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LHU Announces HOF Classes of 2020, ’21, ’22 | News, Sports, Jobs

ByMary M. Ward

May 21, 2022

The Class of 2020 features eight inductees while the Classes of 2021 and 2022 are made up of team selections. Billy Arre (Men’s Basketball, Athlete), Tim Davey (Contributor), Maylouise Dixon (Coach/Administrator), Shannyn Gillespie (Men’s Wrestling, Athlete, Sandy Hess (Softball, Athlete), Ron Insigner (Men’s Basketball, Coach/Contributor), Leigh (Titus) Leaf (Lacrosse/Athlete), Michael Parker (Men’s Soccer, Coach) and Steve Podgajny (Men’s Cross Country, Track & Field, Athlete) make up the 2020 inductees. teams will be honored and the 1981 and 1982 field hockey teams are expected to be inducted.

The three separate Hall of Fame classes will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, will once again be part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities. at LHU’s house. It’s scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m.

• Arre (2009) is the all-time leading scorer in LHU men’s basketball and is also fifth all-time in rebounds and second all-time in points per game at 19.9. Davey (1974) was a student of LHU Hall of Famer Dave Tomasi. He interned with the New York Jets from 1971 to 1974 as an assistant track coach while still a student at Lock Haven State College. Davey was employed by the NFL for 35 years and was an athletic trainer for the New York Jets from 1974 to 1988.

• Dixon was coach and director of all women’s sports at LHU from 1925 to 1943, and was responsible for founding the first field hockey program (intramural league) at Central State Normal School in 1925. She was coached the women’s basketball, archery, field hockey, tennis, volleyball and rhythmic gymnastics teams, and served as an officer in the women’s division of the National Amateur Athletics Federation.

• Gillespie (’94) became NCAA Division I All-American in 1993 with a third-place finish at 142 lbs. A four-time NCAA qualifier and two-time Eastern Wrestling League and PSAC champion in 1992 and 1993, Gillespie was named top wrestler at the 1993 EWL Championships.

• Hess (’89) was the first LHU softball player to be named an All-American when she won second-team honors in 1989. She’s second all-time at LHU in a career with .83 and strikeouts with 324. She pitched two perfect games.

• Insinger (1974) is Pennsylvania’s most successful basketball coach. Insigner has over 1,000 wins as a basketball coach at Loyalsock and has been coaching for over 45 years. In 2017, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and Insinger led his teams to 19 District 4 titles, including five straight from 2001-2005, and 25 conference championships.

• Leaf (2010) is the all-time LHU lacrosse leader in goals with 269 and points with 369. Leaf is a three-time First-Team All-American, and his 100 assists are seventh in the league. school history.

• Parker was an assistant men’s soccer coach from 1972 to 1975 and coach from 1976 to 1983. He led the Bald Eagles to three NCAA championships in 1977, 1978 and 1980. The 1977 title was the first in history from the program.

• Podgajny (1972) was LHU’s first men’s cross-country All-American in 1971 and finished his Bald Eagle career as a three-time All-American. Podgajny was also an All-American in the 5,000 meters in 1972 and was a three-time All-PSAC performer, including a second-place and two third-place finishes at the PSAC Cross Country Championships.

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