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or nearly four decades, Budd

Whitehill gave all his time and energy

to the students of Lycoming College. He

spent his career as a head wrestling coach,

becoming a nationally recognized hall

of famer for his success with Lycoming’s

mat men. Budd also coached baseball and

football while educating and mentoring

thousands of students as an assistant

professor of physical education.

So, when it came time for the college

to recognize Whitehill for all his

contributions, it’s no surprise that a dedicated group

of alumni stepped forward to lead the Budd Whitehill

Tribute project.

In the fall of 2012, the Lycoming College Athletics

Department recognized the 50

th

anniversary of the

school’s first MAC title won by the 1962 wrestling team,

at the annual Hall of Fame banquet. After the event,

the galvanized group of alumni quickly asked Hall of

Fame head coach Roger Crebs how they could help the

program while honoring Whitehill.

The Budd Whitehill Endowed Fund for Wrestling—

which was established before Whitehill’s passing—was

the obvious vehicle. The Fund will ensure a quality

wrestling program for generations, and Coach Crebs’

focus for the fund monies has been on hiring and

retaining quality assistant coaches.

With a goal in mind of raising $250,000 to enhance

the endowed fund, Bill Bachardy ’66, Mel Fleming ’68,

Dave Fortin ’65, Bill Kehrig ’62, Rod Laub ’64 and Lee

Wolfe ’63 quickly formed a committee to take action.

After the committee made leadership commitments to

honor Whitehill, the group began seeking contributions

from fellow alumni. With partnership from the college

administration and Board of Trustees, the project

accelerated.

In just over a year, the group raised the full

$250,000. A key outcome of the fundraising effort was

the recognition of Whitehill for his contributions to

Lycoming College, which came in the form of a relief

plaque that now rests in the Lamade Gym lobby. It was

dedicated at the 2014 Budd Whitehill National Duals,

Pictured

from

left

to

right are Billy Gutermuth

’64; Chip Edmonds

’98,

vice president for college advancement; Bill Kehrig ’62; Rod Laub

’64; Bill Bachardy ’66; Dave Fortin ’65; Lee Wolfe ’63; President Kent

Trachte; Greg Bell ’99, senior major gift officer. Not pictured is Mel

Fleming ’68.

a 20-team wrestling tournament, held annually in

Lamade Gym in Whitehill’s honor.

“It was an excellent experience teaming up with

fellow alumni, coaches and the school’s development

staff to honor the memory of Budd. While staying

consistent with Budd’s intent and following the

college and NCAA parameters, we pulled together on

the Whitehill Endowed fund guidelines to be more

responsive to the wrestling program’s current needs.

We were able to more than double the fund, enabling

current head coach, Roger Crebs, to obtain additional

assistant coaching support. I couldn’t be more pleased

with how it all worked,” said Lee Wolfe.

The immediate impact for the wresting program will

be significant. With the goal achieved, Crebs will be

able to hire the first full-time assistant wrestling coach

in the history of the program in the near future.

Dave Fortin ’65 added, “This project proved that

an alumni idea and effort can really produce positive

results. We just got things started, rallied together, and

the rest fell into place. I thank everyone involved—the

alumni and the college—for making this project and

dedication so special to all who knew Budd.”

If you would like to contribute to the Budd Whitehill

Endowed Fund or would like to learn about other ways

to get involved at Lycoming College, please contact

Greg Bell, senior major gift officer, at 570-321-4395 or at

bell@lycoming.edu

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WRESTLING ALUMNI

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