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Shangraw Athletic
Complex receiving
upgrades
The Robert L. Shangraw Athletic
Complex is in the midst of a major
facelift. Projects include the installation
of FieldTurf to replace the grass football
surface at David Person Field and a
prominently displayed bronze bust of
legendary head football coach Frank
Girardi. The field project is scheduled to
be completed in time for the kickoff of
the 2012 football season while Girardi’s
bust will be officially unveiled during
the Warriors’ Homecoming game Oct.
20.
Along with improving the overall
aesthetics of the football stadium, the
addition of an all-weather surface will
help eliminate practice space issues at
the complex.
We are incredibly excited about the
installation of FieldTurf and the much-
deserved recognition for Coach Girardi,”
said Mike Clark ’93, Lycoming’s head
football coach and director of athletics.
This project will help us to improve
an already outstanding facility while at
the same time honor one of the greatest
coaches in college football history.”
A vast majority of the $1.1 million
project was raised during a four-month
period beginning in January. More than
325
donors, including many former
football players as well as individuals
from the Williamsport community and
elsewhere, made gifts to honor Girardi’s
legacy and strengthen one of the most
storied NCAA Division III football
programs. Fundraising efforts are
continuing for both projects with special
donor recognition available for major
contributors. For more information,
please call (570) 321-4395 or email bell@
lycoming.edu.
We’re very excited about the
opportunity to improve the football
stadium,” said Steve Wiser ’74,
Lycoming’s assistant head football coach.
The improvement it will bring to the
program as a whole and the advantage
it will give us in recruiting under Coach
Clark’s leadership will be great benefits.
The time is right to honor Coach Girardi
in this special way and to strengthen the
program he played a monumental role in
building through the years.”
Girardi and Whitehill a part of
inaugural MAC Hall of Fame
class
The Middle Atlantic Conference,
which is celebrating its 100th
anniversary, recently announced its
inaugural Hall of Fame class, a list of 36
influential and awe-inspiring athletes,
coaches and administrators associated
with the conference during its first 100
years. Among that list are two legendary
Lycoming coaches – Frank Girardi and
Budd Whitehill.
The fact that Lycoming College has
two members in the inaugural MAC Hall
of Fame is certainly appropriate,” said
Mike Clark ’93, Lycoming’s
head football coach and
director of athletics. “Those
two guys are certainly legends
in each of their respective
coaching fields.”
Both coaches will be
honored for their induction at
Lycoming’s Athletics Hall of
Fame banquet Friday, Oct. 19.
Girardi coached
Lycoming’s football program
for 36 years (1972-2007) and
concluded his career as one of
the most successful coaches in
NCAA history. He compiled
an overall record of 257-97-4
(.723),
ranking him 15th in all
divisions in victories. Girardi is
one of only 29 coaches to record 200 or
more victories at one school. He led the
Warriors to 13
Middle Atlantic
Conference titles
and 11 NCAA
playoff berths,
including national
championship
appearances in
1990
and 1997.
He was a 12-time
MAC Coach
of the Year and
recorded 29 consecutive winning seasons
(1975-2003).
Any time you are inducted into a hall
of fame, it is an honor,” Girardi said. “To
be included in this first year of the MAC
Hall of Fame with a very broad and deep
class is truly an honor for me.”
When
Whitehill started
the wrestling
program in 1956,
he was just two
years removed
from the end of a
career as a minor
league pitcher.
He was also
just two years
removed from a
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
wrestling title at Lock Haven State
Teachers’ College. For the next 37 years,
until his death, Whitehill embodied the
image that the athletic department came
to embrace. He was tough-as-nails, but
someone who cared about creating a
family-like environment.
The great success he had in wrestling
is as good as anyone has had at the
Division III level,” Girardi said. “To go in
to the hall of fame with a guy like Budd is
a very special honor.”
Whitehill coached 11 teams that
finished amongst the NCAA’s top 20 and
four amongst the top 10. He mentored the
school’s first MAC champions in 1962
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Lycoming’s David Person Field at the Shangraw
Athletic Complex now features FieldTurf.
Frank Girardi
Budd Whitehill