College Roundup: PAC Announces New Officers; PSAC Athlete Scholars | Sports
NEW WILMINGTON – The Honorable Paul J. McNulty (’80), president of Grove City College, will chair the Presidents Sports Conference Presidents Council for the 2021-22 academic year. McNulty’s term began on July 1.
McNulty succeeds Dr Calvin L. Troup, President of the College of Geneva, who chaired the PAC Presidents Council in 2020-2021.
The Council of Presidents holds the ultimate authority and responsibility for the governance of the PCB and is responsible for establishing, directing and implementing general policy, including the annual budget of the conference bureau and all other financial matters.
McNulty is the 9th president of Grove City College. McNulty received the GCC Alumni Achievement Award in 1998 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2007. From 2004 to 2014, he served on the College’s Board of Trustees.
Before returning to his alma mater in 2005, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed McNulty as Deputy Attorney General, Deputy in Command of the United States Department of Justice and Chief Operating Officer of 100,000 employees. of the ministry. He also served from 2001 to 2005 as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and was a leader in our country’s response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. McNulty also worked for over 10 years as a senior prosecutor in the United States Congress. , including as Chief Counsel and Director of Legislative Operations for the House Majority Leader, Chief Counsel for the House Subcommittee on Crime, and Counsel for the House Ethics Committee.
From 2007 to 2014, McNulty led the global corporate compliance and investigation practice for Baker McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms. McNulty was recognized for his expertise in business ethics, corporate governance and internal investigations
McNulty and his wife Brenda (Millican, Grove City College, ’80) have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Todd Gibson ’02, who is entering his 7th year as GCC athletic director in Grove City, will chair the PAC Athletic Administrators Council. Melissa Lamie, DA Leadership Development Associate and Women’s Soccer Head Coach, will chair the PAC Senior Board of Directors. The Association of Sports Representatives of the PAC Faculty will be chaired by Dr Richard D. Kocur ’87, Assistant Professor of Commerce.
Joe Onderko will continue to serve as CAP Commissioner in 2021-2022, his 16th year. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Fenstermacher is entering his 10th year in the league office, while Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Special Events Tayler Kirtley is entering his 2nd year with the conference. Kirtley’s 20-month internship at the PAC office is funded by the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Fellowship Program.
Currently made up of 10 private institutions – Bethany, Geneva, Grove City, Saint Vincent, Thiel, Washington & Jefferson and Westminster colleges and Chatham University, Franciscan University-Steubenville and Waynesburg University – the PAC remains a unique organization in the midst of intercollegiate athletics. at high pressure, with academics at the center of each member’s philosophy. In 2012, the PAC Presidents Council voted to add Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve universities as affiliate members in the sport of football.
The league’s name reflects its founding principle that operational control of all aspects of intercollegiate athletics is ultimately the responsibility of the presidents of each member institution; thus, active presidential leadership and oversight is paramount in conference administration. The institutions involved understand that the key elements of its progress lie in the foundation of faith in each member. It is the conviction of its members that the PAC is the solution to the dilemma of intercollegiate sports competition, and they have staked their sporting future on this premise.
The PAC, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, crowns league champions and bestows all-conference honors in its 23 sports. The PAC has seen more than 200 of its participating student-athletes recognized as American academics, while the league has also produced numerous NCAA graduate scholarship winners.
• LOCK HAVEN – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has announced that a record for varsity athletes has been set, with 4,163 of the league’s 18 institutions receiving accolades for the 2020-21 academic year. Clarion had 164.
Student-athletes must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 at the end of the academic year.
Earlier this year, Clarion student-athletes set a new record in the institution’s own varsity-athlete awards program (253, representing 65 percent of the department) by winning the Clarion student-athlete awards. Eleven Golden Eagle teams had a cumulative GPA greater than 3.2 in the spring of 2021, with 71 student-athletes recording a GPA of 4.0 this semester.
The complete list of PSAC Fellows-Athletes for Clarion is available on the websitehttps://psacsports.org/news/2021/6/29/general-psac-breaks-previous-scholar-athlete-record-with-4-163-in-2020-21.aspx>;.
Mercer County athletes include:
• Cross-country skiing / Athletics – Brianna Pennington (Greenville).
• Soft ball – Aryn Boyer (Wilmington).
• Basketball – Neely Whitehead (Catholic Kennedy).
• Swimming & Diving – Nolan Songer (Sharon).
GROVE CITY COLLEGE
GROVE CITY – Grove City College catcher Tanner Orner took home the America’s Division III College District First Team honors. As the first-team selection for all districts, Orner goes to the national CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. The All-America academy squad will be announced later this month.
Orner helped Grove City break a 28-10 record this spring. He won the PAC batting title reaching 0.454 and also led the conference with a base percentage of 0.493. Orner’s .622 shot percentage ranked 5th in the league, as did his 54 total goals. He also placed 4th on the league in hits (54) and doubles (14) while splitting the time between receiver and DH. Orner won the first All-PAC team of league head coaches and also secured a placement on the All-Tournament team at the 2021 PAC Championship tournament.
He won All-Mideast honors from both D3baseball.com and the American Association of Baseball Coaches.
Orner’s .454 batting average is the 7th highest score in program history. Grove City’s 28 wins tied the program record in a single season, and the Wolverines set a program record with 27 regular season wins.
Orner has a cumulative GPA of 3.35 while majoring in business management. He was named to the Dean’s List and to the Conference’s Academic Honor Roll. Orner has also served as Treasurer of the GCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is the eighth grantee of the CoSIDA Academic All-District in Grove City this spring.
The 2020-21 academic year marks the 10th year that CoSIDA has based its All-America academic program on individual divisions within varsity athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors NCAA Divisions I, II and III student-athletes, as well as a “college” division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.
Grove City is part of District IV of the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, which includes all NCAA D-III programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a GPA of 3.3 or above and be a beginner or large reserve.