Penn State Wilkes-Barre honors 'Wall of Fame' inductees

January 18, 2010

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Wall of Fame was established to recognize outstanding athletic and academic achievements of the campus' student athletes as well as achievements of coaches, administration and teams.

At a recent Penn State Wilkes-Barre basketball game, the first three inductees to the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Wall of Fame were honored.

John R. Murphy served as dean of Student Affairs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre from 1967 to 2003 and also coached the men's basketball team from 1968 to 1971. He served as chairman of the Athletics and Recreation Building construction project and received the John Egli Award for his contributions to the Commonwealth Campus Athletic Conference.

James H. Ryan, campus executive officer from 1981-1990, made significant contributions to the athletic programs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Under his leadership, the Athletics and Recreation Building was constructed through the securing of state funding with the assistance of numerous legislators. The Athletics and Recreation Building officially opened in 1990.

Daniel Tucker was a two-sport athlete who spent three years on the men's basketball team and one year on the baseball team. He earned first team all-conference honors in basketball three years in a row and at the time of his Wall of Fame induction was the only player ever to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Dan graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Information Sciences and Technology.

For more information about the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Wall of Fame, contact Penn State Wilkes-Barre Athletic Director Jack Monick at 570-675-9262 or

  • Front, from left, Daniel Tucker, John R. Murphy and James H. Ryan. Back, from left, Scott Miner, Penn State Wilkes-Barre men's basketball coach; Tom Conti, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Alumni Constituent Society president; Charles Davis, chancellor of Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Jack Monick, Penn State Wilkes-Barre athletic director.

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