Hartford, Conn. - Former Trinity College Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Robin Sheppard was one of three inductees into the third class of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 21 during the IWLCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held in conjunction with the IWLCA Annual Meetings at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The 2019 IWLCA Hall of Fame class included Sheppard, Diane Geppi Aikens from Loyola (Md.), and Jane Miller from Virginia.
Robin Sheppard Hall of Fame Induction Video
Princeton University Head Coach Chris Sailer chaired the IWLCA's Hall of Fame committee that chose this year's class. Miller and Sheppard were on hand with several of their former players to accept their award. Diane Geppi-Aikens was recognized posthumously. Her daughter, Shannon Quinn, accepted the honor on Geppi-Aikens' behalf. The IWLCA Hall of Fame was established in May 2017 to recognize and honor outstanding career achievements by collegiate women's lacrosse coaches.
"I am so honored to be included in this elite group of lacrosse coaches. To be selected into the Hall of Fame five years into my retirement and 20 years after leaving the coaching sideline feels surreal," said Sheppard. "It also has special meaning to me to be inducted into the same class with Jane Miller from Virginia and Diane Geppi-Aiken from Loyola, posthumously. I followed Jane's career and have admired her professional accomplishments, both coaching and administratively. Having received the Diane Geppi-Aiken Lifetime Achievement Award, it was a extremely meaningful to meet her three daughters who accepted the award on her behalf.
Colgate University Head Coach Kathy Taylor, who also serves as the IWLCA President and Master of Ceremonies for the event said, "The Hall of Fame has become one of the highlights of our annual meetings, and this year's event was no exception. Diane, Jane, and Robin are legends in women's lacrosse, and we were so pleased to be able to honor them and cement their legacy."
Sheppard coached at Trinity College for 25 seasons, posting a 213-68-5 record and .753 winning percentage, while amassing four NIAC championship titles, seven ECAC tournament appearances, and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. She coached 11 first-team All-Americans and received the IWLCA's Diane Geppi-Aikens award in 2005. After retiring as the coach of Trinity's lacrosse and field hockey teams, Sheppard served as an associate athletic director at Trinity. She served as the NCAA New England region chair for lacrosse, and the women's lacrosse and field hockey facility at Trinity is named in her honor.
"I owe everything to my NESCAC colleagues and my ever faithful Trinity Bantams, both current and past," Sheppard added. "Without them I'm just a raspy voice on the sidelines and any relevance I have been given over the years is a testament to them. I'm very grateful to our head coach Katy Dissinger and her coaching staff. They lead a program of excellence both on the field and in the classroom and I'm proud to be included in their efforts. It was a memorable evening where I got to reacquaint with old friends and colleagues and meet young college coaches from across the county. I'm confident that the sport of women's lacrosse is in competent hands."