now SCH, is fortunate to have Rick as head football coach. Rick started his coaching career at Episcopal Academy, where he was the youngest head coach in the school’s history and led them to their first Inter-Ac title in 23 years (2004). At SCH, Rick’s teams are a combined 85-57, and in 2009 CHA earned its first Inter-Ac football championship. On November 4, 2017, Rick won the 100th game of his coaching career with a 24-20 win over Haverford School. Rick leads a great program, teaching love of the game, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Many of his players have gone on to play at the collegiate level.

Michael Mattei ’08

Football | Basketball | Baseball
At CHA, Michael Mattei earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball and was awarded the Patterson Cup in 2008. On the football field, he was a three-year starter at quarterback and, during his senior year, when the team went 9-1, served as its captain. He was named First Team All-Inter-Ac and All-City Honors during his senior year. He also won MVP of the City All-Star Game and, with four touchdowns, set a record for the most touchdowns in the history of that game—all this after a morning of baseball when he hit a home run! As a basketball player, he earned two varsity letters and was named captain during his senior year. During his basketball career at CHA, the team went from last place in his junior year to Inter-Ac champs in his senior year when he logged the most minutes played on the championship team and was named All-Inter-Ac Honors. As a baseball player, Michael played multiple positions and made All-Inter-Ac all three years. In his senior year, he was captain, played on the All-City team, and hit over .450 with five home runs on the All-Southeastern PA team.
Michael went on to play college football at West Chester University where he started as quarterback for two seasons. He also played wide receiver, safety, and long-snapper. At WCU, he was a three-year letter winner and a captain his senior year when he threw 26 touchdowns (8th most in the history of school), six of which were in one game (a WCU record). Michael also played in and won MVP in the All-American Bowl, which is a national collegiate All-Star Game held at the Metrodome.  

E.J. Murphy ’95

Soccer | Baseball

E.J. Murphy was a tri-varsity athlete excelling at baseball, soccer, and wrestling. In his senior year, he was co-captain of all three sports, co-recipient of the Patterson Cup, and named Most Outstanding in soccer and baseball. In soccer, E.J. set school records for shutouts in a season and career. He earned All-Inter-Ac Honors in soccer and baseball during his junior and senior years and All-Inter-Ac in wrestling in his senior year. He was named All-City and Montgomery County in baseball his senior year after leading the baseball team in hits, batting average, home runs, and RBIs.  
E.J. went on to play soccer and baseball at Washington and Lee University where he was a four-year letter winner and captain of both teams. At W&L in soccer, he set school records for shutouts in a season and in a career, as well as goals against average in a season and in a career. He also won the DD Redmond Defensive Soccer Award his senior year, the Jim Trundle Most Valuable Player Trophy his junior year, was named All-Conference both years, and finished his senior year with the 12th best goals against average in the NCAA. On the diamond, E.J. was named All-Conference his junior and senior years, won the Tommy Baker Batting Award for the best batting average on the baseball team in his senior year, and was named All-Tournament Catcher at both the ODAC Conference Tournament and the Rawlings Wooden Bat Invitational Tournament that season.
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