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 1971 graduate of South Allegheny High School, he was named to the WPIAL All-Section 5 basketball team his senior year
A 1975 California University of PA. graduate, he was an NAIA District All- Star and PSAC All-Conference selection for the Vulcan’s baseball team.
Retired as Girls Head Basketball Coach at Serra High School after 34 years at the helm, winning 657 games, 18 section titles, 4 WPIAL championships in 10 appearances and the PIAA Girls Class A Basketball Championship in 2005.
His teams earned 33 playoff appearances in 34 seasons and his Lady Eagles never posted a losing season.
His 2005 state championship team was 29-1
He is only one of four WPIAL girls’ basketball coaches to have won more than 600 games.
Was a teacher at Serra for 41 years, retiring from the classroom in 2018.
He also spent 38 years as Serra’s Athletic Director, also retiring in 2021, where he more than doubled from 6 to 13 teams the number of interscholastic sports options available for student participation.
Earlier in his career he also served as Serra’s cross country coach and as its first baseball coach.
He was a member of the WPIAL Board of Directors for 20 years and the PIAA Board of Directors for 2 years.In December, 2021, the Serra Catholic basketball court was renamed the “William J. Cleary Court" in his honor.
A 1998 graduate of Pittsburgh Schenley High School and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 2002, M.A. 2004).
At Schenley, she was their all-time leading scorer and rebounder and led her team to the first City League Girls title in school history and was first City League Girls basketball player to have her number retired (#55).
Her career stats at Schenley include 2564 points scored, 1717 rebounds, 345 steals and 312 blocked shots.
As a senior, she averaged 26 points and 15 rebounds/game and was rated 22nd best player in the country by Blue Star Index
She was named to the All-City League team in each of her 4 seasons, was a Post Gazette’s Fab 5 honoree and was All-State in both her junior and senior seasons.
She was among those athletes inducted with the inaugural class of the Pittsburgh City League Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
She was selected to play with the AAU All-American PA Stars team that finished 5th in the 16 and Under tournament where she earned All-American honors.
She was named to the WCBA/Nike All-American Team and was a Parade All-American (5th team) at the conclusion of her senior high school season.
A four-year starter at Illinois (2000-04) despite 3 ACL tears and 2 medical red shirts, she was first player in Big 10 history to lead the conference in rebounding 3 straight seasons, finishing her collegiate career with 1346 points (15th), 1021 rebounds (3rd) and 33 double doubles.
2004 University of Illinois Dike Eddelman Athlete of the Year Award Finalist
She was a 2004 WNBA 21st overall draft pick for the San Antonio Silver Stars (retired due to chronic knee injuries)
Former assistant girls’ varsity basketball coach at LA Burbank High School for 5 seasons (2012-2017).
Currently working as an actor featured in national ad campaigns for Nike, Bud Light and Northwestern Mutual and TV guest appearances on Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Swagger and i-Carly.
Christa Harmotto Dietzen
A 2005 Hopewell High School graduate, her volleyball team won three WPIAL Championships and two PIAA Championships
She was selected to play on the US Junior National team in 2004 and 2005
She was named the 2004 Pennsylvania State Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year
At Penn State, she was a three-time AVCA All- American and her team won 4 Big Ten Championships, and was team captain in 2006, 07 and 08.
Her Lady Lions teams were NCAA Division I champions in 2007 and 2008
She was an ESPN Academic All-American in 2009
Christa represented the U.S. at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, serving as team captain in 2016
She was also chosen as captain of the US Gold Medal team at the 2014 World Championships
Professionally, she played one year in China and one year in Italy as well as two years in Turkey between 2009-16
She was honored as the Dapper Dan “ Sportswomen of the Year” in 2015
Kaitlyn is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and Washington & Jefferson College.
During her high school career, Kaitlyn set 9 school records, was a 25-time All-American, and won 15 gold medals and 1 silver medal in WPIAL competition.
She was a 7-time PIAA Individual State Champion and set the PIAA state record in the 200 IM. She also earned the 2004 PIAA Swimmer of the Meet award.
Kaitlyn was awarded the 2004 Post-Gazette Athlete of the Year, the 2004 Pittsburgh Tribune Review Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2004 Dapper Dan Female Athlete of the Year.
Kaitlyn competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach, CA in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
During her 4 years at Washington & Jefferson College, she won an historic 8 NCAA Division III Individual Championships and was a 14 time All-American. Kaitlyn was also the NCAA Division III record holder in the 200 IM. She was named PAC Swimmer of the Year all 4 years and won 25 PAC Conference titles.
During the summer of 2006, she represented TEAM USA in the Maccabi Games in Sydney, Australia winning an astonishing 5 gold medals.
Kaitlyn has been inducted into 4 prestigious Halls of Fame: the Washington & Jefferson College Sports Hall of Fame (2013), the WPIAL Hall of Fame (2015), the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame (2016) and the Western PA Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2021). And this evening’s induction adds one more to the list.
During his senior year Seton-La Salle High School, Bruce completed 188-327 passes (57.5%) and threw for a then WPIAL passing record of 2978 yards and 30 TD's (surpassing the previous mark set by Dan Marino)
As a junior point guard in basketball, he led the Rebels to a WPIAL Class AA championship game appearance
He also led the basketball Rebels in scoring his senior season with a 25 pts./game average
In 2003 he became the starting QB for the University of Toledo Rockets (Mid-American Conference) and set a MAC season record by completing 71.2% of his passes for 3210 yards and 29 touchdowns.
His final 2003 passer rating was a near-perfect 161.53
He also scrambled for an additional 504 yards on 91 carries (5.5 yards/carry) and one rushing TD
In that 2003 season they beat # 9 ranked Pitt 35-31 with Bruce throwing for 461 yards and 3 TD's
In 2004 the Rockets were the MAC Champions, beating Miami of Ohio 35-27 with Bruce named MVP despite playing that game with a broken throwing hand
In 2004 he passed for 3518 yards and 27 TD's and had an even higher passer rating of 162.56
He finished his final season at Toledo ranked among the top 10 QB's in Division I football with career passing stats of 764 completions for 9197 yards, 85 TD's, a 68.8% completion percentage and an overall 156.84 passer rating
Bruce was the MVP of the 45-13 Rockets 2005 GMAC Bowl victory over Texas El Paso
He was also selected as the 2005 Mid-American Conference Vern Smith Leadership Award co-winner
Drafted by Tampa Bay in 2006, he became the starter in Week 5 vs. the Saints and completed 20/31 for 225 yards and 2 TD's in what was the Buccaneer's 4th consecutive loss
He led the Bucs to victories in the next 2 games against the Bengals and Eagles and later that season was 14/21 for 178 yards in a 20-17 victory over the Redskins
Bruce spent 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Bucs, Browns, Raiders, Bengals and, most recently, the Steelers, retiring in 2016
Graduate of Chartiers Valley High School where he was the WPIAL and the PIAA Diving Champion in 1984
At Clemson University, was the 1988 ACC Diver of the Year and the ACC Champion on both the 1 & 3 meter boards
From 1990-2021, he was the Head Diving Coach at Clarion University of PA, retiring this past year.
Hrovat’s divers won 48 NCAA Division II Titles and his divers were chosen for 294 All-American honors
In 2002 and again in 2014 at NCAA Division II Nationals, Clarion swept all four diving national championship honors, capturing first place finishes in both the male and the female 1 meter and 3 meter diving finals.
His divers have brought home national championships in 24 of the 27 years he coached at Clarion.
Was the NCAA Division II Women’s Diving “Coach of the Year” 15 times and Men’s Diving “Coach of the Year” 11 times
Was named as one of the CSCAA (Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America) top 100 coaches of the past century (list includes several Olympic swimming and diving coaches).
Kim Calhoun Parham
A graduate of Penn Hills High School and Penn State University
Was a starter on four WPIAL championship teams, one PIAA Championship team and two Silver Medal PIAA (runner-up) teams • A two-year 1st Team AP All- State Player and USA Today Top 25 Player in 1992
Was named a Post-Gazette Fab 5 player after the 1991–92 season and was a Parade All-American that same year.
Graduated as Penn Hill’s all-time leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and averaged 10 rebounds/game
Her career stats at Penn Hills include 1987 points scored, 1271 rebounds and 655 blocked shots
Was named to the Kodak High School All-American Team in 1992 and was selected to play in the Kodak All-American game in Jackson, Tennessee that same year
Her 1990 State Championship Penn Hills team was inducted into the WPIAL HOF in 2015
Holds the all-time Penn State career record with 268 blocked shots, 53 more than the next highest Lady Lion defender and also holds the single season record of 89 blocked shots in the 1995-96 season.
The Penn Hills 1990 PIAA Championship 86-39 victory over Lancaster-McCaskey was second largest point victory margin in PIAA history
Her Penn State teams won the Big 10 Conference tournament in 1993/94 and again in 1994/95 and they won the Big 10 title in 1995, defeating Ohio State 68 - 63
Was named a starter for the East Squad for the Olympic Festival All-Star Game in 1993 and 1994
Kim was inducted into the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018
Attended Kent State University where he called Kent State Clippers hockey games on campus radio, working alongside Rick Peckham, long time voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Mike Fornes, former voice of the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars.
Began his announcing career with the Johnstown Red Wings of the Eastern Hockey League during the 1979-80 season.
Began his 42 year Penguins career in their marketing department in 1980, handling additional duties as an intermission host on Penguins radio.
Named by the Penguins as their marketing director at age 25
During his 10 year tenure as marketing director, he also began a 15 year stint as the color analyst on Penguins simulcasts, working alongside NHL Hall of Fame announcer Mike Lange.
In 1999, he became the Pens radio network play-by-play announcer and was promoted to their TV booth in 2006 in the same capacity
Delivered morning sportscasts for KQV Newsradio from 1983-88 and spent 10 years as a sports reporter/anchor for KDKA-TV from 1988-98, all the while performing his marketing and announcing duties with the Pens.
Spent 3 seasons (2005-07) as the play-by-play announcer for the Altoona Curve, the AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He currently serves as the co-host of the monthly “Pens Pulse” show on AT&T Sportsnet, as well as host of the Penguins pre- and post-game radio shows.
Robert Barnsley "Bert" Craddock
Inductee of Distinction
Bert played soccer in England while growing up, arriving in Pittsburgh in 1907.
Between 1909 and 1929 he played locally for The Pittsburgh Rovers, Pittsburgh Thistles, Pittsburgh Celtics and for soccer teams in Wilkinsburg, Swissvale and Arsenal
During the years 1916 and 1920 he was also a very skilled and quick forward for a professional club in Trenton, New Jersey.
In the early 40’s he became an officer of the Allegheny Valley Soccer League and in September of 1947 was elected its president.
In August 1954, Bert he also served as the West Penn Soccer Association recording secretary.
In August 1957 Bert helped organize the Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League, was elected president and served in that position until he became vice president of the West Penn Council.
Elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame for the year 1959.
In 1959 and again in 1961, he served as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League
He was named National Amateur Cup Commissioner for the Pittsburgh district and served as commissioner of the National Open Cup.
1965 Bert was elected president of West Penn Soccer.
In all, Bert was involved in soccer for 60 years here in the United States. His family has continued his soccer legacy with five generations of the Craddock family actively involved in soccer from the international to the scholastic level for 114 years and counting.
Robert Waite "Bob" Craddock
Inductee of Distinction
Bob‘s first organized soccer experience was at the age of 12 with the Lawrenceville Y.M.C.A. which won its first championship that year.
Bob played center forward for the following soccer teams - McNulty, McConnell, Cheswick, Castle Shannon, and Harmvarville.
Bob’s brother Tom, also quite the player, was on the Harmarville Hurricane championship teams in 1952 and 1956.
While in the U. S. Army Bob was sent to Fresno, California as a member of the 440-relay team that won first place in the West Coast Track and Field Relays.
Being one of the top scorers in the eastern United States, Bob was invited to St. Louis to try out for the United States National Soccer Team to compete in the 1950 World Soccer Cup games.
The U. S. team traveled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in June, 1950 where they won the game against England 1-0. December 1950, Bob was asked to joined the Harmarville Hurricanes.
In April of1952, Bob was named to the U. S. All-Star team that played against Haiti and later that month they played against Scotland in Glasgow.
Then the team moved on to Ireland to play their national team.
In 1952 and again in 1956, Bob led the Harmarville Hurricanes to two National Open Soccer Championships.
Throughout Bob’s soccer career numerous foreign countries sent their teams to the United States to play against American teams. Bob was fortunate to be able to play against some of those teams.
Bob retired from soccer in 1961. Being the active person that he was, Bob also played softball , was an avid golfer, and a competitive billiards player.
Robert W. Craddock was inducted in the United States Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.
Considered one of the greatest home run hitters and most feared sluggers of any era, and called by many "the Black Babe Ruth", Josh Gibson left an undeniable legacy of greatness and accomplishment. To honor that legacy of achievement, the surviving family members established a private, non-profit foundation in 1994. The goal of the foundation is to provide the type of access that Josh Gibson never enjoyed with the creation of facilities and baseball fields dedicated to the youth of the Pittsburgh community. The Josh Gibson Foundation has evolved into an organization focused on providing a variety of academic and athletic programs that allow the next Josh Gibson to reach his or her potential. In addition, another goal is the establishment of the Josh Gibson Negro League Museum. Because preserving a heritage of achievement helps inspire in our youth the accomplishments of tomorrow.
Gibson was born on December 21, 1911 in Buena Vista, Georgia. Ten years later his family moved to Pittsburgh's North Side after his father found work in the steel mills. As a youngster Josh was a natural athlete. While baseball was his first love, Josh excelled at a number of sports, winning several awards in track. By age 16 Gibson had made a name for himself as a sandlot player for several amateur baseball teams, gaining the notice of Cumberland Posey, the owner of the Negro League’s Homestead Grays, The Grays were talent deep, but Posey needed a solid substitute catcher and Gibson with his build and quickness was a superb candidate.
A young Josh Gibson could not have joined a better team. Beginning in 1928 when Posey aligned his team with the Negro National League, the Grays were the class of Negro Baseball. Posey's teams were talented, disciplined, and consistent winners. Gibson's raw talent and his willingness to learn from veteran players such as Buck Ewing and Judy Johnson, who later boasted “If Josh Gibson had been in the big leagues in his prime, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron would still be chasing him for the home run record”, transformed him into a marquee star.
Gibson batted for a phenomenal .461 average in his rookie year and was a key factor in the Grays' win over New York's Lincoln Giants in the playoffs for the Eastern Division championship. In one of the games played in Yankee Stadium, he slammed a home run into the left field bullpen that traveled an estimated 585 feet. For years after, fans would claim it as one of the longest drives ever hit in that ballpark. Gibson slugged home runs often and long, hitting 69 round-trippers in 1934 alone and nearly 800 for his career, recording one home run for every 10.6 times at bat. In 1943 he posted a .466 batting average with a career average of .374 and he won the Negro League Triple Crown (home runs, batting average and runs batted-in) two consecutive seasons. Gibson’s impressive bat put him on nine East-West All-Star squads and ranked him second only to Satchel Paige as the best-known Negro League player.
Josh Gibson died suddenly on January 20, 1947 a few months before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues. Gibson was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1972, the second Negro League player after Satchel Paige to be so honored. The Josh Gibson Foundation, led now by his grandson Sean Gibson, continues to shine as a fitting tribute to the legend whose name it bears. And as a serendipitous footnote to tonight’s award, the year prior to his death, Bill Campbell, the late benefactor of the Campbell Family Distinguished Achievement Award being presented this evening to the cherished memory of Josh Gibson, had donated more than $7 million to renovate West Field in Munhall, the home ballpark of the Homestead Grays. Bill would certainly have heartily approved of Josh Gibson as this year’s Campbell Award recipient.