Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Six in 2010
July 14, 2010
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame committee chair and associate director of athletics Todd Newcomb has announced the election of six new members, each of whom will be formally inducted at Homecoming Weekend ceremonies this fall. The Hall of Fame Class of 2010 includes Rose Ewan, a coach and administrator at Bucknell for 25 years; Kirk Foulke '62, a two-time All-America tackle who was a member of Bucknell's 1960 Lambert Cup football team; David White '83, a track and field walk-on who became one of the finest distance runners in school history; Jeff Hilk '86, one of the all-time leading scorers in Bison water polo history and also a standout swimmer; Charles Cole '88, a dominant cross country and distance runner; and Lynnette McBride '91, one of Bucknell's all-time best women's sprinters and long jumpers.
The new class will be inducted as part of the 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast, hosted by the Bison Club on Homecoming Weekend. This year's ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30, and the new Hall of Famers will also be re-introduced at halftime of the Bucknell-Lafayette football game later that afternoon.
The Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to honor the very best in the history of Bison athletics. This year's induction brings to 217 the number of outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends of Bucknell whose contributions to Bucknell athletics are forever preserved in the Hall of Fame.
KIRK FOULKE '62 becomes the 74th member of the Bison football program to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Foulke came to Bucknell from Newtown Square, Pa., was a starting tackle for three seasons and captained the 1961 team that finished 6-3. A year earlier, he was a key player on a team that finished 7-2 and won the Lambert Cup as the top team the East under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Bob Odell. Foulke was an Honorable Mention Little All-America selection in both 1960 and 1961, and as a senior he was a Second Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference pick.
Consistently graded as the team's top lineman by his coaches, Foulke was part of a defensive line that in 1960 allowed only 103 rushing yards per game. That team produced four shutouts in nine games and allowed an average of only 6.5 points per game. On offense he blocked for a Hall of Fame quarterback in Paul Terhes and a Hall of Fame halfback in Mickey Melberger. One of Foulke's linemates, Tom Alexander '62, is also a member of the Hall of Fame.
In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremonies, Foulke and the rest of the 1960 team will be honored at a special Homecoming Weekend reunion commemorating the 50-year anniversary of their Lambert Cup title.
DAVID WHITE '83 epitomized the Art Gulden era of track and field at Bucknell, entering the program as a walk-on but progressively developing into an elite athlete during a glory period for Bison distance men. White's career overlapped with other Bucknell Hall of Fame distance runners, such as Bill Reifsnyder, Mark Hulme, Rick Sayre and Brian Harshman, but his record stood up with all of them, and he was elected team captain as a senior.
White became a dominant college runner by his junior year and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 1,000 meters in 1982, where he finished fourth in his heat and had the 12th-fastest time in the preliminaries. He was part of five East Coast Conference championship teams and was also part of the Bison team that finished 12th at the 1982 NCAA Cross Country Championships. In ECC Championship competition he was runner-up in the 800 and 1,500 meters.
White, a Cooperstown, N.Y., native who is now an associate professor of political science at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, saw his name littered across the Bucknell record book. Individually, he broke Hall of Famer George Buckheit's school record in the 1,500 meters by four seconds at Penn State in 1983. His time of 3:44.95 was bettered by Hulme later that season, but it still stands No. 2 all-time in Bison annals. He also still ranks fourth all-time in the indoor 1,000 meters, sixth all-time in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meters, and he consistently ran sub-4:05 mile equivalents.
Also a gifted and reliable relay runner, in 1982 White was the lead man on a 4x800-meter relay that set a school outdoor record (7:31.84) that still stands today. At the 1983 Penn Relays he was a part of three school-record relays in the same week. He led off the 4x800 relay that tied the record from the previous year, he anchored the distance medley relay team that recorded a then-record time (now third all-time) of 9:54.04, and he was also part of a team that set a school record in the 4x1500. White was also part of a 4x1600 team that set school and meet records at the Rutgers Relays.
JEFF HILK '86 was a standout for both the Bucknell water polo and swimming and diving teams in the mid-1980s. During the water polo circuit he posted 334 goals and 460 points in his career, totals that still rank second only to fellow Hall of Famer and All-American Scott Schulte '81 on Bucknell's career charts. Hilk is one of only nine players in program history to score 100 goals in a season, and he and Schulte are the only two to do it more than once. A four-year starter, Hilk scored 108 goals as a sophomore and 104 as a senior.
In 1985 Hilk co-captained a Bison squad that finished 25-9, won the Mid-Atlantic Conference title, was runner-up at the Eastern Championship and placed seventh at the NCAA Championship. That was the last Bucknell team to win a league title or qualify for the NCAAs. Hilk was a three-time All-MAC and All-East honoree, and as a senior he was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was later picked to play on the East team at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1985 and 1986, and in 1983 he was a member of the National Junior Development Team.
As a four-year swimming letterman, Hilk graduated with school records in the 200-yard freestyle and 400 and 800 freestyle relays. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was a top-eight finisher in five freestyle events at East Coast Conference Championships and was on two gold-medal relays in 1985. Hilk won the Scott Schulte Award as the water polo team's MVP in 1985 and was also the co-recipient of the Christy Mathewson Award as the top senior athlete in his class.
Like White, CHARLES COLE '88 is another in a long line of outstanding cross country and distance runners at Bucknell. Cole led the Bison cross country team to four consecutive East Coast Conference championships as well as a pair of NCAA Championship appearances in 1986 and 1987. Cole was a top-100 finisher (94th and 91st) in his two national meets. He was a two-time ECC individual cross country champion, a three-time All-ECC selection and a two-time ECC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 1986 he was an All-East performer, and he was part of teams that went 44-0 in dual meets during his career.
Cole, a native of Chaptico, Md., was also a part of seven ECC track and field championship teams, four indoors and three outdoors. As a senior, he won the 5,000 meters and anchored the winning distance medley relay at the ECC Indoor Championships. Outdoors, he captured ECC gold medals in the 5,000 meters in 1986 and in the 10,000 in 1988. Cole still holds the sixth-fastest time in Bucknell history in the outdoor 5,000 (14:18.84).
LYNNETTE McBRIDE '91 is one of the true stars of the Bucknell women's track and field program, a superior athlete who helped set the stage for the championship-caliber program of today. McBride won Patriot League long jump titles both indoors and outdoors as a senior, and she was the East Coast Conference outdoor long jump champion in 1990. She graduated with the school records in the indoor 55-meter dash (7.24), 300-meter dash (37.6) and long jump (18-10 ¾), and today ranks No. 2 in the 55-meter dash and No. 3 in the long jump. Outdoors, her time of 12.21 in the 100-meter dash ranked second at the time (and sixth today), and she was the co-record-holder in the long jump (19-0 ¼) at graduation (T-2nd today).
Also an outstanding relay competitor, McBride ran the anchor leg of Bucknell's victorious 4x400-meter relay that clinched the team title for the Bison at the inaugural Patriot League Outdoor Championships in 1991. She helped break school records in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
McBride, who came to Bucknell from Evans City, Pa., won the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for indoor track and field as a senior, and she was a winner of the Christy Mathewson Award as the top senior athlete in her class.
ROSE EWAN was involved with Bison Athletics in various capacities for 25 years, and she is considered one of Bucknell's leading promoters of women's athletics. Ewan came to Bucknell in 1978 and was head coach of the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams for one season, but she achieved her greatest coaching success with the women's tennis program. She served as head women's tennis coach for 18 years (1979-97) and compiled a 183-120-1 dual-match record. Ewan led the Bison to Patriot League championships in 1992 and 1994, the first two conference titles for that program, and she was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year following both championship seasons. From September 1991 to October 1992 the team won a school-record 25 straight matches. The 1991-92 team finished 16-1 and was part of a five-year stretch in which it went 64-9.
In addition to her coaching duties, Ewan was promoted to coordinator of women's athletics in 1980 and to associate director of athletics in 1990. For a period of 10 years she oversaw the athletic department's scheduling, budget and academic enhancement, and prior to her retirement she served as associate athletic director for recreation services.
Most importantly, Ewan successfully guided women's athletics at Bucknell through a difficult transition period, including the merger of the men's and women's athletic departments. Today Bucknell has a much-envied women's program - the Bison have captured 13 straight and 16 of 20 Patriot League Women's Presidents' Cups -- with much of that foundation established by Ewan's work.