Eight inducted into WVU Hall of Fame
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University recently inducted seven former athletes and one-time trainer John Spiker to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kevin Pittsnogle and Eddie Becker were the basketball players honored. Willie Drewrey and Dan Mozes were the two football players that were inducted. Soccer player Chrissie Abbott, swimmer John Havlik, baseball player Charles Hickman and athletic trainer John Spiker were the others gaining entry into the Hall of Fame.
Pittsnogle played from 2003-06 and scored 1,708 career points. He averaged 19.6 points a game as a senior in 2006. In 2005, WVU went to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. He now teaches special education at Martinsburg High School, where he graduated in 2003.
Becker played from 1952-54 when athletes had only three years of varsity eligibility. He scored 1,127 points in his three-year career. His career scoring average was 14.7 per game. WVU won the Southern Conference title in 1952.
Drewrey played on four bowl teams in his career. His four bowl appearances included the Peach, Gator, Hall of Fame and Bluebonnet bowls. He set the school record with 1,109 punt return yards. Drewrey had a nine-year career in the NFL.
Mozes was a four-year starter from 2003 through 2006. He was both a center and guard, but won the Rimington Trophy as a center. While at WVU, his teams had three Big East championships and played in four bowl games.
Abbott was an All-America performer in 2003 after starting her soccer career in 2000. She held five individual career records upon graduation.
Havlik played from 1977-80 and qualified for three NCAA National Swim Meets. He was a three-time team most valuable player. When he graduated, Havlik held the WVU school record in three events.
Hickman played baseball for one season (1896) and was the head coach for four seasons. He spent 15 seasons in professional baseball, including 12 years in the big leagues. In the National League, Hickman batted .369 in 1902. His lifetime batting average for his 12 big league seasons was .295.
Spiker began his 41-year career as an athletic trainer in Morgantown in 1975 and didn’t retire until 2015. His main duty was as the overseer of the athletic training service for all sports. He began his career under legendary A.C. “Whitey” Gwynn.