Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

50 Years Wiser: Honoring Commitment, Loyalty & Impact

Coach Steve Wiser '74

Lycoming College is thrilled to recognize Steve Wiser ’74 for reaching his career milestone of 50 years of coaching Warrior Football.


Coach Wiser photo

Wiser and Girardi photo

“For more than five decades, Steve Wiser has displayed incredible devotion to Lycoming College and the football program, and I am excited to be celebrating the impact he has made. It is an honor for me to be a part of recognizing his legacy at Lycoming.”
- Frank Girardi

Celebration Events

Join us to celebrate Coach Wiser at one of our regional events and hear about the College’s plans for permanent recognition on campus in his honor while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the company of those eager to honor “The Wizard.”

50 Years Wiser: Williamsport Celebration

Thursday, February 8, 2024 @ 6 p.m.
Pennington Lounge, Academic Center, Lycoming College

50 Years Wiser: Doylestown Celebration

Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 6 p.m.
Station Taphouse, 194 W Ashland St, Doylestown, Pa.

50 Years Wiser: West Chester Celebration

Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 6 p.m.
Penn Oaks, 150 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester, Pa.


Coach Steve Wiser '74 Football Locker Room

Lycoming plans to honor Steve Wiser by naming the football locker room the Coach Steve Wiser ’74 Football Locker Room. This honor is part of the improvements planned for the athletic complex which includes the construction of a new apparel/concession building, expansion of the plaza between the Keiper and Girardi Stadiums, and a complete renovation of the football locker room.
Gifts of any size will help to support this $750,000 project and are greatly appreciated. Leadership gifts of $10,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent plaque commemorating the project and honoring Coach Wiser. Donors who make a $5,000 commitment will be able to name a locker in the Wiser Football Locker Room. Gifts can be made outright or pledged over a 3-year period. 

Match Opportunity
Dan Langdon ’73 and Kent Chapman ’86 have stepped up to provide matching funds to incentivize leadership gifts to this project.
  • Commitments of $7,500 will receive a match of $2,500
  • Commitments of $10,000 will receive a match of $5,000
Donor Recognition and Stewardship Opportunities
$5,000 | Name a locker in the Wiser Football Locker Room
$10,000 | Recognition as described above and listing on the plaque honoring Coach Wiser
$15,000 | Recognition as described above and listing on a donor plaque for the new
apparel and concessions facility
$25,000 | Recognition as described above and championship plaza
$50,000+ | Recognition as described above and individual naming opportunities of physical spaces on campus in consultation with the development staff


Wiser coachingWiser in 1979Coach Wiser Career Highlights

  • 348-170-5 Record on Staff
  • 15 MAC Titles
  • 2x NCAA Total Defense Leaders
  • 3x NCAA Rushing Defense Leader
  • NCAA Scoring Defense Leader
  • 18x MAC Top Defense
  • 68 Shutouts
  • 13 NCAA Championship Appearances
  • 1990 & 1997 Stagg Bowls


Glenn Smith headshotPlease contact Glenn Smith II ’07, Athletics Development & Major Gifts, at or 570.321.4455.