Stars of Pace: Sports

From fencing in the Olympics to playing for the major leagues to racing the Grand Prix, here are just a few Pace students and alumni on the fast track to success.

En Garde!
If you’ve been tuning in to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, you may have seen three-time Olympian Tim Morehouse ’03 taking a stab at a gold medal as a fencer for Team USA. But did you know that he’s a Pace alumnus? After Morehouse graduated from Pace’s School of Education in 2003, he taught English and social studies to 7th graders in New York City’s Washington Heights. As any experienced teacher will tell you, the first year of teaching is the most challenging, but Morehouse’s evenings and weekends were filled not only with grading papers, but also with fencing advances, parries, and attacks. He was training for the 2004 Olympics. In 2008, Morehouse traveled with the American team to Beijing where he won the silver medal as part of the men’s sabre team. Since then, he’s appeared everywhere from movie red carpets to Oprah to the White House lawn, where he fenced with President Obama. And, he’s come out with his memoir, American Fencer: Modern Lessons From an Ancient Sport, which details his life’s struggles and successes. Read more about Morehouse’s journey on his blog.

Racing to the Finish
Grand-Am racecar driver and Lubin alumnus Gregory Liefooghe ’03 ’04 has been riding the fast lane to success since graduating from Pace with a BBA in 2003 and MBA in 2004. Part of the road-racing branch of NASCAR, one of the most competitive series in the United States, Gregory has amassed multiple driving championships in only a few short years. From racing in the Grand Prix de Trois–Rivieres in Quebec and the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona to creating, managing, and marketing his brand, learn more as Gregory shares an insider’s view of the business side of NASCAR road racing and how his Pace degree helped steer his career and perspective.

Knocking It Out of the Park
Pace men’s head baseball coach Henry Manning has had a successful career—both at Pace and with students making it into the major league. In 2012, Coach Manning was named the Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year and led the Setters to win the NE-10 Southwest Division title. During his tenure, Manning has coached nine players that were drafted by an MLB team: Matt Rigoli (2008 St. Louis Cardinals, 21st round); Jack Cawley (2008 St. Louis Cardinals, 34th round); Matt Arburr (2007 St. Louis Cardinals, 17th round); David Qualben (2006 Houston Astros, 7th round); Bryan Hallberg (2006 Houston Astros, 12th round); Earl Oakes (2006 Oakland Athletics, 24th round); Matt Reilly (2006 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 27th round); Pat Stanley (2004 Colorado Rockies, 16th Round); and Mike Bohlander (2002 Chicago White Sox, 27th Round).

Victory at the Maccabi’s
Pace University alumnus and former Pace Men’s Basketball head coach Stu Wittner led the Men’s United States Basketball Team in the Open Division to a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan-American Maccabi Games.

A Contact Hitter
If you’ve ever visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, you’ve supported a Pace Setter. Pace alumnus Edward W. Stack ’56 is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, where he also served as Chairman from 1977 until 2000.

Hall of Famer
Former Pace men’s basketball and baseball player Bob Scheinblum ’60 was inducted into the Pace Hall of Fame this year. He served as captain of the basketball team, was Pace Athlete of the Year, and graduated as Pace’s all-time leading scorer. He went on to be a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps, where he flew in 297 combat missions in Vietnam from 1967 to 1978. He won a gold medal and bronze medal at the Arkansas State Invitational Senior Olympics in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and averaged 20 points per game. He averaged 15 points per game in the 2001 National Senior Olympics. He retired as a captain and instructor for Delta Airlines in October 1999 and today volunteers as a pilot for Mercy MedFlight, a charitable air ambulance service.

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