Salem College reunion nears

It’s getting to be that time of the year again.

Since 1999, Oglebay Resort has been hosting the Salem College Football and Cheerleader Alumni Association’s Biennial Reunion weekends.

The weekend of July 22-24 will mark the seventh time the association will convene at the spacious Wheeling facility.

“Oglebay is consistently chosen because of the symbolism of holding our reunions in West Virginia,” said Al Tarquinio, association president. “What is more beautiful than Oglebay and its proximity to Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and the interstate system; all of the amenities it offers during non-structured functions; and the quality service and cost effectiveness we receive from the staff? We haven’t found a Resort to beat or match Oglebay.”

The association began in 1999 to perpetuate the memory of what was Salem College football. The college opted to eliminate the sport, thus ending a pedigree that belied the small enrollment, rural characteristic of the campus, and the challenging financial issues.

Salem College had a long tradition of good, small college football. A total of 21 former Tigers’ gridiron greats were either drafted or signed by professional teams.

Four players went on to capture Super Bowl rings. They included Jack Deloplaine, Orson Mobley, Larry Riley and Monty Hunter. Players like Jeff Connors (North Carolina), Jimbo Fisher (Florida State) and Bill Kirelawich (WVU) went on to successful college coaching careers, while Phil Zacharias (Baltimore) and Mike McCarthy (Green Bay) have had successful NFL coaching stints.

Salem College was also known as a breeding ground of future West Virginia University head coach’s Ed Pastilong, Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart. Terry Bowden, who played at WVU and is the son of legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, also walked the sideline at Salem.

The Alumni Weekend begins on Friday, July 22 with a catered picnic. A Saturday morning golf outing and various activities for non-golfers continue the get-together throughout the day, which will culminate with a social hour and awards recognition dinner Saturday night.

All players who played in the 1950s will be honored, along with Bowden’s 1985 and 1986 WVIAC championship teams and first-time attendees.

All those interested are encouraged to 1-800-624-6988 and reference Salem Football Reunion for room preferences and rates. Contact Tarquinio at (412) 505-3262 or (724) 772-2000, ext. 23, or Further information can be obtained by contacting Mike Hicks, treasurer, at (843) 280-7179 or

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