coached basketball when games were played on the stage in Tohill
Auditorium, led four different sports teams to state championships
and drove a dump truck to the Pine Barrens to get equipment for
the newly-revived football team. Today former professor Richard
Wackar takes the road less traveled, hooking up his trailer and
driving with his wife to places like Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.
Wackar taught in the Health and Physical Education Department from
1956 to 1988. When he arrived on campus there were 100 men enrolled
and asparagus patches and peach orchards standing where the football
field and Wilson Hall are today.
Starting sporting programs takes a lot out of you,
said Wackar. I had a full 38 years. It was time to turn it
over to some of the younger folks.
Though his teaching and coaching days are over, Wackar lives in
Glassboro and is never far from campus. He founded and wrote the
bylaws for the Brown & Gold Gridiron Club which gets together
for a winter dinner dance, a golf outing in June and
a family picnic in September. He and former basketball players get
together informally every summer.
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