Phil Harlow

Inducted in 2004


If ever there was a true Hometown Hero in the game of basketball, it was Phil Harlow. Born in Syracuse in 1951, Phil got his game together early in life at city schools, and by the time he finished junior high, he made a major decision to break from a family tradition of student athletes graduates from Blodgett Vocational/Corcoran High to attend Bishop Ludden. He stepped into a role at Bishop Ludden as a star athlete in basketball and track, setting records in each sport.

During his Ludden basketball career under the leadership of coach Terry Quigley, Phil was a member of the varsity team for three years, culminating in the memorable 1968-69 season when Phil lead the Gaelic Knights Green Machine to the top of the scholastic hoops scene climaxing with an undefeated, 21-0 season and number one ranking in New York State. Phil was the leading scoring champion that year averaging 23.6 points per game. He earned first team All-City, All-State and All-American teams respectfully. He also took home MVP honors at Ludden for his play in the Liverpool Holiday, Annual Boys Club and Blessed Sacrament tournaments. He was the 1969 recipient of the Grand Street Boys’ – Ormond Spencer Award.

Upon graduation from high school in 1970, Phil surprised many when he made the decision to stay local, bypassing scholarships offers from more prominent programs. While at LeMoyne, he put together four stellar seasons for the late Tom Niland (Class of 1988 Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee). He started at guard for all four years, scoring 1823 points (second in school history), and he averaged 21 ppg for the four years (highest in school history), including his 23.6 average in 1971-72, a Dolphin record that still stands today. He also shares the record for the most points scored in a single game (41). He was named to several All-American teams and was nominated for the Naismith Hall of Fame award for the game’s outstanding player under six feet tall.

Following his colligate career at LeMoyne, honors have continued, including the Le Moyne Gold Wave Hall of Fame and the Syracuse Urban Hall of Fame.

Phil served on the Le Moyne College Board of Trustees for eight years.

Today, Phil is a Vice President at Xerox Corporation in Rochester and is the co-founder Bridge Builders Ministries. He and his wife Ruby live in Pittsford and have three children.

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