Bill Foster-Inducted 1982
Foster was the head basketball coach at Bloomsburg from 1960 to 1963. His teams posted an impressive mark of 45-11 during his stay with the Huskies. His best season was the 1962-63 season during which he guided Bloomsburg to a record of 17-4. After leaving Bloomsburg, Foster took over struggling programs at Rutgers and Utah and led both teams to respectability. His Utah team made it to the N.I.T. in 1974 before he moved on to Duke University. In his third year, he led the Blue Devils to the NCAA title game, finishing with a record of 27-7. Foster became the first coach in A.C.C. history to take a team from last place to the league championship in one season.
Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock '74-Inducted 1982
Bloomsburg's first NCAA Division I wrestling champion, Hitchcock posted an outstanding career record of 84-7-2. As a senior in 1974, Hitchcock posted 34 wins, including 24 by fall. He capped off his senior season by winning both the NCAA Division I and II 177 pound titles, earning the Outstanding Wrestler award at both championships. Following his collegiate career, Hitchcock won a silver medal at the World University Games in freestyle wrestling. He has since gone on to a successful career as a high school and college coach.
Russ Houk-Inducted 1982
Houk was known both nationally and internationally for his involvement with wrestling. While Bloomsburg's head coach, he led his teams to three NAIA national championships and five Pennsylvania Conference titles and was named national "Coach of the Year" three times. In his 14 years, the Huskies were 142-34-4. In addition, Houk served three four-year terms, one as chairman, on the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Committee. He also managed the 1972 and 1976 freestyle teams. Houk has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Danny Litwhiler '38-Inducted 1982
One of the charter members of the Bloomsburg Hall of Fame, Litwhiler was an outstanding baseball player for the Huskies. He played professionally for the Philadelphia Phillies, playing a complete season without an error. Litwhiler is the only player to hit at least one home run in every ball park in Major League baseball. Along with the Phillies, he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves and Cincinnati Reds. He was the coach at Florida State and Michigan State and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The Huskies' baseball field is named in his honor.
Robert Redman-Inducted 1982
Redman was head coach of the Huskies football team from 1947-51, leading his teams to undefeated seasons in 1948 and 1951 and to Pennsylvania Conference championships in 1948, 1949 and 1951. Redman was honored in 1974 when the university named its football stadium after him.
Robert Tucker '68-Inducted 1982
In his career, Tucker set nine receiving records for Bloomsburg, earning first team All-Pennsylvania Conference three times. During his senior year, he caught 77 passes for 1,325 yards and 13 TDs. Tucker played two years in the Atlantic Coast League before he joined the NFL. As a rookie with the New York Giants, he caught 41 passes for 571 yards and 5 TDs. He also played for the Minnesota Vikings.
Charles "Chuck" Daly '52-Inducted 1983
Daly was a member of the Huskies' basketball team for two years and averaged over 12 points a game, including a team-high 13.5 in the 19951-52 season. After graduation, he went on to become a successful college and professional coach. As head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Daly led his teams to a record of 125-38 in six years, winning four Ivy League titles and three Big Five crowns. He then moved on to the NBA where he was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic. While coaching for Detroit, Daly led his team to back-to-back NBA championships.
Bill Garson '63-Inducted 1983
Garson was one of the best wrestlers in the history of the Bloomsburg program. As a freshman in 1960, he finished fourth at heavyweight to help the Huskies to the NAIA national championship. In 1961, he won the 191-pound championship before coming back to repeat as national champion in 1962. He also helped the Huskies to their second national title in three seasons that year. As a senior, Garson ended his career by winning the heavyweight championship in front of his home fans at Bloomsburg.
Richard "Dick" Lloyd '62-Inducted 1984
Lloyd finished his career at Bloomsburg as the sixth all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,339 career points. He was very involved in class activities, being named class president his junior and senior years. In 1965, Lloyd was named an assistant basketball coach and physical education instructor at Rutgers. From 1971-73 he was head coach of the Scarlet Knights.
Ronald Russo '70-Inducted 1985
A three-time letter winner in wrestling for the Huskies, Russo won two Pennsylvania Conference titles and two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) crowns. He was also a NAIA runner-up his junior year and finished sixth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. As a senior, Russo won the NAIA title and finished fourth at the NCAA championships. That season, he was selected for the prestigious East-West All-Star Classic, where he helped the East team score a win. He was also the recipient of the Redman Award as the university's outstanding senior male athlete. He became Columbia University's head coach in 1973 and led the team to the Ivy League championship in 1980, '81 and '82.
Robert Rohm '60-Inducted 1986
Rohm is one of a few athletes to be awarded 12 varsity letters during his collegiate career. As a member of the football team, he played quarterback, halfback and fullback and served as the Huskies' cocaptain his senior year.
In wrestling, Rohm was a major contributor in helping establish Bloomsburg as a national power. He was a third-place finisher in 1957 at the Pennsylvania Conference Championships and recorded a runner-up showing in 1958. In 1959, he won his first conference title, a feat he would duplicate his senior season. In addition, the 157 pounder captured the NAIA national title as a senior. During his wrestling career, the Huskies lost just two dual meets.
On the baseball team, Rohm played both second base and outfield and was named to the All-Conference team as a senior. Following his graduation, Rohm went on to a successful career as a high school wrestling and football coach.
Robert Herzig '65-Inducted 1987
A two-sport star at Bloomsburg, Herzig excelled in both basketball and track and field for the Huskies. He is the school record holder for rebounds in a career and rebounds per game in a season. He finished his career with 1,362 points and was an All-Pennsylvania Conference All-Star in both the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons along with being an All-Eastern Regional selection in 1964-65. As a track and field performer, Herzig was a high jump and triple jump specialist and, at one time, held the school record in the triple jump.
David Linkchorst '53-Inducted 1987
Linkchorst was four-year starter in football and basketball and a three-year starter in baseball for Bloomsburg. He earned 11 varsity letters during his athletic career on teams which never suffered a losing season. Professionally, he played for the Boston Whirlwinds (1953-54) which toured the world with the Harlem Globetrotters. Linkchorst coached for 14 years at the Mahanoy Area High School, compiling a 251-79 record. He led his team to nine league championships and a 48-consecutive game winning streak.
Thomas Donan '49-Inducted 1988
Donan was one of the premier linemen of Pennsylvania college football and was named an AP All-Pennsylvania football first team all-star. In addition, he was an All-Pennsylvania Conference All-Star and a third team AP Little All-American. After graduation, Donan went on to become a successful high school coach, leading his teams to a combined record of 44-29-4 and two conference titles.
Frank Golder '31-Inducted 1988
Golder played both baseball and basketball at Bloomsburg and was considered one of the school's most outstanding all-around athletes and one of its finest basketball players. During his career on the basketball team, Golder helped the Huskies to a record of 43-13, including a 12-1 mark in the 1930-31 season. After graduation, Golder became a successful basketball coach at Bloomsburg High School, winning 10 league titles and four District Four championships. At one point, his teams won 40 straight games over a three-year period. Golder also started the baseball program at Bloomsburg High School and Little League baseball in Bloomsburg in the late 1940s.
Elfed "Vid" Jones '30-Inducted 1988
Jones served in many capacities at Bloomsburg as both a player and a coach. He was an assistant football coach for the Huskies from 1926 to 1929 in charge of the offensive line while also playing fullback. From 1926 to 1930, he was the school's junior varsity basketball and track and field coach. He helped introduce wrestling to Bloomsburg in the 1928-29 season. After graduation, Jones coached both basketball and track and field at the high school level and was a PIAA official for over 20 years.
Walter "Whitey" McCloskey '44-Inducted 1988
McCloskey earned 11 letters in his career with the Huskies and served as captain of the basketball and baseball teams for two seasons. After graduation, he played in the Pennsylvania State Professional Basketball League and played baseball in the American Legion and Tri-County leagues. McCloskey later spent 21 seasons as head coach at Danville High School compiling a record of 250-183, winning nine Susquehanna Valley League Championships and two District Four titles. His 1962-63 team reached the PIAA Eastern semifinals, while his 1971-72 team reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated. McCloskey was also an assistant football coach and track and field starter for 25 years and is cofounder of the Pennsylvania Basketball Coaches Association.
Jan Prosseda '66-Inducted 1988
Prosseda was a six-time Pennsylvania Conference champion in track and field and cross country. He never lost a race in high school or college in the half-mile, mile and two-mile events while compiling a 76-0 individual record. He placed second in the 1965 NCAA championship three-mile race, losing by one second and missing the national record by two seconds. Prosseda competed in the Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters in 1964. In 1984, he was awarded All-American status, giving him the honor of being the first and only American (including former Olympians) to attain both collegiate and master's All-American status. That same year, Prosseda also set national age-group record times in the one-, two- and three-mile runs. In addition, his time in the 5,000 meters was the fifth fastest master's time in the world. Prosseda was the only American qualifier in the 3,000 meter steeplechase for the World Masters and is the only runner to win his age group in the Harrisburg Mile, Capitol 5,000, Kipona 10,000 and Harrisburg National Marathon.
Francis "Doc" Sell '35-Inducted 1988
Sell earned seven letters for track and field and cross country at Bloomsburg. He won the Pennsylvania Conference Champion with record time in 1935 and was a place winner in every race during a three-year period. Following his graduation, Sell went onto coaching junior high basketball and varsity track and field. At Boyertown High School, he organized and coached, for 20 years, the first cross country and track and field programs at the school. Sell coached individuals to seven state high school championships, and his team won the medley relay title at the Penn Relays. Sell also helped organize the first Venzke Relay Carnival in 1939, which is still held annually.
John J. "Bloody" Sircovics '39-Inducted 1988
Sircovics, nicknamed "Bloody" due to his tenacity on the field, was the first Bloomsburg All-American football player selection in 1937 along with being named to the All-East football team that year. Following graduation, he played semiprofessional football and served as an assistant football coach at Berwick High School from 1949-67 and Hazleton High School from 1968 to 1973. He co-organized the Berwick Athletic Booster Association, which coordinated Little League baseball and midget football in the Berwick Area.
Eleanor Wray-Inducted 1988
Wray was the first woman and non graduate inducted into the Bloomsburg Hall of Fame. In education for 30 years, 20 years physical education at Bloomsburg, Wray was the women's intramural director and adviser to the "B" club. She also helped initiate and organize the varsity teams in field hockey and basketball. She introduced swimming, diving and tennis as varsity sports in 1972 and coached the women's tennis team from 1973-77. The university's "Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award" is named in her honor.
Franklin "Ed" Jones '54-Inducted 1989
Jones was a member of the Bloomsburg football and basketball teams from 1946 to 1950 and served as the school's junior varsity basketball coach after returning to school to finish his degree following a stint in the military. As a member of the basketball team, he was a four-year starter and earned All-Pennsylvania State Teacher's College recognition three times. As a member of the football team, Jones played both offensive and defensive end and helped the Huskies to a four-year record of 27-6-1, including a 9-0 mark in 1948.
Richard Lichtel '68-Inducted 1989
Lichtel was a key member of Bloomsburg's football team from 1965-67. He established 24 single-game, season and career records. As a quarterback, he threw for 4,953 yards and 43 touchdowns, while completing 332 of 651 passes. Lichtel averaged 215.3 yards per game and set several marks with 32 completions and five touchdowns in single-game performances. He went on to play semiprofessional football for three seasons. Lichtel later became head coach at Mechanicsburg High School, winning the PIAA District Three "AAAA" title in 1986 with a 10-3 record.
Gina Lindenmuth Miller '90 -Inducted 1989
Lindenmuth was a standout softball pitcher for four seasons at Bloomsburg. She compiled a record of 55-8 to go along with a 0.80 earned run average. She struck out 429 batters in 456 1/3 innings pitched, while throwing 49 complete games and 22 shutouts. She was a first team All-America in 1990 and was also named the winner of the Eleanor Wray Award at the top female senior athlete that year. She captured second team All-America honors in 1989 after posting a record of 22-3. She was a two-time PSAC Player of the Year along with being named to All-Region and All-Conference. She helped lead the Huskies to four PSAC titles and a third place finish in the NCAA Division II Championships in 1990.
Edward Schuyler '24-Inducted 1989
Schuyler was a sportswriter, sports editor and newspaper editor for many years at the Press-Enterprise. The first sporting event he covered was a football game in 1923. He spent 23 years as editor of the paper before retiring in 1970. Schuyler received the Distinguished Service Award in 1970 and is an honorary life member of the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association.
Frank VanDevender '39-Inducted 1989
VanDevender was a three-sport performer at Bloomsburg. As a member of the track team, he ran sprints and helped the team go undefeated in all regular-season dual meets. As a team, the Huskies captured the Pennsylvania State Teacher's College Conference title three consecutive years. An eight-time conference champion, the "Flying Van" set records in the 100-yard dash and low hurdles. Overall, he scored 280 points in the conference championships during his four season. VanDevender was also part of the Bloomsburg contingent at the Penn Relays for four seasons and helped the Huskies to some outstanding showings.