July 15, 2010

Janczyk to Be Inducted into Hobart HOF

from press release

— The Hobart College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will be inducted in an on campus ceremony on Nov. 13. The eight member class includes Mike Charpinsky '63, of Port Crane, Mike Cragg, of Geneva, Eddie Froelich '55, of New York City, Hank Janczyk '76, of Gettysburg, Pa., Jon Kraus '55, of Yuba City, Calif., Larry Slattery '64, of Naples, Fla., Harvey Wiltsey '58, of Bellevue, Neb., and the late Don Bruno '55.

A two-sport star, Charpinsky played basketball and baseball for the Statesmen. He served as a captain in both sports during his junior and senior years. Charpinsky's skill on the hardwood was twice recognized with the Charles Love Memorial Trophy for character and sportsmanship. In his final collegiate contest, he scored a then Palestra (the University of Rochester's home court) record 35 points. On the diamond, Charpinsky was a fire-balling pitcher, who led the 1961 nine to an 8-3 record, the team's best record of the '60s. He capped his career with the Francis L. "Babe" Kraus '24 Award as Hobart's Athlete of the Year.

Charpinsky graduated with a bachelor's degree in American history. He is a retired high school history teacher.

Cragg, originally from Corry, Pa., is preparing for his 16th season as the head coach of the Hobart football team. He has led the Statesmen to unprecedented success. All eight of the Hobart's postseason appearances (7 NCAA bids, 1 ECAC Bowl) have come under his watchful eye, as have the Statesmen's eight Liberty League Championships. The program's all-time wins leader, Cragg boasts a 104-47 career record. His teams have posted 14 consecutive winning seasons, nearly double the next longest streak in the 116-season history of Hobart football. Cragg has mentored 199 All-Liberty League selections, including 14 players of the year (offensive, defensive, or special teams) and five rookies of the year.

Froelich will become the third person to join the Hall of Fame in the "benefactor" category. A generous and loyal supporter of the Colleges, he has endowed the Edward A. Froelich '55 and Joanne I. Froelich Scholarship Fund and the Joe Abraham Prize. The Froelichs recently committed to providing the funds that will enable the Colleges to renovate and endow the Abraham Sports Medicine Room and support the renovation and endowment of the visiting team locker room. In recognition of the Froelichs' longstanding commitment to scholarship support and athletics, the Colleges are naming the new gatehouse at Boswell Field in their honor. In addition to funding these major projects, the Froelichs have established endowed maintenance funds for the sports medicine room and gatehouse.

A journalist during his collegiate days, Eddie Froelich covered the Statesmen for The Herald, the campus newspaper. He also served as a manager for football and lacrosse for three seasons. Froelich earned a bachelor's degree in English. He worked in the finance industry, retiring in 2001 as a vice president at Pershing & Company.

Another two-sport standout, Janczyk excelled in football and lacrosse. On the gridiron, he was a four-year starter on the defensive line, winning the Harter Family Award for Football and the Tryon Football Award. A team captain as a senior, Janczyk led the Statesmen to a 27-8-1 record during his four seasons. On the lacrosse field, he was a defenseman, playing in three NCAA Division II title games, serving as a co-captain for the school's first NCAA Championship winning team in 1976. Janczyk won the 1976 "Babe" Kraus Award.

After graduating with a degree in psychology, Janczyk began a coaching career. His first lacrosse head coaching job was a three-year stint at Salisbury, followed by two seasons at Colgate. He left the Raiders to take over as head coach at Gettysburg, a position he has held for the past 23 seasons. Janczyk, who led the Bullets to NCAA Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2009, has won more than 340 career games.

A superb three-sport athlete, Kraus was a four-year letterman in lacrosse and a three-year letterman in football and basketball. The son of legendary coach Babe Kraus, Jon was a two-time honorable mention All-American in lacrosse. He served as team captain in 1955 and played in the North-South Game. In basketball, he played forward, leading the Statesmen to three consecutive winning seasons, including back-to-back 12-5 campaigns in 1953-54 and 1954-55. A quarterback on the football field, he completed 22 of 69 passes for 430 yards and six touchdowns in 1954, leading Hobart to its first undefeated season (8-0).

Kraus graduated with an economics degree. He is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. During a 30-year military career, Kraus flew classified combat missions in the SR-71 during Vietnam as well as Cold War missions in B-47s and B-52s. His Air Force citations include the Legion of Merit, the two Distinguished Flying Cross, and four Air Medals.

A three-year letterman in football and lacrosse, Slattery was a punishing running back and an All-American midfielder. Known for his hard work, dedication, and leadership, the Statesmen were 29-9 in lacrosse during his playing career and enjoyed their finest season of the 1960s during his senior year on the gridiron (4-3-1). Slattery served as a lacrosse team captain in 1964, earning honorable mention All-America honors and a spot in the All-American Classic. In 2006, he was inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame.

Slattery earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. The longtime employee of State Telephone Company retired as the executive vice president.

Wiltsey was an All-American lacrosse player, a successful basketball player, and a two-time letterman in soccer. The 1958 Babe Kraus Award winner captained the lacrosse team and earned honorable mention All-American recognition. On the hardwood, Wiltsey starred on the 1955-56 squad that went 15-5 to establish the Hobart record for season winning percentage (.750), which still stands today.

Wiltsey graduated with a degree in political science. He is currently the owner of Wiltsey & Associates, a company that specializes in labor relations and human resources.

A tenacious and aggressive lineman, Bruno played on both sides of the ball for the Hobart football team. The three-time Little All-America selection was a key member of the Statesmen's undefeated 1954 team. Bruno, a native of Geneva, once had four teeth knocked out during a game, but refused to come out of the game, recovering a key fumble in a Hobart victory. He also played one season of lacrosse.

After graduating with a degree in history, Bruno enlisted in the Air Force, retiring 26 years later as a lieutenant colonel. He earned a Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and Silver Wings. Bruno later worked as a middle school teacher in Austin, Texas. He died in 1995.

Founded in 1986, the Hobart Hall of Fame has inducted 18 classes, including the class of 2010, and has a distinguished roll of 103 members.

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