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Dietz, Rhodes and Swavely Inducted Into Albright Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of FameWilliam “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 tennis.

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.

Football Team Plays North of Border

With an overall 2007-season record of 7-4 and an ECAC South Atlantic Championship Bowl game behind them, the Albright College football team started training for the 2008 season with a trip to Canada for the first foreign tour game in the 100-season history of Albright College football.

Foreign tour games, permitted once every three years by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, allow teams to travel outside the United States to compete against an international opponent. The Lions took on the Varsity Blues of the University of Toronto on Sunday, May 10, racking up 24 points to Toronto’s 21.

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