Namedroppers

Fourteen former IUP athletes were honored September 14 with induction into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Indiana Country Club. The class also was recognized at halftime of the football game later that day against Cheyney. The 18th class of inductees is made up of 11 men and 3 women representing 9 varsity sports, with playing careers ranging from the early 1930s to the 2000s.

Athletics Hall of Fame inductees for 2013

The 2013 Hall of Fame class was recognized during halftime of the September 14 football game. Front row, from left: Dean Cottrill, Laura Hall Gourley, John Griffith, Bob Jamison, Tiffany Staver, and Bob Tate. Back row: Donald Cavalero, Leah Simmons Parow, Yancey Taylor, Craig Stabler, Richard Wolf, and Michael Driscoll, IUP president. Photo: Keith Boyer


Football players dominated the class, as five former players were chosen for induction:

  • A big-play linebacker, Dean Cottrill ’88 was a three-time all-conference pick and a first-team All-American during his senior season. In his four seasons at IUP, the football team went a combined 34-9-1 and won four division and two conference titles.
  • In the days when two-sport athletes were more common, John Griffith ’60 was a star for the Indiana State Teachers College football and track and field teams from 1954 to 1958. He was a four-year starter at halfback and a top sprinter, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
  • He played only two years at Indiana State College, but Bob Jamison ’65 won a lot of football games. With him on the squad, the Indians went a combined 12-3-2. He was named to the all-conference team both years, and in 1963 he was named to the Associated Press Little All-America team, among several other postseason honors.
  • A co-captain of the 1968 Boardwalk Bowl team, Bob Tate ’69 was a versatile threat who helped the Indians as a linebacker, defensive lineman, and kicker. He played from 1966 to 1968 on teams that went a combined 24-4, and he held the school’s career record for extra points for 22 years.
  • As a member of the school’s first championship team, the 1934 squad, Frederick Tomb ’36 was a fullback and won varsity letters in all of his four years at ISTC. The 1934 team went 6-0 and won its games by a combined score of 128-17.

Three basketball players were inducted into the hall of fame for their efforts on the hardwood:

  • A standout for the men’s team from 1952 to 1956, Donald Cavalero ’56 played on teams that went a combined 49-33. He was named to the coaches’ all-conference team and won the Gold “I” Basketball Award.
  • An all-around talent on the court, Leah Simmons Parow ’93 ranks fifth in school history in scoring, sixth in steals, and seventh in assists after a stellar career in which she was a four-year starter. She was the 1989 PSAC West Rookie of the Year and was chosen twice for the all-conference team.
  • One of the more versatile players in school history, Yancey Taylor scored more than 1,000 points in his career and ranks among the career leaders in free throws made and attempted, as well as assists. A four-year letter winner, Taylor was the PSAC West Player of the Year during his senior season, when the Indians won conference and regional titles.

In the days of the varsity rifle team, David Cramer ’66 was the top marksman in each of the four years he competed. He won four letters from 1962 to 1965, and in 1963 he became the school’s first All-American in the sport.

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Considered by many to be the best volleyball player in school history, Laura Hall Gourley ’03, M’05 was the PSAC West Rookie of the Year in 1999, a three-time all-conference pick, and an All-American after her senior season. She still holds a number of single-season school records, including kills in a season, kills per game, aces in a season, and aces per game, as well career marks for kills, kills per game, hitting percentage, aces, and aces per game.

A member of the men’s soccer team, Frank Schatko ’72, M’77 scored 11 goals in 12 games during the 1971 season. But he is also known for his exploits as a coach, as the creator of the boys’ soccer program at Indiana High School, where he coached for many years.

A standout on the baseball diamond and in the classroom, Craig Stabler ’76 was part of the IUP program that won the 1973 PSAC championship and went a combined 64-41 during his four seasons with the team. He won four varsity letters and graduated with a 3.89 grade-point average.

An 11-time All-American for the swim team, Tiffany Staver ’96 left her mark with a number of school records. She was named to the All-PSAC team four times and won titles at the conference meet in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle races as a senior. She was also part of teams that set school records in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle relays.

A two-time All-American in cross country, Richard Wolf ’77 was part of the famed 1977 team that placed third at the NCAA championships, the best finish in school history. He was chosen for the all-conference team three times, and he has the second-lowest time in the 5-mile and third-lowest in the 10-mile events in school history.

In addition, Mario Luther ’76 was recognized with the honorary Bell Ringer Award for his support of IUP athletics.

Alumni Notes

Frank Cignetti honored at the naming of the field

During the Homecoming game, longtime coach Frank Cignetti was recognized with the naming of the field within Miller Stadium in his honor. Also pictured, from left, are President Michael Driscoll, Cignetti’s wife, Marlene, and Susan Snell Delaney ’64, IUP Council of Trustees chair. Photo: Keith Boyer


During the Homecoming game on October 5, IUP officially named the field within George P. Miller Stadium in honor of former football coach and athletics director Frank Cignetti ’60, M’65. The IUP Council of Trustees had approved the naming the week before.

As the coach from 1986 to 2005, Cignetti helped to build the football program into one of the top Division II teams in the country. He won 182 games in 20 seasons, and he took IUP to the national playoffs 13 times.

In August, Cignetti was enshrined in the National College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. A month later, it was announced he had been chosen for induction into the Division II College Football Hall of Fame in Florence, Alabama.

Former IUP tennis player Kelly McBryan ’12 was named the compliance specialist at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware, and will serve as advisor for the college’s student-athlete advisory committee. Before being hired at Goldey-Beacom, McBryan interned in the compliance departments at Villanova and North Carolina-Wilmington universities. McBryan received the NCAA’s Elite 88 academic-athletic award in 2011, during the tennis team’s first appearance at the NCAA Division II championship in school history.

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St. Francis University in Loretto announced in August that it hired former IUP basketball player Sarah Pastorek ’13 as director of operations for women’s basketball. A native of Johnstown, Pastorek was a two-time all-PSAC selection and scored more than 1,000 points in her career.

Current IUP assistant baseball coach Anthony Rebyanski ’06 recently completed his first season as the manager of the Butler Blue Sox of the Prospect League, which comprises teams of college players. The Blue Sox finished third in the East Division with a 33-26 record.

Web Extras

Bob Lippencott and grandsons Ian and Aidan, and Buck Lippencott and grandson Rufus

IUP defeated California 20-7 in the fifth annual Coal Bowl on September 28, 2013. The tradition began in 2009, when Barry “Buck” Lippencott, a 1967 IUP graduate, and his brother Bob, a 1966 Cal U graduate, established football scholarships at their respective universities. They also donated a coal pail trophy to be presented to the winner of the annual game between their rival universities. Pictured are Bob Lippencott, left, and grandsons Ian and Aidan, and Buck Lippencott, right, and grandson Rufus.

1993 Football Alumni

The 1993 football team was recognized during the Homecoming game—20 years after a stellar season that ended in a final-seconds loss to North Alabama in the national title game. Team members were present as the field within Miller Stadium was officially named in honor of their former head coach, Frank Cignetti, pictured in the center of the second row.

Frank Cignetti's football players

All of the football players Frank Cignetti coached were invited to join him on the field during the Homecoming game, October 5, the day the field within Miller Stadium was officially named in his honor.

1963 Football Team

The 2013 football season marked the 50th anniversary of the Indiana State College team set to compete in a playoff game in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that never took place. It was scheduled for November 23, 1963. Team members learned en route to Atlantic City the previous day that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. The game was postponed but never rescheduled. Team members were recognized during the September 14 game against Cheyney.

Neal Endowment

Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and other IUP football alumni recently established a football scholarship in honor of former IUP coach Bill Neal and his wife, Cass. Neal came to IUP in 1969 as defensive coordinator and had a record of 50-31-3 in his nine seasons as head coach. He is also a professor emeritus of health and physical education. Bill and Cass Neal, center, were recognized at the September 28, 2013, football game.

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