Stan Pawlak is one-half of the great duo of Pawlak-Neuman that led the Quakers to a 19-6 overall record and Penn's first-ever official Ivy League Championship in 1965-66.  Pawlak and Neuman captained the Quakers to a 56-48 victory over Princeton in The Palestra on Tuesday, March 1, 1966 amid jubilant cries from Red and Blue fans, after awaiting a basketball championship for 13 years. Unfortunately, Pawlak did not get the chance to show off his talents nationwide, as Penn was prevented from participating in the NCAA Tournament for refusing to comply with a new NCAA mandate.


But Pawlak's storied basketball career at Penn was not tainted.  Although Pawlak was a three-time All-Ivy League honoree and three-time leading scorer for the Quakers, he saved his best for last.  The 1965-66 season saw Pawlak earn his stripes, and eventually, a place in the history books.  Penn's 6-2 senior averaged 23.2 points per game and shot 48.7 percent from the field.  He recorded team-highs in points when he exploded against La Salle for 37 on January 12, 1966, and field goals with 15, in the same game.  He still stands fourth all-time in points in a game (37), fourth in career field goals made (606) and third in career scoring average (20.3 ppg) at Penn.  He was named honorable mention All-America, South Jersey Basketball Player of the Year (Westmont, NJ), All-ECAC honoree, Undergraduate Varsity Award winner and earned the Bus MacDonald Award as Penn's most inspirational player.


Pawlak went on to play for the Eastern Basketball Association (EBA) for six seasons.  In 1969, he earned league MVP honors after leading the league in scoring in his rookie season with Wilkes-Barre (PA).  He finished his EBA career as the fourth all-time leading scorer with 5,729 points and five consecutive first-team All-EBA honors. To commemorate the 50-year life span of the league, he was named to the first-team All-Eastern Basketball Association team in 1996.

Pawlak was honored as Penn's first inductee into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1973.  He was also named to the Ivy League Silver Anniversary All-Star Basketball Team in 1981.  Pawlak also earned three varsity letters in track and field and co-captained the 1966 Penn track and field team.


“Playing with Stan was like completing a sentence. I would very often begin the play with some ball handling and movement while he would find the open space to allow an interaction, a pass, leading to a basket.  We knew each others movements well and interacted without word or gesture.” — Jeff Neuman, W’66, WG’67