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.

Jeff Bergman

Year Inducted:2017

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Graduate of North Catholic High School and Robert Morris University
Officiated high school football for twelve seasons, Including many playoff games and the 1982 WPIAL AAAA Championship Game
Officiated college football for ten seasons
Worked professional football in the United States Football League; the Arena Football League, including the first Arena Bowl; and NFL Europe, including the first World Bowl in 1991.
Officiated in the NFL 1991-present, working over 500 games including numerous play-off games and Super Bowl XXXI
Member of the NFLRA’s Board of Directors for fifteen years, including 6 years serving as the union president

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Tim Rooney

Year Inducted:2017

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A graduate of North Catholic High School and Duquesne University
Began coaching at Canevin High School and after stints at Villanova University and the University of Rhode Island, began a career in professional football
Director of Pro Personnel for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972-1979, receiving three of the five Super Bowl rings he was to earn in his career
Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Director of Football Operations for the Detroit Lions from 1979-1984
Joined the New York Giants in 1985 as Director of Pro Personnel, where he earned Super Bowl rings 4 and 5
Retired from the New York Giants in May, 1999. He continued to live in New Jersey until 2010 when he and his wife returned to their Pittsburgh roots.
A member of the highly respected Rooney family of Pittsburgh

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Don Schaefer

Year Inducted:2017

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A graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School and Notre Dame University
Outstanding football and track participant, All-Western PA All-Star
Three – year two-way starter at Notre Dame and played all sixty minutes in three games.
1955 First Team All-American (American Football Coaches, Football Writers Association of America, International News Service and, Central Press Association)
Played in 1955 East-West Shrine Game and 1956 College All-Star Game.
Drafted in the Third round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1956, playing in all 12 regular season games.
Thirty – month Air Force tour ended his football career

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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David Kasper

Year Inducted:2017

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Graduate of Chartiers Valley High School and University of Maryland
All ACC standout at Maryland and played professionally with the Milwaukee Wave and the Pittsburgh Stingers.
Duquesne University’s first soccer coach
General manager of Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Technical Director of DC United in 2002, General Manager in 2007, and GM and Director of Soccer Operations in 2014
DC United has won 5 major trophies during his years as General Manager

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Ernest Koontz

Year Inducted:2017

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A graduate of Monongahela High School and California University of PA
Head girls’ basketball coach at Upper Saint Clair High School for 29 years, compiling a 535-232 record.
His teams were in the WPIAL playoffs 23 times and PIAA playoffs 14 times, garnering five WPIAL titles in seven finals and won one PIAA championship.
Named Coach of the Year four times by the Post-Gazette and received many other coaching honors
Forty-six of his players have gone on to play college basketball

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Rick Krivda

Year Inducted:2017

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A graduate of McKeesport High School and California University of PA
A dominant southpaw pitcher at California, setting a single season victory record as a Freshmen in 1989
Led the Vulcans to a strong finish in the PSAC Tournament and a final four appearances
In 1990, he set a school strikeout record, highest in NCAA Division II, and was named a D-II All-American
Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and named their Minor League Player of the year in 1992
His professional baseball career included the Orioles playoff run in 1996 and a successful minor league record
In 2000, he was member of the USA’s Gold Medal-winning Olympic team in Sydney, Australia
Inducted into the California University of PA Hall of Fame in 2003

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Bill Cherpak

Year Inducted:2017

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Graduate of Steel Valley High School and University of Pittsburgh
Three – year starter at Pitt, career ended due to injury
Assistant coach at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) 1990-1993, assistant at Woodland Hills 1994, and head coach at TJ 1995 to the present.
His TJ teams have won six WPIAL championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015 and, 2016
Winner of three PIAA State championships in 2004, 2007, and 2008
Winner of numerous Coach of the Year and community awards

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Molly Larkin Rottmann

Year Inducted:2017

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A graduate of North Catholic High School and the University of Delaware
Three year starter on a team that won 3 WPIAL Titles. Played in two PIAA state Title games, winning one State Championships. The team won 56 straight games and garnered a #11 national ranking her senior season.
Three – year All-State selection scoring 1,876 points to set a new all-time scoring record and set the game scoring record with 43 points. North Fab Five selection junior and senior year and Player of the Year her senior season.
At Delaware, won two Conference Championship, three – year starter and leading scorer, captain and All-Conference honoree her Senior year. Also a 1,000 point scorer.
Head girls’ basketball coach at North Catholic for the past 18 years. Her teams have won 13 section Titles and made the WPIAL title game 11 times, winning 5 Championships and
made three PIAA finals, winning the State Title in 2016. Her career record is 378-126.
Molly was the Post Gazette “Coach of the Year” in 2003 and the PIAA “Coach of the Year” in 2016.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Jim Tomsula

Year Inducted:2017

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Graduate of Steel Valley High School and Catawba College
Coached 31 seasons at the high school, college, and professional level
While coaching at Catawba, he also coached in the off-season in NFL Europe
Known as a tough defensive coordinator he was named head coach of NFL Europe’s Rhine Fire, the youngest coach ever to hold that position.
Joined the San Francisco 49ers staff in 2007 as a defensive coach
The 49’ers won the NFC Championship and played the New York Giants in the 2013 Super Bowl
In 2015 was named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers
Inducted into the Catawba College and Steel Valley Sports Halls of Fame

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Dr. Jamie Wolf Jackel

Year Inducted:2017

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Graduate of South Park High School and Clarion University of PA
One of the top student-athletes in Clarion University history
A record seven-time NCAA D-II National Diving Champion (1- and 3- meters) and three-time
NCAA D-II Female Diver of the Year
In 2007, her 1-meter total of 453.75 points was an NCAA record
In 2007, an NCAA D-II & D-III Academic All-American of the year (all sports)
Earned a post-graduate scholarship to Ohio State where she earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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Lavar Arrington

Year Inducted:2017

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A graduate of North Hills High School and Penn State University
Three-year starter at Penn State
Sporting News All-American in 1998, consensus All-American in 1999
Parade National Player of the Year, Bobby Dodd National Offensive Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year (Eastern Region), and PA Player of the Year (USA Today)
1998 Big-Ten Defensive Player of the Year, won Butkus Award as nations top linebacker and Bednarik Award as the top defensive player in NCAA
2nd overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft of the Washington Redskins
1st Team All-NFC Conference and Pro Bowl selection in 2001, 2002, and 2003
WPIAL Hall of Fame Inductee in 2011

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

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