Charles Guiler '61
Charlie Guiler became the first Grove City College faculty member to coach the College's varsity rifle team when he guided the squad from 1974 to 1978.
Prior to Guiler's selection as coach, R.O.T.C. officers coached the rifle team since its inception in 1959.
A lifelong Mercer County resident, Guiler shot competitively with the Franklin Rifle Team, the Grove City Rifle Team and the Sharon-Farrell Rifle Club. "He knows the sport inside and out," then-athletic director R. Jack Behringer said of Guiler upon his appointment.
Guiler joined the Grove City faculty as an instructor of economics in 1967. The College promoted him to assistant professor in 1970 and to associate professor in 1975. In 1975, Outstanding Educators of America cited Guiler for his teaching excellence.
Guiler graduated from Sandy Lake High School in 1952. After spending three years working in communications intelligence for the United States Army, Guiler enrolled at the College. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1961 and later earned his master's of economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Guiler pursued doctoral work at Penn State and also received three fellowships. He taught government and economics at Mercer High School for six years before returning to the College. He retired from the College in 1997.
Charlie and his wife Hazel, a Mercer native, have been married for 56 years. They raised four children: Nancy (Guiler '81) Corbett, Teresa Guiler-Horchler '90, Susan, and Mark '87. Two grandchildren currently attend the College: Nick Guiler '15 and Nate Guiler '18.