If you are a Mountaineer fan and live within driving distance of Wilmington, Delaware, you will want to attend the annual WVU Family Picnic hosted by the Delaware Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association on Saturday, July 10! This is one of the very best WVU events on the East Coast every summer!
Come and meet and get autographs from many great Mountaineer stars, and the following are currently slated to attend:
Pat Randolph, the slashing tailback from Ridley, Pa., who starred on Don Nehlen teams from 1982-1984. Randolph scored a big fourth quarter touchdown to help defeat Penn State in 1984 and end the jinx against the Nittany Lions. Pat is teaching and coaching football at Herriton High School in Lower Merion, PA.
Ed "Possum" Harvard and Norm Holmes, two of the four basketball players who broke the color barrier at WVU and the entire Southern Conference in 1964. We are honored and proud to have these great men join us for the WVU Family Picnic. Norm is a retired banking executive in the Washington, DC area and Ed is a high school principal in Vineland, NJ.
John Mallory, three time Southern Conference first teamer and member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. Mallory played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons and still holds the school record for returning 7 punts for touchdowns in his illustrious career. John is a successful entrepreneur and now lives in North Jersey.
Artie Owens, who held the WVU career rushing record for 23 years until Amos Zereoue broke it in 1998. Owens was a two sport star at WVU and was part of the famous 440 relay team that finished second in the NCAA meet (his partners were Danny Buggs, Harry "The Snake" Blake and the late Marshall Mills). Artie has dedicated his life to helping children with special needs and also coaches football at Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic High School. One of his prize pupils is WVU freshman quarterback Adam Bednarik.
David "Duck" Riley, former Mountaineer tailback in the Bowden and Cignetti eras was a solid performer for WVU and later a marquee player for the USFL's championship team, the Philadelphia Stars. David is the Athletic Director at Willingboro, NJ High School.
Marsha Beasley, the Head Rifle Coach at WVU. All Marsha has done is win 9 National Championships in her 15 years of coaching the Mountaineers. We are excited that she is resurrecting the Rifle program at WVU.
Dick Struck a versitile two-way end at West Virginia. Struck had the assignment of defending against future pro stars like Mike Ditka, Bill Brown, Ralph Baker and Gary Collins. Dick is a retired educator and completed a 25-year career as a high school principal.
Bryan Hendricks, the big offensive lineman from the 1988 Fiesta Bowl team that played Notre Dame for the National Championship will join us. Bryan works as a financial professional for Morgan Stanley in the Annapolis area.
Three of Artie Owens' teammates will also join us. Big offensive linemen Rick Pennypacker and Tom Creeden, and wide receiver Glen Corbin will be in attendance. Rick is the Head Football Coach at Pottsgrove (Pa.) High School; Tom is a high school principal at Penn Ridge High in Bucks County, Pa.; Glen works in the telecommunications industry in Central Jersey
Keep watching because we may have an additional surprise guest from that great team that defeated Pitt in the last seconds in 1975!!!
Local celebrity Val Whiting, a member of the Stanford University Hall of Fame and former ABL and WNBA star will be in attendance. And there are more celebrities yet to be announced!
There will be a silent auction of WVU game jerseys and collectibles as well as a raffle of lots of good WVU stuff.
The picnic will be held at the 150-acre estate home of Edna and Bud Pierce, 1201 Snuff Mill Road near Centreville, Del. There will be plenty of signage from Route 52 directing you to the picnic site. Dress is casual, and please bring a swimsuit especially if it is a warm day!
For more information, directions, and to RSVP, please contact DJ or Bob Gibson at (302) 478-3646. Or you can print and return your picnic reservation form on our Delaware Chapter website.
Let's Go Mountaineers!