SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2016—PRESS RELEASE
The South Central Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame announced its annual induction dinner and 2016 class of inductees.
This year’s induction dinner will be held Monday November 21st 2016 6:00pm reception 7:00pn dinner at Premier Events 429 East Orange Street, Shippensburg Pa.
2016 YEARS INDUCTEES ARE:
Dr. John E. (Jack) Benhart
Retired Shippensburg University Professor Chair of Geography and Earth Science. Jack was the all-time leading scorer at St. Wendelin H/S in Pittsburgh and named League MVP 1960. Basketball scholarship University of Arizona transfer to IUP in 1964 and was team captain, PSAC first team all-star, voted team MVP averaging 21.8 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. At IUP he scored 977 Career points and ranked fourth at the time he graduated. Jack was inducted into the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Donald (Don) Nichter
Dickinson College, 30 Years Head Women’s & Men’s Cross Country Coach. 10 Years Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach. 3 times NCAA Regional Coach of the Year. 19 Conference championships, Cross Country & Track & Field. Coached two national champions and 32 All-American’s in CC & Track.
William H. Owens
Bill, started and played as a freshman Running Back on the 1960 undefeated Carlisle H/S Football team. He went on to Graduate in 1963, played & lettered in all four venues, Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track. Held records in 100yard dash 9.9 and the 220 Yard Dash 21.4 and helped win Three District titles. Try-out with New York Jets Camp. Coaching started with Carlisle Midget Football and then Coached over 15 years at Carlisle H/S as well as Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, Mercersburg Academy for a total of over 25 years.
Gerald B. Schwille
Director of Athletics, Northern York School district, USFL New Generals Head Athletic Trainer. Certified Master Administrator, By National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Licensed Instructor (ASEP) American Sports Education Program Coaching principles.
World Championship, 1991 Marathon Tokyo, Bronze Medalist. 1992 Olympian in Marathon finished 12th. 1992 Olympic Trials winner, National Champion. 1990 Columbus Marathon winner, National Champion. RRCA ( Road Runners Club of America ) Male runner of the year 1989,1990,1991,& 1992. Inducted RRCA Hall of Fame 2000. Inducted S/U Hall of Fame 1995. Seven times NCAA All-American at S/U. 13 times PSAC Coach of the Year. 18 Year Head Coach S/U Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Coach.
Head Coach Football, 37 Years at Gettysburg College. longest-tenured Coach in NCAA Division III. Ranks sixth among active coaches in career wins. Career record of 190-179-5. Tied for 23rd in all time Division III wins and ranks second Centennial Conference History with 120 wins.