LEON “Bud” CARSON – Football Coaching
Bud was an AII-WPIAL halfback at Freeport High School and went on to be an All-Conference defensive back at the University of North Carolina. He began his coaching career in Western Pennsylvania at Scottdale in 1955-56 before returning to UNC for a seven-year term as an assistant coach. After serving as the Defensive Coordinator at South Carolina and Georgia Tech, he became Head Coach at Tech, going 25-25 over five years. Bud was Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns for two years, 1989-1990 (losing once to Denver in the AFC Championship Game). Additionally, he was a highly respected Defensive Coordinator for seven NFL teams -including 7 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His teams played in 14 playoff games, including 3 Super Bowls; set NFL records for total defense in one game -minus 21 yards (LA vs Seattle), and was coordinator of 2 of the 5 defenses that led the league in both run and pass defense.


DAN DARRAGH – Football
Dan is a graduate of South Hills Catholic High School and The College of William & Mary. He came into his own as a quarterback in college; starting for three years, garnering Southern Conference Player of the Week honors five times, All ­Conference honors in two seasons, and was the team MVP in 1967. He led the team to a 27-16 upset of Navy in 1967, a game still listed as one of the NCAA’s top ten upsets. Dan was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and engineered another major upset when Buffalo defeated the Super Bowl bound new York Jets (37-35) in 1968. Unfortunately, injuries cut short his promising professional career. He is an attorney in Pittsburgh and one of the areas top amateur golfers.


Dr. JOHN FRANK – Football
A two-year letterman in football, basketball and track at Mt. Lebanon High School, John earned AII-WPIAL and All-State honors as a senior and played in the 1980 Big 33 Game where he was voted Most Valuable Player. He went on to letter four years at Ohio State where he gained All Big 10 honors and Academic All-America. He served as team captain his final season and was voted Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Player. Drafted by the San Francisco Fourty Niners in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, he spent five seasons with the team making 66 receptions and scoring 10 touchdowns. He was named All ­Madden three seasons, and contributed to victories in two Super Bowls including catching a key pass in the comeback “Drive” of super Bowl 23. John received a medical degree from Ohio State in 1992, and is a board certified Otolaryngologist, presently residing and practicing in Chicago.


Grant graduated from Fostoria High School in Ohio and attended Bowling Green University Junior College Branch in Fostoria, OH. He signed with the Phillies in 1962 and began an eighteen year major league career with them in 1965. In 1976, he was acquired by the Pirates from Seattle for Craig Reynolds and Jimmy Sexton. As a relief pitcher he won 86 games while losing 75, compiled an ERA of 3.46, and had 79 saves. He appeared in a Championship Series with Baltimore, the Yankees, and Pirates, winning two and losing none. He also won one game in the three World Series that followed, winning the last game of the 1979 World Series for Pittsburgh. His 36 saves rank him in the top ten of Pirates relievers. Grant and his family still make Pittsburgh their home and he works as a pitching coach in the Cincinnati Reds organization.


A graduate of Penn Hills High School, Melanie was an All-American Swimmer in 1981 through 1984. She was the Post Gazette Dapper Dan Female Athlete of the Year in 1982 and 1984, and the Dial Corporation’s National female Athlete of the Year in 1984. From 1981 until 1984, she was the WPIAL and State Champion in the 100 yard fly and the 200 yard medley -her WPIAL and State records in both events still stand. In 1982 and again in 1983 she set the national record in the 100 yard fly. She continued her record setting as a member of the University of North Carolina Swim Team from 1985-89. Melanie was an All-ACC Conference and All-American selection in each of her four collegiate seasons -swimming the 100 and 200 yard fly each year. Her career included participation on numerous US Swim Teams in national and world events.


A graduate of Marple Newton High School in Eastern Pennsylvania, Bill went on to become an All-American defensive performer for the University of Pittsburgh Between 1980 and 1984 he was a three year letter winner and earned All-American honors in 1983 and 1984. In 1984, he was first round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs -the fifth player taken overall that year He played for the Chiefs from 1984 until 1992 and ended his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1993. Bill was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1984, first team All-Pro in 1986, and a Pro Bowl performer in 1987 and 1985. He is currently an analyst for the Fox Network and has a syndicated football program with Ronnie Lott on cable with Fox Sports Net.


TED MARCHIBRODA – Football Coaching
At Franklin High School, Ted was a 4-year starter in Basketball (First-Team All­State in 1949) and a 3-year starter in football, gaining All-State honorable mention each year. At St. Bonaventure College, he started for two years earning All-East recognition in 1950. When the Bonnies dropped football he moved to the University of Detroit where he led the nation in total offense in 1952. He played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years and one with the Detroit Lions. After several years as an assistant, he became the head coach of the Baltimore colts in 1975 -engineering one of the biggest turnaround seasons in NFL history (2-12 to 10-4). He remained with the Colts until 1979 winning three Division Titles. After several years as an offensive coordinator, he returned to coach the Colts in Indianapolis from 1992 until 1995 -losing to Pittsburgh in the 1995 AFC Championship Game. He retired in 1998 after a 3-year stint as coach of the Baltimore Ravens and is now the radio color-analyst for the Indianapolis Colts.


BRUNO SCHWARZ – Soccer Coaching 
A graduate of Ferndale High School in Johnstown, Bruno went on to play soccer at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a three year starter. He played with the U.S. Army Soccer Team in Germany and locally in the Keystone League until 1975. His love for soccer has led to a high school coaching career that is unparalleled in Western Pennsylvania. As the soccer coach at North Allegheny (1969-Present), he is the winningest coach in the WPIAL with 466 wins, 156 losses and 41 ties. His teams have been in the WPIAL playoffs 21 times in the last 24 years, winning 13 section titles, 7 INPIAL Championships and appeared in three state finals. He was voted WPIAL Coach of the Year three times. Bruno was also the first coach of the Pittsburgh Spirit (1979), coached in the Olympic Development Program for PA West, and is currently the Vice-president of the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.


Considered by many as the greatest long distance runner in Western Pennsylvania, Martin was to be the marathon representative for the United States in the Olympics in Moscow but did not run because of the boycott. He was the Olympic Marathon Alternate for the United States in 1976. He won 38 out of the 56 marathons he entered. In 1975, he won five marathons becoming the only man to win the New York City and Bronx Marathons in the same year. He won 10 relay marathons in 1976 and 1978 and was a 10-time AAU Champion. The later included; 2 marathons, 2 half marathons, 2 10 mile races, a 30 kilometer, 15 kilometer and 10 kilometer races. Martin beat virtually every great runner of his era, including Bill Rogers and Frank Shorter.


TOM THAMERT – Sports Official
“A little ’01 farm boy from Minnesota”, Tom made Pittsburgh his home, and football and basketball officiating his lifetime advocation. Tom refereed over 150 high school football games, including 5 WPIAL Championship Games. He officiated more than 225 major college games, including 6 major post-season games and 2 kickoff classics. His resume includes 6 -Pitt vs. Penn State encounters, 5 -Pitt vs West Virginia, 3 -Penn State vs. Notre Dame and 2-Notre Dame vs. Southern California games. In his 18 years as a high school basketball official he worked over 400 games including 3 WPIAL Championship encounters. Tom is currently an observer for the Big East Conference.


BOB VEALE – Baseball
A graduate of Holy Family High School in Ensley, Alabama, Bob attended St. Benedict’s College in Kansas. He was signed by the Pirates as a free agent in 1958 and spent 13 years in the majors with Pittsburgh and Boston. As a seven­ year starting left-handed pitcher for the Pirates, he had 200 or more strikeouts four times including a league leading 250 in 1964 and a Pirate left-handed record of 276 in 1965 (a Pirates LHP record of 16 against Philadelphia). In 1964 he also led the Pirates in wins with 18 and innings pitched with 279.2. Bob was a member of the 1965 and 1966 All-star Teams and is a member of the Pirates Top Ten with 1869 innings pitched, 116 wins, 1652 strikeouts, and 20 shutouts.


MIKE WESTHOFF – Football Coaching
Mike is a graduate of Bethel Park High School where he captioned the 1964 undefeated football team. He went on to star at Wichita State as a three-year starter. His senior year effort brought him a captaincy and most valuable player honors. He coached high school football at Peters Township and Canon­ MacMillan and went on to hone his trade in college at Indiana University, Dayton, Northwestern, and TCU. In the NFL, he had been with the Colts for three years and the Dolphins for the past fifteen. The 1989 winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, he is currently the Dolphins Special Teams Coach.

Please Note: The information on this page is, as it was posted in the program for  the 2000 Annual Dinner.