Bloomsburg University Men's Basketball Hall of Fame Members
Sterling Banta '39-Inducted 1993
Banta was a three-sport star for the Huskies, earning a total of eight letters. He was All-State selection three times in basketball, and on the baseball diamond hit .422 for his career. Banta was a high school football, basketball and baseball coach for 25 years, winning 13 league championships, including three Capital Area Conference football titles. His football coaching record was 60-43-3 in 11 years.
Jon Bardsley '82-Inducted 1995
Bardsley was a standout on the hardwoods for the Huskies earning All-American honors as a senior. He is the school career leader in assists with 589 while scoring 1,252 points. Bardsley helped the Huskies to a PSAC Eastern Division and PSAC overall championship in the 1980-81 season and is one of only four players to have his jersey number retired.
Charles Blackburn '35-Inducted 1990
Blackburn was a four-time letter winner in both basketball and baseball for the Huskies, helping his team to the Pennsylvania State Teacher's College Championship with a perfect 12-0 record. After college, Blackburn became a very successful high school basketball coach finishing his career with a record of 527-183. Among his accomplishments was winning a state PCIAA crown with St. Joseph's of Williamsport and eight PIAA District Four titles at Williamsport High School. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Don Butler '53-Inducted 2002
Don Butler was a four-year letter-winner for the Huskies in baseball and a three-time letter-winner in basketball.
As a member of the baseball team Butler finished his career with a batting average of .407 while hitting 14 homers and driving in 53 runs. He helped the team to a four-year record of 41-9. Butler hit safely in 18 straight games at one point of his career, covering parts of three seasons. During the course of his streak he had two or more hits 15 times and had a hit in 42 of his 50 games he played in during his career. Butler was also an excellent outfielder making just one error during his career.
As a member of the basketball Butler scored 348 points in his career and was the team's second leading scorer during the 1950-51 season when he averaged 10.6 points per game.
Following his graduation Butler played in the farm system of the then Boston Braves and the Chicago White Sox.
William "Buck" Byham '53-Inducted 1994
Byham was a seven-time letter winner at Bloomsburg, playing three years of both basketball and baseball and one year of football. On the hardwoods, Byham finished second on the team in scoring in the 1951-52 season. For his efforts, he was named to an All-Pennsylvania Collegiate Basketball Team Honorable Mention selection. On the baseball diamond, Byham was equally as good. In 1951, he threw back-to-back complete games in a four-day span, striking out 13 batters each time. After Bloomsburg, Byham spent 30 years in radio and was the voice of the Little League World Series for over 31 years, winning the W. Harold Hartman Friendship Award for his commitment to Little League baseball.
Bill Connelly '90--Inducted 2007
Connelly was a four-year member of the men's basketball team. Connelly is Bloomsburg's' fourth all-time leading scorer with 1481 points (graduated in third place). He led the Huskies in scoring in both his sophomore and senior seasons and was named first team All-PSAC East both years. He was also named second team All-PSAC East as a junior. Connelly also holds Bloomsburg's career record for free throws attempted with 534.
As a junior in 1988-89, he led the Huskies to second place finishes in both the PSAC Tournament and the NCAA Regional Finals. Overall, while playing for the Huskies the men's basketball teams posted a mark of 78-35, which included a school-record 27 wins in 1988-89.
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 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.
Barry Francisco '84-Inducted 1997
A four-year starter for the Huskies' basketball team, Francisco is among the school's all-time leaders in points scored with 1,479. He holds the career record for consecutive games started (121) and consecutive games played (124) and was a two-time Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference all-star and a two-time All-PSAC selection. The Huskies won two PSAC Eastern Division titles, the PSAC championship and reached the NCAA playoffs three times.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Kemple '40-Inducted 1994
Kemple was a member of the Bloomsburg track and field, cross country and basketball teams at Bloomsburg. In track and field, he helped the Huskies go undefeated four straight years and win four conference titles. He also took part in the Penn Relays and, as a freshman and sophomore, was a member of the first-place mile relay team. In cross country, Kemple lost his first dual meet and never lost again, in his career, in dual-meet action.
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.
Art Luptowski '73-Inducted 1994
Luptowski totaled 598 points and 333 assists in his basketball career with the Huskies. In his four-year career, he earned first team all-conference honors as well as second team all-conference honors and was named an NAIA District 19 all-star. Luptkowski held school records for assists in a regular season and career and still holds Bloomsburg's single game record for assists.
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.
Glenn Noack '86-Inducted 1999
Noack is third on the Huskies' all-time scoring list for men's basketball with 1,504 points. He holds Bloomsburg records for consecutive free throws with 33 and free throw percentage for a season and career. Noack was the ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year as a freshman, two-time PSAC first team All-Star, two-time Player of the Year at Bloomsburg University, two-time ECAC All-Star and NABC East Region first team All-Star as a senior.
Jerry Radocha '77-Inducted 1990
One of the finest players ever to wear a Huskies' uniform, Rodocha held 11 university records in basketball, including points in a career (since broken). He wrapped up his career by being named All-American and is one of just four players to have his jersey retired by the school. Radocha earned many in-season honors and helped the team to some fine seasons, including a 22-6 mark in 1973-74 when the Huskies won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional title and reached the national quarterfinals. He was named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference teams on three occasions. Radocha also won the university's outstanding underclass and senior Male Athlete of the Year awards.
Bill Swisher '59-Inducted 1992
Swisher was the first basketball player in school history to surpass 1,000 points, finishing with 1,014. A two-time all-conference selection he was also nominated for All-American honors. In high school, Swisher earned all-league honors three times and all-state once.
Palmer Toto '69-Inducted 1993
Toto was a three-time all-conference selection as leader and point guard for the Huskies' basketball team. At one time, he held the school record for assists in a game and assists per game. Toto has earned several in-season all-tournament selections in his three years with the club. Following graduation, he coached at Woodrow Wilson High School, leading his team to a conference title and a pair of appearances in the state quarterfinals. Toto received several "Coach of the Year" awards.
John Willis '74-Inducted 1990
Willis holds multiple Bloomsburg single-game, season and career records. He is one of just four basketball players to have their jersey number retired. Willis led the Huskies to their first Pennsylvania Conference championship appearance, an NCAA Mid-East Regional title and a berth in the national quarterfinals. He holds records for points in a game (48), rebounds in a season (389, 1973-74) and career field goal percentage (54.4). He also ranks high on the Huskies' all-time scoring list with 1,467 points. Willis played professional ball in Spain and Israel for several seasons.