DeSales Inducts Four New Members into Athletic Hall of Fame
The DeSales University Athletic Department has announced the induction of four new members into the DeSales University Athletic Hall of Fame. Bob Koch '69, Jamie (Bicking) Kofalt '87, John Ward '89 and Brian Manning '97, were honored during festivities in the University Center on Saturday, June 5.
Each inductee has made an everlasting impression on DeSales University athletics and will join current members Dr. John "Coach" Compardo, Lynn Butler-Tubman ' 87, Tony Mazzeo '72, Dennis Ramella '73, Tom Shirley '76, Tina Costello '88 and Tim Riggs '91 into this celebrated group.
Koch is one of the very first extraordinary athletes at DeSales University. He earned varsity letters in three different sports including basketball (three letters), baseball (two) and cross-country (two). Koch was named a team captain of the men's basketball team during his senior year, was named the first outstanding intramural athlete in 1965 and was later recognized as the first outstanding intercollegiate athlete at DeSales in 1969. He earned a master's degree in International Relations from Villanova University in 1974. Since graduating from DeSales in 1969, he has been teaching social studies at the high school level. Currently, he is a social studies teacher at Norristown Area High School. Koch resides in Norristown, Pa., and has three children.
Ward was a two-time team captain and three-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the men's basketball team. He continues to rank among the all-time leaders in several statistical categories including first all-time in free throws made (439). He is also third in points (1,555), fourth in field goals made (557), second in rebounds (853), fourth in blocked shots (99) and sixth in steals (147). Ward was named an NAIA District 19 All-Star twice and Honorable Mention once, was honored as an Eastern States Athletic Conference (ESAC) All-Star three times and also recognized as an Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) All-Star once. Since graduating from DeSales in 1989, he enjoys playing basketball recreationally and is pursuing a Black Belt from Tiger Schulman Karate. Currently, he is a managerial accountant at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Pa. Ward resides in Montgomeryville, Pa., with his wife, Robin, and their three children.
Bicking-Kofalt career statistics speak for themselves as she continues to be DSU's all-time leader in nearly every pitching category in softball and also earned four varsity letters as a volleyball player. In softball she is the all-time leader in wins (49), earned run average (0.72), complete games (78), shutouts (18), no-hitters (10), innings pitched (523.2) and strikeouts (578). She also has a long list of honors and awards that includes being named to the NAIA District 19 and PAIAW All-Star team four times in both volleyball and softball. She was named volleyball team Most Valuable Player (MVP) once, softball MVP all four years, named an Eastern States Athletic Conference (ESAC) All-Star four times in softball and volleyball and was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year three times. Since graduating from DeSales in 1987, she plays softball and volleyball recreationally. She also rides and trains her three horses, and teaches riding lessons. Currently, she is an account management specialist in the information services department at UGI Utilities in Reading, Pa., and is pursuing a master's degree in leadership from Cardean University. Bicking-Kofalt resides in Topton, Pa., with her husband, Tony, and has four children.
Manning was a standout baseball player who is still listed among the all-time leaders in many major statistical categories. Entering the 2004 season Manning was ranked among the top five all-time in batting average (.397), runs scored (138), doubles (33), triples (10), home runs (17), RBI's (125) and stolen bases (51). Manning accomplished all these feats in just three years of competition as he was drafted in the ninth round of the major league baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. In addition to the Giants, Manning played with the Chicago White Sox and the Birmingham Barons, and in the California League, Midwest League, and Carolina League. Prior to being drafted he was named an NCAA Division III Third-team All-American in 1996 and was also named DSU's Male Athlete of the Year in 1995-96. He was a three-time NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic All-Region player and was also named an ECAC South Region All-Star in 1995. Currently, Manning is a salesman with Anheuser-Busch and resides in Hazlet, N.J.
For more information, please contact B.J. Spigelmyer, Sports Information Director at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100 ext. 1228.
Press Release: DeSales Inducts Four New Members into Athletic Hall of Fame | Posted on: 6/7/2004
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