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Lyco’s Wiser set for induction into Centre County Sports HOF

Lycoming College assistant coach Steve Wiser will be honored as part of the third induction class of the Centre County Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Penn Stater in State College. Wiser grew up competing in Centre County before coming to Lycoming College as a student in 1970.

Wiser served as an assistant coach with the Lycoming football team since he graduated in 1974, earning a promotion to defensive coordinator in 1977, where he has helped groom the Warrior defense into one of the best in the nation in the course of the last four decades.

During his time at Lycoming, the Warriors have posted a record of 328-154-5 (.679) while garnering 12 NCAA playoff appearances, including two trips to the national title game. His defense topped the MAC 18 times and has posted a total of 67 shutouts.

Prior to his time as a coach at Lycoming, Wiser was an All-MAC linebacker on the gridiron and a NCAA qualifier as a wrestler. In total, Wiser has been a part of the Lycoming College athletic department for the past 50 years, longer than any other person associated with the athletic department in the school’s history.

Wiser retired as a social studies teacher at Williamsport Area High School in 2006 after 32 years as an educator. At Williamsport, he also served as an assistant track and field coach and the junior high school wrestling coach. He has also run the Lycoming College football camps for the past 29 seasons, educating thousands of local players on the basics of football.

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