For the past 58 years, the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame has honored and inducted over 735 incredible men and women who have made a lasting impact in Pennsylvania through extraordinary athletic achievement and contributions. Whether these activities have been achieved on or off the field, we honor them here.
An outstanding Class of 1990 three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball & baseball) at Mt. Lebanon
NSCAA Regional Soccer All-American his junior year, two – time PA. Soccer Coaches All-State team (1988-89) and Gatorade Pennsylvania High School Soccer Player of the Year his senior season
Finished scholastic career with school record of 132 points (86 goals and 46 assists)
MVP of 1990 PIAA basketball finals and played in the 1990 Dapper Dan Roundball Classic
Batted .483 his sophomore year and .444 as a junior for Mt. Lebanon (injured his senior year)
Selected to the baseball squad in both his junior and senior years for the US Olympics Sports Festival and was rated as one of the top 25 US prospects by Baseball America and USA Today
Full baseball scholarship to Vanderbilt University in 1990-91, was named to Baseball America’s Freshman All-American Team in 1991 and was a pre-season All-American in 1993 and selected to the 1993 “Smith Super Team” by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers
In his junior (final) season at Vanderbilt, he batted .346, with 11 home runs and 46 stolen bases
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft
Major League manager for the Houston Astros (1989-93), Oakland Athletics (1996-2002) and New York Mets (2003-04). Managed in 2,266 major league games (1989-2004)
Set American League record of 20 consecutive wins as Manager of the Oakland Athletics in 2002
Finished second four consecutive years (1999-2002) for an American League Manager of the Year Award
Was a baseball analyst for the Houston Astros from 2005-06 and from 2009-17
Spent two years as a bench coach for the Texas Rangers (2007-08)
Major League infielder (played all four positions but mostly second and third base) for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1974-75), Houston Astros (1976-82) and St. Louis Cardinals (1984-85)
Set Houston Astros record in 1981 with a 20- game hitting streak
A stellar multi-sport athlete at Shaler Area High School where he was an All-WPIAL in football and led the Titans to a WPIAL baseball championship his junior year.
He attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship and, after a football career ending injury, was signed by the Pirates in 1970 after attending a tryout camp
He was inducted into the Shaler Area Athletic Hall of Fame, the University of Wyoming Hall of Fame, the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Houston Astros Orbiters’ Hall of Fame
Played in the NHL from 1956 – 1978 for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blue and the Chicago Blackhawks
Two years after retiring as a player he became coach of the Blackhawks farm team, the New Brunswick Hawks and led them to a second- place finish in 1979 with a 43-29-10 record
He became Head Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1979-80 season
In 1981 he was named coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and in 1983 was named General Manager
He held the post for five years, which included the entry draft selection of Mario Lemieux
In 1993 he was again named the Penguins Head Coach, a position he held until 1997
He spent the next nine years as the Assistant General Manager to Craig Patrick and was named Senior Advisor for Hockey Operations in July 2006
He is still active with the Penguins and enjoys the Pittsburgh sports scene from his home in Upper St. Clair
Graduated 2004 from Kiski Area High School and attended the Univ. of Pittsburgh
Nine letter winner at Kiski in football (led team to 3 WPIAL Quad A playoff appearances), wrestling (two-time WPIAL wrestling champion) and track.
Led team as a senior with 132 tackles and had a career rushing record of 1,121 yards
Led NCAA Division I in tackles in 2007 at Pitt (his 344 tackles in two seasons ranks him 10th All-Time at Pitt)
In 2008, he was a 1st Team All-American and was also named the All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year
Drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft (146th overall) by the San Francisco 49er’s
Played for the 49er’s (2009 – 2011) and Buffalo Bills in 2012 where he suffered a career ending knee injury
Inducted with the inaugural class into the Kiski High School Sports Hall of Fame
A 1968 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School where he was an outstanding football, basketball and baseball player. In his senior year he was the Foothills Conference MVP in football and was selected to play in the 1968 Big 33 Game in Hershey.
Drafted out of high school as a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds and played two years of minor league ball before being drafted into the military
A celebrated army veteran who was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star for heroism, he returned to West Liberty, coaching football and baseball there prior to his graduation.
For 42 years he taught and coached at Franklin Regional, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Gateway, and Woodland Hills, as well as two York County schools, Red Lion and Steelton-Highspire, where he was the head coach
He was the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh Central Catholic in 1988, when they won their first PIAA Quad AAAA title.
Was also the defensive coordinator at Woodland Hills High School and was highly instrumental in leading the Wolverines to four WPIAL Championships in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2009.
In the 2009 football season at Woodland Hills, Bill battled the effects of Agent Orange, contracted in Vietnam, and called defensive signals via closed circuit TV from his hospital bed at the Vets Hospital
A 2005 inductee into the East Boro’s Sports Hall of Fame
Named WPIAL Coach of the Year in 2010 by vote of the WPIAL football coaches, the only time a non-head coach was selected.
Ten of his former defensive players have played in the NFL
Served 25 years as Yale AD (1994-2018), overseeing 35 varsity sports and approximately 900 coaches and athletes annually
Yale’s sports programs won 30 national championships and 82 Ivy League titles during his tenure
His programs at Yale have also produced 43 Olympic athletes and 337 All-Americans during those years
His programs also averaged 10 nationally ranked Yale teams annually during those years
His fundraising initiatives during his administration have raised over $325 million, enabling Yale to erect 11 new athletic facilities while renovating an additional 11 campus sports venues
Led the 1963 & 1964 Taylor Allderdice football teams to back-to-back City League championships and was 1964 First Team All-City League High School quarterback
A 1968 Pitt grad, he earned three varsity letters in baseball and basketball and was the 1968 Pitt baseball captain
Played professional baseball for 5 years (1967-71) with the San Francisco Giants organization
Coached college baseball at Pitt and Butler CC, before serving as athletic administrator at San Jose State and then as Associate AD at Stanford University, where his teams won 32 NCAA championships and received seven “Champion of Champions” Awards
In 2017 the Yale University Athletic Director’s Chair was endowed and renamed the “Thomas A. Beckett Athletic Director’s Chair”
in 2018 he was named the National Football Foundation Athletic Director of the Year
• A 1970 graduate of Peabody High School, he quarterbacked his team to the 1969 Pittsburgh City League championship
• Was a PIAA high school football official from 1978 until 1997
• From 1983 to 2000, he officiated collegiate football games in the PSAC, PAC, Ivy League and Atlantic 10 Conferences
• From 2000 to 2017 he was a member of a prestigious Big 10 Conference officiating team
• Bowl assignments included the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, the Papa John's.com Bowl, the Music City Bowl, the Go-Daddy.com Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Cactus Bowl, and the Independence Bowl
• He worked two NCAA Division I Kick-off Classic Games in 2013 and 2014
• Consistently a top Field Judge in the game throughout his career
Charles Tursky Jr
• A graduate of Riverview High School and Slippery Rock University
• Coaching record over 36 years is 505 wins and 143 losses, including 459 wins and 83 losses during his 29 years as head coach at Kiski Area High School
• Section Coach of the Year 16 times, 13 in consecutive years
• Two-time "back to back" WPIAL Coach of the Year, 1996-1997 and 2002- 2003
• PIAA Coach of the Year (2002 and 2003)
• Team honors include 8 Westmoreland County Championships, 16 section titles between 1991 and 2015, a sectional dual meet record of 214-25-1 between 1986-2015 and 102 consecutive dual meet victories from 1993 to 2006
• Won WPIAL Team Championships in 1997 & 2005 and SW Regional Championships in 2003 & 2006
• Over 80 of his former wrestlers are coaching wrestling today
INDUCTEE OF DISTINCTION
Born in Detroit, MI and attended the University of Denver
Led the University of Denver to two NCAA Championships in 1968 – 1969
Played center in the NHL for four different clubs over a nine- year period
In the 1980 Olympics he was the General Manager and Assistant Coach of the USA’s Gold Medal winning team
Head Coach of the New York Rangers in 1980-81 and General Manager in 1981-1986
General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1989-2006, winning the Stanley Cup in 1981 & 1982
Elected to the NHL Hall of Fame in 2001
Dr Karen Hall
1983/1984 Mt. Alvernia Girls Basketball Team Captain/Team MVP
In 1983, she started for the undefeated (34-0) Mt. Alvernia PIAA Class A State Championship team
Was a WPIAL Class A Section II All-Star, a Pittsburgh Post Gazette Finest-Five All Star and a North Hills News Record Fabulous Five All-Star after the 1984 season
Was named a 1984 National High School Girls Basketball All-American
In 1982, 1983 and 1984 her team was crowned National Amateur Athletic (AAU) Union Champions and she was also named a 3- time AAU All-American
In 1985 she was a USA-Basketball Sports Festival West Team Alternate
1984-1988 College Basketball Scholarship to University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
In the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons, she served as the Lady Running Rebels team captain. In 1988 she was named second team All-Big West Conference
1994 Western Pennsylvania Girls’ Basketball Hall-of-Fame Inductee
2009 Ammon Recreation Center Legends Hall-of-Fame, 2013 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic (WPIAL) League Hall-of-Fame Inductee…Team Category
In 2016, a Connie Hawkins Men’s Summer Basketball League Hall-of-Fame Inductee and in 2017, Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall-of-Fame Inductee
Due to the Covid pandemic, There were no Inductions or Inductees’ Ceremonial banquet .
A graduate of Montour High School and Penn State University
Quarterback at Penn State for three seasons (1970-1972) with a 26-3 record and was named first team All-American in 1972.
First Penn State QB to pass for over 2000 yards
A pro quarterback for 15 seasons in the NFL and CFL
Was the Quarterback Coach for the Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Patriots and Giants and was Offensive Coordinator for the Giants from 2004-2006
Was Head Coach of the Calgary Stampeders, winning 4 Grey Cup Championships
Current President and General Manager of the Calgary Stampeders
Graduate of Plum High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Winningest golfer in Western PA golf history with more than 40 tournament victories
Pittsburgh Open Champion in 1996,1997 and 2000; Western PA Amateur Champion in 1988, 1998-2003 and 2018; Western PA Mid-Amateur Champion in 1989, 1991 1994, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2015 (Most in Western PA Golf history)
Western PA Player of the year in 1994-2002, 2004, 2010, and 2012
Pennsylvania: Amateur Champion 1997; Mid-Amateur Champion 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2009; Pub-Links Champion 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013
United States Senior Amateur Champion in 2017, runner-up 2018; participant in the US Amateur 15 time’s and the Mid-Amateur 16 times winning in 2013 and US Team Champion 2009
Inducted into the Plum High School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny-Kiski, and East Boros Halls of Fame
Graduate of North Catholic High School and Duquesne University where he was a our-year letterman in tennis
CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena, 2003-Present where the franchise has been repeatedly recognized within the sports industry as a finalist for Sports Business Journal’s “Sports Team of the Year”
Played a core role in making the $185 million renovation of Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) a reality
The Q is one of the most active live entertainment venues in the world – hosting over 200 events annually.
SVP of Business Operations, Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2003, where he played a pivotal role in the negotiation of multi-million dollar naming rights for the Nova Care Training Facility and Lincoln Financial Field, as well as a leadership role with the development of these facilities.
The Eagles became the first franchise in pro sports history to generate over $1 billion in contractually-obligated income with the opening of Lincoln Financial Field in 2003.
SVP/COO, Cleveland Lumberjacks Hockey, 1994-1996
Helped start up the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves NBA franchise, serving as their top sales and marketing leader as VP Sales, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1988-1994. The Timberwolves still hold the all-time NBA single season attendance record during his tenure
Started career with Pittsburgh Spirit & Pittsburgh Penguins
Coached 4 varsity sports at North Allegheny High School from 1960 through 1987 and his combined boys and girls cross country teams and boys and girls track and field teams record during his 28 year coaching tenure was 722 wins and 19 losses in dual and tri-meets, a remarkable 97.5% winning margin
His combined career accomplishments for all four teams include 58 Section titles, 32 WPIAL (District 7) titles and 13 PIAA state championships
His boys cross country teams qualified “as a team” (all five runners were time-eligible for the championship race) 19 times at PIAA state championship meets across the years
His boys track and field teams won 8 WPIAL Relays championships and both the boys and the girls cross country teams won 50 invitational meet titles
He won 3 Tri-State Coach of the Year Awards, 2 PIAA Coach of the Year Awards and a Tri-State Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award
He was inducted into the North Allegheny Tigers Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
A graduate of St. Mary of the Mount High School, Georgetown University, and the University of Pittsburgh (MBA)
Mt. Washington Hall of Fame Inductee
Georgetown Baseball Team: 1971-1974
Local high school football official for fifteen years and NCAA football official for 30-years
Tri-State Collegiate & ECAC college football official for 9 years
Member of Big Ten Conference as football official for 21 years
Officiated over 200 NCAA Division I football games in the Big Ten Conference
Worked the 2001 NCAA National Championship Football Game (Oklahoma vs. Florida State)
Other NCAA Bowl assignments were the Peach, Orange, Cotton (2), Liberty and All-American Bowl
Former President of the Big Ten Officials Association
Successful business owner for past thirty years
Dr. Leigh Curl
A graduate of North Hills High School (1981) and the University of Connecticut (1985).
The only high school athlete ever to be named to both the Post-Gazette Fab Five in Basketball and All-Area Softball team
As a senior Indians basketball star, averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds per game.
In softball, her two-year record as a pitcher was 33-2. S he led her team to a PIAA Championship her junior year, and the PIAA State semi-finals her senior year.
At Connecticut she was her class valedictorian and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Huskies women’s basketball team.
She was a two-time Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the year, a two-time first team Division 1 Women’s Basketball Academic All- American, and was inducted Into the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1998
Had 1,388 career points and 834 rebounds for the U-Conn Huskies, still 11th all-time
Currently serves as Head Orthopedic Surgeon for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and is an assistant team physician with MLB’s Baltimore Orioles. She had previously served as team physician for St John’s University, the New York Mets, the University of Maryland, USA Basketball and USA Rugby.
Attended Upper St. Clair HS and graduated from Minnesota’s Shattuck St. Mary’s/Millard North. Graduated from St. Cloud State College in 2003
After graduating from St. Cloud, he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing 81 games his rookie season
He finished third in scoring his rookie season and spent the 2004-2005 “Lock-out” year playing in Finland.
In 2003, he was the first Pittsburgh-born and trained player to compete in an NHL game for the Penguins
In June 2008, he signed a seven-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lighting and played there for six seasons
He was a member of the United States Hockey Team in the 2004 and 2006 World Championships
In 2010 he won a silver medal in Vancouver with the United States Olympic Hockey Team
Graduated from Avella High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh
Started his professional career as an iron worker and eventually started his own company, supplying erection cranes and other heavy construction equipment for many major projects throughout Western Pennsylvania
His business success enabled him to become one of the area’s leading sports philanthropists.
Named the University of Pittsburgh’s Golden Panther of the Year in 1983
1985 Washington County Italian Man of the Year and 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year for Construction
1999 Pittsburgh-Italian American Scholarship Fund Man of the Year, 2000 Italian-American Hall of Fame and 2000 Washington County Community Foundation Philanthropist of the Year
A graduate of McKeesport High School and Bethany College
Head football coach at Clairton High School for 18 years
Won six WPIAL titles and four consecutive PIAA State championships
Led Clairton High School to Pennsylvania state record of 66 consecutive wins
Overall coaching record is 160 – 69
His Clairton teams were 141 – 22
Pennsylvania AP Coach of the Year two times.