Frederick J. Cromie, ’78
Albion College claimed MIAA football championships in 1976 and 1977. Fred Cromie, who achieved all-league status as a member of both title teams, was a star on defense.
The 1976 "wrecking crew" led the nation in total defense and points allowed, and ranked second against the rush. Fred averaged 12 tackles a game his junior season, and tied teammate Dave Abbott as the league leader in fumble recoveries.
Albion made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 1977 after posting an 8-1 regular season record. The "wrecking crew" continued its dominance, topping the national charts in total defense, rushing defense, and passing defense. Fred was credited with 12 tackles and three fumble recoveries in the playoff game at the University of Minnesota-Morris. He also intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown.
In 1981, Fred became an assistant professor in sports and movement studies as well as the co-head football coach and head women’s track coach at Earlham College. He returned to Michigan in 1983 as an instructor of physical education and the defensive, academic, and recruiting coordinator for the football program at Grand Valley State University.
After receiving his master’s degree in 1985, Fred has served as a school administrator. He currently holds the position of principal at Avondale High School.
Fred and his wife, Camella Maxim Cromie, ’77, have two sons, Fred and Daniel, ’05, and a daughter, Katie.
Charles Frost extended Albion’s league dominance in the shot put in 1952. Following John Hass, who captured MIAA titles in 1948, 1950, and 1951, Charles himself became a league champion with a mark of 43 feet, 3 1/2 inches.
He was no stranger to league championships, helping the basketball team to the 1951 MIAA crown.
In all, Charles earned six varsity letters at Albion (three in basketball and three more in track).
After graduating from Albion, Charles earned B.D. and M.Div. degrees from the Garrett Evangelical Seminary of the United Methodist Church. The Youngs-town, Ohio, native has an employment history of church and civic service. He currently serves as the pastor of visitation at the First United Methodist Church in Warren, Ohio. Charles’ past experience includes serving as the human relations director for the city of Youngstown, serving as the president (vice mayor) of the Youngstown City Council, and working with the development office of the Cleveland Goodwill Ministry.
He founded and served as president of the Youngstown Community Reading Council and the Steele Valley Home for Youth and has been active in many other educational and social services organizations.
Charles has three sons, Michael, Anthony, and Raymond, and two daughters, Charlotte and Lolanna.
Steven Gilbert ranks as one of Albion’s finest student-athletes in the decade of the 1990s, starring in football and track and field.
Steve garnered headlines for his performances in track and field, winning NCAA Division III national championships in the javelin in 1991 and 1993. He also finished third in the decathlon at the NCAA nationals in 1991 and 1993, and placed fourth in 1992. By virtue of these accomplishments, Steve was a five-time All-American.
On the league level in track and field, Steve was selected as the MIAA’s most valuable performer in 1992 and 1993. He played a major role in Albion’s MIAA team championship in 1993, placing first in three events (discus, shot put, and triple jump) and finishing second in two others at the championship meet.
Steve collected four individual league titles in all.
On the gridiron, the Britons posted a 31-5-1 record and claimed four MIAA titles during Steve’s career. After hauling in 13 receptions for 221 yards and three touchdowns during the 1991 regular season, Steve turned in one of the best games of his career in Albion’s NCAA playoff game against Allegheny College with five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Steve went on to claim first-team all-league status in 1992. A tight end, he finished as Albion’s second-leading receiver on the year with 27 catches for 413 yards and six scores.
Steve started work as an English teacher in Quincy in 1993 and passed away in November of that year.
Raymond Hoag provided a memorable moment in Albion football history in the last game of the 1961 season. With a perfect 8-0 season hanging in the balance and the Britons trailing Adrian by two touchdowns, Ray, a co-captain, rushed for a 72-yard touchdown and Albion went on to post a 35-17 victory.
"Hoag was not only the Britons’ leading scorer with 48 points and the second best single season rusher in Albion College history with 724 yards, but, more important, he was a hard-nosed blocker and a real inspiration to his teammates both on and off the field," head coach Morley Fraser wrote in the program for the team banquet.
Ray earned seven varsity letters at Albion, four in football and three in baseball. He started on offense and defense in football, achieving all-league status in 1960 and 1961. Ray also was the starting centerfielder for Fraser’s baseball squad.
After graduation, Ray went on to earn master’s degrees in mathematics and educational leadership and a doctorate in education. He began his professional career as an instructor and associate director of the computer center for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. The chairperson for computer applications at Grand Rapids Community College from 1977 to 1993, Ray currently serves as the project facilitator for Barry-Ionia-Kent Link Michigan.
Ray and his wife, Marjorie Shaffer Hoag, ’62, are the parents of a daughter, Julie, and a son, Scott.
As a member of Albion’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Audrey
Janelle will be remembered
for her many accomplishments in the swimming pool. The people who knew Audrey best, however, have special memories of her contributions as a person.
"Audrey was a team leader, a scholar, a record-breaking athlete," longtime Albion head swimming and diving coach Keith Havens began, "but what I remember about her most is that she was a wonderful person. She had a smile that would light up a room. Just seeing her walk into the pool for practice would make my day that much better. She cared about people, and it showed."
Even today, Audrey’s name can be found on the list of school records with a time of 4:41.38 in the 400-yard individual medley and as a member of the 400-yard medley relay team during the 1991-92 season.
Audrey achieved Academic All-America status in 1992, finished 13th at the 1992 NCAA Division III Championships in the 400 IM to earn All-America honors, claimed three MIAA individual titles (the 200-yard backstroke in 1992, and the 400 IM in league record times in 1992 and 1993), earned all-league and Albion most valuable performer honors in 1992 and 1993, and served as the team captain in 1993.
When she graduated, Audrey held the school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke, the 400 IM, and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Audrey completed veterinary school shortly before passing away May 7, 2000.
Gary Kresge pinned down a number of awards during his days as a member of Albion’s wrestling team. He claimed the MIAA title in the 145-pound weight class in 1969, and posted a 17-0 record in 1970 en route to winning the league championship at 150 pounds and league MVP honors. A four-time letter winner in wrestling, Gary served as a co-captain of Albion’s 1970-71 and 1971-72 wrestling squads. He also earned a letter in football.
Gary graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976 and completed his residency in 1981. In addition to his work as a physician, Gary is a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 360 and an elder for Firelands Presbyterian Church in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he lives.
Gary and his wife, Marjorie, are the parents of Matthew, Kristina, Andrew, and Ashley.
The name Mark Lindemood may not have been in the headlines of
the sports pages during his days at Albion; nevertheless, his
contributions in the fields of sports medicine, equipment, and
facilities are considered groundbreaking by
Mark’s initial college search began when he wrote letters to numerous colleges around the nation. It was Morley Fraser’s response that brought Mark to Albion in the fall of 1971.
He served as a student athletic trainer, working with the football, basketball, and track programs. One of Mark’s accomplishments was the organization of the first sports medicine conference for Michigan high school coaches and trainers.
In addition to his work in the training room, Mark performed maintenance in Kresge Gymnasium and worked on equipment purchases for various teams.
Since graduation, Mark has enjoyed a career in institutional advancement, serving as a vice president at Kent State University from 1994 to 2002, and now as a vice chancellor at Texas Tech University.
Mark and his wife, Deborah Mason Lindemood, ’75, are the parents of two daughters, Abbe, ’01, and Haley.
Ken Neal was a starter on the offensive and defensive lines for Morley Fraser’s football teams from 1961 to 1964. During his career, the Britons posted a record of 28-5, with MIAA championships and undefeated seasons in 1961 and 1964.
Using his size and quickness to good advantage as a pulling guard on offense, Ken was singled out for postseason awards in 1963 when he was named to the All-MIAA first team and to the Michigan small college second team. A four-time letter winner, he was one of the captains of the 1964 squad.
After graduation, Ken went on to earn a J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1969. He currently serves as president of the St. James Mortgage Corp. and Triumph Title Agency in Bloomfield Hills.
Ken and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of two daughters, Abigail, ’93, and Kathryn.
Arnold Pinkney was a great all-around student-athlete, earning varsity letters in football, track, baseball, and basketball. Arnold gained his highest recognition in baseball, earning All-MIAA honors in 1952.
After graduation, he attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a graduate of the Agency Management Training Course. Arnold holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
A concerned and involved citizen of greater Cleveland, Arnold was appointed to the City of Cleveland school board in 1967, and won elections to the board in 1967, 1973, and 1977. Arnold was elected school board president in 1971 and re-elected every year thereafter until 1978. He is a past member of the board for the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers, and serves as a consultant to the Cleveland Browns.
Chairman of the Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency, Arnold is also senior consultant and chief operations officer of the consulting firm, betpin & associates, inc., a strategic planning and management consulting firm.
Arnold and his wife, Betty Tompson Pinkney, ’56, have a daughter, Traci.
Bill Schueller helped Albion claim five MIAA team championships in football and golf in the late 1960s.
On the links, Bill helped lead Albion to league championships in 1967, 1969, and 1970. He was named Albion’s most valuable golfer in 1968, and he shared the award in 1970 when he was also named the MVP in the MIAA. Bill served as the captain of the golf squad for the three seasons.
A four-year letter winner in football, Bill was a member of league championship teams on the gridiron in 1966 and 1969. He finished the 1967 season ranked sixth in the nation with a 42.1-yard punting average. He achieved MIAA Lineman of the Week and All-MIAA status in 1968.
Ten years after graduating from Albion, Bill earned his master’s degree in secondary education from Michigan State University. Now retired from the field of education, he owns Gold Core Schueller in Jenison.
Bill’s athletic achievements since graduating from Albion include coaching football and wrestling at Jenison High School, serving as an official at numerous state wrestling finals, winning the Grand Rapids match-play golf event twice, placing in the final eight in the state golf amateur tournament in the mid-1980s, and earning all-city golf honors in Grand Rapids numerous times.
Bill and his wife, Linn, are the parents of a son, Ross, and a daughter, Brooke.
More than 30 years have passed since Michael Wilson last wore an Albion uniform on the basketball court, but he continues to hold the school record for most points scored in a career.
In three of his four seasons, Michael made a run at the school record for most points in a season. His highest season total of 453 points set during the 1967-68 season currently ties him for the fifth-best output in school history. Michael totaled 425 points in each of the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons, figures that rank eighth on the school list for seasonal scoring leaders.
Michael also has two of the three top scoring games in Albion history. He did it in consecutive games, dropping in 42 points in a contest against Calvin Jan. 10, 1968, and following up with 46 points against Olivet on Jan. 13, 1968.
Postseason awards were numerous, as Michael was selected to the all-league first team after the 1967-68 season, and for team most valuable player honors three times. Michael was named to the All-MIAA second team after the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons, and he was elected to The Outstanding College Athletes of America in 1969.
Michael currently owns his own business in Keego Harbor. He and his wife, Ellen, have a daughter, Maria.
Known as "Buzz" throughout her Albion career, Kathryn Wysack earned 11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.
Kathryn was especially successful in field events. After finishing as the league runner-up in the javelin as a sophomore, she won back-to-back MIAA championships in the event, posting a mark of 95 feet, 10 inches as a junior, and extending her effort to 102 feet, 11 inches as a senior.
In addition to her championship success in the javelin, Kathryn was a top-six finisher in the league in the discus and shot put her junior and senior years.
After graduating magna cum laude from Albion, Kathryn went on to earn a J.D. degree from the Washington University School of Law in 1983.
In 1984, Kathryn established the United Methodist Legal Assistance Ministry, a program that provided free civil legal assistance to low-income residents in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Kathryn went into general private practice in the states of Illinois and Missouri in 1992 and continues in that work today. She currently lives in St. Louis.
Boosted by good shooting, Albion tied Calvin and Hope for the MIAA title in 1981. The Britons started the season with one win in their first five games, but the team stormed back to finish with a 14-9 overall record and a 9-3 record in league play.
Albion made 51 percent of its field goal attempts in league games. Pete McKnight, an All-MIAA first-team selection, ranked fifth in the league in scoring at 16.3 points per game and field goal percentage at nearly 56 percent. Second-team all-league honorees Jim Clegg and Tracy Garner averaged 13.1 and 7.9 points per game, respectively. Glenn Kirkham, Mo Kyles, and Joe Serra were placed on the list of honorable mention players in the league. McKnight and Serra served as captains.
Other team members included: Jason Arnold, Bill Cibulka, Tony Daniel, Steve Niblock, Greg Winicki, and Rob Zaranek.
Mike Turner was head coach. Ron Walker and Mike Williams served as assistant coaches.
In 1981, the first year of women’s cross country competition in the MIAA, the race for the league championship could not have been much closer. Albion lost a three-point decision to Alma, 27-30, when the teams met for a dual meet on Halloween. Just a week later, on Nov. 7, Albion eked out a one-point victory over Alma at the first league championship meet, and the teams shared the season title.
Albion ran well as a team at the league meet, with all five Briton runners finishing among the top 10. Carol Otten was the first Briton to cross the finish line, fifth overall, with a time of 18:37. She was followed by Jeanne Reaume (18:52), Debbie Frey (19:03), Sarah Hall (19:06), and Leslie Sandt (19:08).
Otten was named the team’s most valuable performer, while Hall and Sandt were awarded most improved honors.
Jeanne and Julie Reaume were captains.Other letter winners included Polly MacDonald, Julie Reaume, and Kathy Schaefer.
Tim Williams coached the squad with help from student coach Patrick Blakley.
Led by the pitching of Jim Knudson and the hitting of Dennis Frost and Tim O’Dowd, Albion breezed to the 1976 MIAA baseball title with a 10-2 league record.
Frank Joranko’s Britons posted a 14-6 record in games played in the northern climate. Albion split doubleheaders against Michigan State University (winning game one, 13-5, and falling 4-3 in the nightcap) and the University of Detroit (winning the opener, 7-4).
Knudson, Frost, O’Dowd, and Frank Carr all achieved All-MIAA first-team status. Knudson posted a 3-0 record on the mound in league games. Frost finished second in the league in batting average (.458) and runs batted in (nine). O’Dowd batted .387 in league play with nine RBI.
Jamie Flynn was an All-MIAA second-team selection, while Dan Busto, Jack Champagne, Dave Maxwell, John Schmidt, and Mike Sowles were placed on the list of honorable mention players.
Knudson, Schmidt, and Tim Strutz were the captains. Other team members included: Douglas Barcy, Mike Bivens, Gary Fox, Dave Galaviz, Rob Ledbetter, Jim McChesney, Monte Moffett, Glenn Moug, Tony Perrino, Steve Robb, Francis Scislowicz, Craig Sleeman, Kevin Snyder, Alan Solley, Ron Vanderlinden, Bob Wareck, Kurt Wiese, Tim Zeeman, and Janet Poston (score keeper)