WESTERN CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2001 INDUCTEES 

 

 

FRED AMBROSE – Sports Official
Fred graduated from Dormont High School and Slippery Rock State University participating in football and wrestling at both schools. When his career as an active athlete came to an end, he turned to officiating and has gained local and national notoriety as a high school and college Wrestling Official. Fred is currently on a streak of nine consecutive years of being named one of the top three officials in the NCAA Division I. He was named #1 five times in Division II and is presently ranked #3 in Division I. He is the top ranked and head official at the high school Nationals. He has worked the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Tournament three times and has worked the NCAA Tournament every year since 1980. Fred was inducted into the Sports Legends of Pittsburgh-National Italian Hall of Fame in 1996.


 

BOB “BUCK” BUCZKOWSKI – Football
Buck was a two-sport standout at Gateway High School and the University of Pittsburgh participating in football and track. Possessing great agility for his size (6’7″ and 300 lbs.), he towered over opponents at each level of competition. He was a Post Gazette Fabulous 22 Selection in High School and played in the East West Shrine Game as a college senior. After being named Pitt’s Defensive Player of the year, he was the Number I draft choice by the Oakland Raiders in 1986. He was forced to retire in 1991 while with the Cleveland Browns after extensive injuries. In track, Bob was a two-time PIAA Champion in the shot put and won the very first Big East Shot Put Championship for the University of Pittsburgh.


 

HAL HUNTER – Football Coach
A three sports star at Canonsburg High School, Hal went on to star in two sports at the University of Pittsburgh. In high school he was AII-WPIAL, and All-State in football and captain of the wrestling and track teams. He played football and wrestled at Pitt. He was captain of the 1956 Sugar Bowl Team and gained All East honors. He ended his playing career with the Steelers in 1956 as an offensive guard. Hal has gone on to enjoy a highly successful coaching career, primarily as an assistant coach. He spent 14 seasons at various colleges and 12 years as an offensive line coach in the NFL. He was the head coach at California University of PA for 4 years. For the past six seasons, Hal has been a Pro scout and Personnel Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL.


 

TONY LISCIO – Football
Tony was a three-sport star at Westinghouse High School and went on to star at Tulsa University and then the Dallas Cowboys. In his junior year (1958) Tony was named the Pittsburgh City League’s Most Valuable Player in basketball and made the Teen Magazine All-East Team in football. He was an All-conference performer at Tulsa and played in the College All-star Game in Chicago. After being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1963 as a”defensive end, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys to be an offensive tackle. He starred on the Cowboys offensive line until his retirement in 1971. After the tenth game of the 1971 season he was talked out of retirement to start at left tackle and lead the Cowboy’s to victory in Super Bowl VI. Retiring a champion, Tony was inducted into the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.


 

JERRY MATULEVIC – Baseball Coach
Jerry was a three-sport letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball at Shaler High School. He went on to play at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a three-year starter and, captain and most valuable player of the 1961 Panthers. Recently acclaimed a University of Pittsburgh Varsity Letterman of distinction, Jerry has taken his passion for coaching baseball to a new level. His record of 496 wins and 173 losses includes nine Section Championships and three WPIAL Championships (1980,1981, and 1999). Shaler won the 1980 State Championship and finished as state runner-up in 1999. He has been the recipient of two Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citations for Baseball Coaching Excellence and has been recognized in the Pennsylvania High School Sports Record Book of Excellence in Coaching for the past 29 years. He has had 25 former players sign professional contracts and 80% of his graduating seniors have played college baseball. The new Shaler Area High School Baseball Field has been named “Matulevic Field” in his honor. The Jerry Matulevic Championship Baseball Camp has instructed over 7,000 youngsters in the past 18 years.


 

SUZIE McCONNELL SERIO – Basketball
A three-sport star at Seton LaSalle High School, Suzie went on to an outstanding basketball career at Penn State University, two Olympic Teams (one gold and one bronze medal), and the Cleveland Rockers in the WIVIBA. As a backcourt wizard at all levels, she is the NCAA career assist leader with 2,307. Her play was a key factor in the United States National Team’s World Championship in 1986. Suzie was First Team All-WMBA and received the League’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 1998. Other honors included: the WMBA Sportsmanship Award in 1998 and 2000, the Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Woman of the Year Award in 2000, and named one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Greatest Athletes in the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. She is currently the coach at Oakland Catholic where she has won two WPIAL, and one State Championship.


 

JOHN O’HARA – Soccer
John is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and the University of Pittsburgh where he garnered All-state and All-American honors respectfully. While in high school he was also a member of the 1978 National Youth Soccer Team. He left Pitt in 1979 to embark on a 1O-year professional soccer career; playing for the Pittsburgh Spirit in 197-1980 and again from 1981 to 1986, the Cleveland Force in 1980-1981, and the Minnesota Strikers from 1986-1988. He was team captain for the Strikers and for five years with the Spirit. John was also a member of the U.S National Team and captain of the MISC All-start Team in 1983. He is currently the holder of a US Soccer Association “B” license and very active in youth soccer in the Pittsburgh area


 

GEORGE TARASOVIC – Football
George is a native of Granville, NY and graduate of Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport CT where he was an outstanding All-state high school football center and linebacker on a state championship team. He went south to Louisiana State University to pursue his football career gaining All-Southeastern Conference and All-American honors in 1951 at center and linebacker and played in the Blue-Grey and College All-Star Games. He was drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952 and played with them from 1952-1963, with a two ­year interruption for the Korean War (All-Army End with the Fort Belvoir Engineers). His stellar play earned him a Dapper-Dan award in 1959. George finished his career in 1967 after playing for the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles. Through his fund raising efforts in York, PA, he has raised $400,000 for Special Olympics.


 

ROY VUCINICH – Golf 
A resident of Moon Township, Roy haw been the Head Golf Professional at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley for 27 hears. He played on the 2000 Senior PGA Tour, finishing 6th in the PGA Qualifying School. His best finish was 4th place in the Toshiba Classic while earning six top 25 finishes and placing 56th on the Senior Tour’s earnings list. He has played in several PGA and US Open, as well as, Senior US Open and Senior PGA Championships. His championships include; 4 West Penn Golf Association titles, 3 Tri-State PGA Open titles, 2 Tri­-State PGA titles, and 3 Tri-State PGA Senior Championships. He has been named Tri-State Player of the Year four times, National PGA Senior Player of the Year two times, and garnered numerous other golf honors.


 

BOB WALK – Baseball
Bob’s professional career began at Spartansburg in 1977 after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. He made his major league debut in 1980 and was the starting pitcher in Game One of the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals. He was traded to Atlanta in 1981 and spent three seasons in that organization until the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired him in 1984. He was a 1988 National League All-star and posted six straight winning seasons from 1987-­1992. His finest moment as a Pirate came in 1992 when he notched a 7-1, complete game victory over Atlanta in Game Five of the National League Championship Series. His lifetime record of 105 wins and 81 losses includes 82-­61 mark with the Pirates. A native of Van Nuys, CA, Bob joined the Pirate broadcast crew in 1994.


 

RON WEISS – Horseshoes
Ron has been Allegheny County’s outstanding horseshoe pitcher for 20 years with a record of 400 State and National Tournaments plus 10 world Tournaments. He was State Class Champion 23 times and doubles champion in 1999. He has been President of the Western Pennsylvania Horseshoe Pitchers Association since 1985 and state officer for the past 17 years. As a promoter of his sport, Ron is President of H.O.P.E. (Horseshoe of Pittsburgh Enterprises) owners of Pittsburgh’s first indoor pitching facility in Carnegie. He has been instrumental in the development of many state and national events. Ron was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame and is known within his sport as the “Father of Horseshoe Pitching in Pennsylvania.”


 

JOE ZUGER – Football 
Joe is a graduate of Homestead High School and Arizona State University who went north of the border to Canada to become a legend. In his senior season at ASU, Joe led the nation in punting and pass interceptions and was named to the Blue-Grey All-star game. After graduation, Joe joined the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and played quarterback, punter, and defensive back over a ten-year career. His play is still reflected in the league’s record book which shows Joe Zuger still holds the record for Most Touchdown Passes in a Regular Season game-8, Second Longest Pass Completion -1 08 yards, and has the second highest Punting Average All-time regular season -45.6 yards. He remained with the Tiger-Cats as an assistant coach, Director of Player Personnel, and General Manager. Joe was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Tiger-Cats Wall of Fame in 2000.

Please Note: The information on this page is, as it was posted in the program for  the 2001 Annual Dinner.
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