Troy High School
Class of 1958
This page is devoted to the Class of 1958 athletes who have been inducted into the Troy High School Sports Hall of Fame.
“The THS Edward C. Picken Athletic Hall of Fame has been established as a tribute to former Troy High Coach and Teacher Edward C. Picken, who dedicated his 40-yhear career to the students and parents of the Troy High community. Each year,, the Hall of Fame honors a representative number of athletes, coaches and friends who have attained a stature of excellence in achievement while at Troy High that reflects the high ideals and the pursuit of excellence that Mr. Picken instilled in each of his students and athletes. Each year at the Fall Homecoming, the inductees are honored at a dinner, a ceremony at the gymnasium, and presented to the community at the Homecoming Game.” (For more photos and information on all alumni inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, visit the THS Alumni Association's web site.)
Charles H. Seibert*: Swimming Team, THS Class of 1958
"Chuck Seibert participated in the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Meet Championships. He took sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly. During the year, this senior set four pool records in the same event. His best time was in the final meet when he won in 1:04.2" (Dardanian '58)
Remarks at the Induction Ceremony,
October 14, 2011
Thank you. It is a great honor to be recognized in this way by this organization. I feel especially fortunate to be honored here, given that my achievements have been surpassed by other better athletes.
I want to remember Swimming Coach George Cooley. He brought together the first swimming team at THS. He was an excellent Coach. By this I mean that everything he did was done for the personal and athletic well-being of his individual swimmers.
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I am prompted to reflect on the purpose of athletics in an educational institution. Traditionally, and I think rightly, the purpose has been to raise up young women and men possessed of “a sound mind in a sound body.” For centuries this purpose has been regarded as an end in itself, a sufficient purpose needing no further justification.
Over several years as a university faculty member, however, I have watched a fundamental change of purpose happening in intercollegiate athletics. I don’t know whether a similar change is happening in high school athletics, but I invite you to tell me your thoughts later this evening. Specifically, “competition” at the intercollegiate level has become less about athletics and more about the commercial success of the institution. Donations from proud alumni, student recruiting, television exposure and hoped for Big Bowl winnings become the “metric” by which athletic programs are valued.
This change in intercollegiate athletics inevitably changes the academic program. The plain fact is that big-time intercollegiate athletics is not, nor should it be, any part of the mission of a college or university. At some point in the commercial growth of athletics the institutional mission is deflected. Sociologists call this “goal displacement”; it results in confusion.
Tonight I urge you to resist this displacement, if it threatens high school athletics. Remember the traditional goal: a sound mind in a sound body. With a tip of my hat to my THS Latin teachers Mr. Maloney and Mrs. Doyle I bid you Mens
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* Charles Seibert, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy,
Ed Smulsky: Basketball
Bill Baranowski: Basketball, Soccer
Robert Bertholf: Hockey, Soccer
Matt Kupic: Basketball, Baseball
Kurt Maschewski: Soccer
Robert Qua: Baseball, Football, Basketball
Michael Radz: Swimming, Golf, Football
David Sliter: Baseball, Football
Denny Stone: Baseball, Football