Oct. 18, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - The Maroon Club Hall of Fame Class of 2007 has been announced and includes three former student-athletes and a head coach. The group will receive Lafayette athletics' highest honor at a Nov. 16 ceremony. Football offensive guard Steve Biale '82, men's soccer defender Mark Dutkewych '96, three-sport standout and Lafayette benefactor Fred Morgan Kirby '42 and former head football coach Bill Russo will be inducted at the Maroon Club Hall of Fame dinner at the College's Marquis Hall.
For tickets to the Nov. 16 ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m., please contact the Maroon Club Executive Director Scott Morse at 610-330-5122.
Biale enjoyed a successful career on the Lafayette football team. The offensive guard was co-captain in 1981, which was Russo's first year at the helm of the program. With Biale anchoring the offensive line, the 1981 team made a dramatic transformation from a 3-7 record in 1980 to finish with a 9-2 mark the following year. The Leopards received a final No. 8 Division I-AA ranking and the No. 3 spot in the Lambert Cup while Biale earned All-ECAC First Team honors and was named to the Associated Press' All-America honorable mention team.
The Leopards averaged nearly 400 yards of offense and 27.3 points per game with Biale on offense. He was the 1981 Lafayette Lineman of the Year and the recipient of the G. Herbert McCracken Leadership Award.
Biale continued his football career upon graduation from Lafayette, signing with the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent. He later played for the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL. Currently, Biale is the President of Euro RSCG's new pharmaceutical products agency following the sale of his previous company, Hurd Studios, Inc., to the Grey Healthcare Group (a WPP Company).
Biale, who resides in Franklin Lakes, N.J., has three daughters: Alexa (17), Hannah (13) and Olivia (9). He is married to Nan-Kirsten Forte, currently the Executive Vice President of WebMD and Editor in Chief of WebMD Magazine.
Dutkewych was a four-year letterwinner on the men's soccer team. He was a member and captain of several highly successful Lafayette teams, including a 1995 Patriot League championship squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The defender was also a captain of the 1994 Leopards that captured the Patriot League title.
The Leopards boasted a 39-29-8 record during the four years Dutkewych was a member of the team. He finished his career with five goals and 11 assists. He was also a member of the 1990-2000 Patriot League All-Decade Team, one of just two Lafayette players to earn that distinction.
Dutkewych currently lives in Lincoln, Mass., with his wife, Lisa. The couple has a son, Nicholas. Now an attorney, Dutkewych practices law at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in Boston.
Kirby was a three-sport athlete at Lafayette and has been a Trustee and major benefactor to the College since his graduation in 1942, during most of which time he has served as the president of the F.M. Kirby Foundation. The College has received numerous gifts from the F.M. Kirby Foundation over the years, including the construction of the Kirby House, Kirby Hall, the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, the Allan P. Kirby Field House, the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center and the recent renovations to Fisher Stadium
Kirby was a letterwinner in football, swimming and wrestling at Lafayette. He was a member of the undefeated 1940 football team, whose 9-0 record included a 19-0 defeat of Army. The Leopards also won all four meetings against archrival Lehigh during his years on the team.
Following his days at Lafayette and his military service, Kirby continued his involvement with football, serving for many years as a member of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame's board of directors. He served as the vice-chairman of the College Hall of Fame from 1989-1996 and in 2000 was honored with the organization's Gold Medal.
In 1967, Kirby succeeded his father, Allan Price Kirby, as the CEO of Alleghany Corporation, where he was the President, Chairman, CEO, or all three, for forty years. He has also served as a director of more than 40 corporations and financial institutions.
Kirby has received numerous honors and accolades for his work both in athletics and in business. He holds honorary degrees from Lafayette, St. Joseph's, Drew and Wake Forest and received the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American Award as well as the NCAA 25th Year Citation.
Kirby currently resides in New Vernon, N.J. He and his wife, Walker, have three sons, all Lafayette College graduates: F.M. Kirby III '80, S. Dillard Kirby '81 serves as Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the F.M. Kirby Foundation and Jefferson Kirby '84 is a member of the Lafayette Board of Trustees.
The final inductee, Russo is the lone coach in this year's Hall of Fame class. Russo is Lafayette's all-time winningest coach, compiling a record of 103-98-4 during his 19 seasons on College Hill. He received the 1988 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award after leading his team to an 8-2-1 record and the Colonial League Championship.
Russo, a 1969 graduate of Brown University, was at the helm of three league championship teams (1988, 1992, 1994) and earned Coach of the Year honors following each title. His first season, which also marked Biale's final one at Lafayette, saw the team post a 9-2 record, marking a dramatic six-game improvement from the previous season (3-7). A 7-3 record followed in 1982, earning him ECAC Coach of the Year and AFCA Kodak Coach of the Year honors.
Many of Russo's student-athletes saw success both on the field and in the classroom. He coached 15 All-Americans and 12 Academic All-Americans and saw 16 of his former players continue on to professional football, including Biale.
Russo, who has since retired from coaching, currently resides in Ashville, N.C. with his wife, Sue. The couple has a daughter, Elizabeth.