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John Pirro

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2021


Roanoke College

Pirro was inducted posthumously as a truly great player. Following an All-America prep career at Huntington (N.Y.) High School, Pirro became a three-time, first team collegiate All-American at Roanoke (Va.) College. Additionally, he was twice selected as the national Division II/III defenseman of the year, winning the honor in 1976 and 1977. Pirro was chosen to play in the 1977 North-South All-Star Game and he was the first player in Roanoke lacrosse history to have his jersey retired.

Following his collegiate career, Pirro played club lacrosse as a member of the Long Island Athletic Club and was recognized as the USCLA’s defenseman of the year in 1978. He has been previously inducted into the USA Lacrosse Long Island Metro Chapter Hall of Fame (1995), the USA Lacrosse Charlottesville Chapter Hall of Fame (1997), and in 1987, he became the first lacrosse player inducted into the Roanoke College Hall of Fame. Pirro was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease in 2001 and died due to complications from the disease in 2013.