Founded in 1979 with a mission to promote and advance the football program at West Chester University, the Killinger Foundation has supported student-athletes with scholarship aid for more than thirty years.
How to Support the Foundation
Purchase a Plaque
Proudly display your name, graduation year, and jersey number — or those of a loved one — in the Alumni Locker Room to commemorate Ralph Tamm ’88, Golden Ram All-American and 12-year NFL veteran.
Make a Gift
Athletic scholarships are not funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Your support is critical to WCU’s ability to attract talented players and produce winning teams — help our Golden Rams excel on and off the field.
Volunteer at the annual Homecoming Social or Hall of Fame Banquet, establish a commitment through sponsorship, or become a board member — make an impact, make it a win.
Rick Daniels '75, Killinger Foundation President
“The future success of the WCU football program depends on the financial support of the alumni and friends of West Chester University, and we thank you for your continued support.”
About Dr. Killinger
Dr. W. Glenn Killinger (1898-1988) was a legend. Spanning an era of 48 years, his career has been distinguished by the fulfillment of professional goals and the attainment of personal ideals of success that have brought national recognition to West Chester and the respect of his colleagues.
A professor on the West Chester State College faculty for thirty-six years, “Killy” as he is affectionately called by his many friends, was a dedicated and inspiring teacher, popular dean of men, wise counselor, and brilliant coach until his retirement in 1970.
Perhaps his personal impact upon West Chester University students was summed up best in the 1958 yearbook, The Serpentine, which was dedicated to Dr. Killinger: “In every age, capable leaders are needed to guide and to inspire youth. West Chester is fortunate to have as a member of its professional staff Dr. W. Glenn Killinger, who has been a source of inspiration to many students. Dr. Killinger represents honor, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and above all, loyal friendship. To us he represents that great combination of strength in mind and in body which opens doors to education and to success.” A further impact was made on October 25, 1968, when Killinger Men’s Residence Hall was dedicated in his honor.
WCU Football Hall of Fame
The Killinger Foundation Football Hall of Fame is designed to honor the efforts and achievements of distinguished alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the football program at West Chester University while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition.
When you make a contribution to the Killinger Foundation, you are entitled to submit a nominee who you believe to be an outstanding candidate. More information and a nomination form can be found here. Nominations are tabulated annually each January. Between three and five individuals will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Killinger Foundation’s Football Hall of Fame banquet, held each April.
Congratulations to the 2023 inductees:
Ryan Devlin ’07 (OT)
Lonnie Duckett ’72 (DB)
Al-Hajj Shabazz ’14 (DB)
Rondell White ’13 (RB)
Emil H. Messikomer III (Hall of Distinction)