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2011 Hall of Fame class inducted

WC honors Dlugosz, Glaspey, Szucs, (Venema) Kindel

October 1, 2011

Shown, from left, are Wilmington College Hall of Fame inductees Tammy (Venema) Kindel, Andy Szucs, Bill Glaspey and Dave Dlugosz.

Shown, from left, are Wilmington College Hall of Fame inductees Tammy (Venema) Kindel, Andy Szucs, Bill Glaspey and Dave Dlugosz.

Dave Dlugosz, Bill Glaspey, Andy Szucs and Tammy (Venema) Kindel comprise the 2011 Class of the Wilmington College Athletics Hall of Fame. The group was welcomed to the Hall of Fame during an induction brunch Saturday and introduced at halftime of Wilmington’s Homecoming football game with Muskingum.

Dave Dlugosz (’74) came to the Wilmington College campus in the early 1970s. At 6 feet 1 inch, 210 pounds, he had made the reconciliation that a scholarship to a big-time football program was not in the cards. But he also understood that the absence of a scholarship did not equate to the end of his football career.

“I realized real fast that I was not going to be a Division I football player, just because of size,” Dlugosz said. “But I still had a passion for the game, and I visited a number of places. Wilmington just felt like the right place, that it was a good fit for me. I never regretted it.”

In a career that allowed Dlugosz to play under the tutelage of WC Hall of Fame coaches Bill Atsalis and Bill Ramseyer, the undersized offensive guard/center from Avon Lake blossomed. He was an All-Hoosier Buckeye Collegiate Conference honoree, an NAIA All-District 22 selection and was Wilmington’s representative to the 1973 Ohio Shrine Game, played at Ohio Stadium.

At the same time — not coincidentally — the Quakers were enjoying a gridiron renaissance.

“We didn’t realize it at the time, but looking back on it we had four pretty successful years,” Dlugosz said. “I think we helped set the base for the teams that were national qualifiers and national runner-up.”

Dlugosz said one of Wilmington’s long-lasting influences on his life were the diversities in people and ideologies of the College in the early ’70s.

“It was a unique place to be during the Vietnam War years. Being a Quaker school, there were obviously strong feelings about the war and there were students from around the world who were at Wilmington because of that. That diversity was maybe one of the best parts of my education, to learn the value of that diversity.”

Further definition to Dlugosz’s future was provided by his coaching mentors at Wilmington College. When he left Wilmington, Dlugosz returned to Avon Lake and began a 37-year coaching career that has taken him to the pinnacle of high school football in a state where high school football is nationally acclaimed.

In 2003, Dlugosz led Avon Lake to the state championship. In 2004, the Shoremen were state finalists. In 18 years, Dlugosz’s teams have made 14 state playoff appearances and captured 17 Southwestern Conference championships.

In 2008, Dlugosz was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

“For me, the real gratification comes from working with the average player, to be able to motivate and direct him, and he ends up being an all-conference, all-state caliber player because he was willing to put forth the work and follow direction and be disciplined. When you see those kind of guys grow physically and emotionally, I think that is probably the most rewarding thing that happens as far as a coach can go.”

Dlugosz also teaches at Avon Lake High School. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Avon Lake. They have four children; Christian, Dennis, Andrew, and Kerry; and two grandchildren.

Bill Glaspey (’59)
arrived on the Wilmington College campus in the mid 1950s with an ethic to work and a passion to play. Over the next four years he etched a career that, nearly five decades later, still gives perfect illustration of the term “student-athlete”.

A Dayton native, Glaspey came to Wilmington to play football for Fred Raizk’s Quakers. A running back, safety and linebacker, he saw plenty of action on both sides of the ball. In 1956, he led the Quakers with 417 rushing yards. In 1957 he was named the team’s captain and received the squad’s most coveted award, the Carr Brothers Trophy.

“I liked to get the ball, but I preferred playing defense over offense,” Glaspey said.
Glaspey also came to Wilmington to participate in the work-study program that provided employment at the Randall Company. The job was not the first for Glaspey, who been forced into the workforce at the age of 13 by his father’s death.

“My brother and I both had to work, so working was not a problem for me at that point,” Glaspey said. “But it was difficult to balance working three days a week, going to school and participating in athletics.”

Glaspey not only balanced school, work and football, but he also added track and field and athletic training to his repertoire. He was a sprinter and middle-distance runner for the Quakers and a four-year trainer/manager for the men’s basketball team.

“I was busy and joined a fraternity for fun,” Glaspey said.

Glaspey’s post-graduate career included a two-year stint at Wilmington College, where he was assistant dean of men and was in charge of the men's dormitories. Staying at Wilmington, he said, was an easy choice.

“I liked the friendliness of the people in Wilmington, both in the community and on campus,” Glaspey said. “It was a little laid back and very diversified, as far as the student body and professors were concerned, but it was a good, close-knit community.”

Glaspey went on to a career in the insurance industry, which afforded him the opportunity to return to one of the loves of his life: golf. He became a mentor to many golfers who were looking for help with their swings.

After coaching football, baseball and track for Milford Schools, Glaspey brought his golf expertise to Wilmington College, where he coached the men’s linksters from 2001-2005.

“I had worked at two driving ranges growing up and spent time around the pros there,” Glaspey said. “I picked up some techniques from them. I learned a long time ago that golf is something you can play all of your life. It is mental and physical and it keeps you young and alert.”

Glaspey and his wife Toby reside in Maineville. They have two children, Tracey and Gordon, and three grandchildren.

Andy Szucs (’01)
was not lacking options when he chose to attend Wilmington College in the fall of 1997. Major colleges and universities made their pitch for the Dayton Carroll High School graduate, but Wilmington College offered the balance he was searching for.

“I had friends that were either already there or had decided to go to Wilmington. I decided I liked the connections and the networking was good. I wanted to be a student-athlete and play a high level of soccer and have a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. I thought it was a really good fit,” Szucs said.

A really good fit soon became a perfect fit as Szucs helped the Quakers to four of the best years in the program’s storied history. From 1997 to 2000, Wilmington College posted a cumulative 60-19-5 record, won three conference championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments.

“Wilmington College was a place that brought out my best,” Szucs said. “I was able to reach my potential as a player, and I did very well as a student. I had a great balance where everything was going well. It made it easier to be successful. I just had really good balance. The total experience, the environment allowed me to be a better player and a better person.”

A central midfielder, Szucs was the cohesive element of a team that overwhelmed its opponents with skill and precision. In 1999 he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Team. That same year he also received the first of two Academic All-America selections.

“Everything went well my junior year,” Szucs said. “I really found my groove with my studies in religion and philosophy. Off the field I had a lot of good friends on campus. On the field we reached a really good level. We had a core group that had been playing together for two or three years.”

Szucs’ 13 assists during the 1998 season still rank No. 2 on the WC all-time list. His 27 career assists rank eighth in team history. Individual success, he said, was the direct result of overall team talent and guidance provided by head coach Bud Lewis.

“Bud is an amazing person. He is very good at surrounding himself with quality people that he knows he can rely on to give him good feedback. He also is very good at receiving feedback. He’s just one of the most genuine people I have ever met.”

Szucs spent two post-graduate years as an assistant coach with the Wilmington College team. He now works with younger athletes as the director of coaching for the Lakota-Monroe sites for the Cincinnati United Soccer Club.

Szucs, his wife Michelle (Faltisco ’02) and daughter Nola Louise live in Bellbrook.

Tammy (Venema) Kindel (’01)
arrived in Wilmington in 1997 with ambitious dreams. She also came equipped with the tools necessary to make the ambitious seem commonplace in becoming one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history.

“One of the things that I liked about Wilmington is that I got a sense that they really did understand what a student-athlete was and how to help mentor someone in trying to balance the two worlds,” Kindel said.

“That is much of what my Wilmington experience was — trying to be all that I could be on the soccer field and trying to maximize my potential as a student in biology and philosophy, so that I could pursue my dreams of becoming a doctor. I had the complete support from all of the faculty. That really allowed me to be as successful as I wanted to be on the soccer field, knowing that I had the support of the faculty in the classroom.”

Playing for head coach Steve Spirk, Kindel’s career was one for the record books. As a forward, she could score goals and was even better at setting up her teammates. Her 42 career assists place her atop the WC all-time list. Her 48 goals and 138 points rank third in team history. She said her hope is that the assists she handed out best define her soccer legacy — as a player whose creativity helped other players and the team enjoy a higher level of success.

During Kindel’s four years at Wilmington, the Quakers won two conference titles and played in two NCAA Tournaments. Kindel thrived on the expectation of excellence that defines Wilmington College soccer.

“I came into the program knowing that we had a history of going to the NCAA Tournament,” Kindel said. “It’s not just about getting through the OAC, but to get to the NCAA Tournament. Every game was tough because teams looked at us as a nationally ranked team. There was no game that you could take for granted because everyone was up to play us. It’s fun to be a player and have that kind of a reputation.”

In 1999 Kindel was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Team. She also was selected to the Academic All-America Team, an honor the 4.0 student earned again in 2000. In 2001 she was named the Ohio NCAA Woman of the Year.

“That came completely out of the blue. Stacey Williams won that award a few years earlier, but I didn’t think of myself on that kind of a level. It was a very humbling honor,” Kindel said.

After completing her medical training at The Ohio State University, Dr. Tammy Kindel is now a general surgery resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She plans to apply for a one-year bariatric fellowship that specializes in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity.

Kindel and her husband Dr. Steve Kindel reside in Chicago with their son Jonah.