Athletic Hall of Fame

 

The WPI Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor the best that WPI Athletics has to offer. It was conceived and founded on the basis that many individuals have bestowed honor and recognition upon both themselves and WPI as a result of their involvement in WPI athletics. The WPI Athletic Hall of Fame is created to appropriately recognize those people who have distinguished themselves and WPI.


 

The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce its 32nd Class, the Class of 2014. The eight newest members were inducted on Friday, October 10, 2014 as part of Homecoming Weekend. They include:

(l-r) Jane Schroeder (on behalf of Hank Schroeder '63), Chris Weinwurm '93,
Mike Robinson '80, Jack Craffey '79 and Rich DeStefano '95

JACK CRAFFEY ‘79 - Men’s Swimming and Diving

  • Established four freestyle school records as a freshman
  • Pair of top ten performances at New England Championship in 1976
  • School standards in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles that endured 20 years 
  • Record-setting performance in 500 freestyle stood for nearly three decades
  • Returned from serious injury to compete as a standout diver
  • Swam on recording-setting 800 freestyle relay as a senior

 

RICH DeSTEFANO ‘95 - Wrestling

  • Three-time All-New England performer as a heavyweight
  • New England Champion as a senior in 1995
  • Helped WPI capture New England team championships in 1994 and 1995
  • Pin in final bout at 1995 New England Championships won the team title for the Engineers
  • Tied for second all-time in single season pin percentage and consecutive pins
  • Posted a 30-5 record with 13 pins in dual meet competition over his career

 

MIKE ROBINSON ’80 - Football and Track and Field

  • Standout running back for the Crimson and Gray in the late 1970s
  • Freshman campaign highlighted by game-winning touchdown to defeat rival Coast Guard
  • Led WPI in rushing during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons; Currently ninth all-time
  • Single-game rushing record of 228 yards in November of 1977 against Hamilton
  • 18th-leading rusher in NCAA Division III as a sophomore (100 yards per game)
  • Accomplished sprinter on the Track and Field team

 

HENRY B. (HANK) SCHROEDER ’63 - Basketball and Cross Country

  •  One of two players to register a 20-point, 20-rebound single-game performance
  • Leading rebounder during his final three seasons on Boynton Hill
  • Top scorer for the Crimson and Gray as a sophomore and senior
  • Team captain known for his toughness
  • Decorated runner for the three years on the WPI Cross Country team
  • Awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the U.S. Weather Bureau 

 

CHRIS WEINWURM ‘93 - Basketball

  • Seventh leading scorer in program history with 1,322 career points
  • Named ECAC College Day MVP following WPI’s win over Clark at the Centrum in 1992
  • Helped the Engineers advance to the CAC finals as senior with a win over Coast Guard
  • First-team all-conference in 1993 averaging 19.5 points and 9.1 rebounds during 1991-92
  • All-CAC in 1992-1993 by tossing in 16.4 points and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game
  • Totaled 662 rebounds, 94 blocks and 93 assists and 109 steals throughout his standout career