Meet Three More Members of Hall of Fame Class VII

PHILADELPHIA - With the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Class VII induction nearing, PennAthletics.com is presenting a weekly series profiling some of the former athletes and coaches who will be inducted. The official ceremony will take place Saturday, May 8 at The Inn at Penn. That night,12 members will join the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame.

Week 1 release (Dionne Anthon, Doug Glanville, W. Kelso Morrill)
Week 2 release (Bob Atkinson, Frank Crossin, Patty Kennedy)

Walter Hynoski W'55, football/baseball
A two-sport athlete at Penn, Walter Hynoski was a three-year letterwinner in baseball as well as football.

On the gridiron, Hynoski played under legendary head coach George Munger in the final two years of his tenure at the helm of the Quakers. Commonly playing in front of more than 50,000 people at Franklin Field, Hynoski was a part of the 1952 team that went undefeated against Ivy League opponents-but four years before the first Ivy champion was crowned. Also that season, the Quakers tied Notre Dame and nearly knocked off nationally ranked Penn State.

Hynoski was considered one of the last of Penn's triple-threat single-wing backs. Not only was Hynoski a formidable passer -- he threw the game-winning touchdown pass to defeat Dartmouth in 1952 -- but he also served as a halfback and as the team's primary punter. Hynoski was selected as the top punter in the East in 1953 and 1954 in addition to earning honorable mention All-America status as a senior.

On the diamond, Hynoski earned a spot in the starting rotation as a sophomore, and as a member of the 1953 baseball team he and the Quakers finished second in the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League, going 6-3-1 in league play.

After graduation, Hynoski was an active member of the Mungermen Football Club. In 2008, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame.

Gail Rossmann KedoinC'88, women's fencing
A former member of the United States National Fencing team, Gail Rossmann was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain as a member of the Quakers (1985-88).

In each of her four seasons wearing the Red and Blue, Penn won the Ivy League title and Rossmann earned first-team All-Ivy honors. In the three decades since her graduation, she remains one of only two Penn fencers to ever accomplish the feat of being a four-time All-Ivy recipient.

During her sophomore campaign in 1986, Rossmann helped lead Penn to what remains its only women's NCAA fencing title. During that season, she was a second-team All-America in the foil. Two years later, as a senior, Rossmann once again earned second-team All-America status in the foil. At the NCAA Championships that year, she was the highest of any Ivy League finisher, placing fifth.

On the international stage, Rossmann was a semifinalist at the Junior Pan-American Games.

Bob Seddon, men's soccer/baseball coach
Tell us when you stop believing this silly fairy tale.

A young man gets hired by a college as a head coach over 49 other candidates, despite having no collegiate coaching experience. He goes on to become that school's most successful coach in that sport. At the same time, he also takes the reins of another program at the University -- again, did we mention he had no college coaching experience when he arrived? -- and when he's done with that sport he is not only the program's all-time leader in wins, but tops among his conference brethren as well.

That's no fairy tale. That's Bob Seddon: Head soccer coach from 1968-86, head baseball coach from 1972-2005.

Seddon came to Penn as the head soccer coach from Hackensack (N.J.) High School in 1968, taking over for the legendary Charley Scott. During his 19-year tenure, Seddon guided the Quakers to three Ivy League championships, including back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1971-72; six NCAA Tournament appearances, including three years when the Quakers won twice to advance to the quarterfinal round; and a 163-84-30 record. These were the halcyon days of Penn soccer, when crowds of more than 10,000 would show up at Franklin Field to watch the Quakers' 11. Seddon's win total on the pitch is second all-time at the school, behind only Patrick Stewart who won 250 games as the program's first coach from 1905-43, and his .643 win percentage tops all.

Under Seddon's tutelage, Penn had two first-team All-Americans, Stan Startzell in 1970 and Steve Baumann in 1973. They remain the Quakers' most recent such honorees. Ten other players received All-America recognition of some level during Seddon's career. In addition, 20 players earned a total of 24 first-team All-Ivy honors.

Seddon added head baseball coaching duties to his plate in time for the 1972 season, and "9" (his nickname) was in the dugout for 34 seasons. During that time he gained 634 wins, more than any other Ivy League baseball coach in history, including 301 that came in Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League or Ivy League play (the EIBL preceded the Ivy League as a baseball conference, and featured the eight Ivy schools plus Army and Navy). Penn had 14 seasons with 20 or more wins including six campaigns with 25 or more wins. The 1989 season was the high-water mark, as the Quakers went 29-11 overall and won the second of what would be three straight EIBL titles. Penn also won the EIBL crown in 1975, and after the Ivy League split into divisional play in 1993 the Red and Blue finished at or tied for the Gehrig Division lead four straight years, from 1994-97.

Seddon led five baseball squads into NCAA play, had three players earn EIBL/Ivy League Player of the Year, and had three others named EIBL/Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. Five different players won the Blair Bat trophy as the EIBL/Ivy batting champion.

One of Seddon's former baseball players, Doug Glanville, is also being inducted into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame; he also coached Mark DeRosa, who is currently playing for the San Francisco Giants and in his 13th Major League Baseball season.