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Wittenberg Announces Athletics Hall of Honor 2009 Class

30 June 2009 No Comment


Joe Govern ’80, Sarah Jurewicz ’98, Sarah Newlin ’96, Bob Wagner ’69, Tom Young ’70 and longtime statistician Joe Clayton have been selected to join 178 others in the Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Honor. The six members of the class of 2009 will be inducted at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 23, and will be introduced to Wittenberg’s loyal fans during halftime of the annual Homecoming football game against Carnegie Mellon the next day.

Govern was a hard-working defensive tackle who led the Tigers to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game in 1978 and 1979. He was a two-time first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) selection, and he earned the Hank Critchfield Award given to the top defensive player in the OAC, following his senior year.

Jurewicz was the first junior in the women’s basketball program to reach 1,000-point plateau, and her career point total remains the best in school history. She returned to her alma mater to coach the women’s basketball team in 2007 following the passing of her coach and mentor, Pam Evans Smith. As a player, Jurewicz was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) honoree, three-time team MVP and three-year captain.

Newlin was the first student-athlete from the women’s soccer program to earn All-America honors, and she remains the lone Wittenberg female to earn national player of the year honors after picking up that award in 1995. Still the school record-holder for career and season saves, Newlin was a three-time All-NCAC honoree who led her team to a sparkling 51-23-3 record in four years in the Red & White.

Wagner was a two-time first-team All-OAC selection for this work on the football field, and a two-time all-region selection for his defensive work on the lacrosse team. He went on to a successful football coaching career, earning Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1989 for his success as the head coach at the University of Hawaii.

Young was the captain and in many ways the heart and soul of Wittenberg’s 1969 national championship football squad. He won the Golden Helmet award that year for his “toughness and leadership by example,” according to Coach Dave Maurer. The Tigers posted a phenomenal 32-4 overall record during Young’s collegiate career, which was capped by Associated Press All-America Honors following the 1969 season.

Clayton served as a statistician in Wittenberg’s football and basketball pressboxes for nearly 30 years before his passing in March 2009. In addition to keeping statistics during hundreds of football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games, he also helped track statistics for Wittenberg men’s and women’s soccer games and volleyball tournaments in recent years. Also a member of the Athletics Hall of Honor committee, Clayton did almost all of his work on a volunteer basis.

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