Dr. RICHARD McDOWELL
A native of Bradford, PA, Dr. McDowell has played a large role in Pitt-Bradford’s athletic program. As the President of Pitt-Bradford for 29 years, his service, leadership and contributions to the institution and athletic department are abundant.
Dr. McDowell led the effort in the Second Decade Campaign to raise funds for the construction of the original Tom L. McDowell Hall, named by the Advisory Board for President McDowell's father because of all his father did to get the University of Pittsburgh established in Bradford in 1963. This building would house all athletic teams. In the 1970's, Dr. McDowell worked with members of the campus and community to begin the start of the recreational fields along Campus Drive, called the "Pitt Fields", and later named the "Kessel Athletic Complex" in 2001.
When it came to the individual athletic programs, Dr. McDowell led the efforts to become a member of the NJCAA when Pitt-Bradford was a two-year college, and likewise led the efforts to transition to full membership in the NAIA when Pitt-Bradford became a 4-year college in 1979. Then in 1992, after consulting with numerous staff and faculty at Pitt-Bradford, Dr. McDowell made the decision to leave the NAIA and become a member of NCAA Division III. Dr. McDowell is best known as the founder of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in which we currently compete in today. He also was a leader in securing funds for the new Pitt-Bradford Sport and Fitness Center which opened in the Fall of 2002.
PAT CULLINAN ‘98
A native of Cheektowaga ,NY, Pat Cullinan played on the men’s basketball at Pitt-Bradford from 1994-98. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1998.
A leader by nature, Pat was a guard on the men’s basketball team. He was a great shooter, and a resilient and hard nosed player. During his tenure at Pitt-Bradford, he amazed all who watched him as he broke the all-time leading scorer record, which stands to date.
Pat was voted in 1994-95 season second team All-KECC. As a sophomore and junior he earned the first team NAIA Northeast Region, while earning ECAC player of the week twice, and Pitt-Bradford male athlete of the year during the 1996-97 year. As a senior Pat saved the best for last, earning AMCC player of the year, ECAC player of the week twice, two tournament MVP’s, NCAA All-American, and Pitt-Bradford male athlete of the year for the second time. Pat is most known as Pitt-Bradford’s all-time leading scorer with 2,120 points.
ED ROBINSON ‘88
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Ed Robinson first came to Pitt-Bradford as a transfer student in 1985. He wore the Panther uniform for three seasons, from 1985-1988, and received his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration in 1988.
A gifted athlete, Ed was a forward on the men’s basketball team. He represented the typical Pitt-Bradford basketball player as he was quick, an aggressive rebounder, a strong scorer and most of all a team player with an outstanding attitude. During his tenure at Pitt-Bradford, he astonished all who watched him as he broke various records, some of which still stand today, in just a three-year period.
Ed was voted in 1987 to the First Team All-District, First Team All-East, NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, and Pitt-Bradford Male Athlete of the Year. During his final year, Ed’s honors included Pitt-Bradford Male Athlete of the Year, District 18-Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year, and All-American, Third Team. Ed ranks first on the rebounder list with 1,154 rebounds, first in scoring for the season with 683 points, first in career field goals made with 685, second in free throws made with 353, fourth in career steals with 146, second in career field goal percentage with .575 percent, and fourth on the all-time scorer list with 1,725 points.
BOB JIMERSON ‘93
A native of Hornell, NY, Bob Jimerson played on the men’s soccer team at Pitt-Bradford in the 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1992 seasons. Bob also served as assistant men’s soccer coach from 1994-1998. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1993.
Bob was a true leader on the men’s soccer team. He played the forward position and excelled in all aspects of the game. During his time at Pitt-Bradford, Bob was an intelligent player who enjoyed out-smarting and out-playing the opponent. He is the second leading scorer in Pitt-Bradford’s history with 29 goals and fourth all-time in assists with 12.
During Bob’s four years, he accumulated several awards. In 1989 and 1991, Bob earned All-Area 8, Second Team; NAIA All-District 18, First Team; and the All-Western PA, First Team. In his final year at Pitt-Bradford in 1992, Bob was voted to the NAIA All-District 18, First Team, and the All-Western PA, First Team for the third year in a row, and he shared the Pitt-Bradford Most Valuable Player Award in soccer.
A native of Doylestown, PA, Bruce Falkenstein played on the men’s soccer team at Pitt-Bradford from 1984-1988. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1988.
Bruce was a versatile player on the men’s soccer team. He was best known for his play as the team’s sweeper. During his time at Pitt-Bradford, Bruce was strong, intelligent and a fiercely competitive player. Throughout his career, his sportsmanship and talent were evident. Bruce was the leading scorer at Pitt-Bradford during his tenure, and the first soccer player to earn NAIA honors.
In 1985, Bruce was voted to the NAIA All-District 18, First Team as a sophomore. In 1986 and 1987, he was named Pitt-Bradford’s men’s soccer most valuable player. In his senior year, he earned the Student Affairs’ Special Recognition Award for his exemplary leadership in athletics. It is without question that Bruce Falkenstein was the foundation of the men’s soccer program at Pitt-Bradford.
BOB HANNON ‘82
A native of Bradford, PA, Bob Hannon played on the men’s basketball team at Pitt-Bradford from 1978-1982. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Relations in 1982.
A quiet leader but dangerous on the court, Bob was a point guard on the men’s basketball team. He was an outstanding shooter and a tough, smart player. During his tenure at Pitt-Bradford, he astounded the Pitt-Bradford fans with his unselfish play and his ability to lead the Panthers to a Penn York Championship and a national ranking of 9th.
Bob is best known as Pitt-Bradford’s first player to score more than 1,000 points in a career, ending his career with 1,570 points. Bob was voted to the NJCAA Regional First Team during the 1979-80 season. During the 1980-81 season, he earned All-District 18, Second Team and during the summer he was one of 38 players selected nationally to represent the United States in a two-month tour in Australia. Bob ended his final season with the honor of being Pitt-Bradford’s leading scorer, All-PA Small College, Second Team and All-District 18, First Team.
AMI FITZSIMMONS ‘92
A native of Corsica, PA, Ami Fitzsimmons played on the women’s basketball team at Pitt-Bradford from 1988-1992. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1992.
Ami had a great work ethic, determination, and even intimidation, which showed on the court. Her aggressive leadership style was a force to be reckoned with by opponents, but to her teammates she led by example. Ami’s individual achievements are a testament to that same work ethic and determination that made her, and the team around her, excel to a new level.
Ami could take control of a game with her abilities, which earned her many awards during her tenure at Pitt-Bradford. During Ami’s freshman year she was voted to the NAIA All-District 18, Second Team and earned the team’s Most Valuable Player Award. For the next three years she earned NAIA All-District 18, First Team honors as well as her team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Ami also earned the distinct honor of Academic All-American during her senior year. Ami is Pitt-Bradford’s second leading scorer with 1,437 points, second in field goals made with 535, third in field goal percentage with a .501 percent and first in career free throws made with 362. In addition, she was the leading rebounder three years in a row, ending her career first in rebounds with 1,254, a record that still stands.