BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany College athletic department will induct four new members into its Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming festivities Oct. 3-4.
The weekend will kick off with the Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg Friday morning. The Hall of Fame dinner will start at 6 p.m. at Harder Hall on Bethany’s campus. Then on Saturday, the inductees will receive their plaques at Bison Stadium during halftime of Bethany’s football game with Thomas More (Ky.) College.
The 2008 Hall of Fame class includes former basketball player Edward G. Blundon (1966), former softball player Peggy Fillinger (1986), former football player Daniel F. Swickard (1972) and former baseball player Jeffrey Wayne Weekley (1996).
Ed Blundon was a four-year letterman for the Bison men’s basketball program. He was a key member of the 1963-64 Bethany team which went a perfect 18-0 and won the PAC championship. Two years later as a senior captain, he averaged over 15 points, six steals and nearly six assists per game as BC went 15-3 and won their third conference title in school history.
For his career, Blundon, who was also the team’s top defensive player during his career, made better than 85 percent from the foul line and 48 percent from the floor. As a program, Bethany went 57-15 and captured a pair of PAC crowns during Blundon’s tenure.
Away from the floor, Blundon was a member of the Varsity B and Economics Club, as well as treasurer for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. As a political science minor, he was chosen as a congressional intern in 1965.
After graduating from Bethany in 1966 with a degree in economics, Blundon began a distinguished and nationally recognized 35-year public service career. From 1970-80, he worked for the Los Angeles County Government, then moved to Arizona in 1980 and worked as an Executive for the City of Phoenix Government from 1980-2005. In addition to publishing 80 different articles, papers and presentations, he was a consultant/collaborator for nine different cities and won three national awards, including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Award for Competitive Achievement (2001) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Users’ Award for Excellence in Management (2003).
Blundon, who graduated from Warwood High School in Wheeling, W.Va., resides in Phoenix with his wife Frances D. (Howard). They have four grown children: Marat Denuski (37), Lesli Brandell (33), Dmitri Dziensuwski (33) and Christopher Blundon (31).
Peggy Fillinger played two years for the Bison softball team. She earned team MVP accolades in 1984 and then received Pennwood West Conference Honors in 1984 and 1985. Fillinger set a school mark for most putouts and helped Bethany set a record for victories in 1985.
Off the diamond, Fillinger was a member of the Phi Delta Psi Physical Education Honor Society.
After graduating from Bethany in 1986 with a degree in physical education, Fillinger became an athletic trainer and returned to her alma mater. She was the athletic trainer for Bethany’s 1994 men’s soccer national championship team and the 2002 softball team which reached the NCAA Division III World Series. She also earned the West Virginia Hero Award from the West Virginia Legislation after she saved the life of a Bethany College student. Currently, she works for Excela Health Orthopedics in the Greensburg/Latrobe area east of Pittsburgh.
Fillinger, who graduated from Notre Dame High School in Batavia, N.Y., resides in Jeannette, Pa., with her husband Gary Gallagher and they have three children: Scott Gallagher (22), Kady Fillinger (19) and Shane Gallagher (16).
Dan Swickard was a four-year letterman for the football team and a two-year letterman for the wrestling program. He played on the defensive line his first two seasons, before moving to the offensive line his final two years and earned All-PAC laurels both seasons. He was the first Bethany player to play in every varsity game for his entire four-year career and helped the Green and White post an 18-12-1 mark during his tenure.
On campus, Swickard was a member of the Varsity B Club, as well as Sigma Nu fraternity.
Swickard graduated from Bethany in 1972 with a degree in physical education and health and went on to earn his Special Education Teaching Certificate from Youngstown State, then attended the University of Dayton to attain his Educational Administration Certificate. He spent his first six year after graduation in education, then served as Superintendent of the Harrison County Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities from 1978-83.
After serving as a Program Director for a multi-state company from 1983-89, Swickard formed his own company in 1989 called Community Living Concepts, Inc. (CLC). He would form another new company in 1994 called Consumer Support Services, Inc., which he continues to serve as President and CEO. Swickard was also an owner of Allied Therapy in Columbus, Ohio, for several years.
Swickard, who graduated from Toronto High School in Toronto, Ohio, and his wife Paula (Tenney) reside in Newark, Ohio, and have two sons (Todd and Chris) and one grandchild.
Jeff Weekleywas a four-year starter for the Bison on the diamond. After earning PAC Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Conference in 1993, he garnered First Team All-PAC his last three years. He was also voted the league’s MVP as a senior in 1996 after hitting .429 with three home runs, 25 RBIs and 50 runs scored. Weekley’s effort helped the Bison win the PAC championship with an undefeated record and earn a berth in the ECAC Tournament, BC’s second straight trip to the postseason.
For his career, Weekley graduated with seven single-season records and eight career records. He still sits atop the Bison record boards in career stolen bases with 87, is ranked second in career runs (139) and ranks second in single-season runs (50-1996), doubles (15-1995), triples (5-1996) and stolen bases (27-1995).
Weekley graduated from Bethany in 1996 with a degree in Business in 1996. He currently works for United Dairy in Martins Ferry, Ohio.
A graduate of Brooke High School in Wellsburg, W.Va., Weekley now resides in Wheeling with his wife Heather (’99) and their two sons, Tyler (6) and Riley (4).