Alumni, coach inducted

GLENVILLE – Four alumni and one coach were inducted into the Glenville State College Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame during the Induction Ceremony and Banquet on May 18 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

The 2013 inductees are Bill Whetsell, 1946; Robert Reynolds, 1958; Bill Casto, 1967; Steve Seals, 1970 and and Gary Ray, 1971.

William O. “Bill” Whetsell, a native of Kingwood, was inducted posthumously. He died Jan.5, 1994, at the age of 76.

He was presented for induction by John Rohrbough, son of legendary GSC coach Nate Rohrbough. His daughter Pam Stephanik accepted the award on his behalf.

“Dad touched many lives in his role as a coach, pilot and teacher. Our family is grateful for the honor that you have bestowed upon him and are appreciative that Glenville State College has recognized him for the athlete and person that he was,” said Stephanik.

Whetsell was a four year letterman in football and basketball at GSC, earning WVIAC ALL Conference honors in both sports. He played at Glenville for three years then served in the Air Force during WWII, then returned to GSC as a player/coach, graduated in 1946, and received his master’s degree from West Virginia University.

He was hired at Marietta College in 1947 and earned Ohio’s Coach of the Year honors in 1954 at the age of 36 when he turned out the most successful basketball team in Marietta’s 52-year history. His Marietta team posted a 21-1 record for the 1953-54 season. His teams compiled a 148-115 record on the hardwood between 1947-1960.

In addition to being basketball coach and fulfilling teaching responsibilities, Whetsell coached football, baseball, cross country, and golf at various points during his career at Marietta. He was named athletic director and golf coach for Marietta College in 1959, a position he held for 10 years before becoming head of the college’s physical education department and director of its intramural program. He retired from Marietta College in 1988.

Additionally, Whetsell was a retired sports official, honorary member of the Ohio-West Virginia Officials Association, and a founder and life member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Ohio/WV Officials Association for Football and Basketball. He was inducted into the Marietta College Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Whetsell was very active in his community where he was a member of American Legion Post 64; BPO Elks 477; Marietta Kiwanis Club; American Union 1, F&AM; Scottish Rite; and Royal Order of Jesters, Court 156, Parkersburg. He was also an ambassador and member of Aladdin Temple and president of Marietta Shrine Club in 1975.

A veteran of World War II, Whetsell, a lieutenant, was a B24 pilot with the 8th Air Force in England. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a major and had served as an associate liaison officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Bill and his wife Pauline Burke Whetsell, also deceased, had four children: William “Bill” Whetsell Jr. and his wife Sharon live in Loudon, Tenn.; Robert “Bob” and his wife Samantha of Duluth, Ga.; Linda Driver and husband Bill of Arlington, Va.; and Pam Stephanik and husband Tom of Marietta; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.