Photo: Tim Gilman '73
Showing off their Hall of Fame plaques are Tanya Thear '95, Jim Dietz '71, Roger Soell '84, Pamela POrter Grauer '94, Rollie Passaro '57, and Susan Zimmerman '95.
James C. Dietz ’71, Pamela Porter Grauer ’94, Roland Passaro ’57, Roger Soell ’84, Tanya Thear ’95, and Susan Zimmerman ’95 made up the class of 2005 inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, November 4. Also honored were Carol J. Vogler ’80 with the Robert Martin Herbstman Award and the 1993 women’s cross country team.
Dietz played football and baseball. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for Moravian from 1966 to 1968 and held three records for the Greyhounds. He also played three seasons on the baseball field and was the MVP of the MAC North in 1969. Dietz, who was a Division III baseball All-American as a catcher, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent three seasons in their minor league system.
Grauer was a four-year standout on the women’s basketball team. On the basketball court, she helped the Greyhounds reach the NCAA Division III national championship game in 1991-92 while scoring 1,582 points and setting seven school records. Grauer was named to the All- MAC teams three times, and she was also a three-time ECAC All-Star. As a junior, Grauer was named an Honorable Mention National Kodak All-American and was a Mid- Atlantic Regional All-American. She was the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1990-91.
Passaro starred on the baseball team for four years while attending Moravian. He was also a member of the men’s basketball team for three years. Passaro led the baseball squad to a 59-17 14 record during his career and tossed a no-hitter against the Pennsylvania Military Academy as a senior in 1957. He also set a school record by retiring 30 consecutive batters in a 10-inning, 2-1 win versus Upsala College. After graduation, Passaro signed a professional baseball contract and spent four years with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox. S
oell was a four-year letter winner on the men’s soccer team. He scored 50 points with 17 goals and 16 assists. He was a member of the All- MAC First Team in 1983 after being on the Second Team in 1982. Soell was honored as the MAC Southern Division MVP as a senior in 1983, and he earned a spot on the All-Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American First Team while leading the Greyhounds to the MAC title in 1983 and the program’s only NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 1982.
Thear was a four-year letter winner on the field hockey and softball teams. On the field hockey field, she set three former school records. She was named to the MAC Commonwealth All-League Team as a junior and senior. On the softball diamond, Thear set ten school records. Her 51 consecutive stolen bases also set an NCAA Division III record. She was named to the MAC Commonwealth All-League Teams in softball three times and twice earned NFCA East Regional All-American honors. Thear was honored as the Co-Greyhound Award winner as Moravian’s Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 1995.
Zimmerman was a four year letter winner on the field hockey and women’s basketball teams. In field hockey, she scored 55 career points. On the basketball court, Zimmerman scored 1,784 points, helped the Greyhounds to the 1992 national championship game, and she earned a spot on the All-MAC Team three times. Zimmerman was named an Honorable Mention National Kodak All-American and a Mid-Atlantic Regional All- American. She was honored three times on the ECAC All-Star Teams, and was a two-time ECAC Scholar- Athlete. Zimmerman earned spots on the MAC All-Academic Team twice and the GTE All-Academic Team once. She was the women’s basketball team MVP as a junior and a senior while being named the Lehigh Valley Player of the Year in 1993-94. Zimmerman was honored as the Co-Greyhound Award winner as Moravian’s Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 1995. Vogler was a three-year letter winner on the women’s badminton and women’s volleyball teams, and she earned one varsity letter on the women’s tennis and softball squads.
Vogler, who has a Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta at Edmonton, competed on the first women’s volleyball and softball teams at Moravian and was the captain of both teams. Vogler was named the MVP of the badminton team twice during her career and she was Moravian Outstanding Female Athlete in 1979.
The 1993 women’s cross country team was the first of ten straight MAC championship teams for Moravian. The team under the direction of head coach Mark Will- Weber, also won the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional and placed third at the NCAA Division III National Championships at Grinnell College in 1993. The squad had an undefeated dual meet record of 6-0 as well and won four meets during the season.