Hurdle set to deliver SFU keynote speech

Local Digest

LORETTO — Clint Hurdle, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will speak at Saint Francis University on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The event, hosted by the SFU Shields School of Business as part of the Dr. Zanzuccki Endowed Chair Lecture Series, will consist of a keynote speech followed by an autograph and photo session.

Both appearances will be located at the JFK Student Center on campus, and are free and open to the public. The event schedule and tickets are available online at

The Dr. Zan Lecture Series brings influential public figures to SFU each year, all of whom embody the spirit of Saint Francis University. This university’s motto, “Become That Someone,” will be the theme of this year’s event.

“The Dr. Zanzuccki Endowed Chair in Business Distinguished Speakers’ Lecture Series is pleased to invite coach Clint Hurdle to speak on the new branding theme for Saint Francis University, ‘Become that Someone’,” said Dr. Randy Frye, Dean of the Shields School of Business. “Coach Hurdle will address soft management skills, such as teamwork, leadership, and overcoming adversity. He is the perfect speaker to address our theme.”

Additionally, Hurdle will speak about his journey from a top-prospect player in the MLB to an award-winning manager, and the personal struggles he overcame to get to where he is today. He is widely admired for his perseverance and unique managerial style, having led two struggling MLB teams to multiple successful seasons and franchise records.

In 2013, three years after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hurdle coached the team to its first winning season and playoff appearance since 1992.

Hurdle is currently ranked No. 6 in wins amongst active MLB managers.

Hurdle recently signed a four-year contract extension with the Pirates, ensuring his position with the team through 2021.

Coffey to drop puck

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks announced that Hockey Hall of Fame member and four-time Stanley Cup Champion Paul Coffey will drop the ceremonial game puck for the Tomahawks home opener at the 1st Summit Arena on Saturday Oct. 14, against the Philadelphia Rebels at 7 p.m.

A native of Weston, Ontario, Coffey first came to the Penguins in 1987 and played for four and a half seasons with Pittsburgh — winning a Stanley Cup in 1991. Coffey ranks 13th in NHL points with 1,531 and he’s considered one of the greatest offensive defenseman of all times.

Recently voted to the NHL 100 Greatest Players List, Coffey won three Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups (three with the Edmonton Oilers and one with the Penguins).

Coffey will be available to meet fans and sign autographs following the ceremonial puck drop behind section 9.

IUP still No. 4

WACO, Tex. — Coming off another dominant win, Indiana University of Pennsylvania football remains No. 4 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Monday.

The Crimson Hawks improved to 5-0 on the year with a 57-14 victory at Seton Hill, totaling 640 yards of offense. IUP also moved to 2-0 in divisional play with the win.

The Crimson Hawks return home this Saturday to host Cal for the ninth annual Coal Bowl and homecoming. The game has been chosen as an NCAA Division II showcase contest and will be shown live on ESPN3.

Northwest Missouri State (5-0) is still the top team in the nation, collecting all 34 first place votes. Texas A&M Commerce (4-0) sat idle and is still the No. 2 team, with Shepherd (4-0) also remaining at No. 3 just in front of IUP. The Crimson Hawks did close the gap slightly with the Rams, trailing just 30 points in the voting compared to last week’s 46.