William W. Asp '32*
Title: Class of 1986

William "Bill" Asp, your remarkable talents and unique dedication to athletics at WPI made you a three-sport star and one of the top Worcester-area college student/athletes of your time.

From the moment you stepped on campus, you made your presence felt on and off the field. For four years, the success of Bill Asp and WPI's Engineers went hand-in-hand.

The 1932 Peddler said of you, "Bill Asp is popular and well known to everyone on the Hill. If time had permitted for other athletic achievements, Bill probably would have obtained more laurels."

At the conclusion of your freshman year, a year in which you started in the backfield for the football team, in the backcourt for the baseball team, you received the Skull trophy for "Having done more for Tech than anyone else in his class." But your freshman year was a mere indication of your athletic potential.

Your exciting brand of play as a running back and kicker for the WPI football team made you a crowd favorite. Your determined play and leadership through example helped WPI engineer many an exciting victory. And only an injury during your senior year prevented you from earning four varsity letters in football.

Through four years as a guard or sometimes a forward or even a pivot for the Engineer basketball team, you never missed a start. Known for your tenacious defense, you also scored 279 career points. Against Trinity, in two straight years, you scored the winning baskets near the buzzer. Earning the respect of your teammates for your attitude, play and knowledge of the game, you were elected captain as a junior.

In the spring, you were a fixture on the Engineer baseball team. Your versatility allowed you to play wherever the team needed you most, and you produced for Tech whether you played in the outfield or the infield. Your prowess with the bat made you a nemesis to opposing pitchers. You completed your baseball career in the same way in which you started it as a freshman, with a hit.

Through all four years, with your demanding athletic schedule, you never let the academic side of your life slip: as a junior you were elected into Tau Beta Pi.

Even today, fifty-four years after your graduation from WPI, the traits and strengths so evident as a student continue to shine as you distinguish yourself as a concerned and involved alumnus.

Bill Asp, your alma mater proudly honors you for your extraordinary athletic achievements and inducts you as a member of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.