LEGACY INITIATIVE

The Legacy Initiative is a program of the Cy Fritz Foundation that was conceived in early 2016.  It's a multi-phase plan that documents the history of Millersville University's cross country and track & field programs.  Currently, there are four phases of the plan, which are shown below.  Scroll through this page to view the details of these four phases.

 

PHASE ONE: PICTORIAL HISTORY

The first mention of a track team at Millersville University. The year is 1912.

Phase One had 2 stages.  Stage One was to download every Millersville University yearbook page that pertains to cross country or track & field.  This was completed in the Summer of 2016.  You can find pictures and pages of yearbooks from 1912 (the first year track was mentioned) through 2012, the final year a yearbook was produced for MU, here.

Stage Two was to accumulate photos and documents from alumni that pertain to cross country or track & field.  Documents can include meet results, event programs, letters, etc.  Many alumni have already shared their photos and documents.  However, this is an on-going project.  We are ALWAYS looking for memories to share.  If you have photos or documents, please contact us at MUXCTFforLife@gmail.com.  You can find alumni photos here.

 

PHASE TWO: PERMANENT HONOR

While MU has had multiple coaches in cross country and track & field over the decades, there is one that has a record second to none.  The legendary Cy Fritz has stellar winning percentages and coached the 1981 cross country team to MU's first NCAA National Championship.  You can read details about his career here.  Since his accomplishments as a coach and educator may never be matched, we felt it was important to create a permanent honor so that future generations would know about this legendary individual.  On Homecoming Day, October 22, 2016, a bronze plaque was unveiled at Biemesderfer Stadium that immortalized Coach Fritz.  He was also honored during halftime of the Homecoming football game.  View pictures and video of that historic day here.

 

 

 

PHASE THREE: REUNIONS

Athletes from the inaugural women's reunion, held April 1, 2017

One aspect that stands out about MU's cross country and track & field family is that we're a family.  Alumni stay engaged with the current programs for decades after they graduate.  There is a common bond among all athletes from our programs, no matter their age.  While many alumni get together during Homecoming, others volunteer at the Millersville Metrics meet each year, a tradition unto itself!  However, there was never an official reunion of the programs.  That all changed on April 1, 2017.  That's when the inaugural reunion was held for the women's programs at the Bolger Conference Center inside Gordinier Hall.  Female athletes (and male athletes too!) from the 1970's to the present attended.  You can view pictures and video here.

Athletes and coaches from the inaugural men's reunion, held October 14, 2017

The inaugural men's reunion took place October 14, 2017 inside Gordinier Hall.  To view pictures from the inaugural men's reunion, click here.  In attendance were athletes from MU's very first cross country team to the "most recent" team from 2012.  It included athletes from MU's 1969 track & field team, which won MU's first PSAC championship in that sport.  Also in attendance were the coach and athletes from the 1981 cross country team that won MU's first NCAA National Championship.

On October 13, 2018, the reunions were combined for the first time. Eras represented spanned from the 1960’s to 2016. To view pictures from the event, click here.

The combined reunion will now be an annual event that will always take place Homecoming evening.

Athletes and coaches from the first combined reunion, held October 13, 2018

 

phase four: video history

(Left to right) Tom Ecker and Bob Vasile interviewing Cy Fritz with videographer Colin Powell looking on.

It's important to document the history and legacy of our programs, and Phase Four is doing just that.  On May 18, 2017, a video legacy was created by interviewing past coaches. It was a magical day as Tom Ecker and Bob Vasile interviewed the man that started the cross country program at MU and was MU's first track & field coach of the modern era, Art Hulme. Current and future generations will now have a video history of how the programs got started, what the culture was like during those times, and how the programs reached the pinnacle of their sport.

Also interviewed that day was another icon, Art's successor and the most successful coach of any sport in MU history, Cy Fritz. Part One of the video of Cy's interview is below. Future parts are still being edited.

On March 25, 2018, Larry Warshawsky was interviewed.  Larry was head track & field coach at Millersville University from 1975-1985. During his career at Millersville, Larry also coached cross country, football, and baseball as well as being an educator. In his interview, Larry described how he got his start and what made his programs so successful. He compiled a record of 78-17-1, an 81% win percentage. He coached 10 All-Americans and a national champion. Unfortunately, Larry passed away on April 21, 2018, less than a month after this interview was conducted.

 

EUGENE “CY” FRITZ

Eugene “Cy” Fritz was Millersville University men's cross country head coach from 1969 to 1985. His record was 126-16-1 (.885). He guided the Marauders to IC4A titles in 1978 and 1981, and the PSAC championship in 1979. The 1981 season culminated in Millersville University's first NCAA Division II National Championship. Cy was head track and field coach from 1970-1974. He compiled a dual meet record of 41-3 (.932). He guided the 1970 team to a PSAC Championship. This interview was conducted on May 18, 2017.

Click below to view Part One of the Cy Fritz interview. Future parts are still being edited.

 

LEE RHODES

Lee Rhodes was a member of the very first Millersville University cross country team. He entered MU in 1956. On October 14,2017, the Cy Fritz Foundation held the first MU cross country and track & field reunion and Lee shared his memories from those pioneering days.

Click below to hear Lee Rhodes sharing his memories

 

LARRY WARSHAWSKY

On March 25, 2018, Larry Warshawsky was interviewed.  Larry was head track & field coach at Millersville University from 1975-1985. During his career at Millersville, Larry also coached cross country, football, and baseball as well as being an educator. In his interview, Larry described how he got his start and what made his programs so successful. He compiled a record of 78-17-1, an 81% win percentage. He coached 10 All-Americans and a national champion. Unfortunately, Larry passed away on April 21, 2018, less than a month after this interview was conducted.

Click below to view the Larry Warshawsky interview

 

ART HULME

On May 18, 2017, Art Hulme was interviewed.  Art started the cross country program at MU and was MU's first track & field coach of the modern era.

Click below to view the Art Hulme interview


(Left to right) Tom Ecker (interviewer, All-American, and former MU runner), Andy Young (current coach), Art Hulme (founder and former coach of the cross country program and first track & field coach of the modern era), Cy Fritz (former MU cross country and track & field coach and MU's most successful coach of any sport), and Bob Vasile (interviewer and former MU runner)

 

On March 25, 2018, coach Larry Warshawsky was interviewed.  Larry's career spanned almost 30 years at MU.  Larry was an educator and through the years coached cross country, track & field, football, and baseball.

Seated: Larry Warshawsky  Standing (left to right): Nancy Warshawsky, Dave Warshawsky, Tom Ecker (interviewer), Bob Vasile (interviewer)

Seated: Larry Warshawsky

Standing (left to right): Nancy Warshawsky, Dave Warshawsky, Tom Ecker (interviewer), Bob Vasile (interviewer)