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Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame Grows by Three
YORK, PA – The York College Athletic Hall of Fame grew by three on Saturday during the annual induction ceremony at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. Coach and professor Pat Massa, wrestler Gary Papa, and field hockey forward Jaclyn (Russell) Showers became the newest members of the Hall of Fame.
Massa is a long-time member of the York College faculty and coaching staff. He has been at York for the past 38 years. He began his coaching career as the Spartans’ head swim coach. He guided the team to 62 wins over eight seasons. Massa coached three future Hall of Fame swimmers and had swimmers establish records that still stand for the Green and White.
Massa then turned his attention to the men’s soccer program as he took over the coaching reigns in 1980. Over the next 18 years, he won 137 matches, coached four regional All-Americans, won the 1998 Capital Athletic Conference championship and was named the 1998 CAC Coach-of-the-Year.
In addition to his coaching resume, Massa has been highly involved in the education of York College students. Massa had a stint as the Academic Senate President, has chaired and served on various academic senate committees, and was a driving force behind the formation of the highly regarded Sport Management program. Massa was also instrumental in the design and creation of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. He was the chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and tirelessly researched the best facilities in the nation to bring the best features to York.
Massa is an avid volunteer in the community. He holds a number of different professional certifications for first aid, recreational shooting with both the bow and a variety of shooting implements, and teaches responsible and safe use of recreational weapons. His service to both the College and surrounding community has enriched all the people he has come in contact with over the course of his 38 years at York College.
Papa earned his induction after an outstanding four-year wrestling career for the Spartans. Popa was the Spartans’ second All-American in program history as he finished fifth at the 1974 NAIA national championship tournament and was a captain for that Spartan squad. His fifth place finish plus fellow Hall of Famer Joe Waltemyer’s national championship, helped lead the Spartans to a fourth-place team finish. That fourth-place finish is the highest ever for a Spartan wrestling team at a national championship tournament.
Papa won over 100 matches for the Spartans as his leadership and tenacity set the tone for the Spartans’ wrestling success of the early 1970’s.
After college, Papa went on to a highly successful coaching career in New Jersey. He has served as the head wrestling coach at Camden Catholic High School and Paul VI High School. He has coached eight New Jersey State Champions, 33 place-winners, 48 regional championship, and 109 district champions. Papa as accumulated 440 win as a high school coach and an impressive 15 New Jersey State High School championships. He has been named the Region 7 Coach-of-the-Year four times.
Showers was a four-year standout for the highly successful Spartan field hockey teams from 1996-1999. She was an intense forward with a knack for finding the back of the cage. Showers was a two-time first-team All-CAC selection in 1998 and 1999. She concluded her career with an outstanding senior year as she notched 17 goals and seven assists for 41 points including four game-winning goals.
For her career, Showers’ name is all over the Spartans’ record book. She ranks first in career points (136), assists (44), and single-season points (51 in 1998). Showers also ranks second in career goals (46), third in single-season goals (17 in 1999), third in single-season points (41 in 1999), and fifth in single-season points (16 in 1998).
The Spartans won 50 games during Showers’ four years, the second-highest total for a four-year class in York field hockey history. The Spartans established a still standing school-record of 15 wins in 1998.
With these three new honorees, the Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame now stands with 76 members.
PHOTO: Newly minted Spartan Athletic Hall of Famers (L to R) Pat Massa, Gary Papa, and Jackie (Russell) Showers.