Bloomsburg University Men's Track & Field Hall of Fame Members
Lamar Blass '37-Inducted 1991
Blass was a member of the Huskies' outstanding track and field teams of the 1930s and helped the team to its first PSAC title in 1937. At one time, he held school records in the 100 and 120 high hurdles, the high jump, the long jump and the shot put. He was also a member of the basketball team and was a four-time letter winner.
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).
Jeff Carruthers '79 Inducted-2005
Carrauthers was a two-time All-American and two-time PSAC champion in the high jump for Bloomsburg. As a junior in 1977, Carruthers jumped 6-10 to win the PSAC title, then came back as a senior to jump 6-10 ? to win his second straight title. At the NCAA championships in 1977, Carruthers finished fourth in the high jump and was second at the NCAA championships in 1978. He also had one second place finish at the PSAC championships in the high jump and had top-six finishes during his career in the long jump, the triple jump and the 4 x 400 relay team. He also holds Bloomsburg high jump marks both indoor (7-0) and outdoor (7-1 ??). Carruthers capped his Bloomsburg career by being named the winner of the Robert B. Redman Award as the top senior male athlete.< p>
Jim Davis '72-Inducted 2002
As a standout on the track and field team Davis won the PSAC title in the 100-yard dash in 1971 and 1972. In the 220-yard event, Davis was second in 1971 and took first in 1972. At the 1972 PSAC championships Davis won the award for most points scored at the championships (18). During his four years at Bloomsburg he helped the Huskies post a dual meet record of 44-3 as well as finishing third at the PSAC championships in 1971 and second in 1972. Davis was a three-year captain for the Huskies and earned the Underclassmen of the Year honor in 1970 and the Robert B. Redman Award as the Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1972. He also selected to the Outstanding College Athletes of America and Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges. At the time of his graduation David held three individual and three relay records.
Following graduation, Davis coached girl's track at Cedar Cliff High School from 1975 to 1996. His team won two conference titles along with having coached numerous district and state place winners.
Stephen Eachus '78-Inducted 1995
Eachus was one of the top distance runners for both the cross country and track and field teams. As a cross country runner, he won all but two of his dual meets in four years and won the PSAC title in both 1977 and 1978. He also finished second in the 1978 NCAA championships and was a three-time All-American. In track and field, Eachus set eight school records, including both the indoor and outdoor two- and three-mile races and the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meter races.
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.
After graduation he taught science in Deposit Central (NY) School for 33 years and retired in June of 1994. During those 33 years, he coached football for 10 years, wrestling for 33 years, and track & field for 2 years. Elinsky's coaching success included 22 tournament team championships, 210 individual tournament champions, and a record of 293-166-6. For his accomplishments he was named Coach of the Year in Section IV four times. In 1977 his team won the overall Section IV title, one of the smallest schools ever to achieve that feat. He is a member of the Section IV Hall of Fame, the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame, and received a Lifetime Service Award for Coaching from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Terry Engleman '61-Inducted 1992
Engleman was a track and field standout for the Huskies. He was a four-time PSAC champion in the two-mile run, undefeated for three years in the one-mile run and won two PSAC mile championships. He was also a Penn Relays three-mile champion in 1960 and finished third in the PSAC cross country championships twice. Engleman also took part in the 1960 United States Olympic trials. In 1981, he won the Eastern Master's one- and two-mile races and was a member of the National master's distance medley relay team.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Koetteritz '75-Inducted 2000
A walk-on to the track and field team, Koetteritz scored more points for the Huskies than any other athlete, accumulating 348 during his four years on the team. He posted 56 victories, 20 second- and eight, third-place finishes, while leading the team to a record of 54-7 in dual meets. A three-year captain, he set nine indoor and outdoor school records in the pole vault, sprinting and relay events, several of which still stand. As a senior, he qualified for the NCAA championships in three events, placing ninth in the 440-relay and 10th in the 220-yard dash. Koetteritz was also the first freshman to receive the President's Scholarship Award. He later went on to be the first person to ever win all four major senior awards: the Academic Achievement Award, the Lifetime Athletic Pass, Who's Who Among American College and Universities and the Service Key Award.
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.
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.
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.