Susan Robinson Fruchtl among 2017 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award recipients

Susan Robinson Fruchtl
Susan Robinson Fruchtl
Susan Robinson Fruchtl is among the six former student-athletes honored with the 2017 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements. The annual award recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients.

Other 2017 recipients are Ty Detmer, Alonzo Mourning, Heather Taggart, Tommy Vardell and Troy Vincent. The NCAA will recognize the honorees at the Honors Celebration during the 2017 NCAA Convention on Jan. 18 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Susan Robinson Fruchtl, a former women’s basketball student-athlete at Pennsylvania State University, graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. She was a standout on the basketball court, where she is one of only two players in Penn State history to score 2,000 points and record 1,000 rebounds. As a senior, Robinson Fruchtl was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, Kodak Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American. She also earned the 1992 Wade Trophy as the national player of the year and was recognized by the NCAA as a Top VIII Award recipient. Robinson Fruchtl also received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and the Rawlings postgraduate scholarship. After her graduation, she went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education from Penn State in 1998 and a master’s degree in secondary guidance from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Robinson Fruchtl worked as an assistant coach for Penn State’s women’s basketball team until 2007. She then accepted a role as head coach for the women’s basketball team at Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania), where she was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading her team to a conference championship. In 2012, she became the head coach at Providence College. In 2016, she returned to Saint Francis as the athletics director. Robinson Fruchtl volunteers in her spare time with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the Special Olympics.

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Susan Robinson Fruchtl, coach turned administrator relishes helping others reach their potential

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