Penn State All-Sports Museum Announces 2016 Speaker Lineup
The oft-overlooked Penn State All-Sports Museum announced a list of 11 guest speakers for 2016, ranging from fan favorites like former football equipment manager Brad “Spider” Caldwell to former athletes, coaches, and sports historians. The talks will take place in the All-Sports Museum’s various galleries, all of which are located inside the Museum in Beaver Stadium.
Starting this month, the Museum will feature one speaker per month until December, on either a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and all events will start at noon. Attendees simply need to show up at the time of the event, as no registration is required.
The series kicks off with the former equipment manager “Spider” Caldwell on January 29. Caldwell worked with the football team’s equipment from his days as a student in 1983, until he retired in 2014, after 13 years as the team’s Head Equipment Manager. Caldwell now works as the Facility Coordinator for Beaver Stadium.
March features current men’s volleyball coach and 1982 Penn State graduate Mark Pavlik for a discussion about men’s volleyball. Pavlik took over as head coach of the team 21 years ago, and in that span, has won four EIVA Coach of the Year awards. His squad currently ranks No. 10 in the nation according to the AVCA poll.
In September, the series deviates from former players and coaches and welcomes Lou Prato, a sports historian. Prato, a 1959 graduate, writes and documents Penn State sports history, and has published books like “100 Things Penn State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” his most recent book, and “The Penn State Football Encyclopedia,” a book that many fans consider to be the bible of Penn State football. Prato also served as the All-Sports Museum’s first director from 2001-2005 and helped start and organize the museum’s creation.
October brings a talk from Dr. Nathan Althouse, a former academic adviser for the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at Penn State, and the current Athletic and Community Relations Director for the Penns Valley Area School District. Althouse played basketball at Penn State in the early 90’s, and earned three degrees from Penn State in total. During his playing days, he teamed up with 2013 Homecoming Grand Marshall John Amaechi and never left the athletic world, also working with the Varsity S Club in the late 2000’s. Altman holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, which he, of course, earned at Penn State.
In November, Lori Rose, a three-time All-American volleyball player and wife of famed women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose, will speak in the volleyball gallery. Rose earned the honor of Atlantic 10 conference MVP in 1983, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Rose currently serves as the camp director for Volleyball Express.
The series concludes with a talk from Joe Battista on December 2 in the hockey gallery. Battista played an instrumental role in securing the $88 million gift from Terry and Kim Pegula, allowing Penn State to make the jump from a club ice hockey team, to a Division I program. During his time at Penn State, Battista captained the ice hockey team, and later coached the team for for 19 years, winning six national championships, two coach of the year awards, and 500 games along the way.
Correction: A previous version of the story said that Dr. Nathan Althouse concluded the series. After Dr. Althouse, Lori Rose presents on November 10, and Joe Battista presents on December 2.