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CLARION UNIVERSITY

MEN’S BASKETBALL

CLARION & CALIPARI FOREVER TIED

  • Tonight’s game pits first-year Kentucky head coach John Calipari against his alma mater. Calipari, who is originally from the Pittsburgh-area, played two seasons with the Golden Eagles after transferring from North Carolina-Wilmington.

  • Played for Joe DeGregorio at Clarion

  • Played in 46 games; Starting PG in 1981-82; Key reserve in 1980-81 when Clarion made NCAA D-II To.

  • 192 assists is 24th in Clarion history

  • 202 career points, 51 career steals

  • 143 assists in 1981-82 14th in Clarion history

  • 5.3 apg in 1981-82 15th in Clarion history

  • 1980-81 Clarion 23-6, 8-2 in Pennsylvania Confer- ence Western Division tying for first place & earn- ing first-ever NCAA To. berth (Clarion had played in numerous NAIA Regional To. & 3 NAIA Nat. To. before joining the NCAA full-time in 1981)

  • In 1981 NCAA To. Clarion beat Monmouth 80-78 before falling to Cal Poly 84-61.

  • In 1981, Calipari played in 19 games with 58 points & 49 assists. He fractured his cheek bone during the season and finished the year playing with a face mask fitted for him by Clarion’s NCAA D-I wres- tling team.

  • In 1981-82, Clarion was ranked as high as third in the nation and finished 16-11 while qualifying for the PSAC playoffs. Calipari played in all 27 games and averaged 5.3 ppg to go along with his 143 as- sists.

  • During the 1981-82 campaign, Clarion and Calipari faced off against Virginia Union and future NBA star Charles Oakley. VU beat Clarion 59-56 as Oak- ley had 9 points, 9 rebounds with Calipari 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal.

CALIPARI NOT ONLY

FAMOUS CLARION ATHLETE Pete Vuckovich, Sr. - Baseball Vuckovich, who pitched for Clarion in the early 1970s, played 11 years in the Major Leagues for four teams & won the 1982 AL Cy Young Award while with the Mil- waukee Brewers, leading the Brewers to their only AL pennant that season. He was the pitching coach for the Pitts. Pirates in the late 1990s and played Clue Haywood in the hit movie Major League.

Kurt Angle - Wrestling Angle (1992) is one of 15 members of NWCA/NCAA 75th anniversary all-time wrestling team. Was World Freestyle Champ in 1995 & the Olympic Gold Medalist at 1996 Atlanta Games. He has been a pro wrestling star first with the WWE and now with TNA Wrestling.

Alex Sandusky - Football Sandusky (1954) played for the Balt. Colts from 1954- 66 (166 games 47 starts) winning NFL titles in 1958 & 1959. Started 1958 title game (23-17 OT over NY Gi- ants) at Yankee Stadium in what has become known as the “Greatest Game Ever Played”.

Reggie Wells, Jr. - Football Wells (2008) has been an OG for the Ariz. Cardinals since 2003 and a starter since 2004. Was one of the team’s co-captains and starters in Super Bowl XLIII after helping the Cards to their first-ever NFC Title. His father Reggie, Sr., is the 2nd leading scorer (2,011) and rebounder (1,120) at Clarion, and his younger brother, Ryan, was a key starter on Clarion’s 2005 PSAC-West championship basketball team. PSAC-West title team.

Wade Schalles - Wrestling Schalles (1974) is one of 15 members of the NWCA/ NCAA 75th anniversary all-time wrestling team. He earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as wrestling’s all-time leader in victories with 821 and falls with 530. He won a Gold Medal at the 1977 World University Games.

CLARION PROUD

Paula (PJ) Hilbert

Managing Director (Retired) JP Morgan Chase Frank Pici Executive VP & CFO Penn Virginia Corp. Nitin Sahney Managing Partner & CEO Mango Assets Funds

Enrique Conterno

  • Scott Kroh

President of Robindale Energy Services, Inc.

  • John Tedeschi

Sr. VP Global Field Org. MEDRAD, Inc.

  • Mark Demich

Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers; NY City

  • F. Suzanne Jenniches

VP/GM of Govt. System Dir. Northrop Grumman Corp. President of Lilly USA (Eli Lilly)

  • Mike Hinderliter

Former Co-owner of Travel Centers of America

  • Mike Miller

Passing Game Coordinator of Arz. Cardinals

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