WELCOME TO THE CY FRITZ FOUNDATION

The Cy Fritz Foundation was incorporated in August 2015 to enhance and promote personal development and competitive opportunities for athletes participating in Cross Country and Track & Field at Millersville University.  The Foundation was founded by former athletes and current and former coaches of Millersville University’s cross country and track & field programs. Their passion for the programs prompted them to take action to ensure that the current athletes are properly funded to stay competitive.  From that, the idea for a Foundation was born.  The Foundation is named after Eugene “Cy” Fritz, the legendary MU coach that guided the 1981 men's cross country team to a NCAA Division II National Championship.

Millersville State Normal School's 1912 Track & Field Team, the oldest known photo of a track team at Millersville

Millersville State Normal School's 1912 Track & Field Team, the oldest known photo of a track team at Millersville

This website is for and about the Foundation and Millersville University cross country and track & field.  It includes up-to-the minute news as well as the rich history of the programs.  You'll find information about MU meets, the current teams, MU records, and the FIGHT to reinstate the men's programs.

You can find information about Cy Fritz Foundation events and races like the Turkey Trot, Millersville Metrics, The Cy Fritz Track & Field Open, and more.

This site also includes over 4,000 pictures!  There are pictures from coaches and alumni.  There are also pictures of EVERY Millersville yearbook page that pertains to cross country and track & field from 1912 to 2012, the final year MU produced a yearbook.

Do you have any pictures, documents, and or anything you'd like to share?  We'd love to include them on the site.  We'd also like to know your suggestions on how we can improve the Foundation and this site.  Please email MUXCTFforLife@gmail.com.


STAY IN TOUCH

Stay in the loop regarding the latest news about Millersville University cross country and track & field, and the Cy Fritz Foundation.  Learn about upcoming events, races, meet results, and more.  Click below to follow the Cy Fritz Foundation and the teams on social media or via email.


CY FRITZ INTERVIEW

Eugene “Cy” Fritz gave a lifetime of service to Millersville University and was one of the most successful coaches in their history.  His record as head cross country coach from 1969-1985 was 126-16. His teams won PSAC and Regional titles and 2 IC4A titles. In 1981, he guided his team to MU’s 1st NCAA DII National Championship and was named National Coach of the Year.  Cy was head track and field coach from 1970-1974. He had a 41-3 record, including a PSAC title.  He was assistant coach from 1975-1982. Click below to view Part One of the interview. To view video interviews of past coaches and athletes, visit our Legacy Initiative page and scroll down.


SUPPORTING THE FOUNDATION

In today’s climate of decreasing state funding, college athletic teams face budget challenges. These challenges affect several opportunities.  First, it affects the number of athletes the teams can support. Athletics play an important role in the college experience, but also in building and instilling traits that will successfully carry the athletes into the future. A Millersville University student should not be denied opportunities because of funding issues. Second, current athletes are affected by a decreasing budget. Decreasing funds translate into fewer scholarships, training opportunities, and meets. The Cy Fritz Foundation was founded to supplement the financial support provided by Millersville University.

After the men’s programs were eliminated on February 14, 2012, many former athletes stopped supporting Millersville University, but continued to FIGHT for the reinstatement of the programs. However, many want to still support the current cross country and track & field athletes. The Cy Fritz Foundation is a way to accomplish that as it is a completely separate entity from Millersville University.

It is the mission of this Foundation to enhance and promote personal development and competitive opportunities for athletes participating in Cross Country and Track and Field at Millersville University. We hope you agree and join our efforts in supporting the Cy Fritz Foundation.