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Harold also had a strong commitment to promoting high school and college athletics and, to that end, in 1966 he created the 5K Swidler Invitational.  Athletes from 30 high schools and area colleges were invited to participate and Harold purchased all ribbons, trophies and/or medals for the top 30 winners.  The Swidler Invitational ran until the mid 1980s.

In the late 1960s, Harold made another bold business decision and opened the Family Entertainment Center on Middlesex Road with batting cages, driving ranges, mini golf and an arcade.  Today his creation has grown and evolved and is still thriving as the Carlisle Sports Emporium.

Harold is a strong believer in advertising his businesses. At one point Swid Brothers was the largest advertiser on Radio Station, WHYL – AM (960) & FM (102.3).  When a good friend needed help with purchasing a viable station frequency, Harold stepped in and in 1965 he became a radio station owner of W-100 in Carlisle.  Fast forward several years, and in 2009, Harold made the decision to bring exclusive FM coverage of Cumberland Valley football to the airways... and once again, the rest is history.  Harold is very proud to maintain his commitment to airing the CV Eagles games for all their fans to enjoy.  Thank you Harold Swidler for your support.

 Assistant Varsity Coach. He served under head coaches Harry Chapman, Tim Rimpfel and Mike Whitehead.  After 33 years at CV, Coach Bates retired in 2017.  As a coach, John worked hard to teach young men how to “learn” the CV way of football... and to enjoy it at the same time.  Coach Bates showed Eagle players how hard it is to maintain the winning ways of Cumberland Valley and that the only way to accomplish that difficult task is through continued hard work and constant preparation.

Anyone may nominate a CV Football Alumni or Coach for consideration for induction into the CV Football Hall of Fame.  All players must have graduated at least five (5) years prior and coaches may no longer be coaching at Cumberland Valley.  CLICK HERE   for a nomination form, pick one up at the CV Athletic Office, or submit your online nomination below.

Since 2009 Cumberland Valley Football fans have be able to tune in and listen to the Eagles play on local frequencies – and that is due in large part to Harold Swidler and his dedication to CVHS football and sports in general.  Harold was a track and field star in high school where he earned City, District III and State titles in the mile in his Junior and Senior years at William Penn High School in Harrisburg.  After receiving no less than 17 scholastic and academic scholarships, Harold chose to attend nationally recognized New York University where he was part of the 1956 NCAA Championship Cross Country Team. 

Harold was part of the Army ROTC program at NYU and went into active duty in the Army's Special Services Division at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.  At some point in 1958, Harold was in need of “bars” for his uniform to indicate his promotion in rank. 
Following a suggestion, he shopped for that promotional hardware at the PX at the Carlisle Army War College. 

At this point in his life, Harold contemplated a career change and after reading a New York Times article about the future of retail merchandising, he remembered a vacated building he had seen when at the War College in Carlisle.  He contacted the realtor and the rest, as you might say, is history.  Calling this new retail establishment “Swid Brothers”, the store stocked anything and everything... from appliances to toys to clothes to hunting goods.  His business grew and two additional stores were opened in Shippensburg and Harrisburg.

Colton played and lettered for the Varsity Eagles in the fall of ‘08,  ‘09 and ‘10 as a tight end and linebacker.  As a player, Colton left it all on the field regardless of the opponent and to this day, he still carries that “can-do” attitude that his coaches and teammates

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After high school, Lance attended Saint Francis University and played football for 5 years,  earning FCS (D1-AA) 1st team All-American honors and setting SFU & Northeast Conference all-time field goal records.  Lance graduated from SFU with a Bachelor’s in Marketing Management and a Masters in Business Administration, and recently began working as a contract specialist for the Navy.  He continues to train as a free agent kicker.

,Lance played and lettered for the Varsity Eagles in the fall of ‘09,  ‘10 and ‘11 as kicker and punter.  Known as a player who did everything he could to help his team, Lance’s efforts help move the CV football program forward. 

Lance Geesey

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Eric played and lettered for the Varsity Eagles in the fall of ‘09 and ‘10 as a quarterback.  As a 2-year starter for Cumberland Valley, he  remembers the thrill of winning back-to-back District Titles.  After high school, Eric attended the University of

Tyler played and lettered for the Varsity Eagles in the fall of ‘05, ‘06, and ‘07 as a running back and also as a safety and punt/kickoff returner in ’06 & ‘07.  Tyler remembers the weight room and work out sessions in the off-season.  He believes there is a direct correlation to success from hard work and that dedication

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Jordan Abner '06

Askari Adams ‘95
Charlie Adams ‘98
Marc Alexander ‘81
Ron Beible ‘72
William Beible ‘69
Nick Berra ‘87
Corey Bischof '04
Pat Bowen ‘78

Wyatt Bowman ,04
David Bretz ‘72
Bill Brown ‘69
Matt Brymesser '91
Brian Bullock ‘83
Tom Bushman '92
Mike Cesarano '02
Four Chapman ‘83
Joe Coldren ‘61
John Colarusso ‘83
Tony Colistra ‘89
Rod Coy ‘78
Mike Crum ‘78
Don Deckman ‘56

Jeremy DiPietro '12
Sean Dougherty ‘01
Michael Dugas ‘85
Jared Ebersole '01

Mike Ford '78

Dave Forney ‘56
Mike Frenette ‘09

Kyle Friend '12
Travis Friend '10
Gary Fritz ‘78
Charles Gaetano ‘69
Ron Gaetano ‘64
Mike Gaumer ‘93
Stan Gelbaugh ‘81
Jeff Gill ‘83
Cory Gumby ‘93
Bob Hare ‘57
Trevor Harmon '10
Dave Heckard ‘96
Bubba Heisler ‘05
Bill Henschke ‘68
Greg Herrold ‘06
Wayne Hertzler ‘77
Mike Hodge ‘88
Mark Hull ‘78
Dan Hurley ‘69
Sam Kinback ‘93
Scott Klinger ‘60
Kelly Kramer ‘85
Andy Krosnowski ‘81
Ed Lauer ‘60

Joe Lauer '99
Dan Lawlor '04
Kevin Lawlor ‘00
Jerold Lebold ‘85

Matt Lengel '09
Rick Lingle '72
Brad Mangle ‘76
Mike McCarthy ‘00
Brandon McKillip ‘93
John McKissick ‘81
Dave Mengle ‘75
Buck Mentzer ‘60

John Bates

Coach 1984-2017

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Eric Sawyer

#8 Class of 2011

Colton T. Kirkpatrick

#41 Class of 2011

helped him develop.  Even more, Colton hopes his time with the Eagles will inspire others to fall in love with the rich tradition that - win or lose - has become the heart of Cumberland Valley football.  After high school, Colton attended Lafayette College where he was a 3-year letter winner, a 2-year starter at linebacker, and Patriot League Champion. Colton graduated with a BA in Government & Law and Religious Studies and now lives in Redwood City, California with his wife, Sarah.  Currently, Colton is a correctional officer for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyler Guise

#23 Class of 2008

Chad Miller ‘89
Mike Miszerack ‘75

Brandon Morris '09
Andy Moses ‘00
Dave Murphy ‘81
George Myers ‘58
Jesse Neumeyer ‘00
Andy Notarfrancesco ‘96
Chris Notarfrancesco ‘91

Craig Odiorne '96
Chris O’Neill ‘92
Josh Oswalt ‘04
Tommy Page ‘78
Randy Parsons ‘73
Roy Peffer ‘59
Damon Phelan ‘85

Ray Picking ‘72
Carl Pizzaro '75
Matt Plessinger ‘91
Brian Potteiger ‘93
Frank Potteiger ‘57
Jim Rich ‘72
Jon Ritchie ‘93
Bob Roberts ‘58
Dave Rowe ‘78
Charley Ruth ‘78
Mick Sadler '94
Erik Sauve’ ‘90
James Sauve’ ‘90
Jeff Sauve’ ‘91
Jeremy Sauve’ ‘96
Jon Sauve’ ‘00
William Saylor ‘59
Ken Sgrignoli ‘58
John Sharbaugh ‘02
Zach Sheaffer '04
Ralph Shires ‘83

Kevin Snyder '11

Neil Stamy ‘90
Brandon Stanford ‘02
Larry Stanford ‘99
Art Thomas ‘99

Chris Thomas '02
William Thumma ‘58
Jake Wagner ‘62
Dan Walsh ‘00
Dino Webster ‘86
Ron Wentz ‘58
Steve Wiles ‘86
Todd Williams '80
Lance Woodell ‘80
Daniel Zorger ‘97

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Ron Audo
Harold Bricker
Joe Carr
Harry Chapman III
Joe Correal
Robert Crobak
Gary Quigley
Tim Rimpfel
Samuel Sanzotto
Dave Stewart
Ken Woodhall


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Russ Trimmer
Sam Sanzotto

Joe Carr

Bob Bowers
Harry Chapman, III
Dr. Gordon Myers
1977 Undefeated Team
Calvin Thompson
Bob Schellenberg
Larry Hall
1992 State Champion Team
Dr. Anthony Colistra
50 Years of CV Football
Dr. Robert Shank
Ken Kramer
Scott Carmody
Robert Wolf
Lois Wolf
Bob “Doc” Miller
Liz Rimpfel

Carol & Bill Brown

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Delaware where he was a pitcher for the Blue Hens,  He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Behavior Science.  Along with coaching youth travel baseball, Eric continued his education at Central Penn College and graduated this year to become a physical therapy assistant.  This fall, Eric will be moving to Philadelphia where he plans to work in the field of rehabilitation and sport-specific athletic training.

Coach John Bates is a graduate of Susquenita High School where he played offensive & defensive tackle for the Hawks.  He went on to play for Millersville University where he graduated in 1984 with a Special Education, K-12 degree.  That same year John joined the CV coaching staff, first as head coach for Junior High, then as JV head coach.  In 2009 Coach Bates became an

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always prevails even during failures.  After high school, Tyler attended Bloomsburg University and was a 4-year starter for Coach Danny Hale.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Interpersonal Communications.  Currently, Tyler lives with his wife, Becca, in Harrisburg, PA and is a teacher at Capital Academy.  He is pursuing a Masters Degree at Shippensburg University.