Athletes Beyond

Athletes Beyond

College Athletes

Mercersburg’s athletic program is geared to service a diverse student population, one that includes athletes with aspirations of competing on the next level. Typically, 20-25 percent of each graduating class features student-athletes who are recruited for collegiate competition. 

Over the last several years, Mercersburg athletes from 18 different sports have committed to compete in leagues and associations that span the United States, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big Ten Conference, Ivy League, Pac-12 Conference, Patriot League, Southeastern Conference, American Athletic Conference, America East Conference, Atlantic-10 Conference, Conference USA, Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Northeast Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, and University Athletic Association.

Olympic Athletes

Mercersburg students and alumni from 15 countries have appeared in 22 different Summer Olympics held since 1896, including every Summer Games but one in which the United States competed from 1908 to 2004.

Mercersburg athletes have competed in several areas of athletics: track and field, swimming, sailing, gymnastics, wrestling, and the former Olympic sport of tug of war.

Notably, there have been 15 Olympics with more than one Mercersburg athlete participating, including the 1924 Summer Games, when five Mercersburg alumni competed.  And in 1952, Mercersburg alumni Charlie Moore ’47 and Lee Yoder ’50 even competed in the same event.

2004 Olympics, Lebanon men’s swimming
50m freestyle

Pro Athletes

Only a select few athletes in any sport rise to the professional level, but, true to its tradition of excellence, Mercersburg has produced a diverse group of competitors whose career paths have included a number of professional sports dating back to 1900.  

Vincent Rey ’06 (football)
Cincinnati Bengals
Christian Binford ’11 (baseball)
Kansas City Royals (AAA), Baltimore Orioles (AA), Detroit Tigers (AA), Kansas City T-Bones (American Association)
Josh Edgin ’06 (baseball)
New York Mets
Adam Chubb ’00 (basketball)
Bundesliga (Germany), Liga ACB (Spain)
Stéphane Pelle ’99 (basketball)
PBL (Belgium), Pro A (France), TBL (Turkey)
Kareem Wright ’99 (basketball)
Harlem Globetrotters
Ugonna Onyekwe ’99 (basketball)
Ligat HaAl (Israel), Liga ACB (Spain)
Matt Kranchick ’99 (football)
Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots
Mike Bush ’98 (football)
San Francisco 49ers
Holly Vaughn '80​​​​​​​ (golf)
LPGA Tour
Mark Talbott ’78​​​​​​​ (squash)
world's top-ranked hardball squash player
Scott Christopher '72​​​​​​​ (baseball)
Baltimore Orioles (AAA)
Tom Edlefsen ’61​​​​​​​ (tennis)
top-10 ranked professional, Davis Cup player
“Bump” Hadley ’24 (baseball)
Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Philadelphia A’s
“King” Lear 1910 (baseball)
Cincinnati Reds
Joe Birmingham 1904 (baseball)
Cleveland Naps/Indians
"Doc" Gessler 1900​​​​​​ (baseball)
Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Superbas, Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox