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.

Arthur J. Rooney Jr

Year Inducted:2010

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Arthur J. Rooney, Jr is the second son of Pittsburgh Steeler Founder, Arthur J. Rooney Sr. He played football and graduated from North Catholic High School and St. Vincent College
He began his employment with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1961 and from 1966 – 1987. He oversaw the Steeler’s Scouting Department
During that time the Steelers won four Super Bowls and was the NFL 1970’s – “Team of the Decade”
Nine players drafted by Art during that time period became Pro Football Hall of Famers

Phyllis Jones

Year Inducted:2010

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Robert Jury

Year Inducted:2010

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Jonna Burke

Year Inducted:2010

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Joe Bushofsky

Year Inducted:2010

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Charles "Charley" Mehelich

Year Inducted:2010

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Chuck was known as the “Iron Man” as a two-way starter at Duquesne University, Bainbridge, Fleet City, and Samson Naval Stations and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Owner Art Rooney told others, including Charlie’s nephew Hall of Famer Bill Fralic, that Charlie was the toughest football player he ever saw. He was inducted into Duquesne University Hall of Fame in 1975. After retiring from Pro Football, he taught and coached at North Catholic and Cheltenham High Schools from 1956 until his death in 1985. He was an assistant coach in Football and Head Basketball Coach, coaching Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

Reginald Wells

Year Inducted:2010

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George Novak

Year Inducted:2010

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George Novak played football, basketball and baseball at Munhall High School earning 10 varsity letters from his freshman year through his senior year. As A Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket he played in the Sun Bowl (1970) and the Peach Bowl (1971). He was a scholastic football coach for 38 years; the first 8 at Steel Valley and the final 30 at newly formed Woodland Hills, where he served as the Wolverines first head coach. His combined coaching record was 306-139-1, third most head coaching victories in WPIAL history. During this period, his teams were in the WPIAL or PIAA playoffs 32 out of 38 years, winning 15 Conference and 6 WPIAL titles (1 with Steel Valley and 5 with Woodland Hills). His Woodland Hills teams played in the PIAA Quad A title game 3 times. George’s 1982 AAA Steel Valley team finished #1 in the state at 13-0 ( prior to the onset of PIAA state playoffs). He won numerous Conference and WPIAL “Coach of the Year” honors and was the “PIAA Triple A Coach of the Year in 1982. In 2003 he was honored as the Schutt Sports Scholastic Football Coach of the Year for the U.S. Eastern Region. He was inducted into the PA Scholastic Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and the WPIAL Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. George was the “Big 33 Game” head coach in 1995 and an assistant coach in 1987. The majority of Novak’s graduating seniors played college football with over 100 of them receiving Division I scholarships. George coached Miami Dolphins All-Pro defensive end and 2017 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jason Taylor, Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and 19 additional NFL players during his Scholastic coaching career. Five of these players (Adam Walker – Steel Valley and Steve Breaston, Ryan Mundy, Lousaka Polite and Rob Gronkowski – Woodland Hills) participated in 6 Super Bowls. Jim Tomsula (Steel Valley) was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.

Fran Ganter

Year Inducted:2010

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Doug Plank

Year Inducted:2010

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Joe Haering

Year Inducted:2010

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