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.

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)

https://player.vimeo.com/video/223554743

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)

https://player.vimeo.com/video/223325548

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)

https://player.vimeo.com/video/224883259

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)

https://player.vimeo.com/video/225124640

Bob Shearer

Year Inducted:2016

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A graduate of Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh
A four sports star at Peabody, garnering All-City honors in football and baseball and was a member of Peabody’s state championship volleyball team
Langley High School’s Baseball Coach for thirty-one years. Also coached; football, basketball, soccer, and swimming at Langley. Coached football for two years at Duquesne University
His Baseball teams won; fourteen City League section titles and five City League championships
Langley was runner up in the 1982 PIAA Title game and finished fourth in both 1978 and 1979
Active in teaching, coaching, and community organizations. A baseball and softball official

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/LP11k0RemkI

Dante Calabria

Year Inducted:2016

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A graduate of Blackhawk High School and University of North Carolina
Scored 2,252 points at Blackhawk and was one of the WPIAL’s greatest shooters
Blackhawk won three WPIAL Titles and one PIAA Title during his high school career
Went to North Carolina and played as a freshmen on the Tar Heel’s 1993 NCAA Championship team
One of the greatest three-point shooters in Tar Heel’s history
Played and starred for 16 seasons as a professional basketball player in Europe

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/1ghAcerTZmY

Tom Stabile

Year Inducted:2016

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Graduate of Tarentum High School and Slippery Rock University of PA
PIAA football, basketball, and baseball game official
NCAA official in Football and Basketball working many playoff and bowl games
NFL Head Linesman for twenty years working numerous playoff games
Named to the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVI and an alternate official on Super Bowl XL
Member of the Allegheny-Kiski Sports Hall of Fame and WPIAL Sports Hall of Fame
Worked many WPIAL football, basketball, and baseball Championship games and three PIAA Basketball Finals

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/Avn8BzoP-Zo

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J. T. Thomas

Year Inducted:2016

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Graduate of Lanier High School in Georgia and Florida State University
First African-American football player awarded a full scholarship to FSU
First FSU African-American All-American football player
First FSU African-American All-American football player to earn his baccalaureate degree
Selected as the number 1 draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1973
Played with the Steel Curtain defense for eleven seasons; Pro-Bowl honoree and four-time Super Bowl Winner
JT and Mel Blount named 6th best cornerback combo in NFL history by NFL.com
Successful food and restaurant business entrepreneur for over thirty years

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/1UkKQnRj-yk

Art Tragesser

Year Inducted:2016

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Head and assistant football coach at four schools in Westmoreland County for 45 years
Overall football coaching record was 165-133-3
His Jeannette teams won 3 section titles and his 1994 squad was WPIAL AA runner-up
His Penn-Trafford teams won 5 section titles and his 1997 squad was the WPIAL AAAA runner-up
Head and Assistant track coach at Jeannette High School for 17 years
12 years District 7 representative to the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association, serving as it’s president in 2000
Big 33 Game Pennsylvania head coach in 2003 and assistant coach in 1995
Inducted into the Clarion University of PA Sports HOF in 2005
Ferrante Memorial Award recipient in 2015

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmPmVh1hfRE

Wayne "The Train Dibarota

Year Inducted:2016

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Graduate of Baldwin High School and the University of Pittsburgh
1977 earned PA state honors in football, wrestling, and track
A Baldwin MVP , played in the Big 33 game and a Baldwin Hall of Fame inductee
1980 Academic All-American and, and 2009 Pitt’s Lettermen’s Club Award of Distinction honoree
A four year letterman at Pitt and a starting running back during their three consecutive 10-1 seasons
1980 gained over 1000 yards combined rushing and pass receptions
Offered free agent contracts from Steelers and Eagles in 1981but opted to remain in Dental School
A successful Dentist in the South Hills and active in various charities in several South Hills communities

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/aQDFXKG6cQg

Bob Miller

Year Inducted:2016

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North Allegheny High School and Capital University graduate
N.A. boys volleyball coach for 35 seasons
Six WPIAL and four PIAA Boys Titles
N.A. girls volleyball coach for 20 seasons
Two WPIAL and three PIAA Girls Titles
Combined record of 950 wins and 150 losses (86% winning percentage)
Co-founder of the PA Volleyball Coaches Association
A member of the PA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and WPIAL Hall of Fame

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/c4xEB0wFQag

Mike White

Year Inducted:2016

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A graduate of North Hills High School and Duquesne University
Covered high school sports for the Post Gazette since 1979 and was High School Sports Editor since 1985
Color Commentator for WPIAL football and basketball Championship games
Co-host of high school football radio show on the Fan and spot contributor to other radio sports talk shows
AAU and elementary school basketball coach for many years
Winner of writing and reporting awards; including Golden Quill, Keystone Press Award and others
A member of the North Hills High School Sports Hall of Fame and Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame

Bill Muir

Year Inducted:2016

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A graduate of Homestead High School and Susquehanna University
Listed of among top 100 football players in Susquehanna University history
Named to the All-MAC team his junior and senior seasons
Susquehanna had a record of 32-3-1 during his four year playing career
Elected to Susquehanna University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1990
Coached for eight NFL teams, three college teams and, two minor leagues football teams over a
47 year coaching career
Coached in the NFL for 33 years. Part of that tenure as both an Offensive and Defensive Coordinator
Was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Tampa Bay’s 2002 Super Bowl Championship team

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/3k0hh8cIWC8

David "Rooster" Fleming

Year Inducted:2016

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Graduate of Gladstone High School and resident of Munhall, PA
Played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963 and 1964
Signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1965 and played for 10 seasons
Still holds team running back records for; years played, total games, most touchdowns, and, total
combined rushing and receiving yards
Caught the winning touchdown pass in the 1972 Grey Championship Cup
Scored the longest touchdown run, 109 yards, in Hamilton Tiger Cat’s history
Played on winning Grey Cup team in 1965, 1966, and 1969

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/uduW-SQyQig

Tim O'Malley

Year Inducted:2016

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A graduate of Avonworth High School and Findlay College
High school football coach for nineteen years, eleven as Head Coach in the Moon, Avonworth, Pine Richland, and Hopewell Districts
Voted “West Hills Coach of the Year” in 1982 while at Avonworth
Served 15 years as Athletic Director within the Moon, North Allegheny, and Butler School Districts
A member of the WPIAL Board of Control since 1995, serving as Treasurer, VP, and President
Since 2006, he has been the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League overseeing the athletic programs in the 141 schools of the 9 Western Pennsylvania counties that comprise the WPIAL

Pat Pecora

Year Inducted:2016

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Native of Turtle Creek, PA and graduate of Serra Catholic High School and West Liberty (WV) University
Head wrestling Coach at Pitt-Johnstown, Coach since 1976 (40 years)
Athletic Director at Pitt-Johnstown since 2008 (8 years)
Team captured 20 NCAA Regional Championships, 31 T0p-20 national finishes,20 Top-10 finishes, and 10 Top-five finishes and he was named Regional Coach of the Year 16 times
1996 and1999 teams won the NCAA National Championship and ’he was 1995 and 1999 Coach of the Year
First in NCAA Division II to win 500 dual-meets (now 540) ranking third all-time and first among all active wrestling coaches at all levels of collegiate wrestling
Tutored 139 All-Americans,10 individual national champions, and 100 NWCA All-Academic Team members
Inducted into the Cambria County, West Liberty State College. Pitt-Johnstown, NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Halls of Fame, and the East Boros Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/Po-grMxcuE4

Aviathar "Abby" Bishop

Year Inducted:2015

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A South High School and University of Southern Mississippi graduate and basketball star
Recruited to play basketball at USM while playing for the the US Marine Corp in an All-Navy tournament
Recognized as a Helms All-American in 1951 and 1952, inducted into USM Sports Hall of Fame
Coached basketball at St. George and St. Elizabeth for 35 years, winning two state championships
Won more than 70% of game coached
Coached two Roundball Classic Games at Civic Arena in the ’60’s

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/_icNIZeQSzQ

Beth Bovay Friday

Year Inducted:2015

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A graduate of Upper St. Clair High School and Duquesne University
A basketball and soccer standout at USC, a WPIAL Hall of Fame Inductee in 2014
Won PIAA State Championship in basketball and WPIAL Championships in basketball and soccer
Post-Gazette 1999 Athlete of the Year, First Team All-State in both sports
One of the most decorated athletes in WPIAL history
Only player in Duquesne history to score 1000 points and have 1000 rebounds. Jersey retired
Atlantic 10 Inaugural Legends Class in Women’s Basketball and 2003 Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/wsDT30C8noU

Kirk "Corky" Semler

Year Inducted:2015

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Combined 35 year boys’/girls’ teams record of 632 -83 -and 6, -an 88% winning percentage
Combined 61 section titles -26 WPIAL titles and 9 PIAA state championships
Launched North Allegheny boys’ and girls’ water polo teams in 2001
141 swimmers, divers and water polo players achieved All-American status
Named Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coach of the Year three times
Inducted: East Boros Chapter: PA. Sports HOF in 2006, Gateway High School Sports HOF in 2007, Pennsylvania Swimming HOF in 2009, North Al¬legheny High School Athletics HOF in 2013, and will be inducted into the WPIAL Sports HOF in June of 2015

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/EA1iCPp_qyQ

Len Semplice

Year Inducted:2015

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Graduate of South Hills Catholic, began coaching hockey at age 15 and coached for 32 years
Coached at Upper St. Clair from 1976-1984, winning league titles in 1980 and 1981 and a PA. title in 1980 at age 21
Head coach at Central Catholic 1984-1988, winning division titles in 1987 and 1988 and a WPIHL title in 1987
First American born head coach in Toronto’s Metro League
General manager/head coach of the Wisconsin Capitals,
Trained a Korea University team and a professional team in Canada and was the first American to coach hockey at the professional level in Europe
Named Director of the McKnight Hockey Center at Shady Side Academy and head hockey coach in 1994.
Founder and long time commissioner of the Midwest Prep Hockey League. That league’s championship trophy bears his name.

Banquet Acceptance Speech (Video)

https://youtu.be/BW-sotbuirc