DR. MICHAEL “DOC” STUCKART
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Michael Stuckart was an associate professor of anthropology and taught at Pitt-Bradford from 1977 until retiring in 2014.
For the past 37 years, Michael has made an immeasurable impact on athletics at Pitt-Bradford. He served as the first men’s soccer coach and was “The Voice of the Panthers” for all the basketball games. The excitement he brought to the arena with his play-by-play skills during games created an electric game-day experience, not just for the players but for the fans as well.
Michael also served as advisor for the baseball team. In that capacity, Michael, whom the players and department kindly refer to as “Doc,” acted as a mentor and advisor on and off the field. Michael has been in the dugout, during practices and games, mentoring our young men. He has assisted in recruiting, meeting with baseball prospects and their parents to ensure they understand the responsibilities that come with being a student-athlete. Rarely does a future baseball prospect put on the Pitt-Bradford uniform without meeting Michael. He also has accompanied the team to its annual Spring Break baseball trip each year to ensure Pitt-Bradford is represented professionally, on and off the field, across the country. Michael is, and has been, a vital part of the winning culture at Pitt-Bradford.
He also has assisted the athletic department and university in many other ways, including endowing the Edith A. Stuckart Study Abroad Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to students who study abroad.
Whether it is on the court, the field or in the classroom, Michael’s dedication cannot be matched. He epitomizes everything we want our students to embrace and carry with them when they leave Pitt-Bradford: loyalty, dedication, leadership, a sense of community, unwavering support and professionalism.
NICK EICHENLAUB ‘04
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Nick was a member of the baseball team at Pitt-Bradford from 2001-04. He received his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice in 2004.
Nick was an intelligent, gritty, left-handed pitcher who was as mentally tough as he was physically tough. Every batter he faced was a personal battle. As the hitter was digging in, Nick was not afraid to do the same. At least once a game, a hitter would clearly unnerve Nick, and he would walk off the mound, take a deep breath, rub the ball up so hard that it could have drawn blood, stare at the hitter one last time, and then, more times than not, find a way to record the out. Rarely was the game in doubt when Nick pitched. What made Nick so special was that he used his brain and brawn to outwit and outlast his opponent.
Nick made his presence known immediately within the AMCC, garnering the 2001 AMCC Newcomer of the Year. His stability in the rotation during his four years ranks him in the top 10 all time in program history. His accomplishments stand uncontested with the second most wins (22), second in most games started (39), second in most complete games pitched (21), second in most innings pitched (236), third in most strikeouts (194), fourth in most appearances (47), fourth in lowest earned-run average (3.85), fifth in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (3.39) and eighth in the lowest opponent batting average (.239).
Nick was the main reason the Panthers won back-to-back AMCC Championships in 2001 and 2002, as well as earning a trip to their first NCAA appearance in 2002. The program also earned two top seeds in the ECAC in 2001 and 2002. Nick and his teammates played for the AMCC title in three of their four years.
After graduation, Nick immediately went into law enforcement where he has taken his ability to lead, his dedication to serve, and his effectiveness to defend the community around him and serve with honor.