GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org)--This year’s Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Football Media Day will be held Tuesday, August 3 in Latrobe, Pa.
Saint Vincent College will host the league’s media day for the 14th-straight year. The event serves as the PAC's kickoff to the upcoming football season, with each of the conference's 10 head coaches and player representatives addressing the media and previewing the upcoming season.
On Aug. 27, 2020, due to the extraordinary disruptions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the PAC postponed fall intercollegiate athletic competition.
The league announced its preliminary spring scheduling and postseason championship models on Sept. 17, splitting its competing football-playing schools into North and South Divisions, followed by a season-ending North Division-South Division crossover game. On March 4, the PAC announced modifications to the previously established schedule after Case Western Reserve University and Thiel College indicated they would not be playing in the spring, leaving the league with eight schools committed to competing throughout the abbreviated spring campaign.
The restructured schedule began with crossover games between North and South Division members on Friday, March 19. All eight teams had two home games and two road games scheduled prior to the Friday, April 23 North-South crossover games.
On Apr. 23, Westminster College claimed its first-ever PAC title after defeating Washington & Jefferson College 27-20 in the PAC championship game at Memorial Field at Harold Burry Stadium in New Wilmington.
Following a brief welcome by PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko, Ken Wunderley (2020) and Hugh Ringer (2021) will be honored as recipients of the Dow Carnahan Media Award.
Carnahan, a longtime supporter and friend of the PAC, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2016. The award is presented annually to a distinguished member of the media or on-campus representative for his or her commendable service while covering and promoting the conference’s student-athletes, coaches, and programs.
"Stats" Wunderley has been a freelance writer covering high school and college sports since 1992, working almost exclusively with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tri-State Sports & News Service. For six years he managed the Post-Gazette's "Sports Town" site, which provided in-depth coverage of local schools, sports and student-athletes.
In 2016 Wunderley was inducted as a media contributor to the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame (2003) and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Pennsylvania Chapter for Lifetime Service to Wrestling (2010).
Wunderley has compiled a comprehensive Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) historical website, which includes an archive of all high school sports dating back as early as 1907. The historical site is currently looking for a sponsor.
Wunderley earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.
Ringer, affectionately known as “The Voice of the Tomcats”, has served as Thiel’s play-by-play announcer on its football broadcasts since the 2004 season when the College began its partnership with News Talk 790 AM WPIC, a Cumulus station, to deliver multi-platform radio broadcasts. He and color commentator Don Achenbach ’77 will be entering their 13th season calling Thiel football games this fall.
Ringer has worked in a variety of roles with the Sharon, Pa.-based station since the 1960’s. He and Bob Greenburg, sports director and sales manager at WPIC, have hosted the weekly PIC Sportline show since 1988.
On Oct. 1 Ringer will be honored with the Meritorious Service and Commitment Award at Thiel’s Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. The award is presented to an individual or organization whose generosity and enthusiastic support has provided enrichment to all of Thiel Athletics.
Ringer taught English at Mercer High School for 32 years and was the Athletic Director for 22 years before retiring in 2004. He has also served as the head coach of Mercer’s speech team since 1972.
Ringer was inducted into Mercer’s Academic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Ringer earned a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and master’s degree from Westminster.
Media members in attendance, along with each institution's head coach and sports information director (SID), will participate in a preseason poll to determine the projected conference finish for the 2021 season.