The IUP Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2017 on September 9, before the Crimson Hawks’ football game against East Stroudsburg. The inductees and their athletic achievements are as follows:
Front row, from left: Connie Yusi (widow of Frank Yusi), Theresa Kabala Thompson, Jennifer Lawler Weiss, Tia Kipp Gamler, John Angelo, and Bradford Hanes. Back row: IUP President Michael Driscoll, Frank Paronish, Ron Peters, Marvin Kelley, Dave Langton,
A. J. Ferrari, and Tom Rogish.
After transferring to Indiana State College, Ron Peters ’65 played guard and linebacker on the football team, as well as third base on the baseball team. Between
the two sports, he earned four letters in just two years at ISC.
Also a member of the football team, Frank Yusi ’65 played center and linebacker and was named to the school’s 1960s All-Decade Team. A three-time letter winner, he earned All-PSAC first-team honors as a senior in 1964. He died in 2014.
Like Yusi, A. J. Ferrari ’70 was a member of the 1960s All-Decade Team. A four-year starter at defensive tackle, he played on the 1968 Boardwalk Bowl team and went on to a lengthy career coaching high school football and wrestling.
Perhaps best known for his 20-year tenure as an assistant football coach at IUP, Tom Rogish ’73 was also a standout athlete, earning seven letters between football and wrestling. He racked up 50 career wins in wrestling and qualified for the NCAA
national tournament in 1970. In football, he was a three-year starter at linebacker and was named to the All-PSAC team in 1971.
Frank Paronish ’81, M’91 was a four-time letterman in both football and track and field. A javelin thrower, he took second place at the NCAA Division II championships in 1977 and sixth place in 1978. He earned All-America status both seasons. Paronish
was also a two-time PSAC champion in javelin.
In the final years of IUP men’s soccer, Dave Langton ’85 was the face of the program. He holds the school record for career goals (44) and assists (27). He was also a two-time All-American and a three-time member of the All-PSAC team.
One of the greats of the now-discontinued men’s tennis program was Bradford Hanes ’88. He was IUP’s number-one singles and doubles player for four years, he was undefeated in the regular season as a sophomore in 1986, and he went 64-1 in singles
play during his junior and senior seasons. He was also the PSAC runner-up in singles as a junior and senior.
A speedy first baseman, Marvin Kelley ’90 was a member of the IUP baseball teams that won PSAC titles in 1988 and 1990. As a freshman, he led NCAA Division II with nine triples. His career mark of 23 triples ranks second in school history.
He also ranks sixth in runs batted in.
A two-time All-PSAC team selection, Theresa Kabala Thompson ’99 was part of the IUP women’s basketball team that, in 1999, became the first in
program history to reach the Elite Eight. She led the team in scoring for three seasons, and her 1,223 career-point total ranks 13th in school history.
A four-year starter at goalkeeper, Jennifer Lawler Weiss ’02 was a two-time selection to the All-PSAC team in field hockey. She still holds single-season
school records for the lowest goals-against average (0.71) and the best save percentage (.912). She was an integral part of the 2000 team that was the first in IUP field hockey history to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
A member of the women’s soccer team, Tia Kipp Gamler ’03 was a four-year starting midfielder. She was named to the All-PSAC team four times, including
a pair of first-team selections in 2000 and 2001. Along with 25 career assists, she scored 29 career goals and totaled 83 points, putting her in the top 10 in school history in each category. She also played semi-professional soccer in 2006 with the
Allentown-based Northampton Laurels, of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
In addition, John Angelo received the hall of fame’s honorary Bell Ringer Award. A younger brother of Jim Angelo, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2016, John Angelo served as team manager for IUP football for 18 years and for men’s basketball for seven years.
A 1998 inductee into the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame, basketball great Joe DeLise ’58 died August 16. His 1,510 career-point total went unmatched for nearly 40 years after his playing days, and it remains among the top marks in program history.
After more than five decades of coaching, Jim Morris ’65 still hasn’t had enough. This fall was his first season as an assistant football coach at Chartiers-Houston High School. His lengthy coaching career began in 1965 at Avella High School, where
he spent 12 years as an assistant football coach, 17 years as head coach, and 18 years as athletic director. He also coached baseball and wrestling at Avella and spent 13 seasons at Division III football powerhouse Washington & Jefferson in the ’80s
For golfer Sean Knapp ’84, the third time was a charm. Twice before, he had reached the semifinals of a United States Golf Association event. Finally, last August, he broke through to win the US Senior Amateur title. With the win, he has automatically
qualified for a number of events, including the US Senior Amateur Open for the next 10 years.
Larry McDonough ’86 was inducted into the Mars Athletic Hall of Fame in September. A three-sport star at Mars High School and a four-year member of the IUP cross country and track and field teams, McDonough won the PSAC title in the 10,000-meter run as a senior.
The starting shortstop on the IUP team that advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series in 2011, Marissa Leslie ’12 was named head softball coach in July at Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia. She spent the past three seasons
as an assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan, where she was part of last season’s Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Last summer, former IUP quarterback Kevin Weidl ’06 joined the Baltimore Ravens as a scout. He spent a decade as a draft analyst and reporter for ESPN, and before that, he was a training-camp intern in the New York Jets’ pro personnel department.
In September, Adam Holtzer M’09 was named boys’ basketball coach at East Stroudsburg High School North. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the IUP men’s basketball team.
Former IUP women’s basketball standout Marita Mathe ’15 landed her first collegiate coaching job in September, when she was hired as an assistant with the women’s basketball program at Division III Bridgewater College in Virginia.
The third-leading career scorer in IUP men’s basketball history, Brandon Norfleet has signed with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League, Great Britain’s premier men’s league. He spent his rookie season playing professionally in
Former IUP offensive lineman Ethan Cooper joined the New York Giants’ practice squad in October. Cooper had signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in April but was waived during the final roster cuts following the
Former IUP assistant coach Kate Refsnyder was named head softball coach at Hamilton College, a Division III school in Clinton, New York.
In his fifth season at Yavapai Community College in Arizona, head women’s volleyball coach Zach Shaver celebrated his 200th coaching victory in September.
He earned his first 116 career wins at IUP, where he coached for seven seasons.