Scott Johnston '55
Scott Johnston holds the distinction of being the only Grove City College athlete to be inducted into both the Menís Soccer and Menís Swimming and Diving Halls of Fame. During his career from 1951 to 1955, both squads attained unprecedented success.
On the soccer field in 1952, Johnstonís defensive play helped the Wolverines record their first perfect season as the Crimson won all six games. He captained the 1954 squad which won seven games against just one loss, setting a record for wins in one season.
He earned four letters and the booters went 21-3-4 during his career under head coach Bob Thorn.
Johnston also strengthened the swim team upon his arrival to Grove City from his hometown of Donora, Pa. A record of 1-11 the previous year improved to 6-4 for the 1951-52 squad, the very first winning season for the swimming and diving program.
Johnston set school records in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races in his freshman year with head coach Jim Loveless at the helm. As senior captain, Johnston led the Grovers to their first Penn-Ohio Conference title. Despite being afflicted with pneumonia, he won the 50-free in record time and competed on the victorious relay team in the final event to win the conference championship.
A history-politics major, he earned ODK Sportsman of the Year for 1954- 55. After graduation, he was a B-47 pilot in the United States Air Force, copartnered a successful metal tubing business, established a halfway home for young men and women with alcohol and drug dependencies, and in 2005, rode his bike 3,120 miles at age 73.
The College inducted him into its Menís Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, Johnston entered the Menís Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.