2012 Hall of Fame Spotlight - William Pyle
"It's been a life-long opportunity to be apart of the hall of fame," said Pyle.
Pyle, born in Alma, Mich., was a state champion in both cross country and the one-mile in track. He was also one of the first inductees into his high school hall of fame as well. Then WMU made Pyle a promise that he couldn't pass up.
"WMU gave me the fulfillment to be able to compete at a high level," said Pyle. "WMU promised me the opportunity to put the track and cross country teams on the map."
He was a four-time MAC champion, winning the two-mile run three times and became only the second to win the MAC cross country championships at the time. He was also a three-time Central Collegiate Champion in the one-mile, two-mile and cross country.
"Coming from a small farm town, going to college was new experience," said Pyle. "It was a great experience to be in Kalamazoo."
He was a member of the 1956 and 1957 distance medley relay championship team at Drake Relays and earned All-American in 1956.
Though he can't remember the exact moment he was told he was in the WMU Hall of Fame, the moment in general was a shock.
"It surprised me when I found out," said Pyle. "I thought it was unlikely but it happened and I'm very happy."
Since leaving WMU, Pyle has been very busy in the Kalamazoo Public School system. He was a teacher in the school system for five years before becoming a counselor for the next five. He then went on to be a higher student counselor for the next fifteen years.
"Kalamazoo Public Schools have been excellent to me and I've loved working for the school district," said Pyle.
Pyle, along with the other Hall of Fame inductees, will be honored on Friday and then Saturday during the halftime show of the WMU football game versus Northern Illinois.