Thomas “Tom” Dolde, a 1960 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and member of the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame, has been elected to the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame for his work as coach of the Connellsville School District wresting team.
He will be inducted June 23 at Penn State Fayette. He is already a member of six other halls of fame, according to a Trib Total Media’s online service story.
Dolde, 74, is part of the Fayette County hall’s fourth induction class, which will include seven individuals and three teams.
At SRU, he was a wrestler, member of the track and field team and played under famed SRU football coach Charlie Godlasky, becoming one of SRU’s so-called “Charlie’s Boys.”
Dolde told the news service about his early years as a wresting coach at Connellsville: His team won one match in 1968; two in 1969; four in 1970; and eight in 1971. Eventually things turned around, and Falcons wrestlers became consistent winners. He coached at Connellsville from 1968 until retiring in 2002, compiling a 448-137-6 record.
He has the second most wins in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) history behind fellow Rock alumnus Chuck Tursky and was named the WPIAL coach of the year four times. Dolde’s teams won four WPIAL championships and 25 section titles. He coached seven state champions and 28 state place-finishers.
His son, Tommy, who had served as assistant coach, took over the school’s head coach position following his father’s retirement. He told the news service his father continues to be involved with the team whenever possible.
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