Greyhound Sports

By Mark Fleming

Linda Atiyeh ’88, James Evanko ’55, Richard Krouse ’89, Rob Light ’90, David Mittl ’90, Kurt Poling ’89, and Daniel Reichenbach ’91 were inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on November 2, 2001.

Charles Bartolet Jr. ’60 received the Robert Martin Herbstman Award, and the 1988 football team was honored at the same ceremony.

Atiyeh lettered for four seasons in women’s basketball and softball, setting school records in both sports. She helped the women’s basketball team to the Middle Atlantic Conference Southern Championship and the team’s first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 1985-86. Atiyeh, who scored 1,054 career points, ranked second in the NCAA in season free-throw percentage and third in career free-throw percentage at graduation. On the softball field, she was named a Middle Atlantic Conference First Team All-Star as a senior, and she was the Greyhounds’ Most Valuable Player the same season.

Evanko played football for the Greyhounds for four years and was a member of the baseball team for three seasons. He was the football team’s captain in 1954 and was named an All-Star the same year. Evanko had one unforgettable afternoon on the gridiron at Wagner College on November 14, 1953, when he ran for 256 yards—a College record that still stands today. Moravian ended up winning the game 34-19.

Krouse, who was named Moravian’s Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1989, was a four-year standout on the football and track and field teams for Moravian. He helped the Greyhound football squad win the 1988 Middle Atlantic Conference Championship and earn the school’s first NCAA playoff appearance the same season. Krouse was a Middle Atlantic Conference Second Team All-Star as a senior and finished his career with 1,311 yards rushing. In the spring of each season, Krouse took up throwing the javelin and became Moravian’s first-ever male NCAA track and field qualifier. Krouse was an NCAA Division III All-American in the javelin as a senior and the Middle Atlantic Conference runner-up as a junior and as a senior. He helped the Greyhounds to the Middle Atlantic Conference Team Championship in 1989, and he was team captain the same year.

Light starred on the Moravian football and baseball teams for four years. He led the Greyhounds to the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship on the football field in 1988 and on the baseball diamond in 1990. Light was the Co-Most Valuable Player of the 1988 football squad, and he was named a Middle Atlantic Conference Second Team All-Star. As a senior in 1989, Light was named a Middle Atlantic Conference First Team All-Star, a Pizza Hut Honorable Mention All-American, the Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, and the team’s Most Valuable Player. Light set 10 school passing records and two Middle Atlantic Conference marks. He was named Moravian’s Co-Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1990.

Mittl was a four-year letter-winner on the soccer field and on the baseball diamond for the Greyhounds. He was twice named a Middle Atlantic Conference All-Star in soccer and, as a junior, the Middle Atlantic Conference Southern Division Soccer Most Valuable Player. He also earned Regional All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a junior. When he completed his soccer career, Mittl ranked in the top five all-time in goals and assists. On the baseball field, Mittl was a three time Middle Atlantic Conference All-Star. He was also the Greyhounds’ team captain and Most Valuable Player as a senior.

Poling was a four-year letter-winner with the football team and was the squad’s co-captain as a senior in 1988. He helped the Greyhounds capture the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship that same year and also led the squad to its first NCAA playoff appearance. Poling, who made 183 career tackles, earned plenty of honors during his senior season—Pizza Hut Honorable Mention All-American, Football Gazette Honorable Mention All-American, Middle Atlantic Conference First Team All-Star, Eastern College Athletic Conference First Team All-Star, and the Greyhounds’ Most Valuable Player.

Reichenbach was a member of the Moravian track and field team for four years. In his sophomore year he was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American, twice in the long jump and once in the high jump. Reichenbach was a seven-time NCAA qualifier and set the Middle Atlantic Conference record in the long jump and Moravian records in the long jump, high jump, and triple jump. He was a Middle Atlantic Conference Champion in the long jump twice, the high jump twice, and the triple jump once.

Bartolet was a three-year letter-winner on the football team, and he earned two letters as a member of the baseball and wrestling squads. He was a member of the first intercollegiate wrestling team at Moravian. With a second-place finish in the heavyweight division at the 1958 Middle Atlantic Wrestling Conference, Bartolet became the first medal winner in school history. Bartolet served as captain of the wrestling team during his junior year. He was a member of the Varsity “M” Club for four years and served as the vice-president his junior year and as president his senior year.


Charles Bartolet, Kurt Poling, James Evanko, Richard Krouse, Linda Atiyeh, President Ervin J. Rokke, David Mittl, Daniel Reichenbach, Rob Light.

Photo: Tim Gilman '73