Excitement Surrounds Homecoming Events at Concord, New Athletic Scholarship Established
Athens, W.Va. - Homecoming activities began Thursday, October 10, with a parade that commenced in a light drizzle, which did not dampen the spirits of either those in the parade or those watching.
Friday, October 11, an alumni banquet was held with Professor of Physical Education Emeritus, Tony J. Colobro ’48 as featured speaker. Dr. Beryle C. Santon ’50 welcomed guests to the banquet, held on the second floor of the College Center, and Concord President Jerry L. Beasley thanked guests for their indulgence in dining in the Cafeteria Annex, because the Ballroom on the third floor is now home to about 10 science labs. The Reverend Dr. John Houghton provided the invocation.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Athletic Director Steve Lee, new to the position and this area, commented that he was excited about being a part of the heritage and tradition of Concord College, and then opened up the Athletic Hall of Fame presentations.
Harry Finkelman introduced inductee Don Mikush ’56. Mikush was the first Concord men’s basketball player ever named all-conference. He played three sports his freshman year, including football, and lettered four years in both basketball and baseball. He was the leading scorer each of his four years at Concord and had a career total of 1,892 points. He is now a retired physical therapist living in Florida. He was selected as a WVIACA conference player in 1955 and 1956 and received the all-tournament award in 1955.
“Consider me the grandfather of the group,” chuckled Mikush, “I appreciate the honor.”
Russell Hill introduced inductee Jina Skinner Derubbo ’92. Derubbo is the all-time leading female scorer at Concord with 2,050 points. She is the only Concord woman to ever reach the 2,000-point plateau, and averaged 20.1 points in 1992, and 19.1 points in 1990. She has the second highest assists total in Concord College history, and lives in Bethany, West Virginia, where she coaches basketball and women’s tennis. Derubbo was selected as a WVIAC all-conference player in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992. She captured the Commissioner’s Heart and Hustle Trophy at the state tournament in 1992.
Derubbo said that she decided to attend Concord while visiting the campus as a high school student. “I have had no regrets about choosing Concord,” she said.
Tony Colobro ’48 introduced inductee Ron Cowan ’78. Cowan was on the state championship football teams on five occasions: Northfork High School in 1973, Concord in 1976 and 1977, and again as assistant coach in 1984 and 1987. Ron was selected as WVIAC all-conference player in 1975, 1976, and 1977. He resides in Myrtle Beach.
“I had the opportunity to play under wonderful coaches in high school and college,” stated Cowan. “I am the first offensive lineman to be inducted, and it is a great honor!”
Colobro described inductee Frank Dent ’82--who was unable to attend--to the banquet guests. “He was the best assistant coach I ever had,” stated Colobro.
Frank Dent ’82 lives in Roanoke, Virginia. While at Concord, he was selected as WVIAC all-conference defensive back in 1979, 1980, and 1981. He was selected for the NAIA division I all-American second team in 1981. John D. Rockefeller IV named him the state of West Virginia’s outstanding athlete in 1981.
Don Christie introduced inductee David Darnell ’87. “David was a great player,” exclaimed Christie.
While at Concord, Darnell was classified as a hard working and dedicated athlete and earned a degree in travel industries management. He is assistant superintendent of Chief Logan State Park. Darnell was selected to be first team all-conference WVIAC and tournament first round MVP in both 1985 and 1986. He is Concord’s third all-time leading scorer with 2,354 points. Darnell’s wife, Dr. Robin Fanning Darnell ’89, announced the creation of a full scholarship in honor of her husband, David. “It will be given to a student who exemplifies the attributes of David,” she said, “courtesy, ‘coachability,’ and other traits that remind the coach of my husband.”
Featured speaker and former coach Tony J. Colobro '48 provided a history lesson of Concord College for the 180 guests who attended the 2002 fall alumni banquet. He noted when the buildings were constructed, and the presidents who were responsible for the growth of the College.
"Parking wasn't a problem years ago," he chuckled.
"I have been connected with five of Concord's eight presidents since 1937--as a visitor, spectator, student, and coach. I've been associated with Concord longer than I've been married.
"Go back to 1937--I was an old coal camp boy and Bill Callaghan brought me to Concord. When I looked at the gym at Concord, I thought it was Madison Square Garden. The gym was built in 1924 and they played sectional and regional games.
"My wife and I occupied a trailer at Concord--but it was a mansion to us.
"What I remember is all the wonderful friendships I have made over the years.
Alumni President Beryle Santon closed the evening by inviting everyone to Saturday’s homecoming. "Come--we want you to be there," she said.
Homecoming King and Queen
Homecoming king and queen for 2002 were P.J. DeMasi of Keyser, WV, sponsored by Mu Xi Phi and Shannon Walls of Coal Mountain, WV, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau. The crowning took place during halftime ceremonies at Callaghan Stadium, where Concord played Glenville State on Saturday.
Second attendants were Kory Wright of Henderson, NC, sponsored by Black Student Union and Kyra Narain of Queens, NY, sponsored by Black Student Union.
Third place went to Al Hudgins of Pineville, WV, sponsored by Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alaina Nease of Buffalo, WV, sponsored by Delta Zeta.
Other candidates for homecoming 2002 were: Stephen Hensley of Valley Fork, W.Va., sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma and Lindsey A. Mullins of Welch, W.Va., sponsored by Lady 8's; Tommy Adkins of Huntington, W.Va., sponsored by Pi Kappa Phi and Amanda Revels of Traphill, N.C., sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha; Eric "Rico" Arnold of LaPlata, Md., sponsored by Phi Sigma Phi and Lisa Wilkins of Wytheville, Va., sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Kahlil Joseph of New Delhi, India, sponsored by International Students Club and Adella Silochan of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, sponsored by International Students Club.
Concord College Notes: The Concord College Alumni Association was incorporated November 23, 1951. Currently, there are seven alumni chapters located throughout the eastern United States. The association fosters higher academic standards, sponsors scholarships, recruits new students and helps students who are currently enrolled. Concord alumni and friends may join the Co llege’s alumni association for as little as $10 per year.
(1) Former Concord Coach Tony Colobro was the featured speaker at the alumni banquet on Friday.
(2) Homecoming king and queen for 2002, P.J. DeMasi of Keyser, W.Va., sponsored by Mu Xi Phi and Shannon Walls of Coal Mountain, W.Va., sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau.
(3) Concord College queen for 2001 Lee Ann Shrewsberry from Josephine, W.Va., sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha; Concord College king for 2001 Dusty Harmon from Pineville, W.Va., sponsored by Mu Xi Phi; President Jerry L. Beasley, and Vice President for Student and Staff Affairs Deborah Curry crowned this year’s king and queen.