Alumni Team Up for Coach Bob Curtis

It’s a team effort that would make the late former football coach Robert Curtis proud: To date, more than 50 of his former players have joined forces to raise the funds necessary to name Shadek Stadium’s Coach Robert D. Curtis Press Box, which will recognize Curtis’ record of success at F&M as well as the lasting appreciation of the boys he coached into men.

“Coach Curtis definitely impacted our lives,” says Ted D’Amico ’76. “He pushed us beyond what we thought we were capable of, and we had great results.” Curtis led four Conference Championship teams and two undefeated teams for a 32-3 record during the four outstanding years that he coached at F&M. In the process, he inspired a generation of F&M football players to perform their best not only on the field but in their everyday lives.

Tom Westphal ’75, who played varsity all four years that Curtis coached football, joined D’Amico and Mike Urio ’76 in leading the fundraising effort. He credits Coach Curtis with instilling in him many of the life lessons on which he relies today, such as being prepared, humble, and fair; working hard; and digging deep when the going gets rough.

By investing in the stadium and the press box initiative, Westphal says he hopes to “pay it forward in ways that will pay off for generations to come. I am really committed to the concept of the student-athlete and the leadership qualities that imparts on a student.”

D’Amico concurs. “The stadium will be a great thing for the College—not just for football, but for other sports, and in terms of connecting the College to the town of Lancaster. I think it will do a lot for the College and the community.”

For more information about the Coach Robert D.  Curtis Press Box at Shadek Stadium, please contact Katie Crowe Wood, director of athletic advancement, at 717-358-4834 or katie.wood@fandm.edu.