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Springfield College To Induct Six Members Into Its Athletics Hall of Fame

2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- September 19, 2008 – Springfield College will induct the 36th class into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 18, during the College’s Homecoming Weekend festivities. The six newest members will be Michael "Spider" Brown '80, Robert Elsinger ’65, Brenda Bradley Hogan '91,Larry Mulvaney ’49, Theodore A. "Ted" Smith ’48 (posthumously), and William "Fritz" Wiedergott ’58.

With his name still atop several Springfield College records, Michael Brown has done more than just leave his footprint on the men’s track and field program. Michael Brown With four records that have not been touched in nearly 30 years, the accomplishments that Brown achieved during his time at Springfield College have only become even more impressive with time. In 1979, Brown set a school record in the high jump with an incredible mark of 6’11”. The following year, Brown went on to capture three more school records in the long jump, indoor pentathlon, and the decathlon. Brown jumped a distance of 24’5 ”, scored 3,833 points in the indoor pentathlon, and 7,265 in the decathlon as he capped off a sensational career at Springfield. Besides being a three-time All-New England Track and Field selection, he was honored as a Division II All-American after finishing second in the decathlon at the NCAA Division II Championships. Brown's success continued after graduation as after earning a spot on the United States National Decathlon team, Brown went on to place third nationally in the decathlon in 1982. Brown fell just short of every athlete’s ultimate dream of reaching the Olympics as he was a finalist in the 1984 United States Olympic Decathlon Trials.

After being a part of the Springfield College men’s soccer team which captured the national championship in 1957, it seems only fitting that William “Fritz” Wiedergott would go on to experience a lifetime of success. Fritz Wiedergoff Also lettering in men’s gymnastics while at Springfield, Wiedergott achieved greatness at many levels in a variety of venues since graduating in 1958. Settling in at St. Mark’s School in Southboro, Mass. as a teacher, coach, and administrator, Wiedergott served as the Director of Athletics for 28 years before being named director of athletics emeritus in 1997. On the soccer pitch, his squads won five league championships as well as the Division II New England Prep title in 1994. For 36 years, Wiedergott coached varsity lacrosse, won 12 league titles, and captured four undefeated seasons. In 1996, he received the Man of the Year Award for independent schools and was enshrined into the New England Lacrosse Coaches Hall of Fame. For his service throughout the years, Wiedergott received the Distinguished Service Award from the New England Prep School Athletic Council in 2001. Outside of the scholastic setting, for 35 years the National Skeet Shooting Association was privileged to have Wiedergott as its National Director. A National Skeet Shooting Champion himself, he was also a member of five World Championship Skeet Shooting teams and, in 1998, was elected to the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.

A standout on both the football field and the wrestling mat while at Springfield College, Larry Mulvaney translated his experiences into becoming one of the most influential figures in New York State High School Athletics history. Larry Mulvaney A three-year starting offensive tackle on the football field and the starter at the heavyweight division for the wrestling squad, Mulvaney’s collegiate athletic career was interrupted by his service with the United States Marines in World War II from 1943-1946. After finally earning his degree in physical education, Mulvaney settled in Schenectady, New York, where he would make his mark on the football and wrestling programs. From 1952 to 1967, Mulvaney led Mont Pleasant High School’s football teams to a 107-64-4 record, including three seasons with an undefeated record. In 1967, his squad achieved the No. 1 ranking in the state of New York. In his tenure, Mulvaney coached six high school All-American gridiron stars. Enjoying an equal amount of success in the same time period while coaching wrestling, Mulvaney’s squads posted a 209-58-6 record. In 2007, he was named to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, one of five previous hall of fames he has been inducted into. Mulvaney also made a commitment to his community as he started Pop Warner Football in Schenectady and served as the first commissioner, and also coached the youth program for Schenectady’s Parks and Recreation Department for 25 years.

Regarded as one of the finest female swimmers in program history, Brenda Bradley Hogan’s induction into the Springfield College Hall of Fame is the exclamation point of her outstanding swimming career. Brenda Hogan Hogan made the biggest splash on the Springfield and national swimming scene in her final two years as she was one of the top performers in the country. During her junior campaign in 1990, Bradley Hogan was a Division II All-American in the 1,650 yard freestyle event, and went on to be named the Springfield Junior Female Individual Athlete of the Year. In her senior campaign, Bradley Hogan earned All-America status in three events as she experienced a great deal of success on the national level. A Division II All-American in the 200 yard freestyle, she earned a pair of All-American accolades after finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships in the 500 yard freestyle and third in the 1,650 yard freestyle. Her excellence is still evident to anyone who looks up at the Springfield College Varsity Records board within the Linkletter Natatorium, as she still proudly holds the three oldest women’s swimming records at The College. Her times in the 500 yard freestyle (4:53.43), 1,000 yard freestyle (10:10.98), and 1,650 yard freestyle (16:53:35) have not been touched since she set them in 1991.

Ted Smith’s lifestyle was truly a snapshot of a life built on the Humanics philosophy he learned and espoused while at Springfield College. Ted Smith His commitment and dedication to the soccer community now makes him a special addition to the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame. After returning from World War II, Smith wasted no time making an impact on the soccer field. A key member of the men’s soccer team which went undefeated in both 1946 and 1947, Smith led the Pride to back-to-back New England and National Championships. During his senior campaign, Smith served as the team captain, was the team’s most valuable player as its leading scorer, and for his efforts was tabbed an All-American. Teaching physical and special education for over 29 years in West Springfield, Smith also served as a coach for the soccer, hockey, and golf teams. The co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Soccer League as well as the Pioneer Valley Soccer Officials Association, Smith served as their president and in many other capacities. On the national and international scale, Smith was also an influential figure as he served on the NCAA rules committee for soccer and was a soccer ambassador for the United States in Poland. In his role as ambassador, Smith was the first coach to represent the United States in the Poland Cultural Exchange American Soccer Program. He received many awards and accolades throughout his life.

After a lifetime dedicated to the sport of gymnastics, Robert Elsinger’s newest venue of recognition for his excellence comes from the place where he experienced a great deal of success some years ago. Bob Elsinger At a time when gymnastics began to take off, Elsinger was one of the very top performers for Springfield College. In 1965, Elsinger led a Springfield team that registered a fifth place finish in the NCAA Division I Final Championships. In those championships, Elsinger was sensational as he captured the University Division National Championship on the pommel horse. The following year, he was also tabbed the EIGL pommel horse champion while he was a graduate assistant for the gymnastics team. After graduating from Springfield College, Elsinger settled in Long Island where he became a Physical Education Instructor and Coach for the Elwood School District in the fall of 1966. Elsinger also served for many years as a coach for several teams, including high school boys and girls gymnastics and track, as well as middle school soccer and volleyball. He also excelled from another vantage point within the sport of gymnastics, this time as an official and judge. He was a New York State Gymnastic Official as well as a National and International Gymnastic Official. In 1984, he received the National Gymnastics Judges Association's Eastern Regional Award and was later inducted into the Eastern Gymnastic Judges Hall of Fame. Through the years, he also had the privilege of judging Olympic and World Game Trials, as well as the 1990 Goodwill Games.

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