Former coaches Art Schake, of Seneca, Pa., and Keith Smith, of Oil City, Pa., will be the newest inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
In conjunction with the university's 50th anniversary this year, these two were selected and will be inducted during Pitt-Bradford's Alumni and Family Weekend. They will be honored at a public ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Mukaiyama University Room located in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.
"Many in athletics have cemented their legacies and left a framework for how to lead; Schake and Smith are no exception," said Athletics Director Lori Mazza. "Both of these men were visionaries for what they wanted the athletic department to be and pushed themselves and others to achieve it.
"Our department today is a product of that vision, and we are humbled by their efforts and the opportunity to be a part of it so many years later."
The Pitt-Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2002 to honor former student-athletes and longtime supporters at Pitt-Bradford who displayed athletic prowess, while maintaining and providing leadership, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.
Schake served as the university's first athletic director and head men's basketball coach. He was hired as the school's first physical education instructor in 1963 and introduced intramurals to the campus.
Smith was hired in 1964 as a physical education instructor and coached the first-ever men's soccer team at Pitt-Bradford.
Men's basketball was the first sport at Pitt-Bradford, and the Panthers went 5-5 in their inaugural season under Schake. In 1967-68, the schedule expanded to 16 games as the team competed in the Western Division of the Pennsylvania Junior College League. The Panthers went 4-12 while competing against league teams from Altoona, DuBois, Jamestown, Erie and New Kensington.
In addition to his basketball duties, Schake assisted Smith with the men's soccer team. Schake will be inducted posthumously and his wife, Janet, will be on hand to receive the award. He passed away in 2002 after an 11-year battle with leukemia.
Smith directed the men's soccer team to a 3-2 record in its inaugural season in 1967. The Panthers defeated Behrend, Altoona and Allegheny while dropping matches to St. Bonaventure's freshman team and DuBois. All home games were played at the Harri Emery Airport, where the campus currently stands.
Smith was promoted to athletic director and head basketball coach in 1968 with the departure of Schake. The basketball team won a then-school record six games.
He, along with his wife, Janet, will be on hand to receive the award.
For more information regarding the ceremony, visit www.upbalumni.org/afw.