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PSU Altoona unveils first-ever Hall of Fame class

From Mirror reports

The Penn State Altoona Athletics Advisory Council announced its first Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, naming five individuals and one team as its inaugural group of inductees.

Selected to the Penn State Altoona Athletics Hall of Fame were Fredina M. Ingold (athletics administrator, 1977-2014), Jillian Klinar (women’s basketball, 2000-02), Tyler Franklin (men’s basketball, 2003-07), Tim Wassell (men’s soccer, 2004-05; women’s soccer coach, 2007-09), the 1995-96 women’s volleyball team, and Dr. Richard Miller (men’s basketball, 1966-68). Ingold and Miller enter the Hall of Fame as Distinguished Achievement Inductees.

“The Athletics Advisory Council is proud to announce our first Hall of Fame class. I congratulate the inductees on their accomplishments as student-athletes and in their time since leaving Penn State Altoona. This class will set the standard for future inductees,” Tom Koehle, chair of the Penn State Altoona Athletics Advisory Council, said. “This induction will hopefully be a starting point to a celebration of the rich history of Penn State Altoona Athletics, dating back to the college’s founding in 1939 as the Altoona Undergraduate Center.”

The council, which began accepting nominations to its newly-created Hall of Fame last February, considered many criteria in its inductee selection process. Membership as a regular inductee is open to individuals and teams who have, by their participation as undergraduate student-athletes in the Penn State Altoona Intercollegiate Athletics program, performed at a high level of athletic excellence.

Special inductees may earn membership through their involvement and/or accomplishments in athletics or athletically-related areas after attending Penn State Altoona, and/or by their example, character, and life accomplishments that set standards of excellence worthy of induction.

“The inaugural class of the Penn State Altoona Athletics Hall of Fame is a prime example of the impact that members of the Athletics community make on campus to this program and beyond. From a team and individuals that had exceptional years or athletic careers, to a player that went on to make his love of his sport into a career, to an individual who has left her mark by building the Athletics program we know today, to a professional who has become a world leader in medical research, this class represents all that we aspire to be as an Athletics department,” Penn State Altoona Director of Athletics Brent Baird said.

The induction ceremony is currently scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in the Adler Athletic Complex. Ticket and sponsorship information will be available soon at www.psaltoonalions.com.

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