Dr. Donald Orlosky ’51 has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
He and his late brother, Jim Orlosky ’55 (2007 FC Hall of Fame inductee), has nearly identical careers at Franklin. Don Orlosky lettered in three sports—basketball, track and field, and tennis. In basketball, he was a four-year letter winner and team captain his senior year. In track and field, Orlosky was a four-year letter winner and set the school, conference and field high jump records (6 feet, 15/8 inches). On the tennis team, he was a two-year letter winner.
Along with being known for his athletic abilities, Orlosky was known for his involvement in various student organizations across campus, including being president of his junior class and a member of Lancers and Blue Key. He also was a member and, at one time, president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Orlosky was even a two-time campus tale tennis champion and was named in the publication, Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Following college, Orlosky entered the U.S. Army and was assigned to the artillery. After competing Officer Candidate School at Fort Still in Okla., he was sent to Korea as a forward observer. He flew 676 combat missions into North Korea. After returning from Korea, Orlosky earned a master’s degree and Ed. D. degree from Indiana University while teaching, coaching and officiating in the area.
In 1959, he joined the faculty of DePauw University and during the next 20 years was promoted to full professor and chairman of the education department. Also within those 10 years, Orlosky served as a lecturer for Indiana University graduate courses in educational research and educational psychology.
Orlosky moved to Tampa, Fla. in 1969 to join the faculty of the developing University of South Florida, where he remained until his retirement in 1995. During his 26-year tenure at USF, he served as chairman of the department of education leadership, authored and edited 28 college textbooks, chaired various committees aimed at improving education both in Florida and nationally, and spoke at numerous educational conferences both nationally and internationally.
In 1952, Orlosky married FC alumna, Diane Blackburn, who passed away in 1981. In 1983, he married his wife, Marian, and they will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in December. The Orlosky’s reside in Odessa, Fla.
E. Jane Betts ’62 has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
Betts graduated from Franklin College in physical education before earning her master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi three years later.
After completing two years as a junior high school physical education teacher, Betts accepted position as a physical education instructor at Valparaiso University, where she began to become pro-active in increasingly opportunities for girls to participate in sports by starting and coaching the school’s women’s gymnastics program (1971) and then women’s tennis (1972). Throughout her tenure at Valparaiso, Betts not only worked to advance women’s athletics within her university, she also worked to provide competitive opportunities for women state-wide by joining a small group of women to create the Indiana Women’s Sports Organization.
In 1976, Betts went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she coached gymnastics and attained several intercollegiate athletic administrative positions for 20 years.
While at MIT, Betts worked to demand and provide competitive opportunities for college female athletes locally, regionally and nationally. Her passion for the case led her to serve as president of both the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (state level) and Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women for Division III (national level). Moreover, Betts founded the New England Women’s Six Athletic Conference (which grew eight schools)-molded after the men’s league-which became an important part of women’s intercollegiate athletics in the region.
During a short leave of two years from MIT after which she retired, Betts served as the executive director of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. She also was the executive director of the United Stated Field Hockey Association before retiring after the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Throughout her career, Betts has served on numerous faculty and peer review committees and boards of directors on the state, regional and national level aimed at advancing the opportunities for female athletes and female administrators in intercollegiate athletics. Her passion for this cause and endless efforts toward equality for women in all facets of intercollegiate athletics has earned her numerous awards throughout her lifetime, including the Franklin College Lifetime Achievement Award, MAIAW Merit Award, Northeast New Agenda Hall of Fame and both the Administrator of the Year Award and Life Time Achievement Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.
Al A. Harants ’64 has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
Following his graduation from Franklin College, Harants began coaching in the fall of 1964 at Greensburg High School as an assistant. He remained there for two years before becoming the freshman coach at Storer Junior High School in Muncie, Ind. for three years. In the fall of 1969, Harants earned his first head coaching position at South Adams High School, becoming one in a long list of Franklin football alumni to mentor at the high school level in Indiana.
Two years later, he became head coach at Bellmont High School, where he would remain for 16 years. Following the tenure, Harants was head coach at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne for five years. At Wayne, he posted a record of 33-30, building a winning tradition at a school where wins were rare. Wayne advanced to the 1992 Class 4A state championship and won the title in 1995.
In the fall of 1992, he began his 10-year tenure as head coach at North Central High School in Indianapolis. His team’s best run was in 1993 when the Panthers knocked off the likes of traditional football powers Ben Davis, Carmel and Franklin Central high schools en route to Class 5A semi-state appearance. North Central finished the regular season unbeaten and posted a 12-1 mark overall.
Harants retired from public education in 2002 after assuming a record of 215 victories, 120 losses and one tie as a high school football head coach.
For the past six seasons, he has served as an assistant coach at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, guiding the Cougars’ quarterbacks. Prior to 2008, St. Francis posted a record of 62-6 with three appearances in the NAIA national championship game.
In recognition of his coaching success, Harants was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
When Harants played tackle and lettered in football under legendary head coach Stewart “Red” Faught at Franklin, it was in the waning days of football players playing both on offense and defense. While coaching in high school, Harants’ offensive formations featured some of Faught’s renowned run-and–shoot attack.
Harants resides in Fort Wayne with his wife, Sandy.
Jeffery C. Lewis ’75 has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
During his collegiate playing career at Franklin, Lewis was the golf team’s No. 1 player in the lineup in each of his four years. He played under coach Noel Marquis ’65.
While Lewis was playing at Franklin, only one individual who was not a member of a qualifying team, could advance from the NAIA District 21 championship tournament to the association’s national competition. Lewis narrowly missed that qualifying berth in his sophomore and junior years, but claimed it at last his senior season.
Lewis finished tied for second with a four-round total of 189 in the 1975 NAIA national championship tournament. The competition was the 24th annual championship sanctioned by the NAIA and was played at the Woodhaven Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
He led all individual golfers going into the final round with a three-round total of 213, but carded a five-over total of 76 in the final 18 holes.
Through he finished just one stroke behind Dan Gary of Texas Wesleyan for the national individual title; Lewis was one of 12 golfers to qualify for the 1975 NAIA All-American Team.
Since graduation, Lewis has played professional golf both nationally and internationally. He earned 13 New England State Open championships while also winning professional golf tournaments in Canada, South America, Asia, Bermuda and Bahamas.
In 1986 and 1987, Lewis played on the United States PGA Tour. Lewis also was the winner of more than 50 mini-tour professional golf tournaments. Throughout his professional golf career, Lewis totaled career money earnings over $1 million.
Lewis, whose father, the late Dr. John Lewis ’50, attended Franklin, was followed at Franklin College by his younger brother, Randy Lewis ’70, who also competed in golf.
Jeff Lewis resides in Kissimmee, Fla.