05 Thomas P. Tiefenthaler '88
05 Thomas P. Tiefenthaler '88
Title: HOF Class of '05

Tom Tiethenthaler was a four-year letter winner for the Mariners football team as a running back and kick off/punt return and received two additional letters in baseball. In 1984 he ranked 14th in the nation for kickoff return yardage (23.6 yards per return), including a career long 72-yard kickoff return against Widener in the ECAC playoff. Tiethenthaler took over the starting job at running back in 1985, where he averaged a career best 6.2 yards per carry (105 attempts, 646 yards). Tiethenthaler enjoyed his best season in 1986 when he gained a total of 2,008 yards (349 receiving 742 kickoff/punt returns, 917 rushing) and scored 12 touchdowns (four receiving eight rushing). He gained 4,733 total yards (2,307 rushing) in his career at Kings Point and was a two-time team MVP (1986, 87). For his career, Tiethenthaler was the recipient of numerous conference and national honors as he was named to four all-conference teams, three as a running back (1985, 86, 87) and one as a punter (1986), was named a Pre-Season All American by The Football News (1986), was a two-time AP all American Team honoree (1986, 87) and was named the Liberty Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1986. Additionally, he set the NCAA Division III record for All Purpose Running in a season with 2,008 yards in 1986. Tiethenthaler also excelled on the baseball field as a freshman and a senior, batting 364 in his career with 50 runs, 26 stolen bases, 24 RBI, and 12 extra base hits. He led the team in hitting his senior year as he batted .415 with 27 runs, 13 stolen bases, 12 RBI, and eight extra base hits. At the conclusion of the season, Tiethenthaler was selected to participate in the New York State All-Star game and the NY-NJ All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Prior to graduating in 1988, he was awarded the Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy, which is presented to the top athlete at the Academy, and the Navy league of the United States Award in Memory of Admiral Emory Scott Land.