The Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame inducted six individuals as the Class of 2018 at the annual Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards Ceremony as part of Wesley’s Homecoming festivities.
The Class of 2018 includes Mike Drass (football) posthumously, Larry Bryant, Jr. ’03 (men’s basketball), Ryan Buckland ’08 (baseball), Katherine “Cole” Pavlik ’06 (cross country), Kyle Savidge ’08 (women’s soccer) and Brooke Tadlock ’11 (field hockey).
Drass, who passed away recently, was an integral part of Wesley football for 29 years, starting his coaching career with Wesley in 1989 as an assistant before taking over as the head football coach in 1993. In his 26 years leading the football program, he transformed Wesley into one of the true powerhouses of NCAA Division III football. He accumulated a record of 229-61-1 with 14 NCAA Championship Tournament appearances, including the current stretch of 13 straight NCAA berths.
Drass also served as Wesley’s Director of Athletics from 2005 until May 2018.
Bryant was a four-time All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC, now Colonial States Athletic Conference) honoree. He was an honorable mention pick after the 1999-2000 season, a two-time second teamer and a first-team selection in 2002-03. Wesley’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2003, Bryant was Wesley’s leader in scoring and free throws made at graduation with 1,791 points (now ranks third) and 405 free throws (now ranks second). At graduation, Bryant was second in steals (224, still second), second in three-pointers (160, now fourth), third in rebounding (641, now sixth) and fifth in assists (212, now seventh). In the season record book, Bryant still holds the record for free throws made and attempted when he went 144-for-188 in free throws in the 2002-03 season. He also had the highest three-point percentage in a season, when he hit 41.1 percent of three-pointers (39-95) after the 1999-00 season (now ranks fifth).
Buckland was a three-time All-Conference Second Team pitcher and is Wesley’s all-time leader in wins (26) and games started (42). At graduation, Buckland led in innings pitched (256.2, now third), second in appearances (50, now ninth), third in winning percentage (.650, now sixth), third in strikeouts (228, now fourth) and fourth in earned run average (4.28, now 11th). His senior year, he finished the 2008 season with an 8-2 record and a 2.88 ERA, while striking out 71 batters in 75 innings. He led the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in opposing batting average (.195) and hits allowed/game (6.24).
After graduation, he signed with the Nashua Pride of the independent Can-Am League for the 2008 season.
A four-time all-conference runner, Pavlik was a two-time All-PAC First Team member in 2000 and 2001 and an All-PAC Second Team honoree in 2002 and 2003. Her best finish at the PAC Championships was a fifth-place effort in 2000 with a time of 20:58.68. At graduation, she held the third-fastest time in the 5,000 meters (19:52, now fourth) and the fourth-fastest time in the 6,000 meters (now ninth).
Savidge was a four-time all-conference selection. She was named second team all-conference in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and earned honorable mention laurels in 2005. In 2004, Savidge was named the PAC Rookie of the Year. Savidge is the all-time leader in career points (111) and goals (47) in program history. She is also tied for third in career assists with 17. Her teams made two appearances in the PAC Championship game and the conference semi-finals.
Tadlock was one of the best players in the history of the field hockey program. Tadlock was the first player in program history to be named to the All-American team after being named to the womensfieldhockey.com All-America Second Team and Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Third Team in 2010. She is a three-time All-South Region First Team honoree, 2010 CAC Player of the Year and a three-time All-CAC First Team member. At graduation, Tadlock ranked third in goals (53, now fourth), third in points (123, now fourth) and ninth in assists (17, now 10th).
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