Barons to induct five into Hall of Fame
STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville will induct five into its Baron Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center. A reception will be at 2 p.m.
Inductees are Charles Zerger (Class of 1963), Father Tim Hirten (1975), Jeremy Treece (2005), and posthumously coach Vince Lamatrice and Jim Garrigan (1974).
“This year’s honorees come from both the early years and the ‘new era’ of sports at Franciscan,” said Athletic Director Chris Ledyard. “All five men played unique and vital roles in the continuing legacy of Baron athletics.”
Zerger played less than three seasons with the basketball team, yet he remains among the top 10 in rebounds and points scored. Zerger was the first of two athletes in Baron history to be named MVP multiple times. His post-college basketball career ended early with a knee injury. He went on to teach for 41 years. He lives in Canton, Ohio, and has an active puppet show ministry, putting on close to 130 shows each year to support mission work.
Hirten was a key element of the Barons’ run to the NCAA Division II Regional Championship game in 1974. Hirten made a place for himself in the starting lineup as a freshman. He the No. 8 all-time scorer and No. 11 all-time rebounder. After playing basketball professionally overseas and with the Washington Generals for several years, he entered the U.S. Air Force and was ordained to the priesthood. He is now a military chaplain with the rank of major.
Treece brought rugby to FUS in 2000, laying the foundation for the team’s continued success. Treece played and coached in the early years, growing the program into a team capable of defeating the reigning Division II Allegheny region champions in just a year. Treece now coaches New England College’s rugby team, which this year won the NSCRO national championship in 7s and took second place in 15s.
Lamatrice coached Baron club baseball from 1989-99, keeping afloat the school’s only athletic program during the years without NCAA sports. Lamatrice’s team once soundly defeated Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartans 10-2 in a fundraiser game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. A well-known figure in Steubenville youth sports, he coached Little League and Babe Ruth teams and youth softball and basketball. He passed away this year at the age of 77.
Garrigan set the tone for his basketball career with the Barons early, leading the team in scoring from his freshman year on. With Hirten, Garrigan led the Barons in their quest for the 1974 NCAA Division II Regional Championship. He is No. 3 on the all-time scoring list. He coached basketball for Gannon University in Erie, Pa., while earning his MBA, and went on to have a successful corporate career in telecommunications and satellite networking. Garrigan passed away in 2009.
Tickets for the ceremony are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Register by calling Maura Conant at (740) 284-3745 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.