Hall of Fame induction for B'ville man

Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio announced the induction of nine new members to the BWC Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 9 including Gary Stelter of Baldwinsville.

Stelter (Class of '79), a native of Youngstown, Ohio and a graduate of Chaney High School, was a three-year starter on the football team. He played a key role as a defensive back and tri-captain on the 1978 Yellow Jacket NCAA Division III National Championship team and two Ohio Athletic Conference championship teams (1977 and 1978).

Stelter played four years of football and is one of the finest defensive backs in B-W history. He was named the Yellow Jacket Defensive Back of the Year in 1977 and was a two-time All-OAC player (1977 and 1978). In 1977, Stelter was named "Terrific Impact Player," led the Ohio Athletic Conference in interceptions and earned OAC Player of the Week honors for his efforts in a win versus Lehigh (Pa.).

In addition to his football exploits, Stelter was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity on campus.

Since graduation, Stelter has worked in shopping center management and the medical sales field in various parts of the country and for the past 19 years, in Upstate New York. He recently began his own endeavor and is the owner and executive director of MPH Recruiting & Placement, a medical, pharmaceutical placement agency. Previously, he worked as a senior sales representative, district sales trainer and then district sales manager in Upstate New York for Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals.

Stelter has been quite involved in his own community in Central New York. He is a volunteer in the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries, previously served on the Board of Directors of the Baldwinsville Pop Warner Football League, served as a Little League Baseball coach and Pop Warner football coach. He is a member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Baldwinsville and resides with his wife, Jean, in Baldwinsville.

Inductees were feted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner held Friday Oct. 9 at the Strosacker College Union on campus as part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities. The nine were formally inducted into the Hall that night and were again recognized at the Saturday Oct. 10 home football game.

The Baldwin-Wallace College Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1965 to honor outstanding individuals for contributions to the College as an athlete, coach or athletic administrator. During the history of the Hall of Fame, more than 200 men and women have been recognized.

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