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Some married couples do everything together. Sara Raschiatore ’03, M’04 and Anthony Zambotti ’03 took that idea a step further this fall when they were both inducted as part of the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

The 19-member class was honored at a ceremony September 27 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Later that day, the group was publicly introduced during halftime of the Crimson Hawks’ football game against Mercyhurst. The athletes represent 10 varsity sports and played in decades ranging from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Members of the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Members of the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were recognized during halftime of the football game against Mercyhurst on September 27. Front row, from left: Anthony Zambotti, Julie Hess Worley, Marissa Dugan, Trevor Gladden, Heather Packard, Sara Raschiatore, and Chuck Gironda, accepting for Chris Villarrial. Second row: IUP President Michael Driscoll, Nick Pascarella Jr., Jerry Clark, Jack Flavin, Scott Green, Je’Mone Smith, Pat Imbrogno, Gregg Schmidt, Ron McNabb, and Frank Condino, athletic director. Photo: Keith Boyer

Raschiatore and Zambotti attended Indiana High School together and competed in different sports at IUP. Raschiatore was a two-sport star runner on both the cross country and track and field teams. She was a six-time All-American, five-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion in track, and three-time league champion in cross country.

An ace pitcher for the IUP baseball team, Zambotti wrote his name all over the record book. When he graduated, Zambotti was the school’s all-time leader in four statistical categories, including strikeouts (332), which is the second-most in the history of the PSAC. He was the PSAC West Rookie of the Year in 2000; Player of the Year in 2003; a three-time first-team all-conference pick; and a 14th-round selection by the Oakland Athletics in the 2003 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Two other baseball players were inducted as part of the Class of 2014. Jack Flavin ’69 was one of the top pitchers the program has produced, and his career 1.36 earned-run average still stands as the lowest single-season mark in PSAC history, as does his startling 0.00 ERA in 1968.

Jerry Clark ’69 was a two-sport star with the IUP baseball and football teams. On the diamond, Clark batted better than .300 twice, stole 18 bases, and won three varsity letters. In football, he won three more varsity letters and grabbed 12 career interceptions, which was the fifth-best career total when he graduated. He played on the 1968 Boardwalk Bowl team and was named to the IUP 1960s all-decade team.

Klausing’s Tigers Featured in Book

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Before he became IUP’s head football coach, Chuck Klausing led a record-setting team from Braddock High School credited with helping the town cope with the largest labor strike in US history. In the book Striking Gridiron, released by Thomas Dunne Books, author Greg Nichols details the Tigers’ winning streak that reached five consecutive seasons by the start of the 1959 season under the 34-year-old fledgling coach. Klausing, now 89, still lives in Indiana. The book is available through major retailers.

Six other former star football players were inducted, led by three who played in NCAA Division II championship games.

Linebacker Nick Pascarella Jr. ’91, a senior on the 1990 team that went to the title game, was a two-time all-PSAC choice. The team’s top defender, he was picked twice by the coaching staff as the Richard A. Smith Memorial Award winner.

On that same 1990 team, Je’Mone Smith ’93, M’96 was a freshman wide receiver just starting to make a name for himself. He ended up one of the most prolific pass catchers in school history, with 129 receptions for 2,194 yards. Those numbers ranked third and second, respectively, on the IUP all-time lists when he graduated. During his senior season, Smith helped IUP return to the national championship game. After graduation, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Another member of that 1993 team was offensive lineman Chris Villarrial ’95, one of only four IUP players to have his jersey retired. He was a part of teams that won 39 games in four seasons. When he was taken by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft, he was the first IUP player selected since the Buffalo Bills took Jim Haslett ’91 17 years earlier. Villarrial retired after 11 seasons in the NFL, with Chicago and Buffalo. He is now the head coach at Saint Francis University in Loretto.

Pat Imbrogno ’78 and Gregg Schmidt ’78 came to IUP together as freshmen in 1974, graduated together four years later, and were inducted into the hall of fame together this year. Imbrogno was the first true freshman to start for head coach Bill Neal. An offensive lineman, Imbrogno was a four-time all-PSAC selection, and he was an NAIA All-American as a senior. A standout linebacker, Schmidt had a monster season in 1977, when he recorded 177 total tackles, a figure that still stands as the best single-season mark in school history. By the time he graduated, he was named to the first-team all-conference team three times.

A key member of the 1964 team that made it to the PSAC championship game, Gene Epley ’65 took his experiences on the field and used them to build a successful high school and college coaching career. A former first-team all-PSAC pick, Epley was a college coach at Utah, Utah State, Shippensburg, Virginia, Army, William & Mary, and the school that lists Epley as its all-time winningest head coach, Marietta. He also coached high school football in West Virginia for three seasons, and his teams won two state titles. Epley died in 2010.

Like Raschiatore, Scott Green ’83 was a star runner for both the cross country and track and field teams. A two-time All-American, Green helped the 1982 cross country team win the PSAC championship and finish fourth at the NCAA meet. In track, Green set the school record in the 10,000 meters (30 minutes, 9 seconds), a mark still unbeaten 31 years later.

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As a track and field coach at IUP for almost four decades, Robert “Doc” Raemore coached several conference and national champions, and even a future Olympian. Working alongside former head coach Ed Fry, Raemore coached some of the best runners in PSAC history. He died in 2013, five years after he retired from coaching.

More than two decades after she graduated, Sue Brecko ’88 still has her name all over the IUP women’s basketball record book. She ranks in the top 10 in 14 game, season, and career statistical categories and was among the program’s star players. A two-time first-team all-PSAC player, Brecko scored 1,299 points in her career, and she graduated with the school record for career games played (103).

In men’s basketball, Ron McNabb ’83 was inducted more than three decades after putting together one of the most complete seasons on the hardwood. During his senior year, McNabb led IUP in scoring, assists, and minutes played, and his 49 steals set a single-season school record. When he graduated, McNabb’s 340 career assists ranked fourth all-time in the IUP record book.

When her playing career was over, Marissa Dugan ’00 had inscribed her name all over the softball team’s record book. She left the campus ranked either first or second in 12 offensive statistical categories, including batting average, home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage. She was also a key member of the first two IUP teams to earn berths in the NCAA Division II tournament and was named to the all-PSAC team four times.

The second inductee from the only IUP men’s team to win a national championship, Terry Eisenhute ’69 was one of the top golfers in school history. His main contribution to the program came in 1968, when he helped IUP win the NAIA championship by an astounding 30 strokes. Eisenhute died in 2004.

Coming to IUP from England, Trevor Gladden ’80 was one of the first stars of the now discontinued men’s soccer program. He left the States as IUP’s career leader in goals and assists, despite playing only two seasons. He also guided IUP to the NAIA tournament and was the school’s first All-American in the sport. He later played semiprofessionally in England for 12 seasons.

Julie Hess Worley ’03 came to IUP in 1999 and quickly made her mark on the field hockey team by being named PSAC Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-conference player. She left IUP as the program’s all-time leader in goals and points scored—records that still stand today. She was named to the all-PSAC team four times and was a first-team choice on three occasions.

A 14-time all-American, Heather Packard ’99 was one of the most decorated swimmers in IUP history. She finished in the top three at the annual PSAC meet 18 times and was part of the 400-meter freestyle relay team that set a PSAC record. Individually, she set three school records (200-, 500-, and 1,000-meter freestyle) and was a part of two record-setting relay teams (400 and 800 meters).

In addition, the Hall of Fame’s honorary Bell Ringer Award went to William Betts Jr., professor emeritus of English at IUP, for his longtime support of the men’s basketball program.

Exiting

IUP athletic director Frank Condino announced in September that he is retiring from his post at the end of the fall semester.

Condino arrived on campus 30 years ago as an assistant football coach and helped IUP build one of the most successful NCAA Division II athletic programs in the country. He became an assistant athletic director in 1990, and he replaced Frank Cignetti ’60, M’65 in 1999 as the AD.

Under his watch, IUP has won 30 team PSAC championships in eight sports, while continuing to encourage student-athletes to be active in the community and to earn high marks in the classroom. In the Condino era, IUP student-athletes have earned 38 PSAC Top 10, 10 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America, 11 PSAC Champion Scholar, 5 PSAC Team GPA, and 3 NCAA Elite 89 awards.

Alumni and Coach Notes

Former standout softball player Kelsey Ferguson ’12, M’13 was named head coach at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in June. Also in softball, Kristen Tunno ’11 was named head coach at Glenville State College in West Virginia in July. Former women’s basketball assistant coach Rebecca Tillett was recently hired as an assistant at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Kate Athing ’10 was promoted in June from assistant coach to head women’s lacrosse coach at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.



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