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Hartsel inducted into NJCAA hall

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

When the NJCAA Football Coaches Association announced the inductees of the class of 2009 Hall of Fame class, there was a familiar name on the list for Fort Scott Community College Greyhound fans.

Former 'Hound offensive lineman, Paul E. Hartsel was the lone player selected in this year's class, along with two former coaches and a former national championship team.

Hartsel will be honored by FSCC on Oct. 31. The college will host a reception and ceremony for the honoree on the FSCC campus.

During halftime of the Butler-Fort Scott football game, Hartsel will be acknowledged for his induction to the Hall of Fame. Kick off for the game is 1 p.m.

Hartsel played for the Greyhounds during the 1964 and 1965 seasons as a offensive guard and defensive lineman. During these two seasons he was unanimously chosen as All Conference on both sides of the ball. In 1964, Paul was selected to the NJCAA All-American First Team and in 1965 was NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention. In addition to these honors, Hartsel was named to the J.C. Grid wire All-American team in 1965.

Paul also earned honors as an Academic All-American in 1965.

During the two seasons Hartsel was a Greyhound the football team compiled a record of 16 wins with only 3 losses.

After his playing days at Fort Scott Junior College, as it was then known. were over, Hartsel went to the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1966 and 1967 where he played defensive end. He graduated in 1968 with a B.A. degree in Education.

Prior to coming to Fort Scott Junior College, Paul Hartsel attended William Byrd High School in Vinton, Va. where he lettered four years in football and was selected to the All-State team in Virginia in 1963.

After his playing career ended, Hartsel coached high school football for two years in Roanoke County, Va. and taught physical education at Roanoke County Schools for 33 years.

Hartsel has been active in the Moose Club, the United Way, Lions Club, the Roanoke County Wellness Program and the Children's Miracle Network.

Paul and his wife Bonnie, currently live in Vinton, Va. Paul has three children from a previous marriage, Bonnie also has three children from a previous marriage, and together they have 10 grandchildren.

Hartsel was inducted into the Fort Scott Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Paul E. Hartsel is the seventh Greyhound player or coach to be inducted in to the NJCAA Hall of Fame. The 1970 National Championship team is also enshrined in the Hall.

Other FSCC Members of the NJCAA Hall of Fame include: Mitch Sutton, Tommy Reamon, Mel Gray, David Dill, Floyd Huggins, and Dick Foster.

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