Paul Holdren, ‘74
Paul Holden achieved all-MIAA distinction in 1974, wrestling his way to the league championship in the 158-pound weight class.
His career took off after suffering five losses in the last two weeks of his first year as he ripped off 38 victories in his final three seasons. He was 6-0 until an injury derailed his junior year and he went on to achieve a 17-0 record as a senior. He held 11 school records upon graduation.
Paul jumped into teaching after graduation, but took a break to work on a master’s degree in divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. Paul pastored churches in Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia from 1985-92, but has since returned to the teaching profession, currently teaching biology in the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Paul remained active in wrestling as coach of high school teams at Flint Northwestern from 1975-81 and Burtin-Bendle from 1996-97 and he launched the program at Mott Community College in 2002.
Paul resides in Holly with his wife, Karen. They are the parents of Anna, Joshua, Alyssa, Jarret, Andrea, John, Keith, and Amanda.
Timothy Czarnecki, ‘00
Tim Czarnecki netted three all-MIAA first team awards by shooting the basketball through the hoop. He was the best shooter from the field in the league for three years running, knocking down nearly 63 percent of his attempts in games against league rivals from 1998-2000. Thanks to his shooting prowess, he averaged nearly 15 ½ points in league games during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Tim was also among the league’s rebounding leaders. He pulled down nearly 8 ½ boards in league games in 2000, the third-best average in the MIAA. He was also fifth in 1999 and eighth in 1998.
Tim also was a three-year letter winner in baseball and he achieved all-MIAA second team status after launching three homeruns in games against league rivals in 1997. A career .310 hitter, Tim slugged 20 doubles and 14 homeruns and drove in 79 runs.
A sports science major at Albion, Tim advanced to Marymount University where he completed a doctoral degree in physical therapy. He currently serves as director for the Centers of Excellence at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.
Tim and his wife, Amy Schreiber Czarnecki, ’99, are the parents of Addyson and Ian.
John Bennink, ‘02
John Bennink used his speed to star on the football field and on the track during his career as an Albion athlete.
John twice achieved All-America status and all-MIAA recognition on the track three times. He won the league title in the 400-meter hurdles his first year with a time of 52.67 seconds, a mark that still stands as the league record. His time of 52.36 seconds in a third-place finish in the 1999 NCAA Championships still stands as the school standard.
A two-time all-MIAA pick at receiver, John was a member of three league champion football squads. He racked up 995 receiving yards during the 2001 season, a figure that still ranks as the school standard, and finished the 2000 and 2001 seasons with 1,627 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
John has taught German and served as the head track & field and assistant football coach at Clarkston High School since 2004. He and his wife, Krista, are the parents of a daughter, Georgia.
Jason Beglin, ‘97
With Jason Beglin on the defensive line in 1996, Albion was able to limit opponents to less than 95 rushing yards per game and the Britons held five of their 10 opponents to nine points or less.
Jason finished the season with 47 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, 10 of which were sacks.
Based in Rochester, Jason has forged a career in the pharmaceutical industry where he currently serves as a clinical sales specialist for Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. Jason and his wife, Cammy, are the parents of Jack and Katherine.