ANNVILLE, Pa. – Former legendary Franklin & Marshall football coach Tom Gilburg has been announced as a member of the 2014 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Hall of Fame class, released on Tuesday. Football competed in the MAC from 1958 through the 1982 season, before leaving the following year to become one of eight programs to form the Centennial Conference (CC).
The MAC Hall of Fame began in 2012, with this year's 21-member class being the third inducted. The only other member of Franklin & Marshall to earn the distinction is former Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. William A. Marshall, who was a member of the inaugural induction class.
Head coach of the Diplomats from 1975-2002 and a member of the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame since his induction in 2003, Gilburg compiled a 160-112-2 record over 28 seasons at the helm of F&M, the most wins by a coach in the football program's history. Highlights of Gilburg's 28 years at the forefront of the F&M gridiron include a 7-2 record in his first season, followed by the team's fifth Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Southern Division title in six years with an 8-1 record in 1976. Since moving on to the CC, Gilburg added five additional conference championships to his impressive resume.
In 2005, Gilburg was inducted into the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. During his career he coached six COSIDA All-Americans, 14 Academic All-District II athletes, three NCAA Post-Graduate Scholars, eight First Team All-Americans and 11 conference MVP's.
A graduate of Syracuse University in 1959, Gilburg was named the school's "Athlete of the Year" in his senior season and was a member of the National-Champion winning squad that took down Texas by a 23-14 score in the 1959 Cotton Bowl. As a three-year letterwinner of the Orangemen, Gilburg was a blocking tight end and linebacker his sophomore and junior season, before moving to tackle and noseguard as a senior.
The MAC Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize student-athletes, coaches, administration, faculty, and/or staff members from the MAC who have demonstrated success in athletics, academics, and the community. Including this year's class of 21, a total of 75 members have been inducted over the course of three years.