Rande Stottlemyer, a Hickory High graduate and Mercer County Hall of Famer, was inducted into the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night.
The 12-member group, which represented nine different sports, was enshrined at the annual banquet at Acrisure Stadium. The inductees will also be presented today during Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech.
Stottlemyer was one of the greatest wrestlers developed in Mercer County, who went on to become one of the top collegiate coaches in the nation at Pitt.
At Hickory, he never lost a double meet in four years and was the only three-time District 10 champion in school history. He lost in the state finals his senior year.
During his high school days, he was a two-time national junior freestyle champion and featured in an article in Wrestling USA Magazine. He has also won numerous independent tournaments.
Stottlemyer’s association with Pitt wrestling spanned nearly four decades. He was a three-time All-American for the Panthers from 1974 to 1978, compiling a career record of 68-16-2 and winning the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) 134-pound title in 1976.
After graduating from college in 1978, Stottlemyer served Pitt as an assistant coach for a year before becoming head coach in 1979. He coached the Panthers for 34 seasons and retired in 2013 as a winningest coach in program history (304-231-12).
Stottlemyer has produced 56 EWL individual champions, 33 All-Americans and three national champions. He has been named LEF Coach of the Year five times.
His last four years as Pitt’s head coach ranked among the program’s best. During that span, the Panthers have won three EWL regular season championships (2010, 2011, 2012) and three EWL tournament titles (2011, 2012, 2013).
Pitt ranked 15th in the nation in each of his last two seasons as head coach. Stottlemyer’s many Hall of Fame recognitions include selection to the EWL Hall of Fame, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
Stottlemyer, who was inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 2013, died in January 2018.
The other inductees who were ordained on Friday: Keisha Demas (athletics); Russ Grimm (soccer); Larry Harris (basketball); Rickey Jackson (soccer); Jerome Lane (basketball); Debbie Lewis (basketball); Angela Lopez Callahan (swimming); Ann Marie Lucanie (volleyball); Jerry Richey (athletics); Donna DeMarino Sanft (student-athlete and gymnastics coach); Pat Santoro (wrestling).