Clarence “Dutch” Burch
Coach Burch amassed a school-record 318 victories with the men’s basketball program from 1962-94.
Coach Burch
Coach Clarence “Dutch”
Burch passed away Saturday,
Sept. 8. He was 80.
Burch coached the men’s
basketball program from
Girardi bust unveiled
at homecoming
Frank Girardi paced the sidelines at
David Person Field as the Warriors’ head
football coach for 36 years (1972-07). On
Saturday, Oct. 20, his likeness became
a permanent fixture at the field when a
bronze bust of the legendary coach was
unveiled prior to the homecoming football
The bust, crafted by Thomas Marsh of
Orange, Va., sits atop a 4½-foot concrete
pedestal that features two bronze plaques,
one listing Girardi’s impressive coaching
accomplishments and the other listing
major donors who contributed to the $1.1
million fund drive for Field Turf at David
Person Field.
Girardi concluded his career at
Lycoming 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. He guided the program to two
national championship game appearances
in 1990 and 1997. He led the Warriors
to 13 Middle Atlantic Conference titles,
including seven during the 1990s, and 11
NCAA playoff berths. He was named the
MAC Coach of the Year on 12 occasions
and recorded 29 consecutive winning
seasons from 1975-2003.
Girardi and his wife, Lynne, have four
children, Cathy ’83, Jerry ’86, Frank Jr.
’89 and Justine ’96. They are also the
proud grandparents of 10 children, who
had the honor of unveiling the bust.
Among them were Nate Hanner ’08,
Zachary Hanner ’11 and Olivia
Hanner ’14, who is a member
of the women’s soccer team.
1962-94, amassing a school-record 318
wins. He led Lycoming to its first Middle
Atlantic Conference regular-season
championship in 1965-66 and added
two more titles in 1983-84 and 1984-85.
Lycoming made 11 appearances in the
postseason during his tenure.
Burch, who was MAC Coach of the
Year in 1983-84, coached 17 first-team
all-conference picks and two league most
valuable players. He coached 11 of the
program’s 25 1,000-point scorers and five
of the program’s top 10 all-time leading
Burch served as Lycoming’s head
baseball coach from 1962-72 and director
of athletics from 1976-84, overseeing the
addition of women’s basketball, women’s
swimming, and men’s and women’s
cross country. He also helped incorporate
Lycoming’s women’s athletics program
into the NCAA during the 1982-83
Survivors include wife, Georgia,
daughter, Susan ’81 Caravaggio (Steven),
sons Stephen, Samuel ’86 (Dawn) and
Seth ’89 (Debi); and three
granddaughters, Anna
Caravaggio ’16, Mersadies
Burch and Gabriela Burch.
Memorial contributions
in Dutch’s name may be
made to Lycoming College
and Dutch Burch Court,
Development Office, 700
College Place, Williamsport,
PA 17701.
Standing alongside Coach Frank Girardi’s newly-installed bronze bust at David Person Field are, from
left, Steve Wiser ’74, defensive coordinator, Girardi, and Mike Clark ’93, head football coach.
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