Bloomsburg University Football Hall of Fame Members
Mike Blake '82-Inducted 1995
Blake was a standout on the gridiron for the Huskies and earned first team Associated Press All-American honors as a senior in 1982 and honorable mention honors as a junior. His best season was 1981, as a junior, when he caught 55 passes for 731 yards and two touchdowns. Three-times Blake was named PSAC first team all-conference.
Harvey Boughner '56-Inducted 1992
A three-sport standout, Boughner was named all-conference in football in 1954 and the following season, helped the Huskies to a conference title. As a catcher on the 1955 baseball team, he was a first team all-conference player and helped lead the team to a conference title. After graduation, he became a high school coach for all three sports. His football coaching record was 85-37-5, including one undefeated season and three conference titles.
Jim Browning '56-Inducted 2006
Browning was a standout on the football field for the Huskies. Browning, who played defense as a freshman, finished his career as the school's all-time leader in career yards with 1,607 (now ninth) on just 184 carries for an average of 8.7 yards a carry. He also scored 10 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, Browning caught 26 passes for 643 yards, an average of 24.7 yards per catch, with eight scores. He led the Huskies in scoring in both 1953 and 1954 and finished 31st in the country in 1953 in rushing yards. Browning earned All-Pennsylvania State Teachers Athletic Conference honors in 1953 (1st team); '54 (2nd team); and '54 (honorable mention).
George Chaump '58-Inducted 1994
Chaump was a four-year member of the football team and three-year member of the wrestling team at Bloomsburg. In football, he was a three-year starter, missing his junior year with an injury. After graduation, Chaump went on to coach high school football, compiling a record of 58-4, winning six conference titles and six Coach of the Year awards. In addition, Chaump was an assistant at Ohio State and the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then moved on to be head coach at Indiana University (Pa.), Marshall University and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Jay DeDea '88-Inducted 1999
DeDea was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award in 1987 finishing fifth. He is the school record holder for career pass attempts (1,051), career completions (518), total plays-career (1,354), total offense-career (6,384 yards) and longest TD pass (94 yards). He helped the Huskies to the 1985 NCAA national semifinals, two PSAC championships and a record of 27-10-1 during his career. He finished his career with a PSAC record, 7,026 yards and 56 touchdowns.
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.
Stan Elinsky-Inducted 2005
Elinsky was a three-sport standout for the Huskies earning a total of 11 letters in football, wrestling and track and field.In wrestling, Elinsky helped the Huskies to a dual meet record of 30-7 and two PSAC championships and one NAIA national championship, the first national title for any Bloomsburg team. Individually, Elinsky had to second place finishes at the PSAC championships and a third place finish in both the PSAC and NAIA national championships.
Joe Gerst '68 -Inducted 2000
Gerst lettered all four years in wrestling and football. In 1968 he was named the 1968 winner of the Robert B. Redman Award as the top senior male athlete. As a member of the football team under legendary coach Russ Houk, he helped the team post a 6-3 record his senior season, the first winning season in seven years. During his four years of wrestling, the team had a record of 40-10-3. As a junior in 1967 he won the NAIA national championship at 152 pounds and finished second as a senior. He was also was a two-time PSAC champion, winning titles as both a junior and senior. In football, he gained a team-high 531 yards as a sophomore with five touchdowns, and added 412 yards rushing and five touchdowns as a junior. He missed a portion of his senior season due to an injury.
Chet Henicle '95--Inducted 2009
A two sport standout for the Huskies, Henicle still holds several baseball records for the Huskies. He is tied for the all-time lead in career doubles with 50 and holds the single-season mark of 23 set in 1995. He is also fifth all-time in hits (187), runs scored (118) and triples (9) and ninth in home runs (12). He was a three-time first team All-PSAC East choice in baseball at two different positions (catcher and outfield) and was All-North Atlantic Region as a senior. He hit .378 for his career including .456 in 1993 which ranked 5th in the country, he also finished his career with 12 homers and 87 RBI. He was MVP of the 1995 PSAC Championship Tournament and captained the 1995 squad to the only World Series appearance in school history. He was voted team MVP twice and was a two-year captain.
In football, Henicle was a two-time All-PSAC East first team selection and was named third team All-American by the Sports Information Directors. He was named first team All-ECAC twice and as a senior was chosen to play in the Snow Bowl, the top Division II all-star game in the country. For his career, he finished with 207 total tackles, 15 interceptions and 22 career breakups. His eight interceptions in 1993 ranked second in the country that season. He was voted team MVP in 1994 and was the recipient of the Frank Sheptock Most Valuable Defensive Award. In 1994 he was named the Bloomsburg Outstanding Undergraduate Male Athlete and in 1995 he was named the Robert B. Redman Award as Bloomsburg's Outstanding Male Senior Athlete.
After graduation Henicle pursued a career in coaching. After spending one season at Waynesboro HS he joined the college ranks and this season finished his 13th season as a college football coach. He has spent time at Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC), Wingate University (NC) and is currently in his sixth season at his alma mater.
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.
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.
Elmer Kreiser '50-Inducted 1990
Kreiser was a member of the 1948 undefeated football team where he played defensive end. During his career, the Huskies posted a 23-3 overall record. Kreiser received All-Conference, All-Pennsylvania and Little All-America honors and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, he opted to pursue his profession as a teacher and coach. A two-sport athlete, Kreiser was a two-year starter for the Bloomsburg basketball team. He later played in the semiprofessional Eastern Basketball League before becoming head basketball coach at Columbia High School. In 11 seasons, he won seven league titles and posted a .850 winning percentage.
Stan Kucharski '68-Inducted 2001
Kucharski, the 1967 winner of the Robert B. Redman Award, was a three-year member of the football team. A versatile player, he saw time as a wide receiver, halfback, fullback and middle linebacker for the Huskies and served as tri-captain during both his junior and senior years. As a senior he was leading the nation in pass receptions (28), receiving yards (485), touchdowns (10) and scoring (64) before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the fourth week of the year. Kucharski finished his career with 66 receptions for 1,205 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was named All-PSAC honorable mention at offensive end in both 1966 and 1967, while earning second All-PSAC as a defensive back in 1967. He set a school record (since tied) with four touchdown receptions against Shippensburg in 1967.
George Lambrinos '53-Inducted 1993
Lambrinos was an All-Conference selection in football and earned an honorable mention spot on the all-state team in 1951. The Huskies posted a 32-2 overall record during his four-year career, including the only undefeated seasons in team history (1948 and 1951). Lambrinos was also a catcher for the Huskies' baseball team and went on to play professional baseball and semiprofessional football.
Robert Lang '51-Inducted 1993
In 1951, Lang scored 72 points on 12 touchdowns in eight contests for the Bloomsburg football team. He scored at least once in seven games and multiple times in five outings. His 12 touchdowns remained a single-season record for 43 seasons. He held almost all of the Huskies' rushing records for several seasons, earning first team all-state honors in 1951. He later played semiprofessional football.
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.
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.
Philip Lockcuff '60-Inducted 1995
Lockcuff earned three letters in both football and baseball for the Huskies. He went on to an outstanding coaching career in high school wrestling, posting a record of 270-32-4 over 27 years. Lockcuff was a three-time "AAA" Pennsylvania Coach of the Year (1984, 1985, 1991) and a 13-time District IV "AAA" Coach of the Year. His teams were Susquehanna Valley Conference champions numerous times and Northeast Regional "AAA" team champions several times.Tom Martin '87-Inducted 2005
Martin was a standout football player for the Huskies and finished his career as the school's second all-time leading rusher with 2,709 yards rushing. He also had 501 yards receiving yards and 705 yards in kickoff returns for 3,915 yards of total offense. His 26 touchdowns were second most at the time of his graduation. He was twice named first team All-PSAC and also earned first team All-ECAC honors as a senior. He set a then-school record with 259 yards rushing against Kutztown on a then-school record 42 carries. He also had three games with 200 or more yards rushing in his career. He also helped the team to a three-year record of 27-6-1 which included one overall PSAC State Championship, the Lambert Cup for being the top team in Eastern Division II football, and a trip to the NCAA semi-finals in 1985.
John Maturani '53-Inducted 1991
Maturani was a four-year starter for the Huskies' football team, playing both on offense and defense. On defense, he was an outstanding linebacker, and on offense was a center in the single-wing formation. He was named to Tom Harmon's Little All-American team and later had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After serving time in the military, Maturani went on to become athletic director at Danville High School for over 20 years.
Rodney Morgans '50-Inducted 1991
Morgans was a member of the football team from 1947-50 during which the Huskies posted a 30-4 record, including an undefeated season in 1948. After graduation, Morgans became an assistant football coach at South Williamsport High School before taking over as head coach. In 14 years as head coach, Morgans compiled a record of 92-40-2, including the West Branch Conference title and the team's only undefeated season. South Williamsport has honored Morgans by naming their stadium after him.
Michael Morucci '80-Inducted 1990
Morucci graduated as the Huskies' all-time leading rusher and the Pennsylvania Conference's third-highest rusher with 3,536 yards. At one time he held 16 university single-game season and career standards. Morucci scored 162 points on 27 touchdowns on 785 carries, then a conference record. He was a four-time Pennsylvania Conference all-star selection, named a Kodak Coaches' All-American in 1979 and Eastern College Athletic Conferences "Player of the Year" in 1979. Morucci was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round, but had his career cut short by an injury.
John Nemetz '55-Inducted 1996
As a football standout, Nemetz was named to the 1951 Associated Press All-Teacher's college first team, the All-East team in 1953 and the Little All-American team in 1953-54. As a wrestling coach, he posted a record of 212-62-8, including 58 consecutive dual-meet victories. Nemetz was inducted into the Shore Conference Hall of Fame in 1991 and the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992.
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 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.
Frank Sheptock '86-Inducted 1997
Sheptock was a three-time first team Associated Press All-American in football and a four-time All-PSAC selection. He holds nearly all of Bloomsburg's defensive records, including career tackles (537). He set the standard for tackles in a game with 23 in the 1985 national semifinal game and holds the season record for stops (159). The Huskies reached the PSAC Championship game twice during his four years, winning the title in 1985. That same year, the Huskies reached the semifinals of the NCAA championships with a school-record 12 wins. Following graduation, Sheptock moved into coaching, first as an assistant and later as a head coach, at Wilkes University. He was voted to the NCAA Division II Team of the Quarter Century in 1997.
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.
Dr. Charles Skiptunas '56 Inducted-2003
Skiptunas was a multi-sport standout for the Huskies. His career on the football field saw him earning four varsity letters. A two-time AP All-State Teachers Conference linebacker and center, he helped the Huskies to a record of 24 - 7-1 with one championship and one shared conference title in that time of service. He was also chosen, by teammates, Captain of the Championship Team in his senior year. He played three years of basketball and spent one season on the track team. Following graduation, "Skip" was named Head Football Coach at West Islip High School on Long Island, NY from 1962 to 1969. He turned the once floundering program into league champions in 1967. Newsday, the Long Island Press, the Suffolk Sun, and the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association all named Skiptunas Coach of the Year during that season. He earned his doctorate, cum laude, at SUNY Buffalo and spent the last 20 years of his career as a Superintendent of Schools in NY State and Vermont.
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.
Russ Verhousky '53-Inducted 1998
Verhousky was a standout on the football field for the Huskies and helped the team to a record of 28-4-1 in his four years under Hall of Fame coach Robert Redman. Playing both offense and defense, Verhousky was a four-time letterwinner for the Huskies, often times playing the entire game. As a junior in 1951, he on the last undefeated Huskies' team and was co-captain for one game, an honor usually reserved for seniors. As a senior, he was named to the first-team All-Teacher's College team, while, as a junior, he was named honorable mention All-Pennsylvania by the Associated Press and second-team All-Teacher's College.
Linc Welles '75-Inducted 2002
Welles was a four-year letter-winner in baseball and a three-time letter-winner in football for the Huskies. He was named the Underclassmen Athlete of the Year as a junior and won the Redman Award as the school's top senior athlete in 1975.
A two-time All-PSAC selection in both football and baseball, Welles led the NCAA Division III in punting in 1973 with a mark of 43.8 yards. That is still good for the 12th best mark in the division since 1973, a span of 29 years. Welles was also an all-conference selection as a defensive back and is the co-holder of the single-season interception mark at Bloomsburg with 10 in 1974.
On the baseball diamond, Welles hit .398 for his career with a homer and 27 RBI. In 1973 and 1974 he was named first team All-PSAC and was a second team selection in 1975 after missing eight games due to injury. He was team MVP in both 1973 and 1975.
Following his playing days at Bloomsburg, Welles punted and played defensive back for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League, where he averaged 38.6 yards per kick in the 1975 season.
Tony Woods '86-Inducted 1998
Woods was a two-time Associated Press All-American as a defensive back with the football team, earning second team honors in 1984 and third team status in 1985. He also was selected to the Kodak All-American football team in 1985 by the American Football Coaches Association. Woods was also a three-time PSAC first team selection and holds the school record for interceptions for both a season and career with 10 and 26, respectively. A key member of the special teams for the Huskies, he also holds the team single-game record for highest kick return average (36.5), which he achieved during the team's first NCAA Division II playoff appearance against North Alabama.
In his four seasons, Bloomsburg registered a combined record of 24-18-1, including a 12-1 campaign in 1985. Woods was a member of the Huskies' 1985 PSAC championship squad which defeated Indiana, Pa., 31-9 and eventually reached the national semifinals. The Huskies also reached the 1984 title game where they lost to California, Pa., 21-14.
As a member of the Bloomsburg track team, Woods won the 1985 PSAC 100-meter race and finished third in the 200-meter race. In 1984, Woods was third in the 100-meter race and second in the 200-meter race at the PSAC championships.