Mount Union To Induct Five In M-Club Hall Of Fame

May 05, 2010


Mount Union College will induct five new members into its M-Club Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 during halftime of the Capital - Mount Union football game.

The new inductees include Vera Byrd (class of '83), Mike Gillespie (class of '77), Rick Hairston (class of '85), Ed Trizzino (class of '84), and Troy Starr (class of '85).




Byrd (track), the first woman to be inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame, was a two-time National Qualifier earning All-American status in '82 by placing fourth overall in the 400 meters. She also held the school record in the 100 meters and 400 meters, and was a two-time conference champion as well.




Gillespie (football), a First-Team All Ohio Athletic Conference selection in '75, is the school single-season record holder for yards per carry (6.9 ypc). His 225 yards rushing against Wooster in '75 is third on the all-time Raider single-game rushing list.




Hairston (track) was a member of the '83 National Championship 400 meter relay team. He was also National runner-up that year in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Overall, he was a five-time All-American and arguably a member of the best one-two sprint combination in the history of Division III (Hairston & Derrick Rippy).




Ed Trizzino (wrestling), a 150 pounder who became a three-time OAC Champion, earned All-American honors twice during his collegiate career, finishing fifth overall at Nationals in '83 and sixth in '84.




Troy Starr (football) was a two-time First-Team All-OAC selection and two-time All-American linebacker ('83 & '84) for the Purple Raiders. He was also named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the OAC in '84.

To be eligible for consideration into the M-Club Hall of Fame, an individual must have received a degree 18 years prior to selection. The person must have earned two letters in one sport or one letter in two sports. Also, a coach must be retired from coaching for five years prior to induction.

Pete Gligor (class of '62), retired from Trans World Airlines, will also be recognized by

M-Club, earning the Award of Excellence in recognition of significant accomplishments since his time at Mount Union.

Lloyd Davidson, retired food service director at Mount Union, and Terry Taylor, retired Dean of Students at the College, will receive the M-Club Honorary Membership Awards.

This award is presented to individuals that may not have attended Mount Union or have been a member of M-Club, but have distinguished themselves by their outstanding dedication and support of Mount Union athletics.

Reservations for the M-Club Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner can be made by calling Mount Union's Alumni Office at (330) 823-2030 during regular business hours.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (330) 823-6063

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