Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Football

Tick proudly served in the US Marine Corps from 1955 to 1958, where he played intra-servi ces football. He was a 4-time first team PSAC offensive and defensive tackle (1958-’61) at Clarion State College and was named co-captain in 1961. Tick was an assistant football coach at Penn Hills High School from the 1962 -’65 seasons. He was named School District Business Manager, first for the Swissvale (1970 -’79) and then for the Woodland Hills (1979 -’92) and served as President of the Pennsylvania School Business Managers Association for the 1985-86 school year. He was inducted into the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the East Boros Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in ’94, and the Western Chapter in ’97. Tick was also inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in 2017. He was a WPIAL football official for 35 years and basketball official for 25 years.

Tick served as President of the West Penn Basketball Officials in 1994. He was the Assigning Secretary for the Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials (PIAA) for 9 years. He was also President of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association from 1992 to 2000. Tick served as the Commissioner of WPIAL Quad AAAA Football Officials from 2000 to ’14 and was the Heinz Field scoreboard operator for all Pitt and Steelers home football games from 2000 to 2012. He served as President of the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for 30 years from 1987 to 2016, overseeing the enshrinement of 407 Western Chapter inductees and 72 PA Sports Hall of Fame inductees from his chapter during that period. Tick also served as PA Sports Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board for 4 years. In 2016 the Western Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame was renamed the Robert “Tick” Cloherty -Western Chapter in his honor.

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