- Grove City, Pennsylvania


February 12, 2014

GCC sets Hall of Fame induction

GROVE CITY — Grove City College will hold its 2014 Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 22 at the college as well as presentation of Heritage Awards.

Following are the biographies of the 2014 Hall inductees. Watch for Heritage Award recipients in a future edition of Allied News.


Dave Baughman excelled at the 167-pound weight class for the Grove City College wrestling team from 1975 to 1978, concluding his career as the most-decorated wrestler in program history.

Baughman earned NCAA Division III All-America honors as a sophomore in 1976 by taking fifth place at the national championships at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Two years later, Baughman captured sixth place at the NCAA Championships in Wheaton, Ill., to earn his second All-America honor.

He also won three matches at the 1977 NCAA Championships in Binghamton, N.Y., before an injury in the wrestlebacks curtailed his bid for All-America honors.

Baughman compiled a 36-16-4 career record under head coach Joe Kopnisky. His 36 career wins tied for first place on Grove City's all-time victory list.

In 1976, Baughman helped Grove City post a 5-2-1 overall record. That year, he and classmate Carl Huwe helped the Wolverines earn a program-record 13 team points at the NCAA Championships.

A product of what is now Pine-Richland (Pa.) High School, Baughman graduated from Grove City in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education. He added his master's in recreation resource management from North Carolina State in 1981.

After receiving advice from then-Grove City athletic director Jack Behringer, Baughman entered the emerging field of corporate wellness.

He founded Corporate SportsFest, Inc., in 1982 and is the company's President and Executive Director.


Barb Beck played a pivotal role in Grove City College's volleyball dominance from 1982 to 1985, helping the Wolverines to 145 victories, five total conference titles and three NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearances.

The Carlisle, Pa., native made an immediate impact as a freshman by contributing to the 1982 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and finished sixth nationally with a 37-6 record.

Grove City repeated as Womenís Keystone Conference champion in 1983 and finished 31-11 overall. As a junior, she helped Grove City finish the season No. 10 nationally with a 36-6 record. Grove City captured the WKC title and Beck earned First Team All-WKC.

Beck capped her career by earning Honorable Mention All-America laurels from the American Volleyball Coaches Association after the 1985 season. She also earned All-Region and became the first Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player in volleyball after leading Grove City to both PAC and WKC titles.

Beck co-captained the 1985 team which finished the regular season with a 41-0 record and ranked No. 1 in the Division III poll under head coach Susan Roberts. Beck's teammates also selected her as team MVP.

The Wolverines compiled a 145-26 (.848) record during Beck's career, which marked the programís winningest four-year span.

In 2007, the College inducted the 1985 volleyball team into the Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of honorees.

Beck graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is currently co-owner of Tailwaggers Petsitting in Pittsburgh.


A six-time NCAA Division III All-American in the backstroke, Fairview, Pa., native Jay D'Ambrosio cemented his place as one of Grove City College's most-decorated swimmers from 1990 to 1994.

D'Ambrosio earned All-America honors in both the 100 and 200 backstroke in each of his final three seasons at Grove City. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his four seasons and graduated as the school record-holder in both backstroke events.

His 200 backstroke mark of 1 minute, 53.63 seconds set at the 1992 NCAA Championships in Buffalo still stood as the College record upon his induction.

As a senior in 1994, he earned Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer honors after leading the Wolverines to a 13-0 record.

Overall, Grove City went 43-9 during his career in dual meets. The Wolverines won conference titles in both 1991 and 1992 under head coach Jim Longnecker.

D'Ambrosio earned the Dick Jewell Award in each of his final three seasons in recognition of being the team's Most Valuable Performer. D'Ambrosio concluded his career by earning the College's Sportsman of the Year award for the 1993-94 academic year.

The College inducted him into its Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2002. He also entered the Erie County Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2002.

D'Ambrosio graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in social science/secondary education in 1994. He added a master's in history at Slippery Rock University in 2003. He now works as a history teacher in the Hampton Township School District


Versatile forward Karin Hendrickson played a pivotal role in the reemergence of Grove City College's women's basketball program from 1995 to 1999.

A graduate of nearby Wilmington High School, Hendrickson earned All-Presidents' Athletic Conference honors in each of her four seasons and capped her career by earning the conference's Most Valuable Player award in 1999.

Hendrickson's arrival in the 1995-96 season helped vault Grove City to an eight-game improvement during her freshman season. The next year, she helped lead the Wolverines to the 1997 ECAC Southern Championship Tournament title and a 17-9 overall record under head coach Melissa Lamie.

As a senior, Hendrickson led the Wolverines in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played. She became the program's seventh 1,000-point scorer February 10, 1999 when she scored 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting in an 81-54 win over La Roche.

Hendrickson finished her career as the seventh-leading scorer in program history with 1,081 points. She led the team in rebounding in each of her four seasons and ranked third in College history with 711 rebounds. Her 347 career assists also ranked third in program history upon graduation.

Hendrickson played tennis during her first two years at Grove City and won conference titles in both 1995 and 1996. She went undefeated in conference play in both singles and doubles competition.

Hendrickson concluded her career by earning the College's Sportswoman of the Year award for the 1998-99 academic year.

Hendrickson earned a bachelor's degree in music/business administration from Grove City in 1999. Hendrickson earned her doctorate from Peabody Conservatory in 2011 and then completed post-graduate work at London's Royal Academy of Music in 2013.

She now works as the assistant conductor for the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Bethel Park, Pa., product Dr. Dick Jewell helped lead the Grove City College men's swimming and diving team to four Penn-Ohio conference championships and a 34-8 overall record from 1964 to 1967 under head coach Jim Longnecker.

After earning runner-up honors as a sophomore in 1965, Jewell captured his first Penn-Ohio diving title the next season. Jewell then closed his collegiate career by successfully defending his Penn-Ohio crown in the Grove City College Pool.

He clinched his second straight title with a double twisting somersault on his final dive. Jewell also set a new Penn-Ohio conference record at the 1967 championships.

Jewell's involvement in diving continued after graduation. While serving in the military, Jewell won the United States Army 1-meter diving championship in 1970. He later served as a diving official for the Pennsylvania state high school championships and the U.S. National Championships.

While in law school, Jewell coached diving at Ann Arbor, Michiganís nationally-noted Pioneer High School.

He entered the College's Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2011, Bethel Park High School inducted Jewell into its Hall of Fame.

An all-around campus leader, Jewell earned the College's Senior Man of the Year honor in 1967, served as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper (The Collegian) and as student government president. He was also a captain of the swimming and diving team as a senior.

Jewell graduated cum laude from Grove City in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Following his military commitment, he earned his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1973.

Jewell joined the College's Board of Trustees in 1974 while also embarking on his distinguished law and business career.

He served as an ambassador and student-athlete recruiter for the College for three decades before returning to campus as Grove City College's eighth President in 2003


A four-year letterman at stopper for the Grove City College men's soccer team from 1983 to 1986, Bill Juergens punctuated his stellar career by earning Second Team All-America recognition as a senior.

Juergens helped lead Grove City to an 11-2-1 record in 1986, which tied the program's single-season win mark. Following the season, he earned First Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference and First Team All-Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Soccer Conference honors.

Juergens also received All-Region from the National Soccer Coaches Association for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He then became the fifth all-time All-American in program history.

In addition, he earned the College's David Brian Henson Memorial Award for the 1986 season.

In his junior season, his teammates selected Juergens as the team's Most Valuable Player after Grove City posted a 9-4-1 overall record. He also earned the Bill Buchanan Junior of the Year award.

A native of Elkton, Md., Juergens also earned First Team All-PAC in both 1984 and 1985. He co-captained the team in each of those seasons, becoming just one of a select few Grove City College athletes to have served as a three-year team captain.

The College inducted Juergens into its Men's Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2001.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business and is owner, president and chief executive officer of Burns Industrial Roofing Services and MBMR, Inc., in nearby Mercer.

His wife Mara, a 1990 Grove City graduate, entered the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of the 1985 volleyball team.


Jody Swauger-Simms earned 10 total varsity letters at Grove City College while competing in soccer, basketball and track and field from 1994 to 1998.

Swauger-Simms helped lead the women's soccer program to its first three Presidents' Athletic Conference titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

She earned First Team All-PAC honors in each of those three seasons and earned the league's Most Valuable Player award as a senior. Swauger-Simms led Grove City with 11 goals in 1997.

Swauger-Simms also earned four letters as a guard for the Grove City women's basketball team. She led the conference with 24 three-point goals as a sophomore as Grove City posted an eight-game improvement from the previous season.

In her junior season, the Wolverines went 17-9 overall and captured the program's first ECAC Southern Championship Tournament title.

The next year, Swauger-Simms earned All-PAC Honorable Mention after helping Grove City reach the ECAC Tournament semifinals.

The Kent, Ohio, product also competed as a sprinter for the College's women's track and field team in 1995 and 1996 and helped the 400-meter relay set a school record with a time of 52.36 seconds.

She qualified for the ECAC Championships in her freshman and sophomore seasons.

The College honored her as its Sportswoman of the Year for 1997-98.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Christian ministries in 1998 and currently works as an ophthalmic technician.


Joe Walters accumulated 422 victories as in 46 total seasons as head men's and women's tennis coach at Grove City College. During his distinguished 40-year career at the College, he also spent 24 seasons as an assistant football coach and 16 years as associate athletic director.

In 40 years as head men's tennis coach, Walters compiled 358-137 overall record from 1973 to 2012. Grove City earned 23 Presidents' Athletic Conference titles under Walters' direction, including 22 straight titles from 1991 to 2012. The conference honored Walters as its Coach of the Year 22 times.

In 2011, he led the men's tennis team to its first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearance.

Walters served as interim head women's tennis coach in 2004 and led the team to an 11-1 record and the conference title.

He became women's tennis coach permanently in 2008 and coached the team to a 53-20 record untilretiring after the 2011-12 academic year. The Wolverines won PAC titles in each of those final four seasons and qualified for the NCAA Tournament each year.

Walters earned the conference's Coach of the Year award in 2010 and 2011.

A native of Lewistown, Pa., Walters worked as an assistant football coach from 1972 to 1995. In 1996, the College promoted him to associate athletic director.

Walters graduated from Slippery Rock State College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation. He also earned his master's of education degree in 1972 at Slippery Rock.

In September 2007, Slippery Rock inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame for his distinguished career in athletics.

Five years later, Grove City named its tennis facility in honor of Walters and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Patti Zbell.

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