Class of 1986
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, Kady Fillinger and Shane Gallagher.