MONT ALTO, Pa .– The Penn State Mont Alto men’s and women’s basketball teams will honor the memory of Brian Sensenig, Mont Alto communications instructor, on December 11.
Sensenig, who taught at the Mont Alto campus for 16 years, was a longtime volunteer announcer and statistician for basketball teams. He died on August 26, 2021 at the age of 52.
“Brian has always cared a lot about Mont Alto,” said Jack Schenzel, coach of the men’s basketball team. “You could tell he had a special love for basketball. He gave us so much.
This passion caught on in her classroom. Sensenig regularly held a poster competition among its communication students, for which they created panels to inspire basketball teams. They were displayed throughout the gym so fans could vote for their favorites.
“It created a bond between the (other) students and the Mont Alto basketball players,” said Schenzel. “He made it a lot of fun.”
The coach appreciated that a faculty member volunteered their time in the basketball program and embraced the progression from keeping statistics with pencil and paper to recording them in a digital database.
“He was never paid for anything he did there (at the games),” Schenzel said.
In recognition of Sensenig’s support, a tribute will be held between the 1 p.m. women’s match and the 3 p.m. men’s match. Both teams will take center court to listen to remarks from Schenzel and Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong, followed by a minute’s silence.
“It’s not easy,” Schenzel said, speaking in front of a crowd about Sensenig’s legacy. “It is definitely an emotional time.”
Schenzel paid a similar tribute to longtime Penn State Mont Alto athletic director Robert “Marty” Ogle, who died on March 29, 2019 at the age of 66.
“It’s always difficult to try to give them the respect they deserve,” said Schenzel.
Those who come to the Dec. 11 games are encouraged to wear baseball caps to celebrate Sensenig, who was known to wear them wherever he went.
Donations will be accepted in honor of Sensenig for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano.
For more information on the Penn State Mont Alto basketball teams, visit www.psumontaltoathletics.com.