Each year, outstanding players, coaches and other supporters are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is held annually during Alumni and Family Weekend.
We encourage you to submit nominations. Send your nominations to the athletic department by March 31.
You can nominate someone if he/she:
- is a graduate and was a full-time student for at least two years.
- is a letter winner in at least one varsity sport
- hasn't participated in a college sport for at least five years
Coaches, administrators or others on campus who have supported the athletic programs are also eligible. If someone is nominated but not chosen, he or she will automatically be considered for the next five years. Afterward, he or she needs to be renominated.
Pitt-Bradford Announces 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
BRADFORD, Pa. – The Pitt-Bradford athletic department would like to recognize two individuals that will be entering this year’s Hall of Fame Class, as announced by the sports information office on Thursday.
Dr. Michael “Doc” Stuckart and Mr. Nick Eichenlaub are set to be the newest additions to the Pitt-Bradford Hall of Fame when the ceremony takes place on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the conclusion of Alumni Weekend.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Stuckart began his career at Pitt-Bradford as an associate professor of anthropology in 1977. During his 37 year tenure, he made an immeasurable impact on the athletic department in many ways. Stuckart was the first men’s soccer coach and later became “The Voice of the Panthers” for all basketball games.
However, it was his time served as advisor for the baseball program that seemed to bring him the most joy. He became a mentor to the young men both on and off the field. Many faculty members have supported athletics over the years, but Stuckart’s continued dedication to the department went far above and beyond what was ever asked of him.
Other duties included assisting in recruiting activities and meeting personally with baseball prospects and their families to ensure they understood the responsibilities that came with being a student-athlete at Pitt-Bradford.
Stuckart also endowed the Edith A. Stuckart Study Abroad Scholarship that provided financial assistance to students seeking to enroll, for credit, in a study abroad program.
“His dedication cannot be matched and he provided a sense of community and commitment to our sports programs and university,” said Director of Athletics Lori Mazza.
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Eichenlaub 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.
A left-handed pitcher that was as mentally tough as he was physically tough, Eichenlaub was intelligent and fearless on the mound. He was notorious for finding a way to record the tough out. There wasn’t much that rattled him and because of this, he was counted on to win games for the Panthers time and time again.
“I am very proud of Nick and all of his accomplishments, both on the field and off,” said head baseball coach Bret Butler. “He was a winner every time he toed the rubber and that has carried into his professional life with law enforcement. Not very often does a coach have the privilege of coaching a pitcher like Nick Eichenlaub.”
Eichenlaub garnered the 2001 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year Award in his first season on the roster. He went on to finish his career placing in statistical categories such as second in 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 lowest opponent batting average (.239).
“Nick was a main reason we won back-to-back AMCC Championships in 2001 and 2002,” said Mazza. “He also was a main reason we earned our first NCAA appearance in 2002. He and his teammates played for the AMCC Title in three of their four years here.”
Upon graduation, Eichenlaub immediately went into law enforcement where he has taken his ability to lead and serve to protect others.
For more information regarding the ceremony, visit www.upbalumni.org/afw.
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