FOUR NEW MEMBERS ENTER BETHANY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany College athletic department celebrated Homecoming festivities by inducting four new members into its Hall of Fame Oct. 9-10.
The weekend was kicked off with the Fifth Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing Friday morning at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. The Hall of Fame dinner was held at Harder Hall on Bethany’s campus Friday evening and then at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Thiel, the Hall of Fame inductees received their plaques at Bison Stadium.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 includes softball/volleyball player Amy (Stefan) Bergin (1999), swimmer Robert B. Pace (1964), swimmer/track and field athlete Laurelyn Rawson (1995) and baseball player Kenneth W. Richey Jr. (1996).
Amy (Stefan) Bergin was a four-year starter in volleyball and softball for the Bison. On the volleyball court, Bergin graduated second in career assists with 2,085 and still sits in fourth place on the school’s all-time list. In addition, she ranks sixth in BC history with 188 assisted blocks.
On the softball diamond, Bergin was a four-year All-PAC honoree for her play in center field, including three First Team awards, and a Second Team All-Region selection in 1999. She led Bethany to a 102-59 record during her four years, two PAC Championships (’97, ’99) and two postseason appearances, including the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 1997. At the Regionals that season, she belted a home run against Rowan (N.J.) University and would earn All-Tournament Team laurels.
Her career numbers in softball include Bethany’s all-time record in runs scored (129) and stolen bases (61) and she graduated with the career mark for walks with 53 (currently tied for second), while also being tied for second in career triples (10) and fifth in hits (166). Bergin posted a career batting average of .338 with four home runs, 21 doubles and 52 RBIs.
Among the other awards Bergin received during her time at Bethany include a spot on the PAC Academic Honor Roll once, the Susan B. Hanna Award as the Top Female Senior Athlete in 1999 and the S. Elizabeth Reed Award in Physical Education. Away from athletics, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
After graduating cum laude from Bethany in 1999 with a degree in physical education (sports management), Bergin went to Marietta College as an assistant volleyball coach and earned her master’s degree in education. She was named head volleyball coach at Haverford in 2002 and through the 2008 season, has compiled a record of 157-57, led her team to three consecutive Centennial Conference championships and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Her top season came in 2007 when she was named the AVCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year after guiding the Fords to a school-record 31 wins and the final in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament.
Bergin, who graduated from Brooke High School in Wellsburg, W.Va., resides in Lafayette Hill, Pa., with her husband Matt and their two daughters Suzie (5) and Megan (2).
Robert Pace was a four-year member of the Bison swimming program and held 11 swimming records at the time of his graduation, as well as six other competitive swimming marks. He won the 1962 and 1964 PAC championship in the 200 Backstroke, with his time of 2:15.3 in ’62 setting a conference record that stood for four years.
Out of the pool, Pace was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, Varsity B, IRC and worked for The Tower.
Pace graduate from Bethany in 1964 with a degree in history/political science and also earned a minor in economics. He went on to become a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and later worked in San Francisco for a life insurance company. After moving to South Carolina, be became co-owner of Oceana Corporation, which was sold in the 1990s and is currently employed by American Stainless Alloy Products.
Pace, who graduated from Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling, W.Va., lives in Woodruff, S.C., with his wife Marjorie. They have three grown children (Christopher, Suzanne and Lisa) and four grandchildren.
Laurelyn Rawson was a three-year letterwinner in swimming and four-year recipient in track and field. She was team MVP all three years she swam for the Bison and graduated with six school records, including the 50-, 100- and 200-yard Freestyles and the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays and 400 Medley Relay. In her senior year, Rawson earned PAC Swimmer of the Week twice, won the conference championship in the 50 Free and earned Second Team All-PAC in the 100 Free and 200 Free.
Rawson’s throwing career for the track team saw her earn team MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons.
On campus, Rawson was a member of the Outdoor Club and Phi Mu for two years.
Among the accomplishments Rawson has achieved since graduating from Bethany in 1995 with a degree in fine arts include developing the urban program Suburban Safari for people to experience nature through hiking and paddling; being one of three people to win an award from Loudoun County for Agricultural Entertainment; developing an open water swim for Curl Burke Masters Swim Team, which started in 2001 and continues today; helping the 1999 Virginia Masters Swim Team win the National Championship meet with four national top finishes; and being a tri-athlete with several top five finishes in local meets.
Rawson, who graduated from Fairfax High School in Virginia, currently resides in Centreville, Va.
Ken Richey anchored the pitching staff of the Bison baseball team during its most successful four-year run in school history. During his time, BC went 89-48 for a .650 winning percentage, won one PAC title and earned two bids to the ECAC Tournament. Richey was the starting pitcher in Bethany’s win over Frostburg State in the ’96 ECAC semifinals, which was the program’s first postseason victory.
Richey’s name is still atop the Bethany record books in numerous categories, as he still possesses the school’s single-season standards for wins (nine in 1995), complete games (nine in 1995) and innings pitched (77 in 1995). At the time of his graduation, Richey owned five career records as well and was ranked in the top three in a trio of other categories. He still owns the career wins mark with 24 and complete games record with 22 and was first with 229 innings pitched (currently third), 32 starts (third) and 40 appearances (ninth). In addition, Richey still sits second in career ERA (2.44) and fourth in strikeouts (142).
Also an outstanding hitter in his career, Richey batted .370 (ninth all-time at BC) with five home runs, 29 RBIs, a .616 slugging percentage (second) and 1.062 OPS (fifth).
A 1996 Bethany graduate with a degree in accounting, as well as a minor in economics and management, Richey is currently a Program Manager for Elan Financial Services in Pittsburgh. He has been awarded several honors in his time, including the Vendor Management Excellence Award, Pinnacle Award and is a two-time recipient of the Above and Beyond Award.
A graduate of Brooke High School in Wellsburg, W.Va., Richey now resides in Pittsburgh.