Bloomsburg University Contributor Hall of Fame Members
Bob DeCarolis '76--Inducted 2009
De Carolis was a two-sport performer at Bloomsburg, playing both football and baseball and earning two letters in each sport. Following Bloomsburg he received a Master's of Science degree in sports management in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts. His first position in athletic administration was at the University of Michigan where he began in 1979 as an administrative assistant. He was promoted to assistant business manager in 1980; at the same time, he was also named the head softball coach. De Carolis was Michigan's softball coach from 1980 to 1984 and his Wolverines had a third-place finish at the AIAW national championships.
De Carolis was promoted from assistant business manager to business manager in 1983; in 1987 to assistant athletic director for business; in 1990 to associate athletic director for internal operations; in 1994 to senior director for financial operations; in 1996 to senior associate athletic director and became responsible for all athletic facilities and venues at Michigan. He joined the Oregon State University (OSU) staff in 1998 as associate athletic director of internal operations and was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 1999. In August, 2002 he was named the 12th athletic director of the school.
Since arriving at OSU, De Carolis has developed and executed the financial recovery plan that helped the OSU Department of Athletics eliminate a $12.5 million accumulated deficit and grow the overall budget by more than $20 million. At the same time, the department was able to not only maintain competitive teams, but also had its first winning football season in nearly three decades, its first winning men's basketball season in 15 years, the softball program made its first appearance ever in the College World Series and the baseball team competed in the College World Series for the first time in over five decades - capturing the 2006 and 2007 national championships. With him in a leadership role, the football program has played in seven bowl games and overall 16 of the 17 intercollegiate programs sponsored by OSU have participated in postseason.
It's not all about wins or losses or about new facilities; De Carolis has stressed the importance of being a total student-athlete and being a part of the community. With his leadership, 51 percent of the entire athletic roster sports a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Community service hours have increased nearly 300 percent during his tenure and contributions for scholarships to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund have increased from $5 million to more than $11 million.
Jim Doyle '72-Inducted 1997
Doyle has been the "Voice of the Huskies" since 1970, broadcasting for WHLM/WJMW radio in Bloomsburg on a part-time basis and now on a full-time basis. He produces and hosts a weekly one-hour show dedicated to local athletes called 'Sunday Morning Quarterback.' Doyle is the first member of the electronic media to receive the PSAC Media Award. He was twice honored by the Associated Press for sports reporting. Doyle has been teaching sophomore English at a nearby high school for over 25 years.
Jim Hollister '78-Inducted 2001
Hollister was a four-year standout for the men's tennis team and also spent 15 years as sports information director (SID) at the school. As a tennis player, Hollister was the first player ever to represent Bloomsburg at the NCAA national championships, while also winning two PSAC singles and one doubles title. At the time of his graduation, Hollister's career record of 95-40 was good for fifth on the school's all-time winning percentage list. As SID he was honored 23 times for his publications, including eight "Best in the Nation" awards by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) and the PSAC Sports Information Directors.
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.
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.