Page 5

GREG WALCAVICH RETIRES FROM FIGHTING SCOT BASKETBALL

survivor and fighter” is how Director of Athletics ABruce Baumgartner described longtime Edinboro

men’s basketball coach Greg Walcavich. Baumgartner might also have added “winner.” In 24 years at Edinboro, Walcavich led teams that finished 20 seasons with records of even or better, and 15 seasons with 18 or more wins – including the 2012-13 campaign, Walcavich’s last. The highly regarded coach announced his retirement March 7, following a PSAC quarterfinals loss in overtime to Indiana (Pa.). “Greg Walcavich has left an indelible mark on the Edinboro men’s basketball program,” Baumgartner said. “Greg has always been a survivor and a fighter, and his teams have reflected that nature. For years he has managed to keep our men’s basketball team highly competitive as the landscape of the PSAC continues to change.” Walcavich was hired as Edinboro’s head coach in 1989 after a highly successful two-year stint at West Virginia Wesleyan. At Edinboro, he surpassed Jim McDonald for the school record for career wins during the 1998-99 season, and has since placed his name among Greg Walcavich’s Fighting Scot coaching legacy includes three the elite coaches in the PSAC PSAC championships and six NCAA and NCAA Division II. Division II playoff appearances. Walcavich departs Edinboro with a record of 430-251. He opened 2012-13 leading all active PSAC coaches in career victories, and ranked sixth among all active Division II coaches. His 430 wins ranks second all-time in the PSAC to Bloomsburg’s Charles Chronister (559 wins). Edinboro won three PSAC championships and qualified for the PSAC Tournament 17 times in his 24 seasons. Under Walcavich, Edinboro was selected to compete in the NCAA Division II playoffs six times. His 1997-98 squad ended the year 26-8, a University record for wins. In April 2010, Walcavich was recognized for his outstanding career at Edinboro by his induction into the Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame. • • • • • • •

MEETING OF THE MINDS

EDINBORO ON CAMPUS

EDINBORO ATHLETICS

SURVIVOR, FIGHTER, WINNER.

EU PALEONTOLOGIST, TAIWANESE SCIENTIST COLLABORATE ON LONG-TERM, LONG-DISTANCE LOBSTER RESEARCH

Dr. Dale Tshudy pauses in his work with a preserved lobster specimen in his office in Cooper Science Center.

The scientific collaboration between Edinboro

University’s Dr. Dale Tshudy and Dr. Tin-Yam Chan of National Taiwan Ocean University flourished, long-distance, for 15 years. Chan, described by his collaborator as “unequivocally the world’s expert on the taxonomy of living lobsters,” and Tshudy, a paleontologist, geosciences professor and widely published researcher in the morphology – the study of the form and structure – of fossilized lobsters, exchanged hundreds of emails and letters. They debated, shared observations and swapped data and specimen samples, including some that arrived in Edinboro wrapped in alcohol-soaked diapers. But until December, they had never met. Tshudy, a member of Edinboro’s Geosciences Department since 1992, made his connection with

Dr. Tin-Yam Chan, the longtime collaborator and host of Edinboro’s Dr. Dale Tshudy, displays a Metanephrops lobster freshly dredged from deep in the Philippine Sea during their research cruise in May.

Chan through scientific literature. Both had been published in the Journal of Crustacean Biology, and Chan wrote to Tshudy because they were researching the same group of lobsters from different scientific perspectives. The letter led to their longtime collaboration and several co-authored publications. “Dr. Chan and I are currently collaborating on the taxonomy and evolution of a bizarre group of deepsea lobsters, which involves using both morphological and DNA evidence to determine, as best as possible, species boundaries and then the evolutionary relationships between these species,” Tshudy said. Because they are employed at universities more than 7,600 miles apart, Chan typically works in his lab while Tshudy sleeps, and vice versa. (continued on next page)

20

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE

1

July 2013 Edinboro University Magazine  

Edinboro University Magazine is published in print twice a year, plus additional issues electronically. All issues past and present can be f...