The number of Fighting Scots all time athletic hall-of-famers expanded to 234 upon the induction of seven new members featured in the 2015 class on Saturday night inside McComb Fieldhouse as part of the 34th annual Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame banquet. Former cross country and track & field standouts Aaron Rowe and Yimin Wu, former women’s soccer standout Jamie (Tekotte) Sallie, former volleyball standout Lisa (Poeschl) Vavrek, former wrestling standout Matt King, former football standout Chris Hart, and Distinguished Service Award honoree Mike Gallagher, were all a part of the 2015 class inducted.
“These seven former student-athletes represent another outstanding group of inductees,” Edinboro University Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner said in a release from the university’s sports information department. “Through the years, that’s what the Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame has stood for, recognizing individuals who have brought distinction to themselves, our athletic department and our university during their careers. This class also represents the growth of women’s athletics and the great success we’ve enjoyed in those respective sports,” Baumgartner went on to say.
Although entering the hall of fame as the only nonstudent-athlete, Gallagher has an unparalleled background in this group of seven. Spanning from 1984-2011, Gallagher carved out a career with Erie’s ABC affiliate WJET-TV as a sports anchor. “It’s probably the biggest honor of my life,” Gallagher said. “It is an overwhelming honor, not just because of athletics, but because of my love of Edinboro.” Winning the Associated Press Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the year six times, Gallagher was also a five-time winner of the Excellence in Broadcast Sports for the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcaster Award while winning the National Association of Broadcasters award twice.It all began for Gallagher, however, at Edinboro University with an education in communications from 1981- 1984 as the voice for Edinboro athletics on radio.
“I’ve covered seven Super Bowls, two Olympics, World Series, all-star games...the highest level of sports I’ve had the opportunity to because of what I’ve learned here, but given the chance to make a choice, I would take an Edinboro basketball, football, volleyball game over any of them.”
Mike Fenner is a staff writer for The Spectator.