Tracy Tripucka

Basketball (Inducted: 1978-79)

Tracy  Tripucka

Perhaps no other athlete in Lafayette sports history did as much on the field of play to bring the College national recognition as did Tracy Tripucka. Tripucka, the youngest inductee ever to enter the Hall of Fame at age 29, ushered in the Leopards' bright basketball era of the 1970's in spectacular fashion.

A native of Bloomfield, NJ, Tripucka scored 1,973 points in just three varsity seasons, shattering the previous Lafayette career mark by more than 700 points. A slender 6-5 180-pound forward, Tripucka led his teammates to two consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference West Section championships, and climaxed his great career by helping Lafayette gain a memorable 72-71 victory over nationally-ranked Virginia in the opening round of the 1972 NIT. In his final two seasons of basketball, Tracy was a major factor in Lafayette's drive to prominence in the east, leading the Leopards to a combined 38-15 record under former coaches Hal Wissel and Dr. Tom Davis.