About This Year’s Inductees

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Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame Award 2017

Presented to an athlete who has performed outstandingly as an undergraduate and who has contributed to society since leaving the College; or a person who is recognized for outstanding and special services, who was actively engaged in the College athletic program (staff, coaches, administrators), and who has contributed to society since leaving the College. Visit the Sports Hall of Fame page for more information.

J. Richard Carpenter MEd ’72

J. Richard Carpenter MEd '72
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Richard Carpenter arrived on the Hill in 1969 with a freshly minted degree in Physical Education and History from West Virginia Wesleyan College. A lifelong athlete who was an all-American baseball player, all-league football player and avid golfer, he was a natural to help take the College’s athletic programs to the next level. In addition to his teaching role in the Exercise Science and Physical Education department, he coached football, track, cross country and even swimming, a sport about which he knew almost nothing but challenged himself to learn quickly while succeeding in building a winning program.

He earned a master’s degree in Education from then Western Maryland College in 1972, and a doctorate in Education from West Virginia University in 1979. His advanced education, combined with the breadth of his experience, led, in 1984, to Carpenter being named director of athletics. Great changes were dawning in intercollegiate athletics: the rules became more complex, the competition more pointed. By 1991, Carpenter had removed all his coaching hats to focus on his athletic director duties. He ushered the College into the Centennial Conference and helped ensure that the College’s many teams remained competitive with peer institutions while playing by the growing list of regulations. Both student-athletes and their coaches regard him as a powerful mentor.

In 1999, he stepped down as athletic director, but he continues to teach as a full professor in the newly named Kinesiology department. Carpenter lives in Westminster with wife Alice Stokes Carpenter M.S. ’95. They have three children, including David Carpenter ’93.


Stephen Comes ’93

Stephen Comes '93
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Stephen T. Comes of Doylestown, Pa., twice won the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) men’s individual golf championship. Comes emerged on the league’s golf scene in 1991, winning his first individual championship and leading the team to the MAC championship. He repeated on the individual and team levels in 1993. Both of those years he was named to the first team in the MAC’s post-season honors. In 2012, he was named to the MAC 100 Century Team for men’s golf. He graduated in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. Comes continued his education at LaSalle University, where he earned an MBA. He is vice president of the private client group for Boenning & Scattergood, a Philadelphia-area investment firm. He serves on the board of governors of the Bond Club of Philadelphia and is a board member of the JAG Fund, which raises money for brain tumor research. He and wife Stacy have three children.


Charlie Conaway ’00

Charlie Conaway '00
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Charlie Conaway of Grand Junction, Colo., was a pin king on the McDaniel wrestling team.

He is the College’s leader in career pins, with 60, and holds the first, fifth and sixth all-time totals for pins in a single season. Conaway, who earned a degree in Business Administration, was a 2000 NCAA All-American and that year also won the conference’s outstanding wrestler award and the Chris Clifford Award for most career points in Centennial Conference tournaments. Twice serving as team captain, Conaway won the Centennial Conference championship in 1999 and 2000. He remains active, enjoying mountain biking, rock climbing and paddle boarding. Conaway is a contact center sales specialist for Dimension Data.


John Holter ’61

John Holter '61
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John Holter’s nickname, “Zooba,” may be a bit misleading. He’s no laughing matter. He is retired from the Army after 28 years of service. Lt. Col. John Holter had two tours of duty in Viet Nam and throughout his career he was awarded — among many other medals — the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with V-Device and the Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters. Before graduating in 1961 with a degree in Biology, Holter earned 15 varsity letters at the College. He played football, basketball and golf. He ran track, and was a member of the rifle team. In golf, he finished first in conference tourneys. In football, he was a halfback and safety who helped his team win the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship in 1960. Holter was the recipient of the John Alexander Outstanding Athlete Medal for the class of 1961. An ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, he would go on to become Airborne Ranger qualified, a Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Aviator flying combat missions in Viet Nam. Holter has coached youth baseball and football, and for nearly 30 years he was a high school football referee with the Northern Virginia Officials Association (NVFOA). He lives near Tampa, Fla., with his wife Diane Kanak Holter ’62 —they met during her first day on the Hill. They have three children, Tracey Lauren Holter ’90, Scott and Stuart.


Paul Hugus ’06, MS ’09

Paul Hugus '06, MS '09
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Paul Hugus, who earned both his B.A. in Mathematics and M.S. in Education at McDaniel, was a member of the men’s cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. He is the only two-time qualifier in men’s cross country in the College’s history. He was a two-time All Centennial Conference runner in cross country and a two-time NCAA All Mideast performer.

Paul set multiple school records in track and field, including still standing records for the indoor 5,000-meter run and as a member of the indoor 4 x 800 relay team, as well as outdoors for the 10,000-meter run and as a member of the distance medley relay team.

He lives in Columbia, Md., and teaches math at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md., where is also the cross country and track coach. In 2016, 2015 and 2014, his boys cross country teams won state championships, and his girls cross country team took a state title in 2014. He has coached multiple individual and team state champions in both track and cross country.


Elizabeth Blasi McGraw ’00

Elizabeth Blasi McGraw '00
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Beth Blasi McGraw scored a lot of goals for her soccer team and when she couldn’t score them herself, she helped someone else complete the task. With 40 goals, she is the College’s second all-time scorer among women. She remains an NCAA all-time leader by scoring a goal in 10 consecutive games. With 14 assists, she ranks eighth for the College in helping a teammate score. McGraw was recognized as a Centennial Conference first teamer in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She was conference player of the year in 1997 and 1998 and served as team captain in 1999.

McGraw transferred to the College in 1997 for her sophomore year and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. She was on the 1997 National Soccer Coaches Association of America first team; the following year, she was on the second team. She is an accountant with Harford County government and volunteers as an assistant coach with the Harford Football Club. She lives in Forest Hill with husband Chad and their two children.


Jennifer Piccolomini ’03

Jennifer Piccolomini '03
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No all-time women’s basketball record at McDaniel is missing the name of Jennifer Piccolomini. Before graduating in 2003 with a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education, she played guard on the team, earning All-Centennial Conference honors in each of her four years. For two seasons, she served as team captain. The team won its first-ever Centennial Conference crown and NCAA playoff berth in 2002, and Piccolomini was selected the team’s most valuable player. She repeated that honor in 2003 and was named McDaniel’s outstanding female athlete of the year by the Women’s Athletic Alumnae. Piccolomini is the College’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made and attempted for the women’s team and fourth in scoring. She is also among the leaders in minutes played, rebounds, steals, field goals and free throws. Following graduation, she earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University. She lives in Leesburg, Va., and is assistant principal at Park View High School in Sterling, Va. In 2016, she was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Award by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Meritorious Service Award by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

(back row, l to r) Charlie Conaway ’00, Stephen Comes ’93, Paul Hugus ’06, MS ’09, John Holter ’61
(front row, l to r) Jennifer Piccolomini ’03, J. Richard Carpenter MEd ’72, Elizabeth Blasi McGraw ’00