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Ten to be Honored by IUP Hall of Fame

The thirteenth annual IUP Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, September 20, at the Indiana Country Club. A reception will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon.

The following will be honored.

1960, Billy Hoffman – Football

Quarterback in football and top baseball player of 1950s.

1975, Len Pesotini – Football

Led all college football receivers in nation (NCAA Divisions)—team-record 74 catches and 1,088 yards in senior year. NAIA All-American and New York Times All-East.

1981, Sam Scott – Basketball

Among all-time top five in both career scoring (1,369 points) and rebounds (fourth with 738).

1982, Jeff Brown – Basketball 

Seventh leading scorer in school history with 1,361 points. Selected to NABC Division II Eastern Regional Team. 

1985, Ben Witter – Golf 

Won NCAA long-drive contest at NCAA national tournament. 

1988, Beth Blaisdell – Softball 

Pitched eighty-four games (sixty-four complete for 43-34 record) in four years. Charted 1.40 ERA as she started twenty-six games, including a no-hitter. Led IUP to PSAC tournament. Career ERA of 1.29.

1990, Jeff Neral – Track and Field 

NCAA Division II national champion in javelin in 1990 after having been All American as sophomore and junior. Holds team record in javelin.

1993, Cathy Torchia Suman – Women’s Basketball

1990 West Rookie Player of the Year award. Individual game records for most points scored (1,722).

1937, Trevor Hadley (deceased)

Long-time dean of students and VP for Student Affairs. Also served as tennis coach.

Jim Laughlin ’51 – Honorary Bell Ringer Award

Initiated the Hall of Fame at IUP. Continues to support Athletics by tutoring and mentoring athletes.

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