Seven new members were inducted into the Hall of Fame for Athletes on Friday night during Homecoming weekend. They join other Ursinus alumni and former coaches who have been recognized for excellence in sports.
Those inducted this year were: Bradley Brewster ’74, Susann Sobolewski Dybus ’02, Bradley Getz ’97, Jumaah Ingram Johnson DPT ’02, Erin Fitzgerald Stroble ’02, Brian D. Thomas and Wilbert D. Abele ’61. Abele received the Blanche B. Schultz ’41 Award for commitment to Ursinus Athletics.
Wilbert D. Abele ’61 received a B.A. degree in Political Science. During his time at Ursinus, he was a two-time captain during the 1960 and 1961 seasons when he wrestled as a heavyweight. His dedication to wrestling and his alma mater was recognized recently as Ursinus Wrestling named the Homecoming Invitational in his honor.
Following graduation, Mr. Abele remained active as he served on the Alumni Council, the original President’s Council, class reunion committees and assisted with Office of Admission recruitment. In 1992, he joined the Board of Trustees at Ursinus, chairing the Development and Buildings and Grounds Committees. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1987 and won the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1991.
He had three interceptions in one game in 1972, and he still holds the career interception record at Ursinus at 21, which was recently tied by senior cornerback Chris Rountree.
In track, he won the indoor championship in 50-yard dash in 1971.
She also holds the school record in RBI with 117 and has a school-best 18 triples. Her .422 batting average is best in Ursinus history.
Bradley Getz ’97 is regarded as one of the best men’s soccer players in school history. He is the all-time leader in goals in a career with 55, and was a three-time first-team All-Centennial selection.
His 26 goals in 1994 is the second-best out in Centennial Conference history.
She finished fourth nationally in bars competition during 2002 and also finished fifth nationally on the beam.
Erin Fitzgerald Stroble ’02, who currently serves as the associate director of athletics at Ursinus, was the school’s first athlete to be both a first-team All-American in women’s lacrosse and a first-team Academic All-American.
She was Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 2002.
He directed the Bears to three Centennial Conference crowns and was named Coach of the Year in 2009. He also served as Director of Athletics at Ursinus.