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Eleanor "Pete" Hess

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2002



Eleanor "Pete" Hess was an integral figure in women's lacrosse for decades. She played in the Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Association (PWLA) and had a long and distinguished coaching career.

She started the program at the George School and then coached at Swarthmore College from 1957 to 1984, leading the lacrosse team to 121 victories during that time.

Hess was a nationally-rated umpire for more than 30 years and served in a variety of leadership roles, including president, for the PWLA. She was inducted to the Philadelphia Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000 and was a member of the inaugural class for the Swarthmore Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hess was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as "an outstanding player, who was also an outstanding coach or official, who has contributed noteworthy service to the game of lacrosse over the years."

She passed away in 2011. She was 87 years old.