Lora Figley ‘99
A native of Kane, PA, Lora Figley played on the volleyball team from 1997-98 and women’s basketball team at Pitt-Bradford from 1995-99. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1999.
Lora was one of the most dedicated and motivated student athletes Pitt-Bradford has ever seen. Her ability to balance two sports and the demands of the rigorous nursing program is a true testament of her desire to be the best. Lora’s individual achievements are due to her work ethic and resolve to always strive to be better which in turn made her teammates around her better.
Lora’s abilities dominated the game, which earned her many awards during her tenure at Pitt-Bradford. Lora was selected to the All AMCC 1st team in volleyball and most valuable player for two years but it was her dominance in women’s basketball as team captain and most valuable player on the Panther squad that earned her All AMCC 1st team and most valuable player in the conference as a junior and senior. In basketball, Lora is Pitt-Bradford’s third leading scorer with 1,378 points, fourth in field goals made with 494, second in field goal percentage with a .526 percent, fifth in free throw percentage with a .655 percent and first in career free throws made with 390, a record that still stands today. In addition, she ended her career third in rebounds with 823 and second in career steals with 191. Her single season records are impressive as well as she is second with 453 points, fifth in field goals with 152, third in field goal percentage at .552 percent, first in free made with 149, first in single game free throws made and percentage with 16 for 16, and fifth in rebounding with 268. These honors earned her female athlete of the year at Pitt-Bradford for three years running.
A native of Mt. Jewett, PA, Dick Danielson was the athletic director from 1980-1985 and coached the men’s basketball team at Pitt-Bradford from 1975-1985. As Pitt-Bradford’s athletic director and head men’s basketball coach, Dick had the forethought and vision along with the drive that helped bring the program to where it is today.
Dick had an amazing career here at Pitt-Bradford which included outstanding accomplishments as the head coach of the Panthers. During Dick’s tenure, the basketball teams from 1975-1980 played in the NJCAA where they went 83-31. In 1977, the team broke the national ranked Jamestown Community College’s home game winning steak at 76 games then duplicated the same dominance in 1979 versus Niagara Community College and stopped their home game winning streak at 67 games. In 1979, Pitt-Bradford won the District 3 championship and was ranked ninth nationally. During the NJCAA era, Dick recruited and coached five first team All-Region 3, and one who was named All American NJCAA, which was the first for a Pitt-Bradford player. After the 1980 season, Pitt-Bradford moved to a four year institution and into the NAIA. Dick headed the Panthers to a 92-55 record over the next five years. Dick again recruited and coached five first team All-District 18, one second team All-District 18, three Honorable mention All-District, and one All-American NAIA. During the 1981-82 season, Dick accumulated his 100th win, was named Coach of the Year in District 18 and was Pittsburgh Press Coach of the Year in Western Pennsylvania. Dick ended his coaching career with an overall record of 175-86.
Randy Wade ‘83
A native of Baltimore, MD, Randy Wade played on the men’s basketball team at Pitt-Bradford from 1977-78 and 1981-83. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Relations in 1983.
Randy was the first junior college “All-American” to attend Pitt-Bradford. Randy was regarded as one of the best guards in the east. He was an integral part of a tandem that took Pitt-Bradford from NJCAA to a major force within the NAIA. Randy was a “total” player and was highly respected for his talent and unselfishness.
Randy truly conquered the game and foes with his abilities, which earned him numerous awards during his tenure at Pitt-Bradford. In his junior year, Randy was named All Pennsylvania Small College first team, was the leading scorer in the NAIA District 18 which earned him the honor of NAIA All-American Honorable Mention and All District 18 first team. Randy surpassed his junior year by being named the National Player of the week, leading scorer in the NAIA District 18 which earned him the honor of, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, All District 18 first team, All Pennsylvania Small College first team and was the MVP of each of the first team honors in his senior year. His Pitt-Bradford honors include being first and second in game scoring with 46 and 44 points, first in field goals made in a game with 19, tied for first in free throw percentage with 12 for 12. Randy not only excelled in each game but throughout the entire season. Randy is ranked fourth in field goals made in a season with 222 and ranked both second and fifth in free throws made with 150 and 143 in a season. Randy’s career records include being ranked sixth in career field goal percentage with .537 percent and Pitt-Bradford’s third all-time leading scorer with 2,007 points.