Alumnus Bruce Clinton to be inducted into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame
Bruce Clinton (Class of 1975), will be inducted into the WVU Potomac State College (PSC) Athletic Hall of Fame on April 22 during the College’s 30th Annual Awards banquet.
Prior to attending Potomac State, Clinton was an all-star baseball player at Shepherdstown High School in Shepherdstown, W.Va., serving as their first baseman on the schools only state championship team.
Under the coaching talents of Jack Reynolds, who also recruited him, Clinton served as the third baseman and part-time shortstop while playing for the Catamounts. During the summer between his freshman and sophomore years, Clinton landed a job and didn’t return to Potomac State; however, while visiting a friend during homecoming, Coach Reynolds talked him into returning to college to complete his education and to play baseball. He received the Unsung Hero Award after an especially successful sophomore year, ending the season with a .370 batting average.
“Potomac State allowed me the opportunity to pursue a career in helping young students as an educator and coach. I will always be thankful for the wonderful atmosphere and people I met there. Everyone was extremely kind and helpful. Because of Coach Reynolds and Coach Lowery (my high school coach), I decided that I also wanted to coach,” acknowledged Clinton.
Clinton continued his education at West Virginia University (WVU) on an Army ROTC Scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in safety management.
After receiving a walk-on invitation from former WVU Coach Dale Ramsburg, Clinton earned the starting center-field position with the Mountaineers and subsequently became the first African American baseball player at WVU. During his first year there, Clinton had 20 RBI’s and 2 home runs, a feat many believe was instrumental in catapulting the Mountaineers to their first post-season berth in years.
Unfortunately, Clinton’s hopes of professional baseball ended with a leg injury during the summer of 1976 while fulfilling his ROTC requirements. Before retiring in 2010, Clinton served as a teacher and coach for 28 years at University High School in Morgantown.
Clinton and his wife, Kathy, have one son, Kurtis; granddaughters Sofia, Ava and Harper; grandson, Bodhi; and daughter-in-law, Christie.
Anyone wanting to attend the induction banquet may do so by contacting Alumni Coordinator Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870 or at PSC-Alumni@mail.wvu.edu. Social hour is at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required and must be made by April 14.