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.

Gordon Jones

Year Inducted:2018

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East Allegheny High School and University of Pittsburgh graduate
Earned 7 letters in football, basketball and track at East Allegheny
Named AP and UPI First Team PIAA All-State and played in the Big 33 Game
Keystone Conference MVP, All-WPIAL and Post- Gazette All-Star
An All-American at the University of Pittsburgh where he compiled six Pitt all-time receiving records including career pass receptions (133), career receiving yards (2,230) and career touchdown passes (21)
Set single season Pitt records in 1977 with 45-receptions, 793 yards-receiving and 9 touchdowns
Drafted in the 2nd round in 1979 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played there through 1982
Played for the St. Louis Rams ’83-’84 seasons and also briefly with the Oakland Raiders in 1985 and the Chicago Bears in 1986 before retiring from the NFL in 1987

Bob Junko

Year Inducted:2018

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A graduate of Trinity High School and Tulsa University
Three–year letterman in football, wrestling and baseball at Trinity
Was Hillers football MVP both junior and senior seasons
Played in the Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey his senior year
Was a two-time Hiller state champion in wrestling
All–Conference linebacker at Tulsa
47-year coaching career at Tulsa, T.C.U., Pitt (twice), Northwestern and Akron
Coached college teams in 20 bowl games and was twice named nation’s top recruiter by Rival Recruiting Service

Mark Kelso

Year Inducted:2018

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A graduate of North Hills High School and William and Mary College
Three-sport standout at North Hills and four-year football starter at William & Mary College
Outstanding defensive back with the Buffalo Bills for eight seasons during their runner-up appearances in four consecutive Super Bowls under Coach Marv Levy
After suffering several concussions at W&M as well as with the Bills, he remained concussion-free after electing to wear his signature over-sized “Pro Cap” helmet for the remainder of his pro career
His 8-year NFL career included 99 games, 30 interceptions, three defensive touchdowns and four Super Bowl appearances
Upon retirement, he received his teaching certification from Canisius College
Successful high school football coach for 15 seasons

Charles "Chuck" Burkhart

Year Inducted:2018

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A graduate of Montour High School and Penn State University Eight-time letterman at Montour in football, basketball and golf Played on three Class A undefeated football teams, winning the WPIAL Class A Championship in 1963 and 1964 Winner of the 1965 Pittsburgh Curbstone Coaches Scholar Athlete Award and was Pennsylvania team co-captain in the 1966 Big 33 Game vs. Texas, completing 18 of 36 passes High school All-Conference, All-WPIAL, All-State and Scholastic Magazine All- American in 1965 Quarterbacked Penn State to their only back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1969 and 1970 Penn State was ranked #2 in both 1969 and 1970 and appeared in the Orange Bowl both seasons Was named the Most Valuable Back in the 1970 Orange Bowl Game At Penn State, he was AP All–State in 1968 and 1969, All–East in 1969 and AP Honorable Mention All– American in 1969 He played in the Senior Bowl in 1970 and was a Dapper Dan National Award winner in 1969 and 1970

Sean Casey

Year Inducted:2018

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Led Upper St. Clair High School to the WPIAL AAA baseball championship in 1992
At the University of Richmond, led NCAA Division I in batting average (.461) in 1995
Drafted in second round by the Cleveland Indians in 1995
Played for the Cleveland Indians in 1997, the Cincinnati Reds 1998-2005, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, the Detroit Tigers in 2006-07 and the Boston Red Sox in 2008
Three time MLB National League All-Star (1999, 2001 and 2004)
Inducted into the Upper S. Clair High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the University of Richmond Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014
Founder of Casey’s Clubhouse/The Miracle League of the South Hills in 2010

Swin Cash

Year Inducted:2018

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Graduate of McKeesport High School and the University of Connecticut
2,000 career point scorer on a one-time WPIAL championship team
Starred on three-time National Championship teams (2000-2002) at University of Connecticut
WCBA National High School All-Star and MVP
NCAA All-American and inaugural Husky Ring of Honor Inductee at U. of Connecticut
Outstanding player for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA 2002-2016
WNBA All-Star and Playoff MVP, 2009 and 2011
2003 and 2007 Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year and Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year Honoree
Named the WMBA Top 20 Greatest and Most Influential Players in League History
March of Dimes NYC 2016 Sportswoman of the Year and Freedom Award Recipient
2017 National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award
Presently an NBA Ambassador for Social Responsibility, a TV personality and philanthropist

Peter Taglianetti

Year Inducted:2018

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Dr. John Cunningham

Year Inducted:2018

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Graduate of Burgettstown High School, Slippery Rock University and West Virginia University
Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Bethany for 33 years; compiling a record of 370-123-28,
while never having a losing season in his career
Led Bisons to 29 President’s Athletic Conference titles, winning 22 consecutive titles
between 1979 and 2000
During his tenure the Bisons participated in 17 NCAA National Championship tournaments culminating in an NCAA D-III National Championship in 1994 where they defeated
John Hopkins 1-0 in double overtime for the title
The Green and White were National runner-up in 1982, garnered two Eastern Collegiate
Conference Championships as well as one Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in 1996
His players earned PAC MVP honors 26 times, 212 All-Conference Awards, and he coached 51 All-American athletes and 8 Academic All-Americans
Inducted into the Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004
Has run the Bethany Soccer Camps for 45 years with more than 10,000 campers and more than 1,000 coaches participating
Inducted into the Slippery Rock University Soccer Ring of Honor

Tim McConnell

Year Inducted:2018

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A graduate of Seton-La Salle High School and Waynesburg College
Team captain of the 1982 Rebels WPIAL Championship team and PIAA State Championship runner-up team
Team captain on NAIA Tournament team and holder of game and season records for assists at Waynesburg
Currently in his 25th season as boys basketball coach at Chartiers Valley High School
Fastest coach in WPIAL history to reach 500 wins with a current record of 531–150
Coached 16 Section championship and 6 WPIAL title teams and led his teams to 2 PIAA runner-up finishes in 20 state tournament appearances
Two-time Post-Gazette Coach of the Year recipient

Mike Zmijanac

Year Inducted:2018

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A graduate of Aliquippa High School and Edinboro State University
He returned to teach at Aliquippa for thirty-nine years with several stints as an assistant coach in football and basketball.
Most prominent assistant coaching successes came as defensive coordinator for Aliquippa teams which won four WPIAL Titles in seven championship appearances
Hired as the Aliquippa’s head boys basketball coach in 1996 and head football coach in 1997
His 7-year head basketball coaching career included a record of 166 – 43, three WPIAL championships, and one PIAA AA state title
His 21–year head football coaching record is 237–36, an incredible 86.8 winning percentage
Six WPIAL titles in 13 championship games, including 10 consecutive WPIAL tournament appearances and one PIAA championship in four title appearances
Other notable achievements: 11 undefeated regular seasons, a 62-game consecutive winning streak and numerous Coach of the Year recognition’s.
Elected to the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015
Elected to the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016
Only coach in Pennsylvania history ever to win high school state titles in both football and basketball

Tyler Palko

Year Inducted:2018

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A graduate of West Allegheny High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh
Earned 9 letters in football. basketball and track at West Allegheny and was a four-year football letterman at Pitt
Led West Allegheny to three consecutive WPIAL Championships and one PIAA Championship in three state title game appearances
Three-time Scholastic AP All–State in football and was both the 2001 Post-Gazette and Tribune Review AAA Player of the Year.
2001 AP Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year
Finished his career at Pitt tied for 2nd in career TD passes (66), passing yards (8,343 – second behind Dan Marino) and was the only three-time team captain in Panther football history
Two-time All- Big East, Big East All–Academic and Pitt Football MVP