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Former Penn State kicker, Nittany Lion field hockey coach headed to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

Former Penn State kicker Craig Fayak and the Nittany Lions’ long-time field hockey coach, Char Morett-Curtiss, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as part of the group’s 54th annual ceremony, the athletic department announced Monday.

“I am obviously honored to have been selected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame — and am so thankful for the many coaches and teammates who taught and helped me throughout my career,” Fayak said in a university release.

A four-year starter for the Nittany Lions, Fayak ranks third in program history with 50 career field goals made and second in career scoring with 282 points via 50 field goals and 132 extra points. The Belle Vernon native converted on 95 percent (132-139) of his extra-point attempts during his collegiate career.

Fayak is well-remembered for connecting on a 34-yard field goal with 58 seconds left to propel the Nittany Lions to a 24-21 win over No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990, his freshman season. During his senior season, Fayak led the Big Ten in extra points made (40), extra point attempts (42) and field goal attempts (23).

Morett-Curtiss is a native of Aldan and a graduate of Lansdowne-Aldan High School, and a 1979 Penn State graduate. She is the Nittany Lions’ lone three-time, first-team All-American, netted 50 goals over her four years and captained the undefeated 1978 team.

She also was a two-time Olympian and played in more than 100 international matches. She has been Penn State’s coach for the last 29 seasons, posting a 449-180-8 record. She is already in the U.S. and National Field Hockey Coaches Association halls of fame.

“I’m very honored and humbled to be selected into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame,” Morett-Curtiss said in a university release. “This is special for me as Penn State coaches Russ Rose and Joe Paterno are previous inductees. The years I’ve been on the ballot, which gives me a chance to vote, there have been very qualified athletes and coaches throughout the list. It’s such an honor and I’m proud to accept. Going into the Hall of Fame with Craig Fayak, whom I know, makes it all the more exciting. I’m really proud to represent Penn State.”

The induction celebration will take place Oct. 22 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie.

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