Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Lycoming Football - Wiser set for induction into Centre County Sports Hall of Fame

Lycoming College assistant head coach Steve Wiser ’74
John Green Photo from 2010 Lycoming Vs Wilkes
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming College assistant head coach Steve Wiser ’74 will be honored as part of the third induction class of the Centre County Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Penn Stater in State College. A native of Port Matilda, Pa., Wiser grew up competing in Centre County before coming to Lycoming College as a student in 1970.

Members of the newest class from Bellefonte Area High School are Sam (Fuss) Nastase, Andy Thal, Don Robinson and the late Tom Riglin. Bald Eagle Area High School is represented by Allan Fisher, Jeff Miles, Wiser and the late Mike Condo. State College Area Hight School members are Mike Archer, Jane Brown and Steve Gentry and Penn State’s representative is the late Ed Drapcho.

(C) Steve Wiser sharing a special moment as the Bust of Hall of Fame Coach Frank Girardi is unveiled. Head Coach Mike Clark (L) and Lynne Girardi (R) looking on. / John Green Photo
Wiser has served as an assistant coach with the Lycoming football team since he graduated in 1974, earning a promotion to defensive coordinator in 1977, where he has helped groom the Warrior defense into one of the best in the nation in the course of the last four decades.

During his time at Lycoming, the Warriors have posted a record of 328-154-5 (.679) while garnering 12 NCAA playoff appearances, including two trips to the national title game. His defense topped the MAC 18 times and has posted a total of 67 shutouts.

Prior to his time as a coach at Lycoming, Wiser was an All-MAC linebacker on the gridiron and a NCAA qualifier as a wrestler. In total, Wiser has been a part of the Lycoming College athletic department for the past 50 years, longer than any other person associated with the athletic department in the school’s history.

Wiser retired as a social studies teacher at Williamsport Area High School in 2006 after 32 years as an educator. At Williamsport, he also served as an assistant track and field coach and the junior high school wrestling coach. He has also run the Lycoming College football camps for the past 29 seasons, educating thousands of local players on the basics of football.

Lycoming College assistant head coach Steve Wiser ’74
John Green Photo from September 19, 2015
In high school, Wiser was a PIAA runner-up in wrestling at 138 pounds as a sophomore in 1968.

Wiser has already earned induction to the Lycoming College Athletics (1989), West Branch Valley Sports (2013), Bald Eagle Area (1987) Halls of Fame.

The Warriors will get a bye week before getting back on the field on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they host FDU-Florham in MAC action at David Person Field at 12 p.m.

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