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.
Dr Karen Hall
1983/1984 Mt. Alvernia Girls Basketball Team Captain/Team MVP
In 1983, she started for the undefeated (34-0) Mt. Alvernia PIAA Class A State Championship team
Was a WPIAL Class A Section II All-Star, a Pittsburgh Post Gazette Finest-Five All Star and a North Hills News Record Fabulous Five All-Star after the 1984 season
Was named a 1984 National High School Girls Basketball All-American
In 1982, 1983 and 1984 her team was crowned National Amateur Athletic (AAU) Union Champions and she was also named a 3- time AAU All-American
In 1985 she was a USA-Basketball Sports Festival West Team Alternate
1984-1988 College Basketball Scholarship to University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
In the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons, she served as the Lady Running Rebels team captain. In 1988 she was named second team All-Big West Conference
1994 Western Pennsylvania Girls’ Basketball Hall-of-Fame Inductee
2009 Ammon Recreation Center Legends Hall-of-Fame, 2013 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic (WPIAL) League Hall-of-Fame Inductee…Team Category
In 2016, a Connie Hawkins Men’s Summer Basketball League Hall-of-Fame Inductee and in 2017, Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall-of-Fame Inductee
Due to the Covid pandemic, There were no Inductions or Inductees’ Ceremonial banquet .
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
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
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
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
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
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
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