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 Montour High School and Penn State University
Quarterback at Penn State for three seasons (1970-1972) with a 26-3 record and was named first team All-American in 1972.
First Penn State QB to pass for over 2000 yards
A pro quarterback for 15 seasons in the NFL and CFL
Was the Quarterback Coach for the Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Patriots and Giants and was Offensive Coordinator for the Giants from 2004-2006
Was Head Coach of the Calgary Stampeders, winning 4 Grey Cup Championships
Current President and General Manager of the Calgary Stampeders
Graduate of Plum High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Winningest golfer in Western PA golf history with more than 40 tournament victories
Pittsburgh Open Champion in 1996,1997 and 2000; Western PA Amateur Champion in 1988, 1998-2003 and 2018; Western PA Mid-Amateur Champion in 1989, 1991 1994, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2015 (Most in Western PA Golf history)
Western PA Player of the year in 1994-2002, 2004, 2010, and 2012
Pennsylvania: Amateur Champion 1997; Mid-Amateur Champion 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2009; Pub-Links Champion 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013
United States Senior Amateur Champion in 2017, runner-up 2018; participant in the US Amateur 15 time’s and the Mid-Amateur 16 times winning in 2013 and US Team Champion 2009
Inducted into the Plum High School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny-Kiski, and East Boros Halls of Fame
Graduate of North Catholic High School and Duquesne University where he was a our-year letterman in tennis
CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena, 2003-Present where the franchise has been repeatedly recognized within the sports industry as a finalist for Sports Business Journal’s “Sports Team of the Year”
Played a core role in making the $185 million renovation of Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) a reality
The Q is one of the most active live entertainment venues in the world – hosting over 200 events annually.
SVP of Business Operations, Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2003, where he played a pivotal role in the negotiation of multi-million dollar naming rights for the Nova Care Training Facility and Lincoln Financial Field, as well as a leadership role with the development of these facilities.
The Eagles became the first franchise in pro sports history to generate over $1 billion in contractually-obligated income with the opening of Lincoln Financial Field in 2003.
SVP/COO, Cleveland Lumberjacks Hockey, 1994-1996
Helped start up the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves NBA franchise, serving as their top sales and marketing leader as VP Sales, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1988-1994. The Timberwolves still hold the all-time NBA single season attendance record during his tenure
Started career with Pittsburgh Spirit & Pittsburgh Penguins
Coached 4 varsity sports at North Allegheny High School from 1960 through 1987 and his combined boys and girls cross country teams and boys and girls track and field teams record during his 28 year coaching tenure was 722 wins and 19 losses in dual and tri-meets, a remarkable 97.5% winning margin
His combined career accomplishments for all four teams include 58 Section titles, 32 WPIAL (District 7) titles and 13 PIAA state championships
His boys cross country teams qualified “as a team” (all five runners were time-eligible for the championship race) 19 times at PIAA state championship meets across the years
His boys track and field teams won 8 WPIAL Relays championships and both the boys and the girls cross country teams won 50 invitational meet titles
He won 3 Tri-State Coach of the Year Awards, 2 PIAA Coach of the Year Awards and a Tri-State Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award
He was inducted into the North Allegheny Tigers Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
A graduate of St. Mary of the Mount High School, Georgetown University, and the University of Pittsburgh (MBA)
Mt. Washington Hall of Fame Inductee
Georgetown Baseball Team: 1971-1974
Local high school football official for fifteen years and NCAA football official for 30-years
Tri-State Collegiate & ECAC college football official for 9 years
Member of Big Ten Conference as football official for 21 years
Officiated over 200 NCAA Division I football games in the Big Ten Conference
Worked the 2001 NCAA National Championship Football Game (Oklahoma vs. Florida State)
Other NCAA Bowl assignments were the Peach, Orange, Cotton (2), Liberty and All-American Bowl
Former President of the Big Ten Officials Association
Successful business owner for past thirty years
Dr. Leigh Curl
A graduate of North Hills High School (1981) and the University of Connecticut (1985).
The only high school athlete ever to be named to both the Post-Gazette Fab Five in Basketball and All-Area Softball team
As a senior Indians basketball star, averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds per game.
In softball, her two-year record as a pitcher was 33-2. S he led her team to a PIAA Championship her junior year, and the PIAA State semi-finals her senior year.
At Connecticut she was her class valedictorian and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Huskies women’s basketball team.
She was a two-time Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the year, a two-time first team Division 1 Women’s Basketball Academic All- American, and was inducted Into the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1998
Had 1,388 career points and 834 rebounds for the U-Conn Huskies, still 11th all-time
Currently serves as Head Orthopedic Surgeon for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and is an assistant team physician with MLB’s Baltimore Orioles. She had previously served as team physician for St John’s University, the New York Mets, the University of Maryland, USA Basketball and USA Rugby.
Attended Upper St. Clair HS and graduated from Minnesota’s Shattuck St. Mary’s/Millard North. Graduated from St. Cloud State College in 2003
After graduating from St. Cloud, he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing 81 games his rookie season
He finished third in scoring his rookie season and spent the 2004-2005 “Lock-out” year playing in Finland.
In 2003, he was the first Pittsburgh-born and trained player to compete in an NHL game for the Penguins
In June 2008, he signed a seven-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lighting and played there for six seasons
He was a member of the United States Hockey Team in the 2004 and 2006 World Championships
In 2010 he won a silver medal in Vancouver with the United States Olympic Hockey Team
Graduated from Avella High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh
Started his professional career as an iron worker and eventually started his own company, supplying erection cranes and other heavy construction equipment for many major projects throughout Western Pennsylvania
His business success enabled him to become one of the area’s leading sports philanthropists.
Named the University of Pittsburgh’s Golden Panther of the Year in 1983
1985 Washington County Italian Man of the Year and 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year for Construction
1999 Pittsburgh-Italian American Scholarship Fund Man of the Year, 2000 Italian-American Hall of Fame and 2000 Washington County Community Foundation Philanthropist of the Year
A graduate of McKeesport High School and Bethany College
Head football coach at Clairton High School for 18 years
Won six WPIAL titles and four consecutive PIAA State championships
Led Clairton High School to Pennsylvania state record of 66 consecutive wins
Overall coaching record is 160 – 69
His Clairton teams were 141 – 22
Pennsylvania AP Coach of the Year two times.
In 2003 he was the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Player of the Year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette AA Player of the Year and was named to the Post-Gazette “Fab 22” team as well
Led Aliquippa to the 2003 PIAA Class AA Football Championship, scoring 5 TD’s in the title game and led Quips basketball team in scoring, winning 2 WPIAL titles with a 25.2 PPG scoring average his senior year
At Pitt was named to the Freshman All American team in 2004, was All-East in 2005 and 2006 and his 73-yard punt return vs. WVU in 2006 was voted ESPN College Football Play of the Year
In 2006 he was also a finalist for both the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy
In the 2007 NFL Draft, the Jets traded up from the 25th to the 14th spot to select Darrelle
He played in 145 NFL games in 11 seasons, starting 142 of them, had 497 tackles of which 411 were solo, had 139 deflected passes and 29 interceptions, 3 returned for TD’s with the longest 100 yards
He was selected to play in 7 Pro Bowls, was named first team All-Pro 4 times and was ranked #24 in the 2016 NFL Network Top 100 Players list
He was a member of the 2016 New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIV championship team
With the Pats in 2015, combining both the AFC Championship game vs. Denver and Super Bowl XLIV vs. Seattle, he allowed only one pass reception in both game
Dr. Michael Rogal
Graduate Westmont Hilltop High School (Johnstown,Pa.). Attended Bucknell University(non-graduate), University of Pennsylvania Medical School, University of Pittsburgh Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Law School. Visiting professor Harvard and Brown Universities. Teacher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for 35 years.
Team Orthopedic Surgeon Penn Hills High School 37 years and Riverview High School 20 years. Treated more than 35,000 injured athletes with over 5,000 sports-related surgical procedures. Founder East Suburban Sports Medicine Center, the first dedicated sports medicine program in the Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh treating athletes at Plum, Franklin Regional, Woodland Hills, Gateway, East Allegheny, Norwin, Penn Trafford, Burrell, Yough and Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
Personal on-site attendance as a physician at over 700 high school football games and 1000 high school basketball games. Play by play local TV announcer for Penn Hills Lady’s basketball 1993-94. Conferred and sponsored over 400 Athletic awards/scholarships for athletes. Emcee’d 40+ high school sports banquets.
2001: Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame, 2003: both the Western Chapter and the East Boros Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, 2015: Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer’s Society Award for Outstanding Team Physician of Pennsylvania, 2000: Bill Fralic Foundation Community Recognition Award through Allegheny County District Attorney Office, 2016: Penn Hills Lifetime Achievement award, 2016: US Army mission honoree-Bagram Airport Afghanistan, 2001: Pittsburgh Roundball Classic “Role Model of the Year,” 5 time Allegheny County Commissioners Community Service Recognition Award in 2000,2003, 2004, 2010, and 2013