Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Adele  Boyd

class of 1949
inducted in 1996

Adele Boyd

Athlete, Coach & Official

After graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1949, Adele Boyd went on to distinguish herself as an outstanding athlete and coach in the sport of field hockey. In 1953 Boyd received her undergraduate degree from Ursinus; the following year she joined the faculty at Cheltenham as a physical education teacher and coach of the Lady Panthers' field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams. She was a member of the Philadelphia Amateur Team from 1953 through 1967, and played on the U.S. National team from 1961 until 1967. In 1972, Boyd took over as the field hockey head coach at Ursinus, beginning a 17-year career that would include 16 winning seasons. She took the Lady Bears to three consecutive second-place finishes in the AIAW Tournament during the late 1970s. Her 1983 squad won the Eastern College Athletic Conference title. Boyd's career has earned her places in the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Hall of Fame, the Ursinus College Hall of Fame for Athletes, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Boyd has served as national umpire, officer, and team selector for the USFHA. Currently, Ms. Boyd is Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and Associate Director of Athletics at Ursinus College.