WHEELING - Memories of the glory days of Salem College football will be revived when the Salem College Football Alumni Association holds its 8th biennial reunion July 19-21 at Oglebay Resort.
The association's mission is to "reconnect former players, coaches, team managers, medical staff and cheerleaders to perpetuate Salem College football, and to honor each other."
Although 2013 marks the 25th year since football was eliminated at Salem, an estimated 200 people are expected to attend this year. The first reunion, the brainchild of Al Tarquinio (Salem '64), was held in 1999 with approximately 44 attendees. Attendance has risen steadily at each subsequent reunion, with more than 200 attending the last reunion in 2011.
The weekend will kickoff with a welcome picnic Friday night at the Hess Pavilion; a golf outing and other activities are planned for Saturday, preceding the always popular Awards Banquet Saturday night at Glessner Auditorium at Wilson Lodge. A getaway breakfast will be held Sunday morning.
The Ted Underwood Scholarship, named in honor of legendary, longtime coach Ted Underwood, will be awarded to the son/grandson or daughter/granddaughter of an association member. The scholarship criteria are academic and athletic achievement and financial need.
Salem College has a strong tradition of good, small college football, and was a charter member of the WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in 1936, with 21 former players drafted or signed by professional teams.
Four of these Tigers, Jack Deloplaine, Orson Mobly, Larry Riley and Monty Hunter, earned Super Bowl rings, while Phil Zacharies (Baltimore) and Mike McCarthy (Green Bay), had successful NFL coaching careers.
The college football coaching landscape is dotted with the names of former Salem players and coaches who roamed the sidelines or played upon the surface of the Tiger's home fields, Hite Field in nearby Clarksburg and the off-campus Catalano Memorial Stadium. These include Bill Kirlawich (WVU & Arizona), Rich Rodriguez (Salem, Glenville, Tulane, Clemson, WVU, Michigan and Arizona), Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), the late Bill Stewart (Salem, VMI and WVU), Eddie Pastilong (Salem and WVU), Donnie Young (Salem and WVU) and Terry Bowden (Auburn, Northern Alabama and Akron).
Salem also produced numerous, successful football coaches at the high school level. Three of these men, Ken Brown, Jr., Cline Stansberry and Joe Eddy Cowley, have had football fields or stadiums named in honor of them and their successful careeers.
Former football members or cheerleaders are urged to call Al Tarquinio (724) 772-2000 or call John (Siebee) Marshall (740) 695-4262).