In Centre County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame plans to induct a class of 12 new inductees in 2019, including several State High Alums! Inductees are selected by a vote of the membership. To nominate someone and then vote in the election, it’s necessary to be a member of the Hall of Fame. The newest members of the Hall of Fame will be honored at a banquet at the Penn Stater on Oct. 27. Keep reading to learn more about the alumni who will be inducted!

Mike Archer

Archer lettered in football, basketball and baseball at State College before attending Miami, where he started in the secondary. He has more than 40 years of coaching experience, including four years as the head coach at LSU and seven years as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also coached at Virginia, Kentucky and N.C. State.

Jane Brown

The State College grad owns a pair of Olympic gold medals in swimming. She was a three-time national champion and swam on the 1968 women’s 4x100 freestyle relay team as a 17-year old. That team set a record in the finals with a time of 4:02.5. She also won a bronze medal in the 200 meter freestyle.

In 1972 she swam on another gold-medal relay team that set a world record of 3:55.19 in the 4x100 finals at Munich. She was a tri-captain of that team and was a Torchbearer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She later became the coach of the women’s swim teams at Tennessee and Princeton and was an assistant men’s coach at Penn State for 10 years.

Steve Gentry

Gentry won two PIAA cross country championships and in track he was a champion and a runner-up in the mile, was second in the half-mile and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team for State College. He was second at the National Indoor Championship mile. At Penn State he earned three letters in cross country and three in track.

He became the head coach of the State College girls’ cross country and track teams, which won seven PIAA team titles.

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