Thursday, December 17, 2009

Invitation enclosed; please bring toilet paper

Kudos to Gannon AD Mark Richards. I hear he's a driving force behind restarting the Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame. And what a good group to start with -- the national finalist men's basketball team from 1986-87. Mark told me that every team member except for Yoav Kadman will be attending the Jan. 9 Hall of Fame induction.

If you're interested in attending, here's the info on the event. If you do go, I encourage you to throw toilet paper when the team is introduced:

Gannon University will celebrate the latest inductees of its Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, January 9, 2010 with the induction of five new members. In addition, the 1986-87 Men's Basketball team, coached by Tom Chapman, will be inducted as a team.

The 2010 inductees include former Women's Basketball standout Mary Kay Lynch Poppe `85; Men's Soccer coaching great Rob Russo; Men's Soccer standout Gerry Vandemerwe `88, `01M; former Men's Soccer standout and current Gannon head Men's Soccer coach Rob van Rheenen; and former Men's Basketball standout Harold "Butch" Warner `85. In addition to the five individual inductees, the Athletics Hall of Fame will induct the entire 1986-87 Men's Basketball team. All members of this historic team will be in attendance, including Mitch Smith, John “Shanghai” Matthews, John Bowen, James “Mo” Jamison, Mike Runski, Stacey Hitt, former Head Coach Tom Chapman, and Assistant Coaches John Ruby and Chuck Schramm.

The new class increases the Gannon Hall of Fame membership to 37 inductees. The Class of 2010 will be formally inducted at the Annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Saturday, January 9 at Gannon's Yehl Ballroom in the Waldron Center.

Reservations for the Hall of Fame Banquet can be made online at

Seating will be limited to the first 250 registrations. Cost for the event is $30 and includes admission to the Women's and Men's Basketball games against Bloomsburg on Saturday, January 9, 2010 and against Mansfield on Sunday, January 10, 2010. Please direct any questions to Ursula Konior in University Advancement at 814-871-7467 or by e-mail at

And kudos to Gannon's Mark Gaeta for sending me all this info, including the photo.

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