Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame
2006 Inductees

Mike Tipton
Student Manager, 1969-1972
Athletics Department Staff, 1972-1981

Mr. Tipton was a student manager for all college sports from 1969 to 1972, then served nine years as full-time equipment manager, groundskeeper, and athletic trainer. He also served in various coaching positions, including assistant men's lacrosse coach and both volleyball and softball coach.

Mr. Tipton, who graduated from Salisbury State College in 1980, worked in Chesapeake College's Plant Maintenance Department from 1981 to 1984 before accepting a position with the Federalsburg Wastewater Treatment Facility. He is currently superintendent of the Federalsburg facility.

Skip Warner
Student Athlete, 1973-1975

Mr. Warner, who played two seasons each of baseball and soccer, was one of the region's top soccer goalkeepers. He made 301 saves and stopped 90 percent of the shots he faced in 1974, two men's soccer school records that still stand today.

Mr. Warner, a graduate of Cameron (Oklahoma) University who had a professional soccer tryout with the Washington Diplomats, is a high school math teacher at Douglas MacArthur High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he is girls' soccer coach and assistant girls' softball coach.

Mr. Warner was shortstop on Chesapeake's baseball teams. Dr. Maurice Hickey, who coached Warner in soccer and baseball at Chesapeake, said Warner excelled at both sports.

"Skip was a good all-around athlete," said Dr. Hickey. "He was a very smart goalkeeper - he knew the game, and he was fearless."

Howard Wheeler
Swim Coach, 1976-1979

Mr. Wheeler was Chesapeake's first aquatics director and the Skipjacks' swim team coach from 1976 to 1979. He coached several All-Americans during his Chesapeake College tenure, including the late Susan Shehan, who was part of the college's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2003.

Mr. Wheeler coached at Furman University from 1979 to 1987, coaching over 40 All-Americans and guiding Furman to an NCAA Division II national women's swimming and diving team title. Mr. Wheeler, who died of a brain tumor in 1987, was inducted into Furman's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

"Howard was one of the top collegiate swim coaches in the country," said Dr. Ed Baker, who coached at Chesapeake while Mr. Wheeler was swim team coach.

Carol Wilson-Robbins
Student Athlete, 1979-1981

Ms. Wilson-Robbins was a two-sport standout for the Skipjacks, serving as captain of the 1979 and '80 women's volleyball teams and co-captain of the 1980 and '81 softball squads. A two-time team MVP in volleyball, she enjoyed her greatest success - both personally and team-wise - in softball.

A pitcher, Ms. Wilson-Robbins was an all-Region XX second-team selection in both 1980 and '81. She was also named to the 1981 all-Maryland JuCo second team and 1981 Region XX all-tournament squad as the Skipjacks won the college's first region title. She still holds the school record for best one-season winning percentage as a pitcher (.857).

Ms. Wilson-Robbins returned to Chesapeake in 1998 as a faculty member and is currently associate professor of kinesiology.

2005 Chesapeake College Baseball Team

The 2005 baseball team compiled a 40-18 record and won NJCAA Division II Region XX and Northeast District championships. This squad became the college's second to win a region title and the first to claim a district championship. The Skipjacks qualified for the NJCAA Division II World Series in Tennessee, going 1-2 to tie for fifth place.

2005 Skipjacks Baseball Team

Head Coach: Frank Szymanski Assistant Coaches: Tony Riggi, Tim Washburn, and Hugo Gemignani Players: Ryan Albright, Anthony Archie, Justin Armiger, Bryan Brainer, Ryan Bell, Jimmy Carroll, Matt Clark, Josh Creighton, Will Delawter, Matt Fitzgerald, Mike Garrett, Richard Grasso, Brett Ireland, Mike Kelch, Taylor Leeson, Nick Lemmer, Robbie Miller, Ryan Morse, Clarke Rollins, Joey Sable, Blake Taft, Steve Tiffany, Kevin Weems, Chad Wolfe.

Dr. Jack Cistriano, left, presents Mike Tipton with a plaque honoring his induction into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2006.

Dr. Maurice Hickey presents Class of 2006 inductee Skip Warner with his Hall of Fame plaque.

Dr. Maurice Hickey presents Carol Wilson Robbins with a plaque recognizing her induction into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2006.

Dr. Ed Baker, second from left, presents Janice Wheeler, second from right, the Class of 2006 Hall of Fame plaque honoring the induction of her late husband, Howard Wheeler. The Wheelers’ daughter, Megan, and son, Rick, also accept the plaque for their father.

Chesapeake College President Stuart M. Bounds, left, presents Athletic Director/Baseball Coach Frank Szymanski with a plaque honoring the Hall of Fame induction of the 2005 Region XX and Northeast District champion Skipjack baseball team as part of the Class of 2006.