Sheptock will be joined in the 2007 class by players Tracy Ham, Georgia Southern, 1983-86; Joe Kendall, Kentucky State, 1934-36; and Jessie Tuggle, Valdosta State, 1983-86. Also, coaches Jim Christopherson, Concordia College, MN and William "Billy" Joe, Florida A & M/Central State and Cheyney. The class was announced by Ron Johnson, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). The Hall of Fame Divisional Class considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction.
"It gives the NFF great pleasure to announce the 2007 College Football Hall of Fame Divisional Class," said Johnson. "These gentlemen are a vital part of our sport's history, and it is our duty to recognize them for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the game."
This year's class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during Enshrinement Ceremonies July 19-21, in South Bend, Ind.
The only three-time All-America selection in Bloomsburg football history, Frank Sheptock's dominating on-field presence let to a record-setting defensive career for the Huskies. A member of the NCAA Division II Team of the Quarter Century (1973-97), Sheptock holds the school records for tackles in a career (537), single season (159) and single game (23), and career fumble recoveries (12).
Leading his teams to an overall record of 24-18-1, the four-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Team pick revitalized a BU team that went 0-10 prior to his playing days. In 1985, he guided the Huskies to the PSAC Championship title as well as the Division II Semifinals. He was named to the Bloomsburg Hall of Fame in 1997, one year after taking the head coaching position at Wilkes University (Pa.). Now in his 11th season at the helm, Sheptock has earned Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honors and his teams have posted six post-season playoff berths. His overall record at Wilkes is 74-43.
"I am very honored and take a great deal of pride in being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a representative of Bloomsburg University," said Sheptock. "When I look at the Class of 2007 and all of the previous inductees it is a very humbling experience. This brings back such fond memories of my time at Bloomsburg and of all my teammates. I truly believe that this award represents not only my accomplishments, but all of the hard work that the coaches and players at Bloomsburg put forth, as well as the commitment to excellence that the university portrays."
With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. The NFF presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, and annual scholarships of over $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.