Corrigan was inducted as an individual who demonstrated long, dedicated and exceptional service to the game. A 1951 graduate of Duke University, Gene received honorable mention All-American honors in 1950 and 1951. He was also selected Duke's Most Valuable Player in 1951. He played in the 1951 North/South Collegiate All-Star Game.
Following college, Gene became the head lacrosse coach at St. Paul's School in Baltimore from 1952-55. He then served as head lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee University from 1955-58, and the University of Virginia from 1958-67. He arranged the first trip ever of a U.S. lacrosse team to Australia in 1959. Gene also arranged visits of English and Australian teams to the U.S. in 1961 and 1962.
Gene later became one of the most influential administrators in college athletics, serving as athletics director at Washington and Lee, the University of Virginia and the University of Notre Dame. A native of Baltimore and a member of a family whose last name many consider synonymous with lacrosse, Gene also served as commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference for eight years, and later served a two-year term as president of the NCAA.
Upon retirement, Gene returned to Charlottesville as his home. He passed away in January 2020 at the age of 91.