Dietz, Rhodes and Swavely Inducted Into
Albright Athletics Hall of Fame
William “Lone Star” Dietz, Terry Rhodes ’70 and Shawn
Swavely ’00 were inducted into the Albright College
Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming and Family
Weekend in October. The induction of the three brings
the total number of Hall of Fame members to 75. The
undefeated 1998 men’s tennis team was also recognized.
The team won the first ever conference title in men’s
Dietz became Albright’s football coach and athletic
director in 1937. That year, he led the Lions into the
Albright record books as the first undefeated football team, a record that held until 1960, when that year’s
team went both undefeated and untied.
Dietz coached the Lions through 1942, until World War II shut down football at Albright. His overall
Albright record was 31-23-2, 55 percent wins.
Swavely was a four-time recipient of the Ron Regan Award for most outstanding basketball player at
Albright College. Captain of the team three years in a row, he ranked all-time second in career points, with
2,091. In 1997 he was named MAC Rookie of the Year and Albright Male Freshman Athlete of the Year, and
he was a Second-Team All-MAC selection.
In 1998 he was named to the ECAC/AmeriSuites Division III Southern Region All-Star Third Team, and in
1999 he was an NABC Regional First Team selection. Swavely, who went on to earn a master’s in business
administration from Alvernia College, was named Albright Male Senior Athlete of the Year and MAC Player of
the Year for 2000. The same year he was also named First Team MAC.
Rhodes pitched four straight seasons for the Lions, leading the team in strikeouts and ERA three of those
years. He was a member of the conference championship team in 1967, and in 1968 he received the “Pop”
Kelchner Award for Outstanding Baseball Player.
On the football field, Rhodes led Albright in interceptions in the 1968 and 1969 seasons, and he was a
member of the 1968 MAC Championship team. In 1969 he was named Albright Defensive Back of the Year,
MAC All-Conference First Team, and All-State Defensive First Team.