John Pontier '68

John Pontier earned eight total letters at Grove City College while helping both the track and field and soccer programs to unprecedented levels of success.

He started all four seasons at right wing for the soccer team and helped the Wolverines to a 30-5-2 overall record from 1964 to 1967. The 1964 squad went 9-0-0 while the 1965 team followed with an 8-0-1 record.

The 1965 team scored 54 goals in just nine matches and earned an invitation to the NCAA Championship Tournament. As a junior in 1966, Pontier led the team in assists as the Wolverines went 7-1-1.

A native of Franklin Lakes, N.J., Pontier also excelled for the College's track and field team. He set a new school record in the high jump as a freshman in spring 1965 and broke his own mark numerous times.

Pontier ultimately set the record at 6 feet, 5 7/8 inches and held the College's high jump standard for 19 years after graduation. He captured the West Penn Conference title in the high jump, helping Grove City to three league crowns during his career.

Grove City went 28-0 in dual meets over his final three seasons. Individually, Pontier went undefeated in the high jump and co-captained the 1968 team.

Pontier graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1968. He then added a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1974.

He served as an environmental engineer for the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1996, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He now works in environmental compliance support to the U.S. Army.