Hans Peter Buttner
Hailing from Germany, small in stature, yet huge on the soccer field, Pete Buttner became the first Grove City College athlete to earn multiple All-America honors in the post-World War II era.
Buttner was the first German student to attend school in Pennsylvania through the American Field Service International Scholarship during the 1955-56 year. He received his diploma at Kittanning (Pa.) High School and enrolled at Grove City through a Rotary Club International Scholarship.
He launched his four-year collegiate career in 1957 at center forward and earned All-America laurels in 1958 and 1959. After his second season, Pete participated in the North-South All-Star game in Florida during the holidays. His second goal -- the game-winner -- earned him the gameís Most Valuable Player award.
Noted for his fancy footwork, ball carrying and fine defensive tactics, the 5-foot-7 lineman played all four years under head coach Dan Leviton.
Buttner received his bachelorís degree in history/politics in 1961 and secured a position with Rockwell International in Hamburg, Germany. He returned to the United States and earned a masterís degree in languages & linguistics from Georgetown University in 1968.
Buttner taught German at the high school level and then at Western Maryland College for 25 years until his passing in 1993. He also coached at various levels, including a stint as assistant soccer coach at Western Maryland, now McDaniel College.
Buttner was an inaugural member of Grove City Collegeís Menís Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001.