BBC Hall of Honor set to add three former athletes

BBC Hall of Honor set to add three former athletes

Three former Defender athletes will be added to the BBC Hall of Honor during a special February 7 banquet in the Phelps Student Center.

The special evening begins at 6:30 p.m., with former athletes, friends, and families encouraged to celebrate with the inductees as they are recognized. Tickets for the evening event are $15 and include dinner.

For ticket details, contact Emily Sawyer at 570.585.9322 or

BBC's 2014 Hall of Honor inductees are:

Tom Welsh (1983-1987)
Tom was among the best runners in BBC history. He holds BBC track and field records in the 800 meter run (1:51), the 1,500 meter run (3:51), the 5,000 meter run (15:31.7), the 10,000 meter (33:16.78), and the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:07). He was a four-time NCCAA All-American, was twice named the NCCAA Outstanding Performer, and in 1986 was the recipient of its prestigious Wheeler Award.

In 1984, he earned All-American status at the NAIA National Championships. Not only was he a track and field standout, Welsh was also a talented cross country runner. He holds the BBC course record of 26:49. In addition to his numerous top finishes, Welsh was also named a three-time NCCAA Cross Country All-American and was a member of the 1985 NCCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship team.

"It was a pleasure to run for Baptist Bible College," Tom said. "I was surrounded by wonderful coaches and the great comradery of my teammates."

Tom currently lives in Meadville, PA. He is a tool maker for Leech Carbide. Outside of work, Tom is involved in the children's ministry at his local church.

Pam (Kuhlman) Hitchner (1981-1984)
Pam set a high standard in track and field. She holds six BBC records, the most by any men's or women's team runner. Known for her quick burst of speed, she holds the 100 meter record (12.20), the 200 meter record (25.90), the long jump record (16-feet, six inches), the triple jump record (28-feet, 1.5 inches), and was a member of the 400 meter relay record-holding team (54.00) and of the 1,600 meter relay team (4:18.3).

She was also a key contributor to the BBC cross country team, competing in the NCCAA Championships. She also played basketball for the Lady Defenders.

"Coming to BBC was a leap of faith as I transferred from a college where I had scholarships for field hockey and softball," Pam said. "I came to BBC, and right after that they started the Physical Education program. I used my gift from God to run in track and cross country and played basketball as well. I look forward to coming back to BBC."

Pam has lived in Ocean View, NJ since 1985. She has been a gym teacher and coach at Atlantic Christian School. Over the years, she has coached every varsity sport there and has made a great impact in the track and basketball program. She is currently the girl's basketball coach and is involved in her local church's youth group and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Frank John (1987-1992)
Frank was a strong cross country runner for the Defenders and quickly made an impact on the program. He finished first in his inaugural collegiate cross country meet. He would go on to earn the top spot multiple times, including his top finish in the Lebanon Valley Invitational. Perhaps his biggest win came a few weeks later when he beat 211 runners at the Lock Haven Invitational.

In 1991, John won the NCCAA East Regional Meet. He was named a NCCAA Division II All-American in 1987 and 1988. John's talent also crossed over as he was once named an NCCAA All-American for track and field.

"It was an awesome time at BBC, a great school with great people," John said. "Coach (Chris) Davis was very influential and a great friend to the family. Beyond athletics, BBC helped prepare me for a career in teaching."

Frank lives outside of Baltimore, MD. He teaches physical education at Trinity School, where he also serves as Athletic Director. He contributes his experience in running when helping with the school's cross country and track teams. Frank has also started an after school sports program.

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Posted on: 2/4/2014 2:55:18 PM

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