Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 Class Announced

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The Edinboro University Athletic Department has announced the selection of ten new inductees for the Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame. After holding the Hall of Fame festivities in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend the last two years, the 37th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony will remain in the fall but will take place on Saturday, September 15. The day begins with Edinboro’s football home opener against East Stroudsburg at 12 noon, with the Hall of Fame Ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening.
“We have decided it would be in the best interests of everyone who wants to partake in the many festivities associated with Homecoming Weekend to split up the dates,” related Hall of Fame Chairman Bruce Baumgartner. “We like the move to the fall, but now the Hall of Fame will have its own entity. This is another outstanding class of inductees and we look forward to a great day to celebrate their inductions.” 
The event will once again feature the induction of some outstanding former student-athletes. They include the husband-wife combination of men’s basketball player Darren Tielsch and women’s basketball standout Kelly Calderone-Tielsch; a pair of former football standouts in Chris Kaczor and Bryan Lambert, who also starred in track & field; former cross country and track & field standout Rachael Lanzel-Niemira; former swimming standout Brooke Heath; former softball standout Brianne Taylor-Skelton; and Jose Leep, the first Hall of Fame inductee from the wheelchair basketball program.    
In addition, former women’s basketball standout Andrea Williams will be inducted as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Dr. Thomas Fessler will be inducted as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. 
Here is a synopsis of the ten inductees, in alphabetical order:
Kelly Calderone-Tielsch (’08) was a standout for the women’s basketball team from 2004-07 after playing her freshman season at the University at Buffalo. She would go on to become just the third Fighting Scot at the time to earn All-PSAC honors three times in her career while leading the Fighting Scots in scoring all three years. She was named to the first team as a junior and senior and second team as a sophomore while starting all 87 games at Edinboro. Calderone-Tielsch was the recipient of the Nancy Acker Award in 2007 and is a member of Edinboro’s all-time team. She remains among Edinboro’s career leaders in numerous categories, including: seventh in career scoring (1,460 points), fourth in career scoring average (16.8 ppg.), first in career free throw percentage (85.6 pct.), second in career free throws made (415), fifth in career free throws attempted (485), sixth in career 3-pointers made (153) and attempted (446), and eighth in career 3-point percentage (34.3 pct.). In her first season as a Fighting Scot in 2004-05, she helped Edinboro finish with an 18-10 record while earning second team All-PSAC West accolades.  She averaged a team-high 16.1 ppg., ranking fifth in the PSAC in scoring, and was second in the PSAC and 25th in Division II in free throw percentage at 84.8 pct. (117-of-138). The 2005-06 Fighting Scot edition ended the year with a 21-10 record, reaching the PSAC Championship game and qualifying for the NCAA East Regional. Calderone-Tielsch was a first team All-PSAC West selection after leading the team in scoring. She was later named an honorable mention Kodak/WBCA All-American. She averaged 16.0 ppg. and set the school record for free throw percentage at 87.9 pct., a record which has since been broken as she now stands second while making 145-of-165 attempts. She ranked first in the PSAC, and the 87.9 percent was the third-highest figure ever in the PSAC at the time, along with ranking 10th in Division II. She finished her career at Edinboro in 2006-07, earned first team All-PSAC West honors for the second straight year. She led the team in scoring for the third straight year, averaging a career-high 18.3 ppg., good for fourth in the PSAC.  Calderone-Tielsch resides in Coraopolis, Pa. with her husband Darren, a former standout on the men’s basketball team and a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, as well. The couple has two children, Kendall (6) and Landon (3). She graduated from Edinboro in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is a registered nurse at Allegheny Health Network Healthcare at Home.
Dr. Thomas Fessler is being inducted as the Distinguished Service Award recipient. Dr. Fessler has served as the team physician and orthopedic consultant for Edinboro since 1989, and has been instrumental in the delivery of quality sports healthcare to the athletes of the Erie area for 28 years. He has contributed countless clinical hours and at events to make sure Edinboro athletes compete safely and have the proper care when they do get hurt. In addition to his activities at Edinboro, he has volunteered his services for numerous high schools in the area, including his alma mater, Cathedral Prep. Dr. Fessler is truly an “athletic trainer’s physician”, as he has constantly and consistently recognized the importance of the contribution that athletic trainers make to athletic healthcare. He was been a mentor and teacher to trainers and staff who have been privileged to work with him. His excellent surgical skills, calm, quiet demeanor and his lack of ego has instilled confidence in his athlete patients and made him one the busiest and most successful orthopedic surgeons in the Erie area. Dr. Fessler is employed with Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine of Erie. He resides in Erie and has four children. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Georgetown University in 1977, then earned his Doctorate from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1981.  
Brooke Heath (’09) is one of the most decorated swimmers in Edinboro history, either male or female. While competing for the Fighting Scots from 2004-08, the native of Canada was an 11-time All-American and was an honorable mention All-American once while specializing in the breaststroke. She was selected as Edinboro’s 2008 Nancy Acker Award recipient. Heath was the 2004-05 PSAC Rookie of the Year, then as a senior was the 2007-08 PSAC Swimmer of the Year and the 2008 PSAC Championships Outstanding Swimmer. She held several records at one time, and still holds the record in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.94). She opened her career with a pair of All-American certificates at the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championships, finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. In addition, she earned honorable mention All-American accolades with a tenth place showing in the 200-yard IM. In 2005-06, she was a three-time All-American with second place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke and a fifth place showing in the 200-yard IM. She added a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke the following year, plus a fourth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and a seventh place finish in the 200-yard IM. As a senior in 2007-08, she added her third straight second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, along with a third place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and a fifth place in the 200-yard IM. Heath earned five first place finishes at the PSAC Championships, along with five second place showings. She was a 14-time All-PSAC performer. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication in 2009. While residing in Ingersoll, Ontario, she has maintained her swimming career as a coach and swimmer. She has been the head coach of Middlesex Swimming in London, Ontario since 2010, producing provincial champions and national level swimmers. As a masters swimmer, Heath has 10 gold provincial medals and holds the provincial record in the 100 breaststroke. She competed in the 2015 Masters World Championships in Montreal. She is engaged to Josh Colton and the stepmother to Hannah (10), Norah (8) and Price (8).  
Chris Kaczor (’06) was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the football team, including the last three years at center after playing guard as a freshman. He started all 45 games in his career and is one of only a few Fighting Scots to earn All-PSAC honors all four years. Playing for the Fighting Scots from 2002-06, Kaczor helped lead Edinboro to PSAC West co-championships in 2003, ’04, and ’05. Edinboro made the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003 and 2004, advancing to the regional semifinal in 2004. Edinboro had a 32-13 record during his four years. He earned All-PSAC West first team honors as a junior and senior in 2005 and 2006 after earning second team accolades as a sophomore at center in 2004, and as a guard in 2003. In addition, he was named a Lindy’s Magazine first team preseason All-American in 2006.  As a junior in 2005, Kaczor was a third team Football Gazette All-American, and was a first team Football Gazette All-Northeast Region pick and second team Daktronics All-Northeast Region choice. A standout in the classroom, as well, he was a two-time CoSIDA District II Academic All-American, earning the honor as a junior and senior. The 2005 Edinboro squad posted an 8-2 record and was the co-PSAC West champion. Kaczor keyed an offensive line which led the PSAC in fewest sacks allowed for the second straight year (7). Edinboro made the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003 and ’04, while also winning PSAC West co-championships. The 2004 squad finished with a 9-3 record and advanced to the regional semifinal.  Edinboro won at Bentley, 47-44, before falling at East Stroudsburg, 36-32. The 2003 Fighting Scots also posted a 9-3 record and earned a berth in the NCAA Playoffs, where they lost to top-ranked Saginaw Valley State.  Kaczor now resides in Parma Heights, Ohio with his wife Lisa and three children (Kyla, Alexa, and Cameron). He is the Director of Sales ay Horizons Inc. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Edinboro in 2006, he went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Edinboro in 2008.
Bryan Lambert (’97) was a standout on the football team from 1992-95, then went on to enjoy a distinguished season in track & field in 1997. He teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Pat Schuster on the defensive line to help Edinboro post a 32-10-1 record during his four seasons, with the Fighting Scots reaching the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 1993 and 1995, along with winning the PSAC West championship in 1995. The 1995 squad went 9-2, tying the school record for wins in a season. He was an All-PSAC West second team selection in 1994 and 1995. Lambert ranks fifth in career quarterback sacks with 21.5, and his four sacks in a game against Slippery Rock in 1995 ranks second. A three-year starter, he finished his junior season with a career-best 73 tackles, including 11 tackles for losses and 7 sacks. In 1995, he matched those numbers with 72 tackles, 17.5 tackles for losses, and 7.5 sacks. When the football season ended, he turned his attention to track & field. In his one season of competition, he won the PSAC championship and earned All-American honors in the shot put thanks to a seventh place finish. He also earned All-PSAC accolades in the discus. He still holds the Edinboro school record in the shot put with a mark of 55’2″. He also set the school record in the discus, a mark which has since been broken.  He was named to the Edinboro Track & Field All-Time Team despite competing just one season. Lambert graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies/Geography. He resides in Logan, Ohio and has two sons, Tony and Jack. He is a foreman at Complete General Construction. 
Rachel Lanzel-Niemira (’09) was a standout in cross country and track & field from 2004-09. She was a three-time All-American in cross country (2004, 2006-07) and two-time All-American in track & field (2006 and 2008). She would conclude her career by being named the 2009 Nancy Acker Award recipient. She is one of four Edinboro runners to earn All-American honors three times in cross country. In addition, she was a four-time All-PSAC honoree in cross country and earned All-East Region honors four times. Lanzel-Niemira was a member of the 2004 team which finished second at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, the highest finish in school history. She began her Edinboro running career in 2004 as one of three Edinboro runners to earn All-American accolades at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships. She would finish 24th in her freshman season after placing fifth at the PSAC Championships and eighth at the NCAA East Regional. Edinboro won both the conference and regional titles before placing second nationally. She was named the PSAC Rookie of the Year, and would later sweep the awards for Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. In 2005, Lanzel-Niemira again earned All-PSAC and All-East Region honors, placing second at both meets. Edinboro would finish 13th at Nationals, won the PSAC Championship, and finishing first at the East Regional. She became a two-time All-American in cross country while posting one of the best finishes ever by an Edinboro women’s runner at Nationals. She placed fourth while leading the Fighting Scots to a tenth place showing at the NCAA National Championships. Edinboro won the PSAC Championship for the ninth straight year, then came in second at the East Regional. She picked up another major PSAC honor, being named the PSAC Runner of the Year. As a senior in 2007, Lanzel-Niemira earned All-American honors for the third time with a 17th place showing at Nationals.  She won the individual title at the East Regional as Edinboro came in second, and finished second at the PSAC Championships, with Edinboro finishing third. She was named the PSAC Runner of the Year and USTFCCCA East Region Runner of the Year. In track & field, she was named the PSAC Indoor Track Rookie of the Year and PSAC Outdoor Track Rookie of the Year, becoming the only freshman to win an event at the PSAC Indoor Championships, finishing first in the 5,000-meter run. She would place third in the 5,000-meter run at the PSAC Outdoor Championships and qualified for Nationals in the event. A year later she earned All-American accolades for the first time track with and eighth place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. After winning the 5,000-meter run at the PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championships with a PSAC-record time of 17:27.27, Lanzel-Niemira would miss most of the outdoor season with an injury. She returned as a senior in 2008 to earn All-American honors for second time, finishing third in the 10,000-meter run. She earlier placed second in the event at the PSAC Outdoor Championships. She remains the school-record holder in the 5,000-meter run. Lanzel-Niemira was also an outstanding student who was a three-time PSAC Top 10 Award honoree (fall 2006, fall 2007, spring 2008). She graduated from Edinboro with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Physical Education in 2009, and, earned her Masters’ Degree in Speech language Pathology from Edinboro in 2012. Lanzel-Niemira currently resides in Edinboro with her husband Dave Niemira, who was also a standout runner for the Fighting Scots. They have one daughter, Esme. She has previously worked as a Speech Pathologist in Early Intervention at the Barber National Institute.
Jose Leep (’07) was a standout for the Edinboro wheelchair basketball team and is the first Hall of Fame inductee from the wheelchair basketball program. The native of Colombia played for the Fighting Scots from 2002-07. He was a four-time National Wheelchair Basketball Association Central Intercollegiate Division All-American, earning first teams honors in 2004-05 and 2005-06, and second team accolades in 2003-04 and 2006-07.  Complete statistics are not available for the 2003-04 season, but he played in 175 total games, helping the Fighting Scots win 111.  He scored a total of 1,761 points, adding 581 rebounds, 580 assists, and 228 steals. Leep led Edinboro to the NIWBT National Championship Game in 2007, Edinboro’s lone appearance in the title game. The runner-up finish was Edinboro’s highest ever. He was named the Boro Tournament MVP in 2004-05, along with being named the Carousel House Tournament MVP.  He was selected to the Boro Shootout All-Tournament Team in 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05.  Leep has enjoyed great success in international competition since departing Edinboro, and is currently employed as a pro basketball player in Spain. He was a member of the 1997 Junior USA International team, and has been a member of the Columbian Senior Men’s National Team from 2009 to the present. He was a silver medalist at the 2011 Para Pan American Games, and competed in the London Paralympics for the Colombian National Team, serving as the captain. Leep was equally adept in the classroom, and was a five-time Edinboro Scholar-Athlete. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and currently resides in Schererville, Ind.
Brianne Taylor-Skelton (’01) was a standout pitcher on the Edinboro softball team from 1998-2001. She finished her career as a four-time All-PSAC West selection, earning first team honors as a junior and second team as a freshman, sophomore and senior.  She ranks among the all-time Edinboro pitching leaders in numerous career categories, including third in career wins (37), ninth in ERA (2.41), second in innings pitched (526.2), second in strikeouts (515), second in games pitched (88), second in complete games (71), and third in shutouts (14). Taylor-Skelton enjoyed two of Edinboro’s top seasons in the circle, including a 13-7 record in 2000, leading the Fighting Scots to a 21-15 record. The 13 wins ranks seventh in a season, and her 1.36 ERA is sixth. She completed 19 of her 20 starts, with five shutouts (tied for fifth in a season), throwing 128.1 innings, allowing 97 hits and 35 walks. She struck out 156, which ranks fourth in a season. She earned first team All-PSAC West honors after throwing two no-hitters and striking out 10-or-more batters in seven games. That included a career-high 14 strikeouts in a three-hit win over Slippery Rock. In 1999, Taylor-Skelton posted an 11-10 record with a 2.16 ERA as the Fighting Scots finished with 20 wins. She struck out 127, the tenth-highest season total, in 139.2 innings. That figure also ranks tenth in a season. She would earn second-team All-PSAC West accolades after finishing fifth in the conference in strikeouts per seven innings and ninth in ERA. Taylor-Skelton wrapped up her career with a deceiving 7-19 record with a 2.63 ERA in 2001, so deceiving that she was accorded second team All-PSAC West honors. Edinboro was limited to nine wins for the year, and on many occasions she threw both games of a doubleheader. She appeared in 26 games, the fifth-highest season total, with 20 complete games. Her 157.2 innings ranks fifth in a season, and she struck out 166 batters, the third-highest season total.  Taylor-Skelton currently resides in Waterford, Pa. with her husband Kirk Skelton, along with one son (Kamden) and one daughter (Kiernan). She graduated from Edinboro in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon in 2004.
Darren Tielsch (’06) played one season at Penn State (2001-02) and one game at Robert Morris (2003-04) before transferring to Edinboro and enjoying three outstanding seasons as a member of the men’s basketball team. He helped lead the Fighting Scots to a 64-27 record and two PSAC Championships, in 2005 and 2006. Despite playing just three seasons, Tielsch currently ranks 11th in career scoring (1,377 points) and ninth in career rebounds (739). He is also second in career free throws attempted (531) and 13th in career free throws made (268), along with seventh in field goals made (542) and tenth in field goals attempted (1,054). He joined the Fighting Scots in 2004-05 and finished second on the team in scoring at 13.4 ppg. and was also the second-leading rebounder (7.2 rpg.). Edinboro finished with a 24-7 record, winning the PSAC title and advancing to the NCAA Division II Tournament.  As a junior in 2005-06, he led Edinboro to a 21-10 record and a second straight PSAC championship, along with another berth in the NCAA playoffs.  He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the PSAC Tournament. Tielsch earned first team All-PSAC West honors after leading the team in both scoring (18.7 ppg.) and rebounding (9.5 rpg.). He ranked seventh in the PSAC in scoring, and led the PSAC and ranked 19th in Division II in rebounding. He set the school record with 210 free throws attempted.  He  played in the inaugural NABC Division II All-Star Game in Springfield, Mass. in 2006, scoring 10 points. Tielsch wrapped up his career with another outstanding season in 2006-07. He earned first team All-PSAC West honors for the second straight year after ranking fifth in the conference in scoring (16.5 ppg.) and second in rebounding (9.4 rpg.). He was named to the second team NABC All-District team after leading Edinboro to a 19-10 finish. Among season records, he ranks seventh in points scored with 580 in 2005-06, and he stands tenth in rebounds with 296 in 2005-06. Tielsch received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2006 from Edinboro. He is married to another 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, Kelly Calderone, and the couple resides in Coraopolis, Pa. with their two children, Kenall (6) and Landon (3).
Andrea Williams (’94) is being inducted as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. She was a standout for the women’s basketball team for two seasons from 1991-93 and has since moved on to enjoy a successful career as a women’s basketball coach. A guard, she transferred to Edinboro from Vincennes Community College. In 1991-92, he helped Edinboro post a 22-8 record, finishing as the PSAC runners-up and earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. She averaged 11.0 ppg. with 111 assists. In 1992-93, she once again helped the Fighting Scots reach the NCAA Tournament, finishing at 18-12. She finished third on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg.) and rebounding (5.5 rpg.) with 105 assists. Williams served as a graduate assistant coach under Stan Swank from 1995-97, helping the 1996-97 team win the PSAC Championship and reach the Elite Eight. She took over as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Waynesburg later that year, leading the Yellow Jackets for two seasons, in addition to coaching the softball and cross country teams. She then held a number of assistant coaching positions, beginning with three seasons at the University of Tampa (1999-2002), followed by a two-year stint at the United States Naval Academy (2002-04). She joined the staff of Jacksonville University in 2004, and had a four-year run with the Dolphins. Jacksonville posted a 44-17 record her final two years, with a school-record 23 wins in 2007-08. In 2009, she moved up to the Big East as a member of the South Florida coaching staff. She helped the Bulls to a pair of Women’s NIT appearances, including a WNIT championship in 2008-09 as South Florida finished at 27-10. Williams took over as the head coach at the Air Force Academy in 2010. She would serve as the Falcons’ head coach for four years, from 2010-14, winning more games in her first season than the Falcons’ previous two seasons combined. Her Air Force teams would go on to win the program’s first Mountain West Conference (WMC) game in four years and second-overall in program history. Williams took an assistant coaching position at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in 2015-16, and has been an assistant coach at Oakland University the last two years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Edinboro in Health & Physical Education in 1994. She currently resides in Rochester Mills, Mich.

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