Four West Virginia University graduates — Kevin H. Bastin, Paul L. Bischoff, David J. Van Halanger and the late Louise Christensen — will be inducted into the school's College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame.
Also at the ceremony at Erickson Alumni Center Nov. 1, CPASS leaders will name Philip B. Donley the college's 2013 Outstanding Alumnus and Bruce Wilmoth its first-ever Distinguished Service Award.
More than 120 alumni already have been inducted into the college's Hall of Fame. To be eligible, an individual must have a degree awarded by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences or a certification in athletic training prior to 1997, have been a faculty or staff member, and have made significant contributions to the college, his or her profession and society. Those presently employed by the college are not eligible.
Bastin earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and athletic training from WVU in 1984. He then attended the University of Miami where he received a master's degree in sport health.
Bastin has 20 years of experience as an NFL athletic trainer and served as the head athletic trainer for the Houston Texans until 2009. He now is the director of athletic training services for the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Bastin also helps educate coaches, parents and athletes about concussions. He and the other staff members recently created a mobile phone app that works in conjunction with a website to make information on athletic injuries readily available to parents, players and coaches.
Bischoff, a native of Beaver Falls, Pa., came to WVU in 1949 where he played end for the football team. He lettered three years earning All-America honors his senior year.
From 1957 to 1962, Bischoff taught and coached at Beaver High School, then spent two years as an assistant coach and teacher at Geneva College. Next, Bischoff spent 20 years as an administrator in Chippawa Township, Pa. before retiring in 2005. He previously was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
Christensen, who passed away in early 2012, earned a degree from the WVU School of Physical Education in 1962, and then received a certificate in physical therapy from Duke University in 1963.
She worked at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, West Virginia Rehabilitation Center, Charleston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital New Orleans and Charleston Memorial Hospital.
After she retired, she became an active volunteer in Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and her church. She was a member of CPASS's visiting committee and served as a chairwoman.
Van Halanger, a native of Turtle Creek, Pa., earned his bachelor of science degree from the School of Physical Education in 1976. While at WVU, he was a member of the football team and part of the starting lineup in 1973 and then played professionally with the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.
He later returned to WVU as a graduate assistant and head junior varsity coach. He spent 18 years as Florida State University's strength and conditioning coach and then served as head strength coach at his alma mater. Since 2001, he has worked for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Donley, a native of the Northern Panhandle, graduated from the School of Physical Education in 1956. Following a three-year stint as a physical therapist in Akron, Ohio, Donley returned to his alma mater in 1960 as a member of the faculty and athletic training staff.
Since 1965, he's worked outside Philadelphia at West Chester State University as a professor of physical education, head athletic trainer and athletic training education program director.
His most recent research includes a 10-year study of professional baseball players, leading to the development of prevention and rehabilitation methods for upper extremity problems and body kinetic chains. Donley also continues to serve as a part-time employee at the West Chester office of Optimum Physical Therapy Associates.