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HALL OF FAME ADDS SIX
Six new members were inducted into the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities last Saturday:

Richard Biolsi ’65 secured his spot in Muhlenberg athletic history by excelling in two varsity sports, football and wrestling.

He spent three years as a letterwinner in football, playing both offense and defense as an interior lineman.

Biolsi was a four-year letterwinner in wrestling. He was undefeated for two seasons and placed second in the MAC championships in 1964 and 1965. During his career, Biolsi also won 29 consecutive dual-meet matches and was the Mules’ leading scorer for three straight years. He was recipient of the Muhlenberg Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Biolsi lives with his wife Katherine and their two children in Bath, Pa. He is the Chief Operating Officer at KidsPeace in Orefield.

Anne Petrou Reed ’82 joins the Athletic Hall of Fame as a four-year letterwinner and team captain in both field hockey and softball.

In field hockey, Reed remains Muhlenberg’s fifth all-time leading scorer. She was the team’s top scorer for three consecutive years,
Hall of Fame
Pictured from left to right are Frank Marino, Richard Biolsi, Sharon (Peifer) Gleichmann, Judy Wood Sheftel (daughter of Scotty Wood), Elaine Hasik (neice of Franklin Wolfe) and Anne Petrou Reed.
including a high of 14 goals for the 1981 MAC championship team. In 1980 and 1981 she was selected to the first-team All-MAC North.

On the softball field, she played second base and had a career batting average of .398 with 27 RBI and 34 runs scored in 35 games. She was a member of the 1982 MAC South championship team, and led the team with a .500 batting average.

Reed currently lives in Westwood, Mass., with her husband, Michael, and their two children. She is a consultant for Summit CFO Services in Westwood.

Sharon (Peifer) Gleichmann ’89 made her mark on Muhlenberg athletics in field hockey and softball.

She was a four-year letterwinner as a link in field hockey. A two-time captain of the team, she was voted first-team All-MAC Northeast in 1987 and 1988.

In softball, Gleichmann was an infielder for four years. As captain of the team in 1989, she and her teammates became a part of Muhlenberg athletic history, when they brought home the Mules’ first-ever MAC championship. Gleichmann’s career statistics include a .320 batting average with 44 RBI, 66 runs scored and nine stolen bases. She played in three MAC Southeast championships and her record 18-game hitting streak, set in 1989, still stands today.

Gleichmann and her husband, Bob, live with their daughter and son in Whippany, N.J. She is a CPA with Prudential Financial.

Coach Frank Marino has contributed immeasurably to Muhlenberg’s athletic programs, and has served the athletic department since 1967.

As the head football coach from 1971-80, he holds the record as the “winningest football coach” in Muhlenberg history, with a career record of 54-40-6. In 1976, Marino was the Mid-Atlantic Conference coach of the year.

Marino also served as head coach of the women’s volleyball team from 1988-95, and in 1992, he coached the team to a MAC Southeast championship. Marino also dedicated time as coach of men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

Over the years, Coach Marino has had a positive impact on many athletes, and has touched the lives of countless members of the Muhlenberg community. He is one of the founders of the Cardinal and Grey Society and he remains the Mules’ number one fan.

He and his wife Carroll live in Allentown. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Milton “Scotty” Wood’s ties to Muhlenberg College and its athletic teams date back to 1947, when he owned a sandwich shop in center-city Allentown called the Home Restaurant. The Muhlenberg basketball team practiced at nearby Rockne Hall and often finished practicing too late to eat dinner on campus, so Wood let the players enjoy home-cooked meals at his restaurant. This was the beginning of a relationship that still endures today.

In 1999, to honor his long-standing, supportive relationship with the College, Muhlenberg dedicated its state-of-the-art, multi-purpose stadium to Milton W. “Scotty” Wood and June “Betty” Wood, two of the most beloved figures in the College’s athletic history.

In 1982, Wood’s son, Robert, created the Scotty Wood Basketball Tournament, held each November in Memorial Hall. The tournament has grown into a first-class operation and one of the most popular events of its kind in the nation.

Wood, now retired, is the founder of Wood Dining Services.

A two-year letterwinner as a center in football, Franklin “Footer” Wolfe ’41 received votes for 1940 AP All-State team.

In 1965 he was nominated by Muhlenberg and chosen for the Sports Illustrated Small College Anniversary All-America team. He was a “60-Minute Man” for the football team.

Wolfe was a member of the first varsity wrestling team at the College. His wrestling career was cut short when he suffered and injury early in his senior season, but he finished with an overall record of 2-2.

Wolfe was a superintendent for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 38 years, before retiring in 1979. He passed away in 1996.

For a complete list of Hall of Fame members, click here.


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Last updated October 4, 2002