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.

Joe Boros

Year Inducted:2013

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Joe graduated from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in 1980. At Clarion University (’84) he developed into an outstanding collegiate golfer. He was a NAIA-NCAA Division II Third Team All-American in 1982 and 1984 and a First Team All-American in 1983.

He was Clarion’s team captain in 1983 and 1984. Joe was the Assistant Club Pro at Pine Crest, 1984-85; Butler C.C., 1986-87; Pittsburgh Field Club, 1989-96; and Head Golf Pro at Treesdale, 1997- present. He was on the PGT Pro Tour in 1988 and missed the PGA Tour by two strokes in 1987. He has won numerous local and Club Championships including the Pennsylvania Open in 1989 and Runner-up in 1993.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/7Fp8zSrgTt0

Ralph Bowen

Year Inducted:2013

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Dick was an outstanding athlete at Duquesne High School, lettering in three sports and played in the 1954 J.C. All-Star Game. He earned a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh where he was a half back/safety and played in the 1956 Sugar Bowl and 1957 Gator Bowl. Upon graduation he was hired as an assistant coach at Connellsville High School. In 1960 he was an assistant coach at under Duke Weigle at McKeesport High school. He became the Head Coach at Serra Catholic in 1970. In 1972 he was the Offensive Coordinator at West Mifflin South. From 1973-1975 he was the Head Coach a McKeesport and then back to Serra as Head Coach for eleven seasons.

During that time his teams had undefeated seasons in 1979 and 1981. The 1981 squad was a WPIAL Championship team led by his son Rich, a Parade All-American QB. Dick was the 1979 Class A Coach of the Year and in 1982 was the Big 33 West Coach and the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 1988, he retired as Serra’s head coach. When his son, Rich, became a head coach he was hired as an assistant and coached for eight more years.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/E_n2ZDeZyR0

Kirk Bruce

Year Inducted:2013

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Kirk is a graduate of South Hills High School in Pittsburgh where he was an All-City performer. From 1971 1975 he was a scholarship basketball player on the University of Pittsburgh’s Elite Eight NCAA team. In 1975, he was named the Tri-State Player of the Year and a draft choice of the Utah Stars of the ABA. As the head basketball coach at Clairton High School his teams earned 3 AA section Titles and 1 WPIAL Championships. In 1981 he was the Pennsylvania Coach in the Dapper Dan Round Ball Classic. He was the Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 1998. At this time he changed his focus to sports administration and from 1998 to 2008 was Assistant Athletic Director for Olympic Sports at the University of Pittsburgh and from 2008 to the present was Athletic Director for Sports Administration. Kirk has been very active on various Big East and University Committees and has been the recipient of many professional and community awards and recognitions.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/ELEs9NA7ua4

George Smith

Year Inducted:2013

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A McKeesport High School graduate, George was a three-year letterman and captain his senior season. He went on to play at North Carolina State University where he was a three-year starter at nose tackle, senior captain, and an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Honoree. Following four years as a college assistant and six in high school, George became the Head Coach at McKeesport.

During his 18 seasons at the helm, his teams were in the WPIAL Playoffs 17 times; Quad A Sectional Champions six times; played in three WPIAL Finals, winning two; and won two PIAA Championships. His efforts produced 70 Division I scholarship players and three NFL players. George was inducted into the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006 and retired after the 2015 season.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/PPEFzICX2lA

Ken Macha

Year Inducted:2013

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Ken is a graduate of Gateway High School and the University of Pittsburgh and maintained a residence in Western PA his entire baseball career. He was drafted in the 6th round by the Pirates, had a four year Major League career, and then spent four seasons in Japan, playing in that league’s 1982 All-Star Game.. Following his playing career, he spent 13 years as a Major League coach and four years as a Minor League Manager. He was the 1998 International League Manager of the Year.

Ken succeeded Art Howe as Manager of the Oakland A’s in 2003, leading them to two Divisional Championships and one League Championship series appearance in his four seasons at the helm. He also managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 and 2010. His Major League record was 525-427.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/BkUdgKpti-k

John Wehner

Year Inducted:2013

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John is a graduate of Carrick High School and attended Indiana University where he played baseball for three years. He was signed as a free agent in 1988 and played 11 years with the Pirates and Marlins. He shares the Major League record of playing 99 consecutive errorless games at third base with Jeff Cirillo.

John hit the last home run in the history of Three Rivers Stadium on October 1, 2000 and also holds the dubious honor of making the last out in that game. He was a minor league coach for several years and joined the Pirate broadcast team in 2005, serving as an analyst on both radio and television.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/CtkURtOkag0

Jarrett Durham

Year Inducted:2013

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Jarrett is a graduate of Aliquippa High School and Duquesne University. He distinguished himself on the basketball court earning MVP honors in the 1969 Steel Bowl, named to the All-East Team in 1970 and the All-East NCAA Regional Tournament team in 1969. Following graduation, he became an outstanding college coach at Robert Morris College. After leading the school to three NCAA tournaments, he left with the most wins in the school’s history and was twice named NEC coach of the year. After 21 years of coaching he became the Associate Athletic Director at Duquesne from 2002 – 2012 and from 2010 to the present the Radio Color Analyst for Duquesne Basketball. He has been inducted into the Aliquippa High School, Beaver County, Duquesne and Robert Morris Sports Halls of Fame.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/jWRNXy_EOdY

Bill Priatko

Year Inducted:2013

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A graduate of Scott High School and the University of Pittsburgh, Bill was a three-year starter on offense and defense at Scott High and was credited with 25 solo tackles against undefeated Duquesne. He earned a scholarship to Pitt. He was a two-way starter and team captain on an undefeated freshman team. He continued his varsity career as a three-year lineman and was named to the Ukrainian All-American Team. In 1956 he played center and linebacker for the National Service Champion Boling Air Force Team and garnered All-Service Team honors. His NFL career covered three seasons with the Packers, Steelers, and Browns ending due to a leg injury. He was selected this past year to represent the 1950’ at the Steelers’ 80th year Celebration. Following football,

Bill had a 25 year career as a coach or athletic director at California University of PA, Robert Morris College, and Swissvale and Yough High Schools. Bill was inducted into the East Boros’ Hall of Fame in 1983.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/DCjrj7imSIw

Brian Baschnagel

Year Inducted:2013

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A 1972 graduate of North Allegheny High School, Brian distinguished himself on the football field and earned a scholarship to Ohio State University, graduating in 1976. At NA he was a team captain, Parade All-American, and Big 33 participant. He continued his football career at OSU as a four-year starter at wing back, team captain, and a two-time Academic All-American.

Brian was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears in 1976. Over his 10-year career with the Bears, he stood out as a “play where needed” performer including kick returner, leading the league one season in kick return yardage. His career took him up to the Bear’s 1985 Super Bowl Championship team, unfortunately he was on IR at that time and missed the big game.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_EdvxtEbG8