(Carlisle, Pa.) – On September 28, 2019 Dickinson announced the induction of its Athletic Hall of Fame Class for 2019. This year six individuals were honored along with the 2006 Red Devil football team. These outstanding individuals have all enjoyed remarkable careers and much success as student-athletes, teammates and coaches and will be forever enshrined among the greatest in Dickinson history. In addition to the team being honored, the Hall of Fame also inducted former Head Coach Darwin Breaux and two-time All-American Eric Dube '08.
Head Football Coach 1993-2016
Darwin Breaux served as the head coach of the Dickinson football program for 24 years. Breaux ended his tenure with one of the best career winning percentages in Dickinson football history, with a 131-113-1 overall record and a record of 97-81-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC). Under his leadership, the Red Devils advanced to postseason play five times and won ECAC Bowl Games in 1998 and 2007.
Breaux joined the Dickinson football staff in 1989 as offensive coordinator and became head coach in 1993. His 1994 team compiled a school record 10-1 season, and Breaux was named American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) South Region Coach of the Year. He also led the team to the 2006 NCAA playoffs while coaching 20 All-Americans along the way.
In two of the oldest and most storied rivalries in college football, Breaux posted a remarkable record of 34-14-1 in his 24 seasons at the helm. The Red Devils went 17-6-1 against Gettysburg, competing for the Little Brown Bucket. Dickinson proved to be a dominant force at home, going 10-2 on Biddle Field.
Breaux's record versus Franklin & Marshall was equally impressive at 17-7 overall. In the 100th meeting between the two programs, the Red Devils came out on top of the Diplomats, 34-20, in 2008. That marked the first night game at the newly renovated Biddle Field.
In the last football game ever to be played on grass at Biddle Field, the Red Devil football team captured the 2007 Eastern Colleges Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southeast Championship. They made it a memorable one as well, holding off Waynesburg College, 16-10, in an overtime thriller at the historic venue.
In 2001, Breaux eclipsed Ed Sweeney with the most wins in program history. He captured career win number 57 as the Red Devils ran for 360 yards and held Franklin & Marshall to just 65 yards rushing to claim the Conestoga Wagon, 26-14, on Oct. 6. He recorded his 100th career win in another rivalry game as Dickinson secure the Little Brown Bucket, topping Gettysburg 42-28, on Oct. 20, 2008.
Before coming to Dickinson, Breaux was an assistant football coach at Gettysburg College and served as the Bullets' head golf and wrestling coach. He was also a graduate assistant at West Chester University and coached at Ascension Catholic and Carencro High Schools in his home state of Louisiana. A 1977 graduate of West Chester University, Breaux was a four-year member of the football team and was also on the golf team.
Breaux is in his 20th season as the Dickinson men's golf coach. He continues to be involved in football and each year works at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy.
Eric Dube '08
With four uncles serving as football role models and an encouraging football-fan dad, it's no surprise that Eric Dube '08 played the sport from first through 12th grade. And once he got to Dickinson, the linebacker really made a name for himself.
"Eric was a dominant player from the time he stepped onto the Dickinson campus and throughout his four years as a Red Devil," says Dube's former Red Devils coach, Darwin Breaux. "His passion for the game was clearly evident, and he made plays from sideline to sideline."
That passion led to Dube being named 2004 team Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Conference in 2004 and 2005. But of course, he notes, he didn't do it alone.
"I look at football as the consummate team sport, where you could be the greatest at your position but unless you have 10 other guys surrounding you with a common goal, then you're not going to succeed," Dube says. His first year was a good one in many ways, and it kicked off a great run for both Dube and the team. But it didn't feel that way at the start.
"My freshman year, we were picked last in the conference," Dube explains. The team had a big game in Baltimore against highly ranked and highly favorited Johns Hopkins. No one gave the Devils a chance. Except for the team itself. And that confidence paid off, with Dickinson pulling off the unlikely win. And like the Red Devils vs. Hopkins, Dube displayed an indomitable spirit.
"Eric was a dominant player during his time at Dickinson because he was relentless in his pursuit of success," says Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone. "He refused to be beaten!"
Cut to Dube's junior and senior years, and he's named a two-time All-American, team MVP, team captain, Centennial Conference (CC) First Team and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. The team won the conference his junior year, and Dube set a school single-game record with 21 tackles and ranked 15 nationally in forced fumbles. He still holds school records for tackles in a season, total tackles and solo tackles as well as tackles for loss.
Dube is now a member of a test and evaluation squadron in the U.S. Navy, and he looks back to his time at Dickinson as "a golden opportunity to get an education from one of the best of liberal-arts colleges in the country" and "fight for a common goal" on the gridiron.
"The sport of football is one of the few where you will not succeed unless you can inspire your team," he says. "And for me, any individual success I achieved was always because I had a great defensive line, especially my four years at Dickinson."
Dube and the team are once again achieving success together, as he and 2006 team enter the Dickinson Athletics Hall of Fame this year together.
2006 Football Team
The Dickinson football team had a remarkable season in 2006, capturing the program's ninth Centennial Conference (CC) Championship and advancing to the NCAA playoffs for the fourth time. The Red Devils were historically known for a punishing ground game in the '80s and '90s but moved toward a more balanced offensive attack during that era.
The Red Devils made the adjustment and would set the school record for passing yards in a season in 2004, 2005 and then again in 2006. CC Player of the Year Matt Torchia '07 quarterbacked the Red Devils into the record books with some very impressive numbers.
Torchia broke his own marks for completions and passing yards in a season while eclipsing the record for attempts as well. Torchia's consistency was unmatched, setting the CC record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception, running the total to 173. He completed a school record 107 passes between interceptions, throwing for 15 touchdowns during that stretch.
The Red Devils finished the season with a record of 8-3 overall and were highly decorated, earning 12 spots on the All-CC Team, while Torchia earned Offensive Player of the Year Honors. Eric Dube '08 received the first of back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Red Devils filled the trophy case, winning both the Conestoga Wagon and the Little Brown Bucket with solid performances against Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg.
The 2006 team placed four players on the All-American Team. Joining Dube were wide receiver and kick returner Chris McInerney '08 and unanimous First-Team All-CC tight-end Ryan Stearrett '07. Anchoring a dominant offensive line was All-American Kevin Mentrikoski '07.
In addition to those four, the Red Devils produced four more All-CC First-team selections in Andrew Ackley '07, Ryne Cantwell '07, Eric Hertrich '08 and Torchia. Mike Buscaglia '08, Ryan Heinig '08, Victor Johnson '07 and Zac Reding '08 were named All-Conference, earning Second-Team and Honorable Mention.
Dickinson had one of the top rushing defenses in the country, leading the conference and ranking 18th nationally. They held opponents to under 100 yards rushing all but three times and ranked ninth in sacks, dropping opposing quarterbacks over three times per game.