June 3, 2009

Bloomsburg University Names 2009 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

BLOOMSBURG--The 28th Bloomsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Friday, October 2. The induction of six graduates brings the number of members in the Bloomsburg Athletic Hall of Fame to 131.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Randy Watts '75; Bob DeCarolis '76; Gisela Smith '92; Stephanie Humphries Campbell '95; Chet Henicle '95; and Jen German '97.


RANDY WATTS

Watts was a member of the Huskies wrestling team (a Division II program at the time) and was a two-time PSAC champion. His senior year was his best year when he had a record of 23-4-1 and finished first at 150 pounds in the NCAA Division II tournament. He then took sixth at 150 pounds in the NCAA Division I tournament to earn Division I All-American honors. Overall Watts posted a career record of 79-27-3 with a dual meet mark of 49-16-3.

In his career at Bloomsburg he won or placed in 25 open tournaments, including three third-place finishes in the prestigious Wilkes Open. He also competed in matches against 10 NCAA I champions, three Olympians and one world champion. Off the mats he was a member of the College Concert Choir, the college chapter of "Fellowship of College Athletes" and campus "Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship." He was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" and "Outstanding College Athletes of America."

Following graduation Watts moved into teaching and is currently a Health and Physical Education instructor at Milton Area. He has also taught at Berwick, Warrior Run, Lewisburg and Line Mountain.

Along with teaching, Watts has been a wrestling coach for 34 years and is the junior high coach at Warrior Run. He has led Warrior Run's junior high teams to 27 championships, been voted the District 4 Junior High Coach of the Year four times and the Pennsylvania State Junior High School Coach of the Year once. He coached three seasons at Berwick, one season at Lewisburg, two seasons at Line Mountain and four seasons as head varsity coach at Milton.

Watts has coached AYSO soccer for 18 years and is the past president (two terms) and long time active board member of the Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society. He received the 2004 California Grange Community Service Award.

Other activities he is in involved with include being the past president (two terms) of the Susquehanna Wrestling Officials chapter, a member of the District 4 and PA State Wrestling Coaches Association. He is a trustee and active member of the Lewisburg Alliance Church and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and was awarded the Minute Man Award for Service project of a Monument for 21 Revolutionary Patriots.

He is married to Betsy (Rice) Watts and the couple has four sons, Matt, Chris, Pat and Micah.


BOB De CAROLIS

Bob De Carolis was a two-sport performer at Bloomsburg, playing both football and baseball and earning two letters in each sport. Following Bloomsburg he received a Master's of Science degree in sports management in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts. His first position in athletic administration was at the University of Michigan where he began in 1979 as an administrative assistant. He was promoted to assistant business manager in 1980; at the same time, he was also named the head softball coach. De Carolis was Michigan's softball coach from 1980 to 1984 and his Wolverines had a third-place finish at the AIAW national championships.

De Carolis was promoted from assistant business manager to business manager in 1983; in 1987 to assistant athletic director for business; in 1990 to associate athletic director for internal operations; in 1994 to senior director for financial operations; in 1996 to senior associate athletic director and became responsible for all athletic facilities and venues at Michigan. He joined the Oregon State University (OSU) staff in 1998 as associate athletic director of internal operations and was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 1999. In August, 2002 he was named the 12th athletic director of the school.

Since arriving at OSU, De Carolis has developed and executed the financial recovery plan that helped the OSU Department of Athletics eliminate a $12.5 million accumulated deficit and grow the overall budget by more than $20 million. At the same time, the department was able to not only maintain competitive teams, but also had its first winning football season in nearly three decades, its first winning men's basketball season in 15 years, the softball program made its first appearance ever in the College World Series and the baseball team competed in the College World Series for the first time in over five decades - capturing the 2006 and 2007 national championships. With him in a leadership role, the football program has played in seven bowl games and overall 16 of the 17 intercollegiate programs sponsored by OSU have participated in postseason.

It's not all about wins or losses or about new facilities; De Carolis has stressed the importance of being a total student-athlete and being a part of the community. With his leadership, 51 percent of the entire athletic roster sports a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Community service hours have increased nearly 300 percent during his tenure and contributions for scholarships to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund have increased from $5 million to more than $11 million.

DeCarolis is married to the former Sandra Taylor and they have three children, daughter Lyndsay and twin daughters Lauren and Hayley.


GISELA SMITH

Gisela Smith was a standout defender on the Huskies' field hockey team, where she played midfielder. Smith, a native of Trinidad, was the MVP of Trinidad's national team and played in many international competitions. At Bloomsburg she was a two-time winner (1990 and 1991) of the Broderick Award as the field hockey National Player of the Year. In addition, she was a first team All-American in 1990 and 1991; the PSAC Field Hockey Athlete of the Year in 1991 and a four-time first team All-PSAC honoree. She was also on the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

Despite being a defender, she still scored 13 goals and had 14 assists during her four year career. During that time the Huskies won three PSAC championships and were three time NCAA runners-up. The team compiled a record of 84-8-2 over that period, and the defense allowed only 39 goals in those 94 games. Gisela also served as team captain her senior year in 1991. In 2006 Smith was named to the NCAA Division III 25th Anniversary Team.

In 1993 Smith was the leading goal scorer for the New York City Open Women's Field Hockey team and also helped lead New York City to their first and only Gold medal for the sport, in the history of the Empire State Games.

Smith earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Bloomsburg and now lives in Florida.


STEPHANIE HUMPHRIES CAMPBELL

A four-year letter winner in women's swimming, Humphries Campbell was a five-time individual All-American and a three-time All-American in relays. She was also a five-time PSAC champion, including winning three consecutive 200-butterfly titles. Humphries also finished as a PSAC runner-up five times. She capped off her career by being named the top senior female athlete for 1994-95. She still holds the school record for her time in the 100 yard butterfly at 57.24 seconds.

As a sophomore, Humphries Campbell won two individual PSAC championships and one relay title. At the NCAA championships she earned the first two of her five All-American awards taking second in the 200 butterfly and third in the 100-butterfly at the NCAA championships. In her junior season, Humphries repeated as the PSAC champion in the 200-fly and was second in the event at NCAA's and was sixth in the 100-fly. As a senior, Humphries three-peated as the 200-fly champion at the PSAC championships and for the third straight year was second in the event at the NCAA championships.

After graduation, Humphries Campbell taught third grade for six years (1996-2002) and coached the men and women's high school swim team for three years for the Stroudsburg Area School District. Married to Brian Campbell, she is the mother of two children, Cailin and Kara, and coaches both youth soccer and softball. From 2003 to 2006 she was director and head teacher at the Hemlock Grove Preschool before returning to public school teaching in 2006.


CHET HENICLE

A two sport standout for the Huskies, Henicle still holds several baseball records for the Huskies. He is tied for the all-time lead in career doubles with 50 and holds the single-season mark of 23 set in 1995. He is also fifth all-time in hits (187), runs scored (118) and triples (9) and ninth in home runs (12). He was a three-time first team All-PSAC East choice in baseball at two different positions (catcher and outfield) and was All-North Atlantic Region as a senior. He hit .378 for his career including .456 in 1993 which ranked 5th in the country, he also finished his career with 12 homers and 87 RBI. He was MVP of the 1995 PSAC Championship Tournament and captained the 1995 squad to the only World Series appearance in school history. He was voted team MVP twice and was a two-year captain.

In football, Henicle was a two-time All-PSAC East first team selection and was named third team All-American by the Sports Information Directors. He was named first team All-ECAC twice and as a senior was chosen to play in the Snow Bowl, the top Division II all-star game in the country. For his career, he finished with 207 total tackles, 15 interceptions and 22 career breakups. His eight interceptions in 1993 ranked second in the country that season. He was voted team MVP in 1994 and was the recipient of the Frank Sheptock Most Valuable Defensive Award. In 1994 he was named the Bloomsburg Outstanding Undergraduate Male Athlete and in 1995 he was named the Robert B. Redman Award as Bloomsburg's Outstanding Male Senior Athlete.

After graduation Henicle pursued a career in coaching. After spending one season at Waynesboro HS he joined the college ranks and this season finished his 13th season as a college football coach. He has spent time at Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC), Wingate University (NC) and is currently in his sixth season at his alma mater.


JEN GERMAN

German was a standout for the women's basketball team. The number two all-time leading scorer in the history of Bloomsburg University women's basketball, German finished her career with 1,853 points. She is also number three all-time in steals with 261, number two in 3-pointers made (graduated as the all-time leader) with 158 and number three in career assists with 387 (left as number two).

She was named first team All-PSAC East as a freshman in 1993-94 and the PSAC East and ECAC Rookie of the Year that season after averaging 16.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and scoring a school freshman record 457 points.

In 1994-95 she was named first team All-PSAC East after averaging 19.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. As a junior she was named second team All-PSAC East after scoring 15.1 points per game and averaging 4.2 assists per game. German was also selected to the CoSIDA All-Region All-Academic team.

As a senior in 1996-97 she was named both the PSAC East Player of the Year and first team All-PSAC East and All-ECAC South after averaging 18.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. She led the team in scoring in 17 of the 28 games that year and scored a season-high 31 points in the PSAC semi-finals against California. For her work in the classroom German was a repeat selection to the CoSIDA All-Region All-Academic team. She capped her senior year by being named the winner of the Eleanor Wray Award as the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete at Bloomsburg University for 1996-97.

After receiving her undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg, she continued her education at Millersville University where she received a Master's of Education in School Counseling in 1999. Since January of 2000 German has been employed by the Octorara Area School District as a high school counselor. She coached several years as Octorara's middle school girls' basketball coach and high school track and field coach for the javelin and long jump. She resides in Lancaster.

The Hall of Fame dinner will be held Friday, October 2 at the Ballroom in the Kehr Union Building. Call the Bloomsburg University sports information office at 570-389-4413 for ticket information.