IUP athletic hall of fame to induct 11
The IUP athletic department will hold its 15th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday at the Crimson Event Center on campus. Ten former athletes and coaches will be formally inducted, and the presentation of this year's honorary award will also take place. A reception begins at 10:45 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 11:30.
Following is a look at each of the inductees.
TOM BECK was an assistant men's basketball coach under Carl Davis from 1972-83 before taking over the reins of the program for a five-year stint. With Davis and Beck calling the shots, the Indians had eight winning seasons in 11 years, including a 21-8 record and PSAC and NAIA district championships in 1973-74. Beck took over as head coach in 1983 and led IUP into the conference playoffs each season. He earned four letters in basketball and two in soccer at Slippery Rock and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1993. Beck retired as a teacher in 1994 after a 38-year career that included his final 22 at IUP.
CARMINE CORTAZZO rebuilt the IUP volleyball program into one of the best in the nation, culminating in a school-record 33 wins against only four losses, the PSAC championship and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament in 2002. Still an assistant professor in the health and physical education department at IUP, Cortazzo coached the volleyball team from 1998 until 2005 and had a record of 185-86, earning three NCAA Atlantic Region and two PSAC West Coach of the Year awards. He was on the IUP football team for four years and a backup quarterback on the 1968 Boardwalk Bowl team and served as an assistant football coach in 1981-82.
BUFF FANELLA was one of only two freshman starters on the 1941 Indiana State Teachers College football team before joining the Marine Corps in1943, and in early 1945 he participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima. Fanella returned to ISTC in 1946 and was a student assistant football coach while completing his degree. He then assisted with the football and basketball teams at Portage High School before moving on to Laura Lamar (now Homer-Center) High School and became head football coach three years later. His team won the Western Conference championship in 1962, and Fanella was named Indiana County Coach of the Year. He later coached the freshman football team at IUP from 1969 to 1971. He was inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
ED FRY coached the men's cross country and track and field teams from 1966 until his retirement in 2009 and started the women's programs in 1978. He coached numerous PSAC champions and All-Americans and led IUP to 12 state championships. His 1977 men's and 1985 women's cross country teams finished third in the nation, and he was named the PSAC Coach of the Year four times. Fourteen runners earned top 15 finishes at the NCAA cross country meet, and 10 track and field athletes won national championships. Fry was a world-class runner and finished 17th in New York Marathon in 1978. A 1962 graduate of DePaul, Fry taught piano and music theory at IUP for more than four decades.
DONALD GILL enrolled at Indiana State Teachers College after four years in the U.S. Navy and was a standout on the football team before embarking on a distinguished career as a business leader and entrepreneur. He graduated in 1962 and taught and coached at Grove City High School before beginning a career in explosives, owning several companies and serving on the board of directors of the Institute of the Makers of Explosives. In 1988, he helped form Auto Group Enterprises and bought automobile dealerships in Clarion and State College. He retired to Naples, Fla., in 1999 and in 2005 was honored as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Gill passed away on Oct. 9, 2009.
DONNA KANE-MAURER became IUP's first women's All-American in any sport when she set a school record in the 200 backstroke at the AIAW national championship meet in 1980. A four-year varsity swimmer, Kane set the stage for her pioneering efforts at the national meet with an outstanding performance at the PSAC championships, finishing fourth in the 200 backstroke and placing in the top 10 in the 50 and 100 backstrokes. She also swam a leg on the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams that took fourth. Kane graduated from IUP in 1980 and earned a master's degree from Villanova four years later. She was a nurse for many years before retiring from the profession and is currently a high school swimming coach.
GARY KOTSCH was a key figure in the successful IUP men's basketball teams of the mid-1970s, reaching the 1,000-point plateau while helping the Indians win 58 games in a three-year span. He finished his career with 1,017 points, ranking ninth in school history at the time of his graduation, was twice named to the All-PSAC West team and led the team in scoring as a senior with a 16.8 average. Among his scoring achievements was a 37-point outburst against Robert Morris in 1976. The Indians enjoyed some outstanding seasons during Kotsch's time at the university, including 21 wins and the PSAC and NAIA district titles in 1974. Kotsch graduated in 1977 and is currently the owner of Gary Associates, a manufacturer's rep company.
DAVE SEIDEL spent four seasons as one of the top rushers in IUP history, finishing with 2,117 yards to place second at the time of his graduation and currently ranking 11th. As a senior in 1985, Seidel was the recipient of the Thomas Westhoff Memorial Award as IUP's most valuable offensive player and was an honorable mention All-American. Seidel was a successful businessman and coach in Johnstown. He owned The Haven for 19 years and was defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Bishop McCort High School, for 13 years, helping the Crushers win four District 6 championships while winning 96 games. One of his players at Bishop McCort was his son, Josh, who is a freshman football player at IUP. Seidel passed away on Aug. 21, 2009.
MIKE WEBB was a member of the men's soccer team at IUP from 1973-77 and earned a spot on the All-PSAC team each season. He ranked atop the school record book in goals with 32 and assists with 36 at the time of his graduation and was named the Indians' most valuable player as a junior in 1976. In addition to his conference accolades, Webb was named to the all-region team three times. He is one of the most successful soccer coaches in Virginia high school history with 345 wins and two state championships, and twice he was a finalist for the National Soccer Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Award. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Spotsylvania County Parks and Recreation Department in 2003.
BRUCE YARD made an immediate impact on the IUP baseball program, earning PSAC West Rookie of the Year honors in 1991. That was just the start of a career in which he finished with a batting average of .342, the 10th-highest figure in school history. He batted .409 the following year and was named the All-PSAC West shortstop and was selected to several preseason All-America teams prior to the 1993 season. Yard was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June 1993 and spent five years in their organization. He returned to IUP to finish his degree, graduating in 1999 and assisting with the baseball team for seven years. He is currently a health and physical education teacher at Freeport High School, where he has coached football, track and field and basketball.
DR. DAVID HOFF is the recipient of the IUP Hall of Fame honorary award in recognition of his longtime support of the university's athletic programs. He has contributed regularly to IUP athletics for more than 20 years and provided the funds for the new baseball scoreboard that was installed prior to the 2010 season. A graduate of Pitt Johnstown, Hoff is the president and owner of Hoff Chiropractic Clinic, which is based in Indiana. He was an outstanding pitcher for the Mountain Cats for three seasons and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round that summer. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Pitt Johnstown Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.