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Former Roanoke College Lacrosse Great, John Pirro, To Enter National Hall of Fame

Pirro’s Posthumous Induction to Take Place Later This Year
Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:51 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Last week former Roanoke College lacrosse great John Pirro was named as a new inductee into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He’ll be officially inducted in Maryland later this year. Pirro played at Roanoke from 1974 to 1977, and later coached for five years at the school. The defenseman was a three time all American for the Maroons and was also a three time ODAC Coach of the Year.

He was diagnosed in 2001 with Huntington’s disease which eventually took his life in 2013. There’s a bust of Pirro next to Kerr Stadium. Mac and Bob’s owner Bob Rotanz says his former teammate’s induction is long overdue.

“John was definitely, arguably one of the best players or the best player to come out of Roanoke College,” said Rotanz. “He has all the credentials and there’s some really good stories about him. We lived together after college for about a year and of course lived in the Valley so we were always in touch and when John coached at Roanoke College he asked me to come back and work with the defensemen so it’s great that he’s in. It’s great for his family. His family wished he’d gotten in when he was alive but this is going to be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to the celebration.”

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