BETHANY TO WELCOME FOUR NEW MEMBERS INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Sept. 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome its four newest members as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities Oct. 7-8.
The Seventh Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing will kickoff the weekend Friday morning at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Later that night at 6 p.m., the Hall of Fame dinner will be held in Commencement Hall on the Bethany campus. The next day at halftime of the football game against Westminster, the newly inducted members of the Bethany Hall of Fame will be presented their plaques at Bison Stadium.
The 2011 Hall of Fame Class features football player and track and field runner Brian Dickman (1994), baseball player Rudy Frank (1977), women’s soccer player Amy (Harvilla) Rocini (2001) and Brian Taylor (1998), a member of the Bethany men’s tennis and golf programs.
Brian Dickman came to Bethany from Wheeling Park High School, where he earned Honorable Mention All-State as a senior and led the Patriots football team to consecutive state semifinal appearances as a junior and senior. On the track at Park, he won the state title in the 300 hurdles and still holds the school record in the event.
At Bethany, Dickman was a four-year letterman on the football field and a Second Team All-PAC selection in 1992. He caught 68 career passes for 1,391 yards and owns the school record at 20.5 yards per catch. He also owned the school record for career touchdown receptions with 17 until 2006 and is still third on the list.
On the track, Dickman earned PAC MVP honors at the conference championship meet in 1994 and 1995. He was the PAC champion in the 100 in 1993 and earned conference titles in the 100, 400 hurdles, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay at the 1995 championships. Dickman qualified for the 1994 NCAA Division III Championships in the 400 hurdles and still owns school records in the 400 (49.04), 400 hurdles (53.14), 4x100 relay (42.74) and 4x400 relay (3:20.64).
After graduating from Bethany with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Dickman later went on to earn his MBA in 2001. He was selected for Who’s Who in Young Business Professionals and is currently the Director of Financial Analysis & Strategic Planning for Direct General Corporation in Nashville, Tenn.
Dickman currently resides in Hendersonville, Tenn., with his wife Jena and their four children Hannah, Jake, Julia and Brynn.
Rudy Frank was a four-year starter on the diamond for the Bethany baseball program. His top year came as a senior in 1977 when he batted .423 with three home runs, 20 runs scored and 16 stolen bases, which earned him First Team All-PAC honors and Honorable Mention All-American distinction. Frank also earned Honorable Mention All-PAC as a freshman in 1974 and finished his career with a .305 batting average, 76 hits, 51 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.
After graduating summa cum laude from Bethany with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, Frank went on to earn a Master’s Certificate in Leadership from Duquesne and then graduated summa cum laude from the University of Memphis with a master of arts degree in journalism/mass communication. He is currently the Vice President for Branding and MarComm at Mirage Advertising. In addition, Frank serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Free Enterprise in Pennsylvania and volunteers at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children in Greensburg, Pa.
Frank, who graduated from East Liverpool High School in Ohio where he was a three-year letterman on the baseball team, currently lives in Greensburg with his wife Pamela. They have two children, Stuart and Neely, who graduated from Bethany in 2007.
Amy (Harvilla) Rocini was a three-time First Team All-PAC selection on the soccer field. She earned conference MVP honors in 1999 after leading the Bison to their last PAC championship and set Bethany records for single-season goals (26), assists (15) and points (67) that still stand today. Despite suffering a season-ending injury in the third game of her senior year, Rocini finished her career with 50 goals and 119 points, which both stand third all-time in BC history.
In addition to her accolades on the soccer field, Rocini also ran track at Bethany as a freshman in 1998. She qualified for ECAC Outdoor Championships in the 100 and earned Second Team All-PAC in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
Away from the field and track, Rocini was a member of the Phi Mu fraternity, Who’s Who Among American Universities and Schools, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), including one year as chapter president, and the Kalon Leadership Society. In 2011, she was inducted into the Bethany Alumni Soccer Association (BASA) Star of Honor. Today, she works as the Program Development Assistant for the Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, Pa., and also serves as an executive committee member, charity liaison and committee secretary for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
A graduate of Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa., where she lettered four years in track and basketball and three years in soccer after missing a season due to injury, Rocini graduated from Bethany with a bachelor’s degree in communications (public relations track). She resides in McKees Rocks, Pa., with her husband Chris.
Brian Taylor earned six All-PAC honors during his career on the tennis courts and the golf course. In tennis, he won the PAC championship at #2 doubles in 1998. Taylor also earned Second Team All-PAC in singles and doubles in 1997 and in singles in 1998, while also being named the Team MVP in 1995 and earning the Coach’s Award in 1996.
On the links, Taylor received Team MVP laurels in 1995 and played to Second Team All-PAC in 1995 and 1997. Bethany did not sponsor a golf team during his senior season in 1998.
While at Bethany, Taylor was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and after graduating, was inducted into the groups’ Court of Honor in 2003 and served on the Bethany chapter’s Housing Corporation from 1999-2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and minor in accounting from Bethany in 1998 and currently works as the President & CEO of Municipal Mutual Insurance Company in Wellsburg, W.Va.
In addition, Taylor, who graduated from Brooke High School and was the 1994 recipient of the Roger Simpson Award, is the Chairman of the Board for the Washington Pike Public Service District. He is also a National Assoc. of Mutual Ins. Companies Farm Mutual Conference Board Member. He and his wife Carrie reside in Wellsburg.