Shippensburg University inducted five former athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame Homecoming Weekend.
Page (Heath) Brannan ’04 Women’s Lacrosse
Page (Heath) Brannan is one of the most dominant women’s lacrosse players in school history, having set the school record for career assists (69) and points (244) while finishing second all-time in career goals (175). She led the Raiders in scoring in all four of her seasons, including as a senior when SU went 10-5 and reached the PSAC Semifinals.
Brannan was named the 2002 PSAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year. She was a three-time All-PSAC performer and a three-time IWLCA All-American, earning First Team honors as a sophomore before receiving Second Team honors as a junior and senior.
Brannan was a decorated student-athlete, enrolled in the SU Honors Program as an accounting major. She finished as a three-time Academic All-American, earning First Team honors as a senior and Third Team honors as a sophomore and junior. There are only three people in history to be named an Academic All-American three times: Brannan, Brian Cozzens (basketball 1980-82), and Neely Spence Gracey (track and field/cross country 2010-12).
After graduation, she received her MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore. She is a certified public accountant and is the director of finance at Ecotone. Brannan and her husband, Mike, have three sons: Mack, Joe, and Sean.
Todd Long ’86 Baseball
Todd Long was a three-year starter at third base for the SU baseball team from 1984-86 after arriving from West Virginia University as a sophomore transfer. He was a consistent and productive performer who graduated with a tie for the career home run record after setting the SU single-season home record with twelve in his debut season.
Long was a two-time All-PSAC performer (All-PSAC East in 1986, All-PSAC South in 1985) and a two-time All-Region performer. As a senior, he was named to the All-Tournament team for the 1986 PSAC Baseball Championships.
His breakthrough sophomore season featured his single-season school record for home runs and produced career highs in total bases (97), slugging percentage (.610), and walks (35). His best season may have come as a senior, when he produced single-season bests in batting average (.368), hits (57), doubles (12), RBIs (55), on-base percentage (.474), and stolen bases (12).
In his three years with the Raiders, SU baseball compiled a 106-42-1 record, won two PSAC Championships, one PSAC South Division title, and qualified for three PSAC and NCAA Regional Tournaments.
Following his graduation, Long earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Lock Haven, having taught and coached for more than thirty years. For the last twenty years, he has taught government and American history at Swift Middle School in the Solanco School District. He and his wife, Marjean, have been married for twenty-eight years and have two children.
Jennifer Neatrour-Kan ’89 Women’s Tennis
Jennifer Neatrour-Kan was a formative presence on the first SU women’s tennis teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships in school history. She is a three-time PSAC champion and two-time runner-up.
Neatrour-Kan is the first NCAA individual qualifier in school history, competing in singles as a senior in 1989 and in doubles with Karen Keffer that same year. She graduated as SU’s all-time leader in victories (88), but was passed the next year by teammates Keffer and Marcie Staherski. Following the 1986 and 1988 seasons, Neatrour-Kan was named Shippensburg’s team MVP.
At the PSAC Championships, Neatrour-Kan won the 1985 PSAC title in No. 2 singles as a freshman. She contributed to PSAC Championships in No. 1 doubles as a sophomore (with Kori Morrissey) and senior (with Keffer). She was the runner-up in No. 1 singles as a junior and in No. 1 doubles as a freshman (with Morrissey).
Upon graduation, Neatrour-Kan dedicated her life to helping others as a teacher, coach, mother, and wife. In 2001, she earned a Master of Science in Education. Her husband, Joe, is a thirty-year Navy veteran. They have crossed the country five times and have lived in six different military cities. The couple has three children and lives near San Diego, California.
Chris Potter ’83–’86M Football
The late Chris Potter was one of the hardest hitting defensive backs in the history of Shippensburg University football, starting at strong safety from 1980-83. Potter was a three-time All-PSAC Western Division selection, earning First Team honors as a senior in 1983 in addition to Second Team honors as a freshman in 1980 and as a junior in 1982.
For his career, Potter totaled 311 tackles, nine interceptions, and five fumble recoveries in his role as a strong safety.
He was an integral member of the historic 1981 team that finished 12-1 under head coach Vito Ragazzo and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship. Potter finished the year second on the team with ninety-seven tackles, totaled two interceptions, blocked a kick, and recovered two fumbles. As a freshman at Shippensburg in 1980, Potter totaled sixty-nine tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.
A 1979 graduate of Littlestown High School, Potter was a member of the Big 33 team and helped guide Littlestown to a Blue Mountain League Championship. In addition to receiving his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Shippensburg, he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice.
Potter passed away in 2008 after a two-year battle with lymphoma. He was forty-seven years old.
Nate Reider ’07–’09M Men’s Track and Field
Nate Reider is one of the most decorated and talented throwers in school history, having concluded his SU track and field career with the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship in the javelin. He finished as a three-time NCAA All-American—twice outdoors in the javelin and once indoors in the weight throw.
Reider finished his career as a PSAC place winner in four different throwing events. He won conference titles in three different throws, and was a three-time PSAC place winner in the javelin and the weight.
As a senior in 2007, Reider was named the 2007 PSAC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. He won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the javelin on a throw of 217 feet, 2 inches, after winning PSAC titles in both the javelin (211 feet, 1 inch) and the hammer throw (168 feet, 6 inches).
Competing in indoor track and field as a senior, Reider won the conference title in the weight throw and went on to earn All-America honors with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Reider graduated in 2007 as a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing. He later earned his MBA from Shippensburg in 2009. He and his father launched their Xtreme Archery business in York.