WESTERN CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 1988 INDUCTEES

 

 

ART BERNARDI – Football Coach 
Clairton High School: lettered football, basketball and baseball 3 years. Thiel College: lettered football 4 years, basketball 2 years. U.S. Marines 2 years. Butler High School Head Football. Coach 25 years. Record: 170 wins, 56 losses, 6 ties. WPIAL play-offs 1963,65,76,77,78,80,82,83 and 85. Play-off record: 9-8-1. Champions Quad A 1977. Past President WPIAL Football Coaches and Pennsylvania Football Coaches. Big “33” Head Coach 1 year. Coach of the Year Honors: 1965,76,77 and 82.


 

ROBERT G. BUBB – Wrestling
Lock Haven High School: 1954 Runner-up PIAA Champ. Pitt: 4th NCAA University Division 1959: Wilkes Open Champ 1958; Pitt’s Most Valuable Wrestler 1959. Coaching: Tyrone Area High School 1956-66: 6 High School District Champions: 1 PIAA Champion. Clarion University to date: 54 Pennsylvania Champions: 21 Eastern Wrestling League Champs: 5 University National Champs: 18 University Place Winners. NCAA College Coach of the Year 1972. Record: 259 wins, 71 losses, 2 ties. Pennsylvania Coaches Association Hall of Fame 1977. Eastern Wrestling League Coach of the Year 1980.


 

ROBERT BERTHA – Official
St. Joseph’s, Mt. Oliver, 1942: varsity basketball 3 years. Officiated 21 years at sandlot, grade school, high school and college levels. Officiated 28 years of football at all levels. 16 years in Division I officiating. Officiated over 100 major college games. Worked Army-Navy game 1979 and 1982. Tangerine and Peach Bowl. Served as President of West Penn Basketball Officials Association and President of EAIFO-Pittsburgh.


 

CHARLES DeVENZIO – Basketball
Coraopolis High School 1938: basketball, volleyball. All-Section in basketball. Geneva College: 4 year starter, 3 times Honorable Mention All-State. Twice District leading scorer. Coached 35 years: 583 wins, 226 losses. J. C. Man of the Year. Numerous Coach of the Year honors. 2 State Championships: one in Pennsylvania, one in North Carolina. Only 1 losing season in 35 years of coaching.


 

J. RICHARD SCHERRBAUM – Football Coach
Beaver High School: varsity letterman football and baseball 4 years, basketball 2 years. Eastern Kentucky University 1949: varsity letterman 4 years football and baseball. Head high school football coach: Beaver 1965; West Mifflin North 1960-64; Mt. Pleasant Hurst 1954-59 and basketball coach 1955-60. Football 70% wins. Coached West Mifflin North to WPIAL AA football championship 1963. Beaver: Midwestern Athletic Conference Champions 1965. Mt. Pleasant Hurst Class A Champions 1958 and 1959. Kennywood Park 1963 Brass Ring Award. Post-Gazette Dapper Dan Award for outstanding achievement in high school football 1963. Served as President of Coaches Association. Coach of All Star games.


 

JOSEPH M. O’TOOLE – Sports Personality
40 years with Pirate Baseball, including Traveling Secretary. Business Manager of Farm Club in New Orleans. With Big Club as Director of Marketing, Ticket Manager, Assistant to General Manager, retired as Vice President of Administration. Responsible for operation of Pirate City, Bradenton, Florida. Coordinator in Design and Construction of Three Rivers Stadium. Graduate Schenley High School: Student manager of Football and Basketball teams. 4 years with Merchant Marines–WW II.


 

BERNARD “FUZZY” J. ANDREWS – Coach
Captained Juniata College in football, basketball and baseball four straight years this made “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. West Penn official, officer and Rules Committeeman. Stowe High School: Head football, basketball and baseball coach from 1934 to 1958. 1937 WPIAL Class A football and baseball championships. Football record 27 years: 149 wins, 45 losses, 6 ties. Coached George Muha, Joe Muha and Alex Sandusky.


 

ANTHONY “TONY” TURICI – Offical/Coach
Allegheny High School ­1934: lettered in football, basketball and volleyball. Played Independent basketball for Gulf Oil, Frank Ferris, MUNY League, Pittsburgh Lyceum, St. Joseph’s Lyceum, Teamsters Local 249 and East Liberty YMCA. West Penn basketball official for 38 years. Served as coach, manager, President of Bellevue-Avalon Little League for 27 years. 1953 Manager of Little League team that went to Williamsport World Series. Coached grade school, Independent and high school basketball for 27 years. Honored by Bellevue and Northgate schools for outstanding service and dedication to school and community.


 

JOHN JOYCE – Official
St. Justin High School 1937. Belmont Abby and Villanova University. Played 4 years of football and baseball in college until injury ended career. Officiated high school and college football 28 years. Clock operator for Pitt football 9 years. Served as Vice President of Curbstone Coaches and Director of 1st Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Air Force: awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, 4 air medals, 3 Bronze Stars. Flew 58 combat missions


 

ART GOB – Football
Baldwin High School: 3 letterman for 2 years –football, basketball, track. Pitt 1955-59: Lettered 2 years, 1957 Lineman of the week A.P.: 1957 Honorable Mention All-East; 1958 A.P. All East; 1958 Honorable Mention All-American; 1958 East-West Shrine Game. Drafted by Washington Redskins, played 2 years, San Diego 1960.


 

VIRGINIA “GINNY” K. GRINDLE – Swimming/ Synchronized Swimming 
Slippery Rock University. Coached and officiated competitive and synchronized 1953-78, last 10 years at Pitt. A.M.A. -A.A.U. Synchronized Coach of Pittsburgh Synchronettes 13 years. Started Western Pennsylvania Girl’s High School Swimming 1972. Master Synchronized Clinician and Judge National Association for Girl’s and Women’s Sports in 70 r s. Edited NAGWS Synchronized Swim Rules Guide 1969-78. Professional Honor Award -AAHPER 1974. National Aquatic Council Service Award 1982. Hosted national clinics and competitions at Pitt in 70’s


 

HERBERT P. DOUGLAS, JR. – Track
1948 Olympic Bronze Medalist. Pitt long jump record holder 23 years. Third black minority to become Vice President of National company. Founder of Jesse Owens International Trophy Award. Pitt Letterman of Distinction and Bicentennial Medallion Winner. Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Black America, Who’s Who in the World. Portrayed in “Jesse Owens Story” by Ben Vereen.


 

DWIGHT WHITE – Football
10 year Steeler veteran defensive end. Played greatest games in Steeler Super Bowl victories, especially Super Bowl IX.  Rookie starter in 1971–youngest member of famed “Steel Curtain” defense. Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973. Received All Pro recognition.  Outstanding pass rusher. 3 QB sacks in Super Bowl X.  Super Bowl IX played 20 lbs. underweight, came from hospital bed to record first points of game, safety when he downed Tarkenton in end zone. Recorded 56 career sacks; led team in QB sacks in 1979 post-season en route to Super Bowl XIV victory.


 

DONALD ASMONGA – Basketball Coach
Homestead High School 1946: Football 1945 WPIAL Honorable Mention; basketball 1946 All WPIAL, All State, Record 28-0; Baseball State Champions. Alliance College: Baseball: basketball All District College and College Tri-State scoring championship record 49 points against Rochester: Football. Pitched for Red Sox organization. Basketball: Altoona Flyers in All-American League, Baltimore Bullets NBA. Semi-Pro basketball and baseball in many leagues and Greater Pittsburgh League. Belle Vernon High School. coached basketball and baseball ; 1978 WPIAL Basketball Championship, 3 Section Titles in basketball and baseball.


Please Note: The information on this page is, as it was posted in the program for the 1988 Annual Dinner.
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