These days, Fred Gissendaner may look like a mild-mannered school administrator, but there are many who can remember when this respected educator doled out a few lessons on the football field. Like one game in 1965 when Gissendaner's performance against mighty Penn State earned the Kent State University senior national back of the week honors. After starring at football and track at Buchtel High School in Akron, Gissendaner moved on to Kent State, where he lettered four years in football field, Gissendaner was an outstanding halfback and punt returner. He was an All-Mild American Conference choice in 1965 and set several school records for punt return, including a 17.5-yard average in '65 and a 15.3 yard average for his career. He was a pole valuator for the Flashes' track team, setting the school's indoor pole vault mark. After graduation, he played one season for the Akron, he was named an assistant coach at Kent State and was on the staff of the school's first MAC football championship team in 1972. He returned to Akron as an assistant principal in 1979, then was promoted to principal at Norton High in 1984. He has served on the Akron Board of Education staff since 1986, currently as director of certification.