Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

KEITH SWANSON Football, 1994-98

selection in women’s lacrosse; she was also honored for her classroom performance. She earned her doctorate of optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2007, did a residency in ocular disease and low vision, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Today she’s a clinical attending to fourth-year optometry students at the Illinois College of Optometry, teaching low vision, ocular disease and geriatric optometry. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Adam Piser; daughter Charlie, 4; and son Jackson, 3. JOSHUA SHIELDS Wrestling, 2007-11 In 2009, Josh became the Laker wrestling program’s frst individual national champion when he won the title at 165 pounds. He was a three-time All-American and four-time National All-Academic honoree and was twice a Super Region One champion. His winning percentage (.828) is the second highest in program history. Josh lives in the Pittsburgh area and works as a global category manager for Polyconcept North America, which gives him the opportunity to travel the world. He’s also been head wrestling coach at Burrell High School for four years. His frst state champion, Dakota Deslauriers, graduated from Mercyhurst this year. MARTIN STURGESS Men’s Tennis, 1973-76 A team captain of the Lakers’ 1976 NAIA National Championship team, Martin was honored as both a Singles All-American and Doubles All-American. He was also named a Singles All-American in 1975. Martin was a national champion in doubles play in 1976; in singles play, he reached the 1975 national semifnals and 1976 national quarterfnals. He was a three- time Pennsylvania State College Champion and three-time NAIA District 18 champion in singles play.

Keith, a linebacker and key piece of the Laker defense, was named First Team All-American by the Don Hansen Football Gazette in his junior year and followed that season with a Second Team performance in the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference. Keith ranks 11th all-time in career tackles-for-loss and 19th in total tackles. Keith now lives in the Cleveland area, where he works for the Bay Village Fire Department and is a tactical paramedic with the regional SWAT team. He served with the Army Reserves for eight years, including deployment with Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004- 2005, leaving the military as an E-8/ Staf Sergeant. CHRISTIE TURAK FOSTER Women’s Cross Country, 2007-09 Christie still holds Mercyhurst records in both the 5K (17:32) and 6K (20:58) races. She became the Lakers’ frst women’s cross country All-American in 2009. She was already a two-time All-Region runner and two-time All-PSAC competitor, and won numerous academic awards. Christie and her husband, Kenny, met on the Hurst cross country team; they live in Monument, Colorado, with their 2-year-old daughter, Makenna. Christie attended the University of Colorado to become a physician assistant, and works as a pediatric PA. She continued running competitively after college; her personal bests of 1:14 for the half-marathon and 2:44 for the marathon are both Olympic Trial qualifying times.

NEW SCOREBOARD ENHANCES TULLIO FIELD Fans attending football, men’s and women’s lacrosse and feld hockey games at Tullio Field this fall can look forward to an even better game-day experience thanks to a new LED video display and audio system. The new scoreboard installed in May features a 15-by-25 foot video screen that can show everything from live in- game action and player profles to fan prompts and sponsor messages. The new audio technology will ofer higher quality sound to fans inside the feld and less “spilled” sound reaching areas outside the stadium. Student interns are already at work creating graphics to be used during games for all four sports and learning how to operate the board. Major donors who helped make the $240,000 project a reality include John Saxon ’89, Marc McAndrew ’88, Leader Graphics (Pat Ott ’93), Burger King (Patterson Erie Corporation), Arias Agencies (Simon Arias ’05, Aaron Parks ’07, Justin Adams ’05, Christopher Williams ’06, Aaron Haynes ’09) and Velocity Network.


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