Wald 'Proud' of California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame Honor

By Paglia, Ron | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 7, 2007 | Go to article overview

Wald 'Proud' of California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame Honor


Paglia, Ron, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Bruce Wald wrote his way into the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wald, the university's sports information director for 13 years, will be inducted during the 13th annual Hall of Fame in ceremonies Oct. 19.

Others in the Class of 2007 are Tomas Boltnar, Mike Bradley, Sarah Cassin, Tom Loomis, Fleming J. Mosely III, Kenney Toomer, Sherry Valera and Randy Wadsworth. The event also will honor the women's softball teams, which won back to back NCAA Division II national championships in 1997 and 1998.

"This honor certainly is overwhelming," said Wald, a resident of California for more than 25 years. "I was very fortunate to work for some great people who were very spportive of me and gave me the opportunity to be Cal's SID at the age of 22. I prefer to be in the background and just write about outstanding student-athletes, coaches and teams, so this is awkward for me. I am proud to be selected and also very humbled by the recognition."

Wald was the university's sports information director from 1985 through the 1998-98 winter sports season when he moved to the university's public affairs office.

He was the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's softball SID from June 1989 until a full-time director was hired in 1993. During his tenure, Wald also was the host SID for numerous post-season events including three PSAC and NCAA II East Regional men's basketball tournaments, the 1989 NCAA Division II national wrestling championships and PSAC championship events in women's volleyball, women's basketball and wrestling. He hosted several radio and television sports shows as well as doing some sports color commentary and play-by-play work for WCAL radio and CUTV.

He served under athletic director Tom Pucci and 2006 Hall of Fame inductee Jan McConnell, who retired in the summer of 1991.

Wald has worked extensively with all aspects of the university's Hall of Fame since its inception in 1995 and assists with alumni- related athletic events.

"When you see great coaches working seven days a week with such passion for their sport, it does not take much motivation to also be in the office doing what you can to help," Wald said. "An SID works on behalf of the coaches and teams, and the university, but you spend so much time with these people that many of them become great mentors and friends. There's so much work to be done leading up to a season or game but once an actual event takes place something special can happen at any time and the memories you take from them are with you forever. …

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