July 22, 2010
Springfield, Ohio — Five Wittenberg University greats will be inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Honor during 2010 Homecoming Weekend ceremonies, Oct. 8-10. Staci Bertelli Radtke '97, Bill Bibbee '71, Glenn Hendrix '75, Larry Peacock '70 and Anthony Robinson '96 will join 184 other Wittenberg greats who have previously been inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Honor.
The honorees will be formally inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honor at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 8. They will be introduced to Wittenberg's loyal fans during halftime of the annual Homecoming football game against Hiram the next day, which is set to kick off at 1 p.m. at Edwards-Maurer Field.
Staci Bertelli Radtke
Bertelli Radtke is one of the most decorated swimmers in Wittenberg history, with a total of eight All-America honors during her collegiate career. Six of her national finishes were good for honorable mention All-America awards, given to competitors who finish between ninth and 16th in an event at the NCAA Division III Championships. In addition, she earned a pair of All-America designations with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 1995 and a seventh-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 1997 to go along with four All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) finishes between her sophomore and seniors seasons. She concluded her career with school records in three individual events, the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. A native of Lexington, Ky., Bertelli Radtke earned her bachelor's degree in Russian Area Studies. She currently resides in Greenwich, Conn., with her husband, Lorin, and their three children, Anabel, Jackson and Beau.
Bibbee earned four varsity letters as a standout defensive tackle between 1967-70. During that time, the Tigers posted a sparkling 33-4 overall record, including a pair of undefeated seasons in 1969 and 1970. Wittenberg was crowned national champions after winning the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championship in 1969. The following year, Bibbee earned first-team all-conference and a pair of All-America honors (first-team Lutheran Brotherhood and second-team Associated Press) as he helped the Tigers to a 9-0 record. A graduate of nearby Springfield North High School and a member of his alma mater’s athletics hall of fame, Bibbee also earned one letter in wrestling and four more in track and field at Wittenberg as an all-conference thrower. He recorded a whopping 54 first-place finishes in the discus, shot put and hammer events, including three individual OAC titles, and he led the team in points scored in 1970 and 1971. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg in art, Bibbee remained in Springfield, first working as a sheriff’s deputy and then working in the family business, Brockman Furnace, where he continues to work as a supervisor.
Hendrix is one of the finest running backs in the illustrious history of Wittenberg football. While earning four varsity letters between 1971-74, Hendrix carried a heavy load, earning first-team All-OAC honors following his junior and senior seasons and earning the Mike Gregory Award as the conference's Offensive MVP in 1974. In addition, Hendrix was named team MVP in 1974, while also earning Lutheran All-America honors in 1973 and 1974. He is one of just 11 players in program history to top 2,000 rushing yards after leading the Tigers to a four-year record of 29-9-2, most notably including a run to the 1973 national championship after a win in the first-ever Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hendrix, a Certified Public Accountant and the director of accounting for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, currently resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Shannon. He has three children, Aaron, Alexandria and Kimberley, and four grandchildren.
Peacock, who passed away in 1994, was a feared linebacker who served as a team captain and earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference and team MVP honors as a senior while helping the Tigers to a national championship in 1969. The Tigers posted a four-year record of 32-5 and won two OAC championships during Peacock's gridiron career. Amazingly, Peacock may have made an even greater impact on the men's lacrosse team, which he helped to create in 1967. As a senior, he captained the team and earned All-Midwest honors in 1970, capping a career in which he scored 22 goals. A native of Copley, Ohio, a founding member of Wittenberg's Concerned Black Students organization, and the cross-bearer during Wittenberg's memorial service for Martin Luther King in 1968, Peacock graduated from Wittenberg in 1970 with a degree in history. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Hemphill '70, and his three children.
Robinson became a starter seven games into his freshman year, and by end of the 1992 season he had become the engine that would eventually drive the Tiger men's basketball team to the brink of a national championship two years later. By the time he finished his collegiate career in 1996, Robinson had led Wittenberg in assists four straight years and the NCAC three straight years. He continues to own school records for assists in a game (15), season (173) and career (618) after helping the Tigers to a four-year record of 96-22 record that included three NCAC regular season titles, one NCAC Tournament crown and a third-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Division III Tournament. Just as impressively, Robinson holds school records for steals in a game (8), season (60) and career (200). He earned a trio of All-NCAC designations during his career before earning his bachelor's degree in business management from Wittenberg. A native of Fairborn, Ohio, Robinson currently resides in West Chester, Ohio, with his wife, Rhonda Mathews Robinson '95, and their two sons, Preston and Parker.
Written by: Ryan Maurer