1999 Hall of Fame Bios

Edward Becker – “Eddie” earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and track graduating in 1957.  In football, he caught 26 passes, seven for touchdowns (school records) during his senior year, culminating in first team All Bux-Mont and honorable mention All State and All American recognition.  He was the fourth highest career scorer (1008 points) in Panther basketball history, receiving All Bux-Mont second team and All State honorable mention honors.  He placed third in the Bux-Mont high jump competition in ’57.  He was awarded the outstanding athlete award at Quakertown graduation.  Eddie took his flat-top to the University of Maryland where he started both ways (tight end and defensive end) the last half of his sophomore season.  He transferred to East Stroudsburg State where he received NAIA Little All American and All State (third team) status, playing both ways (TE and DE).  He played one year of basketball there (second leading scorer as a junior) before he tore a medial ligament in his last football game.  Prior to that injury, eight pro football teams had expressed interest in him.

Gertrude Benner – “Gert” was in the Sell-Perk class of 1949.  She lettered in field hockey, basketball and softball, playing on two Bux-Mont championship teams in basketball and three in softball.  Gert then played field hockey for Lansdale in the Philadelphia League, an all-leaguer as a center.  She played basketball for the Perkasie Owlettes on the 1951-’52 championship team and also played roundball for the Norristown YMCA, scoring 49 points in a 1952 game. She played softball for the Sell-Perk amateur team and the Norristown Nifties, Pennsburg Shamrocks and the Allentown/Limeport Patriots.  In 1988, Gert was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

John Gutekunst – John was a 10-letter winning three sport star at Pennridge, playing on three Bux-Mont Championship teams, including the starting catcher position as a freshman on the 1959 baseball title team.  A 1962 Ram grad, he received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University where he played football (defensive back) and baseball (catcher/outfielder) for the Blue Devils, returning a punt for a touchdown in a nationally televised football game in 1963.  Since then, John has coached major college football at his alma mater Duke, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Rutgers and Rhode Island prior to rejoining Lou Holtz’s staff as a defensive coach at South Carolina earlier this year.  As a five-year head coach at Minnesota (following Holtz’s move to Notre Dame) his 1985 squad beat Clemson 20-13 in the Independence Bowl.  Prior to the Rhode Island college football job he became GM and coach for the New York City Hawks Arena Football League franchise.  John joins his late father (Henry, a 1990 charter member) in the Hall of Fame.

C. Richard Leight – “Dick” was a 1954 graduate of Quakertown who later taught and coached at archrival Pennridge.  After lettering two years at offensive guard in Panther football, he earned a track first place 440 yard medal and a second place 100 yard dash placing in the Bux-Mont his senior year.  That same year he also managed a fourth place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Junior Olympics 440 yard run.  He was a key member on the West Chester State Championship track and cross-country teams.  “Mr. Nice Guy” spent 33 years coaching the Ram high school cross country teams and won 227 dual meets.  He coached eight individual Bux-Mont champions, winning one Bux-Mont and one Suburban One league team title and five second place accomplishments.  Dick remained in competitive long distance running during his coaching days, attaining a 3:18 marathon time at age 40.  He decided to accept the Hall of Fame nomination on the Pennridge side.

Thomas Moyer – “Tom”, a 1955 graduate, was a three-sport letter winner at Quakertown.  He was an All Bux-Monter in his junior and senior seasons and captained the undefeated (11-0) 1954 championship team.  He was also selected second team All-Philadelphia.  Tom was a two-year starter on the hardcourts and placed third in the shotput at the Bux-Mont track meet. He then played football at Lafayette College, lettering his sophomore and junior year as a defensive halfback.  A leg injury sidelined him to the second half of his junior year and all of his senior year.

Clyde Smoll, Jr. – “Butch” played football, basketball and baseball before graduating in 1961.  He was co-captain of the football and baseball teams and was drafted by Major League baseball after his senior year.  He did not sign.  He lettered three years at the University of Cincinnati on a baseball scholarship and was named to the All Missouri Valley Conference Academic team as a pitcher. After his junior season, Butch was again drafted

by the bigs, but a rotator cuff injury during his senior college season ended his pitching days.  He had played in the local Tri-County, Penndel and Perky Leagues during high school and college.  For 18 years, “Lefty” coached baseball at different levels before co-founding, coaching and performing GM duties for the Quakertown Blazers.  In 1986 he purchased the Elmira (New York) Pioneers, a Class A minor league baseball franchise and ran them for 10 years before moving the team to Lowell, Massachusetts for two seasons.  Clyde is now Vice President of Marketing and Expansion for the Class AA Central Hockey League headquartered in Indianapolis.  Butch joins his father, Clyde, Sr (elected in 1991) in the Hall of Fame.