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.
A graduate of Bethel Park High School and Duquesne University.
Coached Duquesne University Women’s Basketball during the transition period from Division II to Division I.
Coached Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and, Softball at Baldwin High School where his career record is may be unmatched in WPIAL history.
Those teams won sixteen WPIAL titles in three sports.
Eight in Softball, five in Volleyball, and three in Basketball and three PIAA Championships in Volleyball.
Only coach in WPIAL history to win three district championships in three different sports.
A WPIAL and Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Halls of Fame Inductee.
Selected to participate in the National Sports Festival Junior Olympics in 1978.
Four-time Pittsburgh City League and three-time PIAA Doubles Champions.
At Pitt, a four year starter at #1 or #2 positions, left with fourth highest career winning percentage.
Team Captain and named MVP her senior seasons.
Coached at Fox Chapel Racquet Club and several high schools and Junior Colleges in California.
Director of Tennis at the Billie Jean King and El Dorado Tennis Centers for over 21 years.
Received many Sport and Community Awards for her work and dedication to the game of tennis, including the University of Pittsburgh Lettermen’s Club Award of Distinction in 2012.
Outstanding wrestler at Mt. Lebanon High School, Conference Champion, WPIAL & State Runner-up.
At the University of Pittsburgh, a three year Co-captain and three year Most Valuable Wrestler.
Division One All-American in 1984, most wins in Pitt history, various invitational titles.
Three time Eastern League Champ, one-time Most Outstanding Wrestler, and an inductee into the Eastern Wrestling Hall of Fame.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry and the University of Virginia Medical College.
A distinguished Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, a physician and dentist with national recognition.
Nine time letter winner and captained the football and basketball teams at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown. Cambria County Hall of fame Inductee in 2008.
A Penn State letterman in 1977-78, a graduate assistant in 1979, and full time staff member in 1980-2012.
In 33 years on Joe Paterno’s staff he coached various positions including the last 12 as Defensive Coordinator, garnering two national Defensive Coordinator Coach of the Year Awards.
During this tenure, Penn State was consistently a defensive scoring and defensive statistical leader. During his tenure, Penn State made 31 Bowl appearances.
A CBS TV and Pittsburgh Radio Sports Commentator.
Currently Associate Head Football Coach at West Virginia University
Three-sports-star at Penn Hills High School.
Post Gazette Fabulous 22 and Co-Player of the Year with Curtis Martin, played in the Big 33 Game.
Parade, Super Prep, and USA Today All-Star Football Teams and All-State in baseball.
Big East Rookie of the Year at Pitt, three times All Big-East, two time finalist for Dick Butkus Award.
Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals, five-year starter, career ending injury in 2000.
John Paul "Sonny" Vaccaro
In 1965, created and nurtured the “Dapper Dan Roundball Classic”, a national all-star contest, which featured All-American high school basketball players from around the country.
Brought major college scouts from across the nation to Pittsburgh for “Dapper Dan Weekend”.
Initiated ABCD Camps which are recognized as the nation’s premier summer showcase for the top prep players.
A major force in contemporary basketball marketing, signing Michael Jordan to a Nike contract. Took his talents to Adidas with players like Kobe Bryant and other name stars.
Founder and director of “Hoops that Help,” in 1990 a non-profit that’s raised millions for a variety of charities, he remains a force in sports marketing and grassroots basketball.
Considered by many one of the most influential and quotable figures in sports.
Three-year starter at Slippery Rock and first recipient of the Slippery Rock “Rock Pride Award”.
Head Coach at Brashear from 1982 – 2007, Six City League Championship, Six Coach of the Year recognitions, retired in 2007 after 31 years of teaching and coaching football in Pennsylvania.
Record of 162 wins and 97 losses. Sent many players to major colleges including, WVU’s Major Harris.
While retired, continues to coach football at Sarasota High School in Florida.
2006 Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame and 2013 Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee.
An All-State/All-American at Steel Valley High School and WPIAL AAA Player of the Year
Left the University of Pittsburgh as the career 8th leading rusher
NFL seven-year career included a Super Bowl Championship with the 49ers, Special Teams captain
Many community and national awards for work with youths and industrial development
Two-position coach and then offensive coordinator with Chuck Noll’s Steelers from 1977- 89.
All-American quarterback at Rochester Minnesota High School and led Iowa to a Big Ten Title.
Coached football for 49 years, including 35 in the NFL, third longest behind Dick LeBeau. Coached 7 Hall of Fame Inductees and 22 players with 61 Pro Bowl appearances.
As offensive Coordinator, his teams were consistently among the NFL statistical leaders.
At Indianapolis, developed Peyton Manning into one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks leaders
Currently Assistant Head Coach with the Arizona Cardinals.
Three sports star at Brentwood High School and the University of Pittsburgh.
Won the Athletic Excellent Award and Walk of Fame honors at Pitt and made the All Service Team while in the Marines.
Three years career in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts (1954, 55, 56).
Head Football Coach at Brentwood High School and Peabody. and assistant at various schools in a 43 year coaching career.
WPIAL Championship Teams in Girl’s Track and Girl’s Basketball (PIAA Champions) at Brentwood.
Brentwood High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductee in 1982.
Played football and graduated from Steel Valley High School and Eastern Michigan University. Quarterbacked Steel Valley to 1989 WPIAL Championship.
Second round draft choice of the Detroit Lions. After four seasons he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he spent eleven seasons in a supporting role including Super Bowls XL and XLIII.
Spent eleven seasons in a supporting role with Steeler including Super Bowls XL and XLIII
Recipient of many awards, involved in many school and community programs, and boards. Winner of the 2013 Byron “ Whizzer” White NFL Man of the year Award.
Founder and President of the “Best of the Batch Foundation” devoted to improving the lives of children and families in depressed areas.