SRU Good News for May 19, 2009
SRU physical education graduate gets hall of fame honor
John Miceli, a 1967 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and captain of The Rock's 1966 football team, was one of eight athletes inducted this month into the A-K Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
During the ceremony, in New Kensington, eight honorees were inducted. It was the hall's 40th ceremony.
Miceli, who coached high school football after graduating from SRU, is now an insurance salesman.
He was a star athlete as a three-year starter in football, basketball and track at Oakmont High School and played four years at SRU. He won the gold medal in the 100-yard dash at the 1962 WPIAL meet while at Oakmont.
In a Valley News Dispatch news story, Miceli said, "That was regarded as a big upset - I wasn't supposed to win, but I did. Also, that same year, we dethroned the defending state basketball champs, Fort Cherry, who had all five starters back."
Miceli also recalls a special history in playing for Oakmont. Home games were played in two historical, but different, football venues. He played at what is known as "old Scaife Field" as a sophomore and junior before the Oaks moved to Riverside Park during his senior season.
"Scaife Field had a muddy area, because it was also a baseball field," Miceli told The Dispatch. "Sometimes, you'd formulate your game plan around the muddy area of the field."
Miceli also played football under a pair of A-K Hall of Fame coaches - the late Elmer "Tuggles" Gross, a 1941 SRU graduate, his first two seasons, and Chuck Wagner as a senior.
After graduating from SRU, Miceli coached football and track at Brentwood High School, before making the decision to leave coaching and teaching and go into the insurance business with 10 Slippery Rock teammates. Miceli had been recruited to play football at North Carolina State University.
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