Susquehanna Athletics Inducts Hall of Fame Class
Susquehanna University inducted seven members into the SU Sports Hall of Fame in February. The seven individuals represented six sports, with several multi-sport athletes honored.
The class comprised track and field athlete Dan Cregan ’96, baseball and football standout Mike Gerhart ’95, baseball player and dedicated SU employee Joe Herb ’63, football player Tim Lawlor ’77, baseball and soccer player Bill Mueller ’89, lacrosse player Erin Powell ’01, and field hockey and lacrosse standout Amy Zimmerman ’98.
Cregan, an integral part of two championship teams, had a prolific four-year career for the Crusaders. Cregan was tabbed the Outstanding Male Performer at the 1994 MAC Outdoor Championships after winning the 200, 400 and 4 x 100 events. That year, SU captured the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship, the first of back-to-back titles for Susquehanna.
As a senior, Cregan was named the team’s Most Valuable Athlete following a season in which he finished third at the MAC Championships in the 400 and was a member of the winning 4 x 100 relay team.
A two-sport athlete, Gerhart was a star on both the football field and on the baseball diamond. On the gridiron, he was a three-year starter at cornerback who finished his career with 148 tackles, six interceptions and 25 pass breakups. Also active on special teams, he averaged 9.6 yards per punt return and led the MAC as a junior by averaging 12.6 yards per return. Gerhart was a two-time MAC All-Star, including a First-Team nod as a senior and was named Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior. His senior season, he tied the NCAA Division III record with a 100-yard interception return.
The accolades for his baseball career were equally impressive. He was a four-year starter in center field and picked up three MAC First- Team All-Star nods. He remains tied for third in career triples (11), and tied for fourth in career hits (150) and doubles (27). Gerhart also ranks second in school history in career at bats (464) and third in career runs scored (114). The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament his freshman and senior seasons, and the 1995 team was the first and only MAC championship team in school history.
Herb’s induction stands out as he is entering the Hall of Fame not only as a former student-athlete at Susquehanna, but also for his 40 years of service to the university. Herb, who serves as director of the Institute for Lifelong Learning, was a varsity letterman on the baseball team during his days as a Crusader. After graduation, he began assisting the football program by filming both home and away games. Over the next 40 years, Herb rarely missed a game day and worked with some of the most prestigious SU football coaches in the program’s history. His sportsmanship and commitment to Susquehanna, in addition to his playing career, have now earned him a place in the SU Sports Hall of Fame.
Lawlor joins Gerhart as a former SU football star earning his induction into the Hall of Fame this winter. Lawlor was a four-year starter who still stands near the top of several all-time lists. As a freshman, he set the single-season rushing record for a Susquehanna rookie after rushing for 669 yards in 1973. At the time, Lawlor was the first freshman to rush for at least 500 yards in a season, finishing second in the MAC in that category. His rookie record mark stood until 2006, when Dave Paveletz ’10 set a new record.
Over his career, he earned All-America honors from the Associated Press and was a Pennsylvania All-State Honorable Mention. He ranks sixth in SU history with 500 career rushes, seventh in career rushing yards (1,815) and 10th in rushing yards per game (49.1). Over his career, he earned Most Valuable Player, Best Back and Best Rookie accolades from the SU coaching staff.
Mueller was another two-sport athlete for the Crusaders, as a member of the baseball and soccer teams. On the diamond, he was a two-year starter in the outfield who hit for a .346 career average with 61 walks and 75 runs scored. As a junior, he boasted a .360 batting average with two homers, 35 runs scored and 25 RBI.
On the soccer pitch, he led SU in scoring during his junior and senior seasons, tallying 29 career goals and remaining second on the all-time list. He also currently stands fourth all-time with 62 career points.
One of two women’s lacrosse players being inducted this year, Powell earned four varsity letters during her tenure and was the first Susquehanna athlete to earn NCAA Division III All-America honors. In addition, she was the first player in program history to be selected as a MAC MVP. In addition to her MVP honor, Powell was a four-time MAC All-Star, with a spot on the First Team in three of those years. She also helped the Crusaders grab their first-ever regular season MAC title.
Following her senior season, she was selected to compete in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse College Association (IWLCA) Division III North/South Senior All-Star Game.
Rounding out the class is Zimmerman, a field hockey and lacrosse goalie from 1994–98. She was a four-year starter in the cage for the field hockey team and earned All-MAC honors as a senior. She finished her senior season with a 0.90 goals-against average and nine shutouts, and remains the all-time career saves leader at Susquehanna with 714, as well as the leader in shutouts (15).
Zimmerman’s performance on the lacrosse field was equally prolific. She made 451 saves in 43 career games to rank second in program history. As a senior, Zimmerman finished second in the MAC in goals-against average and save percentage.
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Katie Meier, director of athletics communications, and Justin Lutes, assistant director of athletics communications.