At 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, Ed Stetz might not have been the biggest player on the field during his distinguished career at Wake Forest University.
But Atlantic Coast Conference opponents quickly learned that Stetz played a big game on the field.
The Greater Johnstown High School graduate remains the Demon Deacons’ all-time leading tackler more than 40 years after his senior season.
The blue-collar linebacker played on an ACC championship team in 1970.
Stetz will be honored as part of the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 during a banquet at the Pasquerilla Conference Center on July 14.
At Wake Forest, Stetz set records that still stand while making quite an impression. Among his milestones at the NCAA Division I level:
- 460 career tackles, a Wake Forest record.
- 203 tackles in 1971, a Demon Deacons’ single-season record.
- 271 career solo tackles, tied a school record.
Stetz was a first-team All-ACC selection in both 1970 and 1971. After his senior season, he was invited to play in the prestigious Blue-Gray All-Star Game.
This won’t be Stetz’s first hall of fame induction. The Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 2004.
Stetz and his wife, Valarie, have three children: Whitney, married to Michael Torok; Amber, married to Scott Berezansky; and, Grant. They are grandparents to Brewer Torok.