Profiles

Donald Chatellier

Donald was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. His citation is copied below:

The term “perpetual motion” aptly describes Coach Don Chatellier. From the day in 1955 when he first set foot on the Washington College campus, Don has always given a superlative effort when assigned any responsibility in the athletic department.

A graduate of Kearny (NJ) High School, Don took his college work at Springfield College in Massachusetts, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1952 and a master of education degree in 1953. After serving two years in the U. S. Army, Don was hired to perform many tasks for Washington College. These included coaching varsity cross country, track and junior varsity basketball. In addition, he was to teach physical education activity classes in the required program, as well as theory courses in the proposed major program of physical education.

Don’s first coaching love was varsity track. He coached this sport for 27 years and cross country for 33. After track was dropped from the varsity program, he became the coach of men’s crew and crew administrator, a move that added a great deal of stability to that program.

Don is most proud of the accomplishments of those who participated under his tutelage in track and field. Of the 24 track and field records covering all events contested, 22 were set since 1955. He developed individual conference champions in both the Mason-Dixon and Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences. Art Hoyt, Tom Clements, Danny Scharf, Mark Diashyn, Vance Strausburg, and Mark Gilcrest all were individual or multiple conference champions.

The Middle Atlantic Conference coaches continually called upon Don to assist in organizing and conducting conference championship meets well after the sport was dropped by the College. His expert knowledge in the area of track and field competition is highly respected.

Don has exerted the same type of effort in developing a noteworthy men’s crew program. Known affectionately as “Chatty,” he conducted a diversified intramural program for both male and female students throughout most of his tenure. Administratively, he has served for many years as both Assistant and Associate Director of Athletics. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity and served as faculty secretary for 15 years.

The Washington College Hall of Fame Selection Committee takes great pride in selecting Don Chatellier as a special inductee to the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this sixth day of October, 1989.