Pietila, Jack


Jack entered Otterbein in the fall of 1958 with high athletic marks, having achieved All-American and All-Ohio honors in football at Warren Harding High School. The three-sport athlete earned four varsity letters in both football and baseball, and two in wrestling at Otterbein. A two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection in football in 1960 and 1961, Jack helped lead Otterbein to three winning seasons as his teams compiled a 23-4-0 record from 1959 to1961 under legendary coach Bob “Moe” Agler. He served as class president for three years and was selected to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” as a senior. Following graduation, Jack entered the U.S. Air Force and earned his master’s degree in management from the University of North Dakota. Jack was promoted to major in 1978 and was appointed Director of Sports and Recreation, overseeing 74 installations in Europe. He retired from the Air Force in 1983 and returned to his alma mater as Director of Alumni Relations, later becoming Executive Director of Development in 1990, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. In 1992, Jack was inducted into the Warren, Ohio Sports Hall of Fame, and is currently serving as president of the Otterbein “O” Club. Jack is married to the former Mary Jean Barnhard ’61. They have two daughters and three grandsons.