Seven outstanding contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 16th class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, announced today by athletic director Ed Pastilong.
The 2006 class includes longtime coach Quentin Barnette, wrestling national champion Scott Collins, legendary sportswriter Mickey Furfari, basketball standout Clyde Green, All-America wrestler Louis Guidi, football’s George Henshaw and two-sport standout Sam Mandich.
Induction ceremonies will take place around a home football game this fall. This class brings the number of total inductees to 102.
A Mountaineer football letterman, a football and basketball coach and professor in the WVU School of Physical Education, W. Quentin Barnette’s life was deeply rooted in WVU athletics.
A native of Charleston, W.Va., and a football and track star at Charleston High, Barnette played end and quarterback for WVU from 1940-42. After graduating from WVU as an ROTC cadet, he served in the U.S. Army before returning to the Mountain State as a teacher and coach at Princeton High, leading that team to the 1948 state basketball title.
Barnette returned to WVU in the fall of 1950 and spent a combined 18 years as a coach and professor. As freshman basketball coach from 1951-65, Barnette compiled a 189-39 (.829) record, including undefeated seasons in 1957 and 1960. He helped groom players who would go on to play on some of the most decorated varsity teams in school history for head coaches Red Brown and Fred Schaus. He also coached the freshman football team from 1951-59 as a member of Art”Pappy”Lewis’staff.
Barnette received his master’s in education from WVU and was an assistant professor of physical education from 1958-64. He resigned to work for the U.S. Government’s Kennedy Youth Center, and later returned to Princeton as a teacher for seven years before retiring. All told, Barnette was a high school and college teacher and coach for 32 years.
Barnette married Alice Jardine the day of WVU ’s 1942 Homecoming game when the Mountaineers defeated Penn State, 24-0; Barnette served as game captain and was awarded the game ball. His wife passed away in 1988 and he went to live with his daughter Deirdre Trondle and family in Center Moriches, N.Y. Barnette passed away on September 5, 1992, at the age of 72.
Scott Collins put West Virginia wrestling in the national spotlight in 1991 when he became the first Mountaineer grappler to win a national championship and guided WVU to a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA tournament, still the highest finish in program history.
Collins became WVU ’s 12th EWL champion when he won that tournament in 1991 and was named EWL wrestler of the year. Ranked No. 1 in the nation all season, Collins dominated the 149-pound weight class as a senior, posting a 40-1 record (undefeated in EWL action) and downing Oklahoma State’s Chuck Barbee at the 1991 NWCA All-Star Classic.
Leaving an impression on the WVU record books, he ranks first in season wins for a 149-pounder (40), first in season pins (13), tied for second in career wins (119) and third in EWL tournament wins (10). He is a member of the EWL , Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches’and the Pennsylvania District 9 Halls of Fame.
Collins resides in his hometown of Clearfield, Pa., where he teaches physical education at his alma mater, Clearfield High. He is married to former WVU gymnast Elizabeth Foltz and they have one daughter, Ellen.
West Virginia sports writing legend Domenick”Mickey”Furfari Jr. has spent 58 years covering the Mountaineers since his graduation from the WVU School of Journalism in 1948.
The Morgantown, W.Va., native was the co-sports editor of the Daily Athenaeum with the late Jack Fleming in 1946-47. While in college, Furfari also worked for the Associated Press in Huntington, W.Va., before serving in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1943-46, part of that time as sports editor of Pacific Stars and Stripes.
Furfari spent 1948 as assistant sports editor at the Charleston Gazette before returning to Morgantown to work 40 years (1949-89) as a managing editor, sports editor, Sunday editor and executive sports editor for Morgantown newspapers.
He has garnered a wide variety of honors throughout his illustrious career, including: Young Man of the Year from the Morgantown Jaycees (1958), Gene Morehouse Memorial Award from West Virginia Sports Writers Association (1974), Proficiency Award from the Morgantown Touchdown Club (1976), and the Perley Isaac Reed Award from the WVU School of Journalism. The West Virginia Sports Writers Association’s college coach of the year award is named for him and a Legends of West Virginia University basketball scholarship fund was created in his name.
A five-time West Virginia Sports Writer of the Year, Furfari is a lifetime member of the WVU Alumni Association, West Virginia Sports Writers Association and Baseball Writers Association of America. He is a current member of the WVU all-time and WVU Sports Hall of Fame selection committees.
Furfari lives in Morgantown and is in his 17th year as a special writer/columnist for syndicate of seven West Virginia newspapers. He and his late wife Betty had three children: J. Michael, Jane Stofferahn and Lisa Meduho; six grandchildren: Ryan and Matthew Stofferahn, Leigh Anne Pederson, Lauren Meduho, Robin and Tina Furfari; and two great-granchildren: Brooke and Reese Pederson.
The late Clyde”Hard Times”Green helped the WVU basketball team to a 78-12 record from 1946-49 in his four years on the court. Known for his defensive dogging and playmaking ability, Green was on teams that strung together a 43-game home winning streak.
The former East Bank High all-state guard played with All-Americans Leland Byrd and Fred Schaus and scored 381 career points in 74 career starts for the Mountaineers. Green’s top scoring performance came against BYU in 1947 when he scored a career high 17 points.
The Pratt, W.Va., native played a year in the All-American Basketball League for the Wheeling Blues before trading in his jersey for a clipboard, coaching a total of 25 years at three different high schools.
Green, who served four years in the U.S. Army, took Romney High to the Class AA state championship with a 27-0 record before becoming boys’head basketball coach at Morgantown High. He coached the Mohigans for 13 seasons before his retirement in 1981. In 1978, he coached the MHS girls’basketball team and led them to the school’s first class AAA title with a 23-1 record.
Green is a member of the WVU 1946 -55 all-time team and was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Green died December 8, 2002, at age 75. He is survived by his wife Rhea, son Mike and daughter Kelly Jenkins, all of whom live in Morgantown.
Wrestler Louis Guidi enjoyed a magnificent four-year career at WVU that was highlighted by his runner-up finish at the 1955 NCAA tournament. Guidi was one of the most formidable wrestlers in the East; the 123-pounder won the Southern Conference championship twice and was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler in 1956. Guidi also won the prestigious Wilkes-Barre Invitational as a Mountaineer and was named its outstanding wrestler.
A World War II veteran, Guidi served at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, for three years, coaching in the base’s sports program. As a competitor, he was the 1958 runner-up at the U.S. Nationals in freestyle and the 1959 U.S. Nationals runner-up in Roman-Greco.
After his military service, Guidi coached the first-ever varsity wrestling team at Washington Township (N.J.) High for five years before heading back to Pennsylvania, where he coached at Chartiers Valley High for 12 seasons and taught for 24 years.
A native of Jefferson, Pa., Guidi moved to Morgantown at age 13 and attended University High, where he won two state championships before becoming a Mountaineer.
Now retired, Guidi and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Megan and Sarah, and Guidi has three older children: Natalie, Monty and Lori. He lives in McMurray, Pa.
George Henshaw, an 18-year veteran as an assistant coach in the National Football League, started every Mountaineer varsity football game from 1967-69 in an era when freshmen we ineligible for varsity status. First team all-Southern Conference at defensive tackle in 1967, he was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 1968. Co-captain of the 1969 team that went 10-1 and won the Peach Bowl under Coach Jim Carlen, Henshaw won the prestigious Ira E. Rodgers Award for”high leadership and academic qualities as well as football performance.”
Twice recognized as one of the Outstanding Athletes in America, he was vice president of Kappa Alpha fraternity his senior year before graduating from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in physical education; he earned a master’s from WVU in 1972.
Henshaw is currently senior assistant and running backs coach for the New Orleans Saints, after nine years with the Tennessee Titans, six as assistant head coach/offense. His tight ends caught more passes in the last nine years than any other team in the NFL .
Prior to coaching for the Titans, Henshaw served as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants (1993-96), and coached with the Denver Broncos (1988-92), serving as the offensive coordinator in 1992.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at WVU in 1970, and served as a full-time assistant through 1975. His college resume also includes: head coach at Tulsa (1987), offensive and defensive line coach at Florida State (1976-82); Florida State offensive coordinator (1979-82); and offensive coordinator/line coach at Alabama (1983-86). He has coached in nine college bowl games, two Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls.
A native of Midlothian, Va., Henshaw and his wife, the former Kathleen McConnell (a WVU graduate) have three children: Michael (a former WVU football letterman working on a master’s degree at WVU ), Matthew (a former tight end at Florida State), and Kerry (an honors sophomore at Alabama).
Sam Mandich was a two-sport athlete at West Virginia from 1938-41. Earning three letters as a football center, he was part of the 1938 Sun Bowl team that defeated Texas Tech, 7-6. He lettered three times as a basketball guard (career record 36-25) and served as captain of the 1940-41 squad. After graduation from WVU in 1941 with a degree in physical education, Mandich served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-46.
Mandich became one of the most distinguished basketball coaches in the state of West Virginia. In 18 years at Parkersburg High, he won state titles in 1958, 1960 and 1970, and was named state High School Coach of the Year in 1960. He set a record for career wins among high school basketball coaches and had a 70 percent winning percentage. He led eight teams to the AAA state tournament and five teams to the state finals. In 1973, he became athletic director at Parkersburg High; he was named West Virginia’s Athletic Director of the Year in 1984 and retired that same year.
Mandich is a member of the Mid-Ohio Sports Hall of Fame and received the Morgantown Touchdown Club’s 1973 Proficiency Award. The Sam Mandich Scholarship Fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation provides educational awards to Parkersburg High basketball players wanting to attend college.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Mandich captained both the football and basketball teams at Weir (W.Va.) High; he led Weir to a state title in 1935 and was named second team all-state in 1936. Mandich and his wife, Anne, reside in Parkersburg. They have one daughter, Mary Beth, and four grandchildren: Ben, Scott, Sam and Heather.