Michael Zeigler '68
Mike Zeigler starred in football and baseball at Grove City between 1964-67 and was voted the West Penn Conference’s Most Valuable Player in both sports during the 1966-67 academic year. A native of Enola, Pa., he graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in history.
His coach in both sports, Jack Behringer, rated Zeigler highly in Grover Sports writeups, saying, “He’s the finest quarterback I’ve had the pleasure of coaching.” Later, when discussing Zeigler’s athletic ability, Behringer said, “Don’t forget that he is a tremendous shortstop and pitcher on our baseball team.”
The individual and team records are a testament to his talent: Zeigler led the Wolverines to an undefeated 8-0-1 season, the first in 40 years. The 1966 squad set Grove City standards on offense, averaging 30 ppg while the defense limited the opposition to a 10-ppg average.
“Zig’s” 15 touchdown passes in 1966 stood as a school record for 37 seasons while his 32 career TD passes remain a Grove City record. His 1,091 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year (the team finished 6-3) earned him All-State Honorable Mention recognition. Zeigler’s 2,731 career passing yards currently rank third in Grove City history.
Notable remaining Grove City College records in his name are single season rushing yards by a quarterback (531), and career (1,266), along with seven career two-point conversions.As a pitcher-infielder for the Wolverines, Zeigler posted a career 8-4 mark with a 2.37 ERA on the mound. He fired a no-hitter against West Penn rival Geneva during his sophomore season. He then hit .375 as a senior, earning conference “Player-of-the-Year” distinction. The 1968 team finished 12-3, a Grove City record for winning percentage.