Often credited with playing a major role in revitalizing a legendary program, Thomas P. Tom Sculley was an NCAA national champion at 134 pounds as a senior in 1974. Sculley saved his best campaign for last, as his senior season still ranks among the best individual efforts in the storied history of Lehigh wrestling.
Legendary Lehigh coach Thad Turner credits Sculley for nearly single-handedly rejuvenating the Lehigh wrestling program. Arriving in my first year as coach, Tom was to my program what Ed Eichelberger was to Coach [Gerry] Leemans in the 1950s a leader around whom future success followed, Turner said.
Sculley qualified for nationals as a junior, but fell one win short of earning All-American status. That shortcoming helped motivate Sculley for his success the following year.
As a senior, Sculley posted a remarkable 26-0-1 season on the mat at 134 pounds. Along the way, Sculley defeated the likes of Navys Dan Muthler, who was the defending NCAA champion, at the Lehigh-Navy dual in Annapolis. Sculleys national title was the first under Coach Turner, and the first by a Lehigh wrestler since 1967.
Although he did not defer a year, Sculley posted a record of 59-11-3 in his Lehigh career. His unbeaten season in 1973-74 is one of just eight produced by the Lehigh program since 1965. Sculley was a two-time team captain for the Brown and White.
Prior to his arrival at Lehigh, Sculley was a standout wrestler at nearby Bethlehem Catholic High School. He posted a 64-2-1 record on the mats in high school, en route to capturing three Pennsylvania state crowns. Sculley was named his schools athlete of the year in 1970 and the City of Bethlehems top athlete in 1974.
For his efforts, Sculley has earned a spot in the PIAA Hall of Fame, the Bethlehem Catholic High School Hall of Fame, and the Pennsylvania state District XI Hall of Fame.
This honor really means a lot to me, more than I thought it would, Sculley said. Ive had friends from all around calling me and congratulating me. Im honored to be a part of this. I think I appreciate this more now than I would have ten years ago.
Sculley earned his degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1976. Since graduating from Lehigh, Sculley has remained involved in the Lehigh wrestling program. Currently the COO of Brute, Inc. in nearby Sinking Spring, Pa., Sculley and his company have continuously played an important role in the success of the Lehigh varsity wrestling program, the club wrestling program, and the EIWA.
Sculley and his former wife have three children: Thomas III, Megan, and Sara. He is currently engaged to Bonnie Persing.