100 years of BGSU sports history on display PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 24 April 2010 08:22
Falcon's sports media presentations are on display in the Anderson Arena. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
As part of Bowling Green State University’s centennial celebration, the first 100 years of Falcon sports were on display Friday.
Historical displays by students involved in classes in the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at BGSU were presented in Anderson Arena.
Then Friday evening in an Olscamp Hall classroom, a panel of current and former BGSU athletes, coaches and administrators, discussed their experiences at Bowling Green.
Instead of just writing a paper as a final project, the students were required to do research on the sports at Bowling Green. The information will now become part of the archives at Bowling Green and other facts will be added each year. Each current BG intercollegiate sport had a separate display and then there was also displays on former BG sports.
Ashley Lynch, who went to Cleveland Lutheran East High School, was one of the students working on gathering the information for the displays featuring women’s basketball and football.
“There was a lot of information for football, finding the coaches and the players and trying to get them all right and trying to actually find the resources to get the information,” Lynch said.
Lynch said the biggest thing she learned during the football research was about the 1959 championship team and head coach Doyt Perry. The football stadium and field at BGSU are named for Perry.
“It just really stands out for me. I knew nothing about the football history,” Lynch said. “The team actually went undefeated for the whole season which I was amazed at. We had two other undefeated seasons, but we didn’t get national championships.”
Lynch said she enjoyed finding out more about Bowling Green during her research.
“This is BGSU. We’re going to be alumni from this school and it’s good to learn about the history of it,” Lynch said.
Dr. Nancy Spencer coordinated both undergraduate and graduate students from her classes in sport history, to put together the Anderson Arena display.
“Fortunately there were a lot of students who bought into it and made it a success,” Spencer said.
Spencer said she hoped the work done this spring will help other students in the future.
“There are some sports that it’s really hard to find even an agreement on when the sport started, who the coaches were and what years they coached,” Spencer said.
Gary Haas Sr., a standout baseball player in the 1970s, who is a life-long Wood County resident, was impressed with the presentations.
“They did a really great job with the displays today. I was really impressed with the boards ... It was a top-notch presentation,” said Haas, who was a member of evening panel.
Joining Haas on the panel were: Jim Lessig, a former coach and athletics director at BG, who served as the panel’s moderator; Tom Colaner, a member of the 1959 national championship football team; Dr. Crystal ‘Boo” Ellis, the first African-American men’s basketball player at Bowling Green; Dr. Sue Hager, former women’s basketball coach and administrator; and Denise Van De Walle, BG’s volleyball coach for the last 27 years; and Mike Wilcox, an All-American lacrosse performer in the 1970s, who was also a student trustee on the BGSU Board of Trustees, and was later president of the board. Approximately 125 people attended the panel discussion.
Members of the panel answered several questions, including their memories of Bowling Green; people from BGSU who have made a difference in their lives; and what it means to be a Bowling Green graduate.
“It was truly a family atmosphere here. It felt like family from day one,” Haas said about his time at Bowling Green. He earned all-conference honors for both his play on the field and his work in the classroom.
Haas and Wilcox shared the same locker in the old men’s gym.
“Mike’s a great guy and we’re good friends now,” Haas said. “That’s the kind of friendships that you make. They last a lifetime.”
Also part of the message from the panelists was about giving back to the university after graduation.
“I took a lot of things out of here when I left. Now I’m giving back, giving back to the baseball program. I feel it’s something that I have to do and should do. All former athletes and even students should be doing that to support the university,” Haas said.
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:51

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