Beaver Falls, PA– The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) is now 60 years old, and it’s not shy about its age. Celebrating all year long, the league will be featuring anniversary teams from each of the conference’s sports.
The PAC formally organized in 1955 by charter members Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, and Wayne State University. The anniversary teams will be recognizing 60 of its outstanding student-athletes that have competed as members of both present, and past, league-affiliated institutions in 19 championship sports with the creation of 60th anniversary celebratory teams.
Sixteen of the PAC's past and present members are participating in the yearlong celebration project. All 10 of the PAC's current members were automatically included, while past league members must have had at least a 10-year affiliation with the conference to participate.
The PAC's 60th anniversary football team features 15 schools, has 49 "automatic" selections and 11 "at-large" selections. Over 60 "at-large" nominations were put forward for advisory committee consideration. Requirements for both automatic selections and at-large selections include alumni status and at least one year playing for the conference title with full eligibility (fall of 2011 for Geneva College).
Highlighting Geneva’s participation in the PAC Championships since the fall of 2011, Dillon Goodell (LB, 2010-2013, Tarpon Springs, FL/Tarpon Springs) and Zack Hayward (QB, 2010-2013, Beaver Falls, PA/Blackhawk) were selected to be on the PAC 60th Anniversary football team.
Dillon Goodell lead Geneva's defense in tackles for three consecutive seasons (2011-2013) and achieved back-to-back PAC first-team all-conference (2012, 2013) honors. Over his career he totaled 290 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 3.5 career sacks, seven passes defended, five pass break ups, and one blocked kick. In addition to an outstanding football career Goodell excelled in Geneva's engineering program, working his way to the College's Dean List in 2013. He was twice honored with Geneva's male student-athlete of the week award.
Zack Hayward, a three-time all-PAC selection, compiled 6,239 passing yards and 7,163 yards of total offense during his stellar four-year career. He holds the Golden Tornadoes' career completion percentage record (60.4%) and is third among the program's career total offense leaders. The signal-caller has single-game PAC records in pass completions (45), pass attempts (71), passing yards (535), passing touchdowns (7) and total offense (574). In 2013, Hayward set Geneva single-season records in both completion percentage (63.9%) and total offense (3,193).
The entire list of the PAC 60th Anniversary Football team is available online at http://www.pacathletics.org/news/2014/7/31/FB_0731140223.aspx
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