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BETHANY FOOTBALL CELEBRATES WEEKEND OF CHAMPIONS

Sept. 10 - BETHANY, W.Va. – In addition to opening the 2010 football season last weekend, the Bethany College football team also celebrated the “Weekend of Champions”, as they welcomed back the four past PAC championship teams for two days of activities.

The weekend began Friday night, as the PAC title winning teams from 1965, 1966, 1975 and 1980 came back to campus for a reception at Commencement Hall. The night kicked off with a welcome from Bethany Head Football Coach/Athletic Director Tim Weaver and remarks from Bethany President Dr. Scott Miller. Then Denny Williams ’81 introduced the head coach of the last two conference winning squads, Don Ault, and after he spoke, Larry Yanda ’66 introduced Bob Goin ’59, head coach of the back-to-back PAC championship teams in the 60’s, for a short speech.

Following the coaches’ remarks, Dr. Miller presented the Alumni of the Year award to George Davis ’78, who was a member of the 1975 championship team and is currently on the Board of Trustees at Bethany. The evening concluded with “Team Meetings”, which allowed members of those teams to relive the memories from those unforgettable years.

Saturday featured another full day of activities. The day had an early start with the dedication of the Bob Goin Locker Room at 10 a.m. The locker room, which is attached to Hummel Field House, was completed this past summer and covers 1,800 square feet with 90 state-of-the-art NFL style lockers. One of those lockers is sealed off and features photos and other memorabilia dedicated to Goin, a former Bethany student-athlete, coach and athletic director who was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979. Funds for the new facility were privately raised primarily from former Bethany College players who played for Goin, who won 47 games during his nine-year coaching tenure at Bethany.

The final highlight to the weekend came prior to kickoff of the Bethany-Allegheny football game. All the members of the championship teams who were in attendance were recognized in a stirring pregame ceremony at midfield and those players had a chance to shake hands and extend well wishes to members of this year’s Bison squad just before their season opener.

“The weekend was a great time for both the current players and the players from those championship years,” said Weaver. “It was a chance to show the current team that winning championships is possible here at Bethany. It also gave us a chance to welcome back the championship teams and many of those guys who have not had a chance to return to campus for awhile to show them how much we want to get back to those days.”