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Namedroppers: Summer/Fall 2019

For some of the greatest athletes in IUP history, induction into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame comes long after their playing days ended.

But when the Class of 2019 was honored in September, two of the 12 inductees were enshrined just 10 years after they last wore the crimson and gray—the minimum time that must pass before selection, according to the hall’s bylaws.

Jahzinga Tracey ’09, the leading scorer in the history of the IUP women’s basketball program, and Pawel Glowiak ’09, who set many records on the men’s swim team, headline the class. 

They and nine other former IUP student-athletes were enshrined: James Ashton ’64 and David Cessna ’67 (football), Robert Allen ’85 (track and field), Ed Hartman ’86 (baseball), Lisa Bonaccorsi Lucas ’88 (cross country and track and field), Barry Threats (football), Yvonne Niederbracht ’04, M’05 (tennis), Amy Hood ’05, M’08 (lacrosse), and Jodie Swavely-Brown ’06 (softball).

Chuck Spadafora, who died August 8, was posthumously honored with the hall’s honorary Bell Ringer Award for his contributions to IUP athletics.

New Leadership

After a national search, Todd Garzarelli was named IUP’s director of athletics in April. Garzarelli came to IUP from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he held the same post the past two years. He had previous stops at Buffalo, Louisiana’s Northwestern State, Southern Illinois, and Northern Illinois. Garzarelli replaced Steve Roach ’01, who accepted a similar position last fall at Texas A&M Kingsville.

Postseason Honors

In May, two IUP track and field athletes capped their college careers with top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships in Kingsville, Texas. Derek Noll ’19 was named a first team All-American after placing eighth in the men’s 800 meters, and DJ Horton ’19 tied for 10th in the pole vault, earning second team All-America honors. More about Horton is on page 10.  

On the Diamond

Left-handed pitcher Tyler “TJ” Adams became the ninth player in IUP baseball history to be selected in the major league baseball amateur draft when the Philadelphia Phillies chose him in the 27th round on June 5. Adams, a junior from Mineral Point, Cambria County, signed a professional contract with the Phillies the following week.

Adams is the first IUP player to be drafted since Ryan Uhl ’17 was taken in the seventh round of the 2015 draft by the Seattle Mariners. 

Previous IUP players drafted by major league teams are Ben Bruns ’68 (1966), Richard Dahlgren ’70 (1969), Dennis Miscik ’76 (1976), Ed Hartman ’86 (1986), Bruce Yard ’99, M’03 (1993), Anthony Zambotti ’03 (2003), and Paul Bingham ’10 (2010).

In Memoriam

Former IUP football coach George Chaump died May 19 at 83. He guided IUP from 1982 to 1985, sporting a 24-16-1 record and two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division titles. Chaump was a highly successful high school coach in the 1960s before embarking on a long college and pro coaching career that included stops at Ohio State, Marshall, the US Naval Academy, and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Carl Davis, who coached the IUP basketball team from 1970 to 1983, winning 199 games, and who later coached the school’s baseball team from 1991 to 1993, died April 16 at 85. In addition to his coaching duties, Davis was a longtime faculty member in the Department of Health and Physical Education.

For up-to-the-minute news on IUP sports, visit www.iupathletics.com. There you’ll find all the latest news Namedroppers can’t bring you because of deadline constraints.

Making Headlines

When his Chancellor (Virginia) High School boys’ soccer team defeated Grafton 5-0 in June, the victory was the 500th in the career of longtime coach Mike Webb ’78. Webb, who has been coaching for 35 seasons, including the past 30 at Chancellor, is a 2010 inductee into the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame.

For the second time in five years, Knoch High School boys’ basketball coach Ronald McNabb ’83 was named Butler County Coach of the Year by the Butler Eagle. McNabb, who has coached the Knights for the past seven seasons, led his team to the WPIAL Section 1-AAAA title last season and owns a 97-52 career record.

Coaching Moves

After serving as the top assistant coach for the IUP women’s basketball team the past five seasons, Kelly Mazzante accepted a similar position at Division I Bucknell University. Mazzante helped the Crimson Hawks to a 130-29 overall record in her time at IUP, which included three divisional titles, two PSAC championships, two Atlantic Regional crowns, and two berths in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

Justin English, a former assistant and later interim head coach of the IUP women’s basketball team, was hired in May as head coach of the girls’ basketball team at Chambersburg High School. English was interim head coach at IUP for two seasons, from 2003 to 2005.

The University of Tennessee recently hired Josh Huger ’11, M’12 as an assistant swimming coach. Huger had been an assistant at Virginia Tech and at William & Mary before landing in Knoxville. He began his coaching career at IUP while working toward his master’s degree.

In college football, former IUP quarterback Mike Box ’13 has returned to campus as the team’s wide receivers coach. He spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Westminster College. Nick Dubowski ’17, who had been a graduate assistant last season at Mercyhurst, accepted a position on the coaching staff at Cornell. After spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Findlay University, Tom Rebholz ’03 was recently named defensive coordinator at Fairmont State.

In the NFL ranks, Casey Weidl M’12 was recently promoted to director of scouting operations for the Philadelphia Eagles. He had been the team’s player personnel coordinator for a year and a college scouting coordinator for a year before that. He also spent three years with the Buffalo Bills before coming to Philadelphia.