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- January 3, 2024
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Mike Revenis got a late start on his athletic career at Mount Carmel Area, but boy was it worth the wait! Revenis didn’t even go out for football until his junior season and became an instant contributor on special teams and off the bench. Mike’s combination of size, strength and speed made him a natural. As a senior, Mike became a two way starter for coach Jazz Diminick at fullback and defensive end. That 76 team would go on to a fine 10-1 record, losing only to Pottsville by a score of 34-29; a game which many people would rank as one of the best football games ever played at the Silver Bowl. Mike threw a fullback option pass (38 pitch/pass) to Greg Kent for a 41 yard score that would have been the winning TD in that game – only to have it nullified by a penalty. Against Shikellamy, Mike put the Tornadoes on his back, rushing 21 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdown in a 12-7 victory. Mike wound up being the second leading rusher on that team and was third in tackles from his defensive end position. He also scored TD’s via punt and kick off returns. For his efforts, Mike was named third team all state by the Associated Press and was named first team All Anthracite by the Reading Eagle. He also won Len Eshmont and Ed Romance Awards following the season.
Mike then began throwing the javelin for coach Jim Sheehan as a member of the MCA track team. Mike went on to win District gold in 1977 and came home with the silver medal at the state track meet with a throw of 207’8″. During his collegiate years at East Stroudsburg University, Revenis won the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championship in the javelin in 1982 with a throw of 244’9″.Revenis was a 5th place finisher in 1981, earning him All America honors following both seasons. Revenis was also a two-time PSAC champion in the javelin and a two-time conference runner-up.
Revenis was the first winner of the East Stroudsburg Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete Award in 1982. He was also the first ESU student to earn an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. He was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Hall of Fame in 1999.
Revenis is now the director Cardiac Rehabilitation Services at Hahnemann Univeristy Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. And has published numerous research articles in his field.
He currently resides in Delran, New Jersey with his wife, Julie, and son, Jesse.