Penn College inducts new Hall of Fame class
The Pennsylvania College of Technology inducted six former athletes, coaches and administrators into its Athletic Hall of Fame in its second annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night.
“It was another great night for athletics,” Director of Athletics Scott Kennell said. “Our inductees have had such storied careers at Penn College. It was great to have everyone come together to celebrate the accomplishments of this great group of people. I cannot stress how fortunate we are to have such strong alumni at Penn College.”
The inductees were Shawn Naylor (class of 1999), of Coalport; Dennis Dunkleberger, of Woolrich; Adam Waigand (’05), of Cranberry Township; Matthew Haile (’06), of Lewisburg; Michelle Wright (’07), of Kendall, N.Y.; and Maria Bova Strohl (’07), of Bethlehem.
Shawn Naylor was a two-year letterwinner and two-time All-American for Penn College archery. In those years, he was a member of three Penn College men’s compound championship teams and was the national male compound champion in 1999. He was also a member of the world team that year which won gold in Madrid, Spain.
Dennis Dunkleberger coached Penn College cross country teams for seven years (1993-99). During that time, his teams produced seven Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association championships (three men’s and four women’s), as well as five individual champions. His leadership of the team earned him Coach of the Year honors seven times.
Adam Waigand was a four-year letterwinner for the men’s soccer team. During his tenure, the defender helped the Wildcats to a 55-14-1 record, making three postseason appearances, including Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference and Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association championships in 2004. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.
Matthew Haile was a four-year member of the golf team. From 2002-06 he helped the team stay undefeated and capture Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association and Commonwealth Campus Athletic Conference team championships. In 2003 he was the conference individual champion, the school’s first since 1982. In addition, he was a four-time all-conference selection and medal-winner.
Michelle Wright was a four-year letter winner for the archery team. She was a member of the first women’s compound team in school history and a three-time All-American. She led the team in placing second at the national championships and was a member of the 2007 world team which traveled to Venezuela.
Maria Bova Strohl was a four-year letterwinner for the women’s volleyball team. In those four years, the libero helped the team amass a 71-23 record, as well as four championship appearances, including a title in 2004. She was an all-conference selection and ranks fourth in career digs for Penn College with 249.