Upcoming Events: Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions
by Jed Kudrick and Monroe Harris
The Pitt-Greensburg Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2023 will be inducted during a ceremony in Wagner Dining Hall on Friday, Feb. 10. The athletes being inducted include Dr. Rick Fogle as administrator; Jim Kubicek and Kevin Conlon from the men’s basketball team; Kelsey Wilcox from the women’s basketball team, and the 1997-2000 men’s golf team.
Jeromy Yetter has been Pitt-Greensburg’s athletic director since August of 2018. He has been coaching for about twenty years now, working at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels before his position here. Yetter is excited about the depth and quality of this year’s inductees.
“It’s a great class. When we inducted last year’s class, which was our first class, we were like, man, we hit a home run with this. And when we started to dive into this year’s class, we came out and we’re like, we did it again. I mean, we got the best of the best,” Yetter said.
Rick Fogle came to Pitt-Greensburg in September of 1985, was named Dean of Student Life in 1997. Fogle hired Pitt-Greensburg’s original director of athletics, Dan Swalga, who was inducted into the hall of fame last year. Together, Fogle and Swalga started the process of joining the NCAA, which led to the Pitt-Greensburg sports teams today. Fogle was with Pitt-Greensburg for thirty-seven years until he retired in the summer of 2022.
“Rick had the vision to create and start a varsity athletics program here,” Yetter said.
Jim Kubicek was the first person to score a thousand points in Pitt-Greensburg men’s basketball history. He played from 1970-1972. Kubicek racked up 1,095 points in that time frame.
“What Jim Kubicek was able to accomplish in two years as a basketball player was remarkable,” Yetter said. “Scored over a thousand points–with no three-point line–in two years.”
Kelsey Wilcox played from 2006-2010. She accumulated 1,644 points during that time. Before last season, Wilcox was the only women’s basketball player at Pitt-Greensburg to record over a thousand rebounds, nabbing 1,183 in total. She was the first Pitt-Greensburg athlete to be named AMCC Player of the Year two times – in 2009 and 2010. Wilcox finished the 2009-2010 season with the sixth best rebounding average in the country with an average of 14.2 rebounds per game.
“Kelsey’s numbers are in the record book and she was part of a championship team,” Yetter said. “She was just incredible.”
Kevin Conlon played for the Bobcats from 2001-2005. In that time, he scored 1,417 points. Conlon had 290 assists and 126 steals. He won AMCC Player of the Year in 2005. Conlon also played on the Pitt-Greensburg baseball team for the 2003 and 2004 seasons as well as being an assistant women’s basketball coach from 2005-2007.
“Kevin Conlon, I mean, the accolades that he has from players of the year in the conference to all region stuff to his academic honors, I mean, the best of the best as well,” Yetter said.
The Pitt-Greensburg men’s golf team, led by coach Scott Statler, won four consecutive AMCC championships from 1997-2000.
“To win it, bang, bang, bang, bang, four times in a row like that the way that they did it was incredible. So we had a lot of firsts last year, and then this year I think we had a lot of firsts, too. I mean, the golf teams were the first conference champions that we had of all of our sports,” Yetter said.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is an important event both to celebrate alumni athletes of the past, but also as a chance for those alumni to reconnect with their past lives and the campus on which they flourished.
“It’s always emotional when our inductees stand up, and talk and reminisce about the good old days and everything they accomplished and the fun that they had,” Yetter said. “And we’re very excited and at the same time, very proud of the class that’s being inducted.”
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