Thursday, October 11, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Joseph B. Fusco '60 will be honored as a Letterman of Distinction and Westminster College will induct four new members into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Class of 2012 is as follows: David Deal '86, Football; Jim Mann '03, Swimming and Diving; Matt Roser '04, Men's Soccer; and Katie Spehar ‘03, Volleyball, Track & Field.
The events will begin with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Towering Titan Organization (TTO) Tailgate Tent, recognition on the field at halftime of the Westminster-Bethany football game, and the induction dinner at the Witherspoon Room in the McKelvey Campus Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Please contact the Department of Athletics (724) 946-7307 for information or reservations for the Hall of Fame induction dinner.
Fusco will be the fifth former Westminster student-athlete to receive this prestigious honor, joining Titan legends David B. Fawcett '29, Dr. Harold E. Burry '35, C.G. "Buzz" Ridl '42, and Chester P. "Chet" Claire '49.
Fusco led the Titans to a 154-34-3 (.814) record from 1972-90, leading the Titans to four NAIA Division II National Championships in 1976, ‘77, ‘88 and ‘89. When he stepped down fol¬lowing the 1990 season, his career winning percentage was the second highest among all active NAIA football coaches with more than 10 years of experience. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
A 1960 Westminster alum, Fusco began his coaching career at nearby Wilmington and Grove City high schools before joining Burry's staff as offensive line coach in 1968. After serving as an assistant over the next four years, helping the Titans to the ‘70 national crown, he began a head coaching ca¬reer that included nine NAIA national playoff appearances and 15 NAIA Division II Top 20 finishes. However, it was the national championship years that left Fusco an undeniable legacy of success. Fusco led Westminster to a 21-1 record while capturing the 1976 and 1977 NAIA Division II national titles. His 1977 team finished 11-0 (Fusco's first undefeated team) and also won the Lambert Bowl trophy as the top small college team in the Eastern United States. Fusco again led Westminster to back-to-back titles in 1988 (14-0) and 1989 (13-0), compiling a 27-game winning streak that, at the time, was the longest win streak of any college team in the nation at any level.
The following are biographies of all four inductees.
DAVID DEAL ‘86
A four-year let¬terman and three-year starter, David Deal was a lineback¬er for the Titans from 1983-86. Deal led the defense in tackles during his junior year, and was captain his senior season. Deal earned NAIA D-18 second-team honors three times (1983-85), and was also tabbed NAIA Academic All-American three straight years (1983-85).
During Deal's four years, the Titans were NAIA Division II semifinalists twice under head coach and Titan Hall of Famer Joe Fusco. A New Castle, Pa., native, Deal was a double major in history and business and graduated from Westminster in 1985 with a 3.784 grade point average.
JIM MANN ‘03
MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
An All-American and 10-time Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) champion, Jim Mann was co-captain of the 2002-03 men's swimming & diving team. A four-year letterman, Mann competed at Westminster from 2000- 2003 for head coach Rob Klamut.
Mann earned NCAA D-II All-Amer¬ican honors in the 100 backstroke as a sophomore, CSCAA D-II All-American honors in the same event as a freshman, and qualified for the NCAA D-II Champi¬onship meet as a junior and the NCAA D-III Championship meet as a senior.
Mann was the first swimmer in Westminster swimming history to qualify for the U.S. Open as a freshman and sophomore, while making the finals in his first year.
He was also the GLIAC champion in the 100 and 200 backstroke on the GLIAC championship team as a fresh¬man.
During his team MVP year as a sophomore, Mann was crowned Grove City College Invitational (GCCI) cham¬pion in the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke, and 200 and 400 medley relay. Mann followed with GCCI cham¬pionships in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle relay as a junior.
Mann finished his career strong with PAC championships in six events. He placed first in the 100 and 200 back¬stroke, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay, 200 and 400 medley relay which earned him Invitational and PAC Swimmer of the Year.
During his career at Westminster, Mann broke three school and two PAC records. Mann still has the fastest 100 backstroke time in school history at 51.20 seconds. He was named the David B. Fawcett Award winner as the Out¬standing Senior Male Student-Athlete in 2003.
A native of Indiana, Pa. and a gradu¬ate of The Kiski School, Mann earned his degree from Westminster in business administration in 2003. He and his wife, Tawnya Brown Mann (former Titan swim¬mer) have two children, Braden and Cameron. Mann is currently employed at Northwest U.S. District Manager for Smith Bits.
MATT ROSER ‘04
Matt Roser, a four-year letterman and starter, was a key member of the 2003 PAC champi¬onship and NCAA tournament teams. This was Westmin¬ster's first NCAA ap¬pearance in school history.
A team co-captain his senior year, Roser was a two-time First Team All- PAC honoree and a two-time NSCAA Division III Adidas All-Region recipient.
Roser earned PAC Coaches' Honors (equivalent of All-PAC recognition) as a freshman and sophomore, and received Academic All-District honors in 2001. He ranks first all-time in career goals (37) and points (98), and is tied for fourth in career assists (24).
A native of Kingwood, Texas, and a Kingwood High School graduate, Roser earned his degree in international busi¬ness and Spanish from Westminster in 2004. He is currently the Assistant Principal at Atascocita High School. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Texas and have one son, Henry.
KATIE SPEHAR ‘03
VOLLEYBALL/TRACK & FIELD
Katie Spehar was a four-year letter winner in volleyball and a two-year letter winner in track and & field (the first two years of the varsity program).
A volleyball and team Most Valuable Player as a senior, Spehar was named First Team All-PAC and PAC Player of the Year as the Titans won the 2002 PAC Championship. She was also a member of the 2001 ECAC Champion¬ship team. Spehar ranks third all-time with 559 blocks.
On the track, Spehar earned PAC Coaches' Honors (equivalent of All-PAC recognition) her junior year and First Team All-PAC her senior year as she won the 800m, 1500m, and 1600m relay. For her efforts, she was named Team MVP. Spehar holds the school record in the 1500 meters (4:58).
Spehar won the Marjorie A. Walker Award for Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete.
A native of Malvern, Ohio, and a graduate of Malvern High School, Spe¬har earned her degree in psychology in 2003 from Westminster. She currently works as a child and adolescent mental health counselor and is engaged to be married to Scott Kocher.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.