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Oct 09, 2012

DelVal’s Athletic Director caps off a 45-year career with the College

Above: Frank Wolfgang, Athletic Director

After spending nearly his entire professional career at Delaware Valley College, athletic director Frank Wolfgang is in his 45th and final year with the institution. Wolfgang’s service will run until August 2013.

It also marks the 50th year that Wolfgang has been part of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), half of the conference’s existence as it celebrates its centennial this year.

“I have very much enjoyed my tenure here at Delaware Valley College with all the friendships of colleagues, coaches and student-athletes over the years,” said Wolfgang. “I am looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren and with coming back and attending DelVal athletic events as just a spectator.”

Wolfgang, who will be inducted into the Jerry Wolman-Northern Anthracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame later this month, has held a number of positions at Delaware Valley in his 45-plus years of service, including a 26-year run as athletic director.

He oversees the Aggies’ 17 Division III intercollegiate teams as well as physical education classes and intramurals. His tenure has seen tremendous growth and success with numerous conference championships and NCAA appearances. The football and wrestling programs have been prominent on the national scene for a number of years.

Wolfgang spent 10 years with the Aggie men’s basketball program as an assistant coach and then head coach, but his true coaching prowess came with the Delaware Valley baseball team, a position he held for 22 years (1974-75 and 1979-99).

He holds the program record for wins with 249 and led his squad to the playoffs on four occasions. His last season as coach was, perhaps, the finest as the team set a school record with a 31-7 mark and went on to capture the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Region Championship. The baseball field on campus was renamed Frank Wolfgang Field in 2006.

“In 45 years, Frank has made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of student-athletes. His contributions are immeasurable,” said College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan. “I know I am joined by the entire DelVal community in wishing Frank and his wife, Joan, the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

Wolfgang first joined the MAC in 1963 when he enrolled at Gettysburg College, a Division I athletic program at the time (the conference featured colleges and universities on all levels back then). He played baseball from 1964 to 1966 (freshmen were then ineligible to play) and he led the conference in batting as a sophomore with a .468 average. His career .385 mark still stands fourth on the Bullets’ all-time list. Wolfgang is the school’s all-time leader in on-base percentage (.528) and stolen base percentage (1.000 as he was a perfect 17-for-17).

The college community will honor Frank at three sporting events this season: at halftime of the home football game on November 3; the basketball doubleheader on January 26; and the baseball doubleheader on April 20.

A committee will be formed this fall to begin a national search for the next Delaware Valley College athletic director.