Honoring Our Distinguished Athletes

On Friday, October 16, seven student-athletes were recognized with induction into the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame.



Katie (Bray) Swartzell ’04 was an integral mem-ber of two NCAA Tournament-qualifying women’s basketball teams and one PSAC Championship and East Regional Championship squad during a four-year run from 2000-04. 

Swartzell, a two-time All-PSAC performer, led the team in minutes played in all four seasons. She was the 2001 PSAC Western Division Rookie of the Year on a team that reached the NCAA Final Four with a 28-5 record. She finished all four seasons making at least 100 field goals, grabbing at least 100 rebounds, scoring at least 300 points, and handing out at least eighty assists. 

For her career, Swartzell totaled 1,440 points, twelfth-most in school history, along with 158 three-pointers, which ranks seventh in school history. Her 39.7 percent accuracy from three-point range is second among Raider annals, while her 361 assists rank fifth. 

Swartzell and her husband, Ken ’04-’07M, have two children: Kenneth, three, and Hope, ten months. Swartzell is a software engineer with Raytheon Company.



Tunisia (Lacy) Lumpkin ’05 had an unprecedented level of success in her three-year track and field career at SU. 

Lumpkin, the 2005 PSAC Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year and the 2005 PSAC Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, was a five-time NCAA All-American in the triple jump and a fourteen-time PSAC champion, winning all three years she competed outdoors in both the long jump and triple jump. She placed nineteen times at the PSAC Championships, finishing first or second eighteen times. 

She also graduated with six individual school records—indoor triple jump (39’ 8¾”), indoor long jump (18’ 10”), indoor 55-meter hurdles (8.16), outdoor triple jump (42’ 5”), outdoor long jump (19’ 7¾”), and outdoor 100-meter hurdles (14.30). Her outdoor triple jump performance of 42 feet, 5 inches as a sophomore at the PSAC Championships remains a conference all-time record. 

Lumpkin and her husband, Darius, have two children: Trinity, seven, and Tarren, three. She is a disability examiner for the Social Security Administration. 



Clyde Mellinger is one of the best pitchers to play for Shippensburg, suiting up in a Raider uniform from 1913-16. H pitched nearly every game for three of his seasons at SU. 

One of the main highlights of Mellinger’s career came during his junior season on May 29, 1915, when he struck out eighteen batters at Kutztown. That performance set the Shippensburg team single-game record that still stands. It stood as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record for ninety-nine years. 

After graduation, Mellinger attended Ursinus College, became principal of the West Fairview school, and served in the Navy during World War I. He then earned a degree in chemistry at Penn State while starring on the baseball team, helping the Nittany Lions set the team record for thirty consecutive victories that remains to this day.

For four years, Mellinger taught science and coached all sports at The Stony Brook School on Long Island. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Mellinger was a chemistry teacher in the Atlantic City (New Jersey) High School, retiring in 1957. Mellinger also had an off-and-on semi-pro baseball career until 1930. 

Mellinger died June 21, 1969, and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Shippensburg.

RICHARD OCKER ’59-’64m-’73m


Richard Ocker ’59-’64m -’73m is a three-time PSAC place winner and four-year letter winner in track and field.

At the time of his graduation, Ocker held the school record in the mile (4:33) and had the second-fastest times in both the 880 yards and the two-mile run. Ocker was co-captain as a junior and senior, and the SU track and field squads coached by Jack Roddick were undefeated in dual meets during his four-year tenure. Ocker was named the team MVP as a senior, finishing fourth at the PSAC Championships in the mile. 

After graduating, Ocker coached at Dickinson College and currently serves as the sprints coach at Messiah College. Ocker was a principal for thirty-five years in the Carlisle Area School District and founded the Carlisle High School cross country program in 1967. 

Ocker is a world-class Masters sprinter and currently runs in the Masters 75-and-older division. 
He has been married to his wife, Esther, for fifty-six years. The couple has three children and three grandchildren. 



Jennifer (Scaffidi) Grassel ’05 was an impact point guard for the SU women’s basketball team from 2001-05 who is among the all-time offensive leaders in multiple categories. 

A two-time All-PSAC performer, Grassel was a four-year starter, four-time PSAC Scholar Athlete, and two-year captain. She is ranked eighth on the school’s career scoring lists with 1,583 points and 13.9 points per game. Her 79.4 percent career free-throw accuracy ranks sixth all-time.

Other notable statistics include 481 career assists (third most in SU history), 185 steals (eighth), 188 three-pointers (fifth), and 405 made free throws (seventh). As the team’s point guard, Grassel also is the only player in SU history to record 100 or more assists in all four of her competitive seasons. 

Grassel returned to Shippensburg in 2007 as the primary assistant to Kristy Trn and is set to enter her ninth season as an SU coach this fall. 

She and husband Mike ’06 have a daughter, Kailie, who turns two in December. 



Lisa (Trombetta) Fink ’01 remains the all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer at SU and one of the most dominan forwards to ever play in PSAC. 

Fink, a three-time All-PSAC performer, finished her distinguished career with 51 goals, 42 assists, and 144 points—all school records. She is eleventh in PSAC history for career goals, fourth in PSAC history for career assists, and eighth in PSAC history for career points. Her 18 goals, 18 assists, and 54 points as a freshman in 1997 all remain single-season school records at Shippensburg. In fact, those 18 assists remain the PSAC single-season record, while the 54 points are the fifth-most in one season by any PSAC player.

Fink is currently in her fourteenth year as a special education teacher, working primarily as a behavioral instructor. 

She and her husband, EJ, have been married for twelve years, and the couple has five children. 



Robert “Bob” Wood ’80 was an All-American diver for Shippensburg from 1976-80 who graduated with five of the six school records for diving. 

He is the only SU diver in history to win a PSAC Championship in diving—winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles as a senior in 1980. At nationals, Wood earned All-American honors with seventh-place finishes in both events. He has three career All-American diving performances at nationals.

Among his school records are marks for 1-meter (6 optional) [285.40 points on 1/31/77], 1-meter (6) [299.90 points on 12/5/78], 1-meter (11) [414.55 points on 2/28/80], 3-meter (6) [289.50 points on 1/6/80], and 3-meter (11) [403.35 points on 3/1/80].

After graduating from Shippensburg, Wood earned his MBA from Western Kentucky University in 1981, where he served as the diving coach. Since then, Wood has worked for York-based companies Glatfelter and Fypon, Ltd. Since 2005, Wood has been the president of John H. Myers & Son, a building supply company. 

Wood has been married to his wife Cheryl for twenty-nine years. The couple has three children: Valerie, Ryan, and Brad.