2023 BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ NOMINATIONS
Living candidates – Must vote for twenty (20- Living)
1. NICOLE LEVANDUSKY BASKETBALL/SOFTBALL PLAYER CARBON COUNTY
- Played three sports: basketball, softball, and field hockey at Palmerton High School
- In high school, scored 2,622 points in basketball and was a four-time All-Star and three-time MVP
- Four-time All-Star and three-time MVP as catcher in Softball and All-Star in Field Hockey
- Upon graduation owned 8 single season or career marks
- Inducted into the Carbon County and Lehigh-Valley – Pocono Chapters of the PA Sports Hall of Fame and the PIAA District XI Hall of Fame
- Played at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Inducted into the Xavier Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013
- Member of the 2001 WNBA Championship LA Sparks team
2. BILLY “WHITE SHOES” JOHNSON FOOTBALL DELAWARE VALLEY
- Associated Press first-team running back on the 1972 Little All-American Team
- Played at Widener College and was drafted by the Houston Oilers
- Pro Bowl appearances in 1975 (game MVP), 1977 and 1983
- In 1981 he played one year in the CFL before returning to the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons
- Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018
3. RICHARD (RICK) PENNYPACKER – FOOTBALL COACH – TRI-COUNTY CHAPTER
- All-State (PA) high school football player – many all-league/area honors
- Full scholarship to West Virginia (3 letters) playing for legendary coach Bobby Bowden
- Winningest Football Coach in Pottsgrove High School (Pottstown, Montgomery County)
- 9 PAC Championships, 4 District 1 Championships, 4 undefeated seasons
- Twice named District 1 Coach of the Year and PAC numerous times
- Pottsgrove Stadium named in his honor, “Pennypacker Stadium”
- Named to the Tri-County Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame, Montgomery County Coaches and Pottsgrove High School Halls of Fame
4. RAY DIDINGER SPORTS MEDIA DELAWARE VALLEY
- Covered the NFL for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Daily News and was a pro football analyst for NBC Sports Philadelphia for 25 years
- Radio broadcaster for 94WIP Philadelphia 1988 – 2022
- Won six Emmy Awards for his work as a writer and producer for NFL Films
- Keystone Press Award winner, 6-times; Associated Press Column Writing, 3-time winner
- Named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, 5-times, In 1995, he was named the Dick McCann Memorial Award Winner for long and distinguished coverage of pro football and his name added to the Writer’s Honor Roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton
- Member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, 2005
5. RICHARD “RICKY” BONOMO WRESTLING LUZERNE COUNTY
- 2008 Inductee into the Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished member in Stillwater, Oklahoma
- 3X NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion for Bloomsburg University at 118 pounds(1985-86-87)
- 3X Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) “Wrestler of the Year”
- 3X EWL Champion (1985-86-87), at 118 pounds, “Outstanding Wrestler Award” (1986-87)
- 2X PSAC Champion (1984-85) @ 118 pounds and 1X (1986) at 126 pounds
- College Career Record- (119-12-3), third position on Huskies All-Time win list
- 1981 Pennsylvania State Champion-112 pounds at Lake Lehman High School (Coached by Shorty Hitchcock)
- 1993 Inductee into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches, 1999 Inductee into the Bloomsburg
- University and 2005 Inductee into the Luzerne County Sports Halls of Fame
6. C. VIVIAN STRINGER BASKETBALL COACH FAYETTE COUNTY
- First coach in NCAA history to lead three different women’s programs to the NCAA Final Four: Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa1993 and Cheyney State College in 1982
- Fifth winningest coach in women’s college basketball history 1,055-426
- Named the National Coach of the Year three times: Wade Trophy in 1982, Converse Award in 1988 and Naismith Award in 1993. She was also named the 1988 Russell Athletic/Womens’ Basketball Coach of the Year
- The 1993 Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and the Black Coaches Association named her as Collegiate Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year
- Other Coach of the Year Honors include; District V -3 times, District 1 – 1, Big Ten – 2 times, Big East – 2 times and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association – 4 times
- Recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” and in 2004 she received the Black Coaches Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award
- Inducted into the Women’s Basketball, the Naismith Basketball (with Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton) and The Fayette County Halls of Fame
- The U.S. Sports Academy named its annual women’s coaching award in her honor.
- The First Vivian Springer Medallion was awarded in July 2022.
7. ANTHONY “Rocky” BONOMO WRESTLING LUZERNE COUNTY
- 3X Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Champion at 126 pounds
- College Career Record- (110-19), fourth position on Huskies All-Time win list
- 2X DI Wrestling All-American (1986-87) 126 pounds
- 1981 Pennsylvania State Champion-119 pounds at Lake Lehman High School
- Assistant Coach at Bucknell (1987-89) and Lock Haven (1990-02) Lock Haven
- Head Coach (2003-09)
- EWL Coach of the Year – 2005
- 1999 Inductee into the Bloomsburg University and 2005 Inductee into the Luzerne County Sports Halls of Fame
8. GREGORY D0VIAK FOOTBALL ED ROMANCE
- A 1967 graduate of Mount Carmel Area (MCA). Named an All American by Scholastic Magazine and named the Susquehanna Valley Athlete of the Year.
- Selected Associated Press 1st Team. All State and QB’ed the East Squad in the Big 33 Game
- Ranked as the #2 QB in MCA history, throwing for 26 TDs in 1966 and running for 14 TD’s plus 2 punt return TD’s.
- First and only QB at MCA to pass for 1,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season.
- Lettered as a freshman at Kulpmont High and earned 3 more in baseball following the jointure with Mount Carmel. Also held basketball scoring records during that time
- Greg graduated from Bucknell in 1971, earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Penn State in 1973 and recently retired as Principal at Lower Moreland High School
- An Inductee of the Ed Romance Chapter in 2004
9. JOVON JOHNSON FOOTBALL PLAYER METRO ERIE
- At Mercyhurst Prep was Metro Erie League Offensive Player of the Year in football and first team All-Metro in basketball (2001-02)
- Was a four-year starter at cornerback for the Iowa Hawkeyes (2002-2005) and in 2002 was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team and was an NCAA Freshman All-American
- Second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and led the Big Ten with 6 interceptions that year
- First Team All-Big Ten DB as a senior and still ranks 2nd all-time at Iowa with 17 career interceptions
- Played for the 95th Grey Cup Champion Saskatchewan Rough Riders in 2007
- Started 17 of 18 games for the 2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, leading the defense with 57 tackles and 3 interceptions
- Played for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders (twice), Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal
- 11-year CFL career stats include 564 tackles, 10 special team tackles, 8 sacks, 35 interceptions (7 for touchdowns), 9 forced fumbles and 14 fumble recoveries (2 for touchdowns).
- In 2011, was named the CFL Defensive Player of the Year
- Was a 5-time CFL Eastern Conference All-Star and was twice named to the All-CFL All-Star Team
10. DON BRICKER ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR NORTHERN ANTRACITE
- Athletic Director of Frackville. Schuylkill School District for 38 years (1955-1993)
- North Schuylkill School District’s Natatorium named “Don Bricker Natatorium” in 2017
- Member of PA State Athletic Directors Association for 55 years (1967-2022)
- Named to the PA State Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame in 2018
- Named Athletic Director of the Year in 1992
11. MATT MILLEN FOOTBALL LEHIGH VALLEY POCONO
- All-American defensive tackle at Penn State and finalist for Lombardi Trophy in 1978
- Appeared in the National Championship game after the 1978 season, 1979 Sugar Bowl vs Alabama.
- Ranks 5th All-Time at Penn State University with 22 sacks and his 36 career tackles for loss are tied for 8th best at “Linebacker University”, upon graduation
- Twelve seasons with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins;
- First team All-Pro in 1984 & 1985 and Pro Bowl in 1988.
- Four- time Super Bowl Champion, retired in 1991 after fourth Super Bowl Ring
- Detroit Lions President & CEO 2001-2008
- TV analyst for CBS, Fox, ESPN, NBC and Penn State Radio network- lead analyst.
- Has also made appearances on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football and the 2009 NFL Playoffs for NBC.
12. JOHN GABRIEL BASKETBALL ADMINISTRATOR ADAMS COUNTY
- Team captain of the 1974 Delone Catholic High School basketball team that took the Pennsylvania State Championship
- A three-year starter and key team member at Kutztown University and a Kutztown Hall of Fame Inductee
- Began his career as an administrator in 1982 with the NBA Philadelphia 76ers including serving as assistant coach for 6 years
- Moving up the NBA ladder, his prowess helped put the Orlando Magic in the playoffs
- Named the Magic’s General Manager in 1996, Executive of the Year in 2000
- Joined the Portland Trailblazers and then moved to the New York Knicks before returning to the Magic in 2017 as an Executive Assistant. In 2011, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has channeled his efforts to Parkinson fund raising
- Inducted into the Adams County Hall of Fame in 2015
13. STEVE WISER FOOTBALL COACH WEST GRAND VALLEY
- Entering his 49th year as assistant football coach at Lycoming College and 45th year as defensive coordinator. The architect of a defense that has won 15 MAC titles
- The Warriors were ranked No.1 in total defense in 1975 and 1983. They also posted leading numbers in rushing defense in 1976, 1982 and 1987 and scoring defense in 1999
- During his tenure, the Warriors have posted a record of 339-158-5 (.680) while garnering 12 NCAA appearances, including two trips to the national title game (1990, 1997)
- Defenses topped the MAC 18 times and posted a total of 67 shutouts
- Earned four letters while playing for the Warriors from 1970-1974 as a hard-nosed linebacker, earning two All-MAC honors. As a wrestler, he placed second and third inthe Conference and qualified for the NCAA Small College Championships
- A member of Lycoming College, Bald Eagle High School, West Branch Valley and Centre County Halls of Fame
14. RUSS GRIMM FOOTBALL ROBERT “TICK” CLOHERTY- WESTERN
- Was a 9-letter winner at Southmoreland High School and played quarterback, linebacker punted for the Scotties football team.
- At Pitt he played on an offensive line with future NFL Pro-Bowlers Mark May, Bill Fralic and Jimbo Covert. And Pitt was a combined 22-2 his senior season.
- Played his entire NFL career as a member of the highly acclaimed Washington Redskins “Hogs” offensive line
- Was a starting guard on 3 Super Bowl Championship Teams; Super Bowl 17, Super Bowl 22 and Super Bowl 24
- Won a fourth Super Bowl ring as the Steelers Line Coach in Super Bowl 40
- Four-Time First Team All-Pro (1983-86) and was named to the Pro Bowl all four years
- First Team 1980’s NFL All-Decade-Team
- NFL Coach for 26-years
- Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton (2010), University of Pittsburgh Hall of Fame (2022) and Robert “Tick” Cloherty-Western Chapter Sports Hall of Fame in 1999
15. KIRK “CORKY” SEMLER SWIMMING COACH EAST BOROS
- 35-year coaching record (boys and girls teams combined) is 632-83-6, (88.4)
- North Allegheny boys and girls teams won 61 combined Class AAA section titles, they also won 26 combined District-7 (WPIAL) Class AAA titles and were the District-7 runner-up 16 times
- North Allegheny teams captured a combined 7 PIAA Class AAA state championships and were the PIAA runner-up an additional 7 times
- 141 of his NA swimmers, divers, and water polo players achieved All-American status
- Named PIAA “Swimming Coach of the Year” three times
- Inducted into the East Boros Chapter, the “Tick” Western Chapter, the Gateway High School, the PA Aquatic, the North Allegheny High School, and the WPIAL Sports Halls of Fame
- Launched the NA Water Polo program in 2001, winning boy’s state titles in 2012 and 2013
- After retiring in 2013, he was rehired in 2022 to lead the NA Swimming and Diving program and posted a 19-1 regular season record, raising his combined W/L record to 651-84-6 (89%) and winning his 62nd Section title and his 27th Class AAA WPIAL (District 7) title. 7 of his 2022 swimmers were named Scholastic All-Americans, raising his coaching total to 148.
16. HAL HEFFELFINGER SOCCER COACH BUCKS COUNTY
- One of the most successful coaches in Bucks County history, from 1968-1994 his Record at Neshaminy High School was 376-122-63
- Won 11 League Championships, 5 PIAA District One Championships and 3 PIAA, AAAA State Championships – more than any coach in the state at time of his retirement
- Also coached basketball and softball at Neshaminy High School
- Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Suburban Philadelphia Soccer Coaches Association and President of the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association
- Member of the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches, Neshaminy All-Sports, Delaware County and the Bucks County Sports Halls of Fame
- Charter Executive Officer of the Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame and past Secretary
- A Member of the 1961 West Chester State College Division One Soccer Championship Team. Varsity starter at Collingdale High School in basketball and baseball
17. BOB ZAVARICK 3-SPORT STAR ED ROMANCE
- The 1978 Mount Carmel (MCA) shortstop led the Tornadoes to three consecutive Schuylkill Division Titles and overall Championship in 1978, hitting over .500 his Jr. and Sr. years
- Accepted a 4-year Baseball Scholarship to D–1 Maryland where he played all four years at shortstop, with career average over ,300
- In 1976 he scored 6 TDs in one game and returned 6 kicks for TDs that season.
- Held 48 individual records as varsity football player, named First Team All-State Defensive Back and Big 33 Selection Currently is his school’s 4th leading scorer in basketball with 1,319 points, led team to District playoffs in 1977 and 1978
- Captained all three sports his senior year and had three jersey numbers retired
- An Inductee of the Ed Romance Chapter in 1986
18. ART HOWE BASEBALL MANAGER ROBERT “TICK” CLOHERTY-WESTERN
- Major League manager for the Houston Astros (1989-93), Oakland Athletics (1996-2002) and New York Mets (2003-2004)
- Managed teams in 2,266 major league games (1989-2004)
- Major league infielder (played all four position, but mostly second and third base) for the Pirates (1974-75), Astros (1976-82) and Cardinals (1984-85)
- Set Astros record in 1981 with a twenty- game hitting streak
- Set American League record of 20-consecutive wins as manager with the Athletics in 2002
- Finished second 4 consecutive years (1999-2002) for the “Manager of the Year” Award
- An analyst for the Houston Astros from 2005-06 and again from 2009-17.
- A stellar multi-sport athlete at Shaler Area High School where he was an All-WPIAL quarterback/defensive back and led the Titans to a baseball championship
- Attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship and, after a career ending injury, was signed by the Pirates in 1970 after a tryout camp
- Inducted into the Shaler Area, University of Wyoming, Texas Baseball, Houston Astros Orbiters and RTC-Western Chapter Halls of Fame
19. DOUG YINGST ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR CENTRAL
- Made a name for himself with a 34-year career as an executive with the Hershey Bears
- Started as the Bear’s Promotions Director in 1882, was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 1988 and added the role of Director of Hockey Operations in 1990
- Named General Manager in 1996 when the Bears won the Calder Cup Championship
- Established an affiliation with the Washington Capitals which resulted in the greatest five-year run-in league history; three Calder Cup titles, four finals appearances and a record 60-win season in 2009-2010
- A member of the AHL’s Board of Governors and Chairman of several key committees
- Honored with the James C. Hendy Award as the league’s outstanding executive in 2000 and 2006
- Inducted into the Central Chapter, the Palmyra High School, Hershey Bears and American Hockey League Halls of Fame
20. DAVID “DAVE” CROWELL WRESTLING COACH LEHIGH VALLEY/POCONO
- 37 years as Head Wrestling Coach at Easton, Wilson, and Nazareth High Schools
- Career coaching record of 569 wins, 141 losses and 1 tie
- 7x Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association State Coach of the Year.
- 14x District Eleven Wrestling Coach of the Year.
- Teams have won 13 Pennsylvania State Championships: Eight state individual titles and 5 state dual meet titles.
- Coached 24 individual PA State Champions (2nd most in Pennsylvania)
- Teams finished 1st or 2nd at State Individual Championships ten times
- Had a State Finalist for 19 consecutive years and 21 out of 22 years.
- Inducted into the Easton Area and District XI Hall of Fames, the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the Lehigh Valley Pocono Sports Hall of Fame.
- National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.
21. KELLY MASLAR TENNIS PLAYER/COACH METRO ERIE
- Dominated Pennsylvania High School Tennis as a player in the 1980’s when she won two state singles titles at Mercyhurst Prep
- Helped Mercyhurst Prep basketball team to a State Championship
- Earned First Team All-Metro honors in baseball at shortstop all three years played
- Returned to her alma mater and built a girl’s tennis dynasty
- In 18 seasons she coached the Lakers to 16 consecutive District 10 Titles and led Mercyhurst Prep to four straight PIAA Team Championships
- In 2021 her tennis team became the first to win a District 10 PIAA State Team
- Championship and repeated in 2013, 2014, 2015
22. AL MILLER SOCCER COACH CENTRAL
- Second winningest coach in pro soccer history. One of soccer’s outstanding pioneers
- First-year Head Coach – Philadelphia Atoms – 1973 – NASL Champions
- First coach in all professional sports to win a championship with an expansion team
- First American- born coach to win a Pro Soccer Championship
- Five National Pro Championships – 2 as coach and 3 as General Manager
- Coach of the U. S. National Team – 1974-75
- Elected on first ballot to the National Soccer Hall of Fame – 1995
- Recipient of the “Walt Chyzowych Outstanding Coach Award” – 2019
23. SWIN CASH BASKETBALL ROBERT ‘TICK” CLOHERTY-WESTERN
- Played for McKeesport High School, WPIAL girls’ basketball champions in 1998. Scored 40 points with 21 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in AAAA title game
- Started on the University of Connecticut 2000 and 2002 NCAA National Championship teams and was the 2002 NCAA Final Four Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- Played for the Detroit Shock’s 2003 and 2006 WNBA championship teams and the 2010 Seattle Storm WNBA championship team.
- Was a 4- time WNBA All-Pro , named to the AP All-American Team in 2002
- Won 2 gold medals as part of the USA women’ basketball team in Athens, Greece (2004) and again in London (2012)
- Only one of two players in WNBA history to amass: 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1000 assists. Averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game
- Four-time WNBA All-Star Selection and two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player
- Was named to the WNBA 20th Anniversary and 25th Anniversary teams
- Inducted into the Naismith Basketball (2022), UConn (2006) and Robert “Tick”Cloherty-Western Chapter (2018) Halls of Fame.
- One of only 11 women basketball players to have won NCAA Championships, WNBA Championships, an Olympic Gold Medal and a FIBA World Cup Basketball Championship
24. DAVE JOHNSON TRACK AND FIELD DELAWARE VALLEY
- Ran cross country at Swarthmore College leading them to three consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference championships. One of the foremost figures in Track and Field today
- A much-respected track and field historian and journalist, he was the statistical editor and staff writer for Track and Field Magazine from 1979-1987
- Involved in public address announcing and statistical work at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
- Became involved in the Penn Relays and in 1996 succeeded Tim Baker as the Director.
- Under his leadership, the Penn Relays have become the best attended track meet in the country
25. DAVE PALONE HARNESS RACING DRIVER WASHINGTON/GREENE
- Won his world-record 20,000th harness race on June25, 2022 at the Meadows Racetrack. This gives him career earnings of $152 million.
- Inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, July 4, 2010
- Collected the most wins in a year three times (1999, 2000, and 2004)
- Was voted Harness Tracks of America “Driver of the Year” five times (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009)
- Has driven horses to major stakes victories all over Pennsylvania
- The Paddock at The Meadows will be named for Palone later in 2022.
26. JANET HUTCHINSON FIELD HOCKEY/SOFTBALL COACH LUZERNE COUNTY
- Blair Academy, NJ (1971-1977) initiated girls’ Field Hockey, Basketball, and Softball programs
- Bloomsburg University, PA Field Hockey (1978-2009) winning percentage of .861 and an overall record of 591-75-20, 16 National Championships, 9-time National Runner-up
- 16 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)Championships, and 9-time Conference Runner-up
- Bloomsburg University, PA Softball (1978-2010) winning percentage of .807 and an overall record of 1,215-288-2.
- Twenty-eight consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament,1 National Championship, 2-time National Runner-up, 5-time National 3rd Place, 2-time National 4th place
- 16 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships (PSAC), and 9-time Conference Runner-up
- Since (1979-2010) every player recruited in Field Hockey and Softball has participated in at least one 1 NCAA Tournament
- Inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University Halls of Fame
- Sussex County NJ, Luzerne County, Blair Academy Athletic, Newton NJ High School Halls of Fame
- Received the 2006 C. Vivian Stringer Award from US Sports Academy
27. DAN BAKER PA ANNOUNCER LOU CAPPIELLA
- The “Voice” of Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Stadium and Citizens Bank Field
- PA Announcer for Philadelphia Phillies for 51 years (1972-2022 and Eagles (1985-2014)
- Longest tenured active PA Announcer in Major League Baseball
- Play by play announcer for Drexel Men’s Basketball (1997-2012)
- Announcer for 6 World Series, 2 All-Star Games and 3 NFC Championship Games
- Former Executive Director of the Big Five Conference (1981-1996)
- Inducted into the Big 5 and Philadelphia Sports Halls of Fame
28. DUANE FORD SOFTBALL/BASKETBALL BERNIE ROMANOSKI
- Played on the 1961 PIAA State Champions in basketball at Nanticoke and was selected All-Conference in football and baseball in 1962 and 1963
- 1,389 total wins at Central Columbia (805 in softball and 584 in boys and girls basketball)
- Only High School Coach to win State Championships in two different sports. one boys and two girls (1981 Boys Basketball and 1994 and 2014 Girls Softball)
- 18 District IV Championships (12 in Softball, 3 in Boys Basketball and 3 in Girls Basketball)
- Member of the 1965 Dickinson College Hall of Fame Football Team, PA Softball
- Member of PA Softball Coaches and Central Columbia High School Halls of Fame
29. VICTOR “VIC” STANLEY WRESTLING COACH BUCKS COUNTY
- Head Wrestling Coach at Council Rock High School for 25 years
- A graduate of Moshannon High School where he lettered in football and wrestling
- Upon college graduation he embarked on a 50-year high school coaching career; Council Rock (25), Penn Argl, Archbishop Wood, Neshaminy, and LaSalle
- Teams garnered 511 wins, 197 losses and 5 ties
- Coached five PIAA State Champions, eleven place winners, and 53 qualifiers for states
- Had five National Prep Place winners
30. SCOTT BUFFINGTON BASEBALL COACH ALLEN ROGOWICZ
- A 51- year (45-year as Head Coach) scholastic baseball coaching career with a record of 682 wins-274 Loses, .711
- Tenure included 18 Division, 9 District XI, 2 PIAA Eastern Championships and in 2021 his squad won the PIAA 2A State Championship.
- In addition to baseball, Scott served 41 years as a PIAA Wrestling Official, 38 years as an Athletic Trainer and 23 years as an Athletic Director (1999 -present) and squeezed in 14 years as an Assistant Football Coach.
- Graduated from Tri-Valley High school earning varsity letters in Football (3) and Baseball (4)
- At Shippensburg he earned 4 letters in Baseball and All-State honors as a centerfielder
31. FRANK BOLICK BASEBALL ED ROMANCE
- A 1985 Mount Carmel High School graduate where he excelled in Baseball. He had 120 hits including 34 home runs and led the team to a 54-19 record and 3 District Playoffs
- A two year starter in football as a QB, running back, defensive back and punter
- Accepted a four-year baseball scholarship at Georgia Tech where he set a freshmen record with 16 home runs. He was named an All-American and played in ACC and NCAA Tournaments as a freshman
- After 3-seasons at Georgia Tech he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers (MLB).
- Following 3-years of minor league ball (AAA) he was named the starting third baseman for the Montreal Expos with a .992 fielding percentage. This made him one of only two MCA baseballers to play professionally since 1892
- Played 16 years in professional baseball with the Brewers, Expos, Indians, Pirates, Rockies, Rockies and Angels. He also played in Japan where he hit over 100 home runs in four years and was named to the Japanese All-Star Game on 2000
- An Inductee of the Ed Romance Chapter Hall of Fame
32. LAWRENCE MILLER BASKETBALL CARBON COUNTY
- A Catasauqua High School basketball star amassing 2,722 points and 2,062 rebounds
- Accepted 4-year basketball scholarship to North Carolina where he became a consensus All-American in 1968 and was two-time ACC Player of the year 1967-1968
- The ACC Tournament MVP in 1967-1968 and only player to accomplish back-to-back Tournament MVP’s, averaging over 20 points and almost 10 rebounds his last three seasons, scoring in double figures sixty-four times
- Reached the NCAA final four, losing to UCLA (Wooden and Jabbar)
- Played for five different teams and holds ABA single point record of 61 points in 1972
33. ED WADE BASEBALL ADMINISTRATOR NORTHEASTERN
- His rise to the top of baseball administration included: stints as PR Assistant with the Astros, Director of Publicity with the Pirates, and an Associate with Smith Enterprise of the Houston Astros
- From 1989-1997 Ed was Assistant General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies
- From 1997-2005 he was Vice-President and General Manager of the Phillies
- During his tenure, he acquired many of the stars of the Phillies 2008 World Series Champions
- From 2001-2011 he was a Professional Baseball Scout for the San Diego Padres
- From 2011-2018 he was Special Assistant for Baseball Operations for the Phillies
34. BOB BUBB WRESTLING COACH WEST BRANCH VALLEY
- The Head Wrestling Coach at Clarion University from 1966-1992, turning an unknown program into the “Little Giant of Wrestling”
- The fourth NCAA Division I Wrestling Coach to reach 300 wins, posting a 322-121-4 record leading team to 11 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) titles and one Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championship
- Coached seven National Champions (including two titles each for Wade Schalles and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle), 27 All-Americans, 29 EWL Champions and 68 PSAC Champions
- 1986 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year,1972 NCAA College Division Coach of the Year and named Coach of the Year three times by the EWL and twice by the PSAC
- Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) from 1995-1999. State Runner-up at 138 Pounds at Lock Haven High School in 1954 and an NCAA Division I. All-American in 1959 at the University of Pittsburgh. Named the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler that year.
- Coached at Tyrone High School from 1959-1966, coaching five District Champions, one Regional Champion and one State Champion
- A member of the West Branch Valley, Robert “Tick” Cloherty-Western. PSAC, EWL. Clarion University, Tyrone Area and National Wrestling Halls of Fame
35. T0M SHIRLEY BASKETBALL COACH LOU CAPPIELLA
- Selected National Coach of the Year by the American Woman’s Sports Federation, 1993-94
- 821 career wins at Jefferson University makes him the active wins leader in Division II and 17th in all three NCAA divisions
- 29 seasons of twenty wins or more
- Served as a member of the National Selection Committee for NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball (2011-2014)
- Recruited and coached Tammy Green a Plymouth Whitemarsh graduate and 1994 National Player of the Year
- Has coached 5 All-Americans and four 2,000 point scorers
- Inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame Lou Cappiella Chapter in 2015
- The new Jefferson University was established in 2017 as the result of the merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University
Must vote for six (6)
1. JULE HOLLERAN IGOE SWIMMER NORTHEAST
- 1936 Olympic Trials Swimmer
- 1936 NEPA Champion in Back Stroke and Free Style and Mid-Atlantic AAU Champion
- 1937 Mid Atlantic AAU Distance Swim Champion
- 1938 Quarter mile, half-mile and 1-mile champion
- 1938 3-mile Open AAU Championship
- 1938 5-mile USA National Championship
- 1939 Set National Record in 100-yard Backstroke (1:22.2) that lasted for decades
- 1940 Open Water Easton Canal Champion; AAU Championship
- 1940 AAU/USS Deck Referee for National Events
- Head Swimming Coach at Scranton High School to 22 years
- Acquatics/Team Porpoises Head Coach
- Assisted organization of “Free-Wheelers” wheelchair basketball
2. ELSIE TOLAN BASKETBALL COACH NORTHERN ANTHRACITE
- Upon retirement in 1987, Elsie had the most wins of any Girls Basketball Coach in Pennsylvania.
- Led Marian Catholic High School to the 1987 Class A Girls State Championship.
- Won 6 Schuylkill League titles and 6 District IX Championships from 1966-1987
- Competed in 5 straight Eastern Finals, losing the last one in her final game
- Retired with an overall record of 514 wins and 97 loses at Immaculate Heart And Marian Catholic.
3. JOHN VANAK BASKETBALL OFFICIAL CARBON COUNTY
- Named the “Best Official” in the NBA for the 1978-1979 season.
- Started his officiating career in the PIAA in 1958
- Joined the American Basketball League (ABL) in 1961
- When the ABL folded in 1962, he joined the NBA until 1969
- In 1969, John and three other officials joined the American Basketball Association
- When the ABA folded in 1976, four teams and John joined the NBA where he worked until he retired in 1988
- During his tenure as a Professional Basketball Official, he worked 3,028 games, 328 playoff games and 31 final games
4. TONY “BABE” GIZONI WRESTLING WASHINGTON/GREENE
- Considered one of the greatest wrestlers to emerge from Washington High School and Waynesburg College
- Won three State Championships capturing the title at 101 pounds in 1946, 103 pounds in 1947 and 112 pounds in 1948
- Finished his scholastic career with a record of 77-3-1 and went undefeated his final three seasons at Washington High School
- At Waynesburg College, he was an NCAA Champion in his sophomore and junior seasons. He was voted Outstanding Wrestler after winning at 121 pounds in 1950
- Finished his college career with a record of 52 wins and no losses
- After college Tony served in the Korean War earning a Bronze Star
- He became an educator and coach of his favorite sport earning recognition by the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches, Helms Foundation Wrestling and the Washington/ Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Halls of Fame
5. WILLIAM “BILLY” SHERIDAN WRESTLING COACH LEHIGH VALLEY
- Charter member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Hall of Fame: Founding father of the sport.
- Lehigh University Head Wrestling Coach from 1912-1952 with a record of 222-86-8.
- Teams garnered 13 EIWA Team Titles during 6 undefeated seasons.
- Coached and developed 3 Olympians, 5 national AAU champions, 5 NCAA Champions and 59 EIWA Champions.
- Assistant Head Coach of the 1936 Olympic team and 1951 Head Coach of the Pan Am Games.
- Inducted into the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame, Lehigh University, EIWA and Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Halls of Fame
- Founded first wrestling camp and National Prep Tournament in 1935
- Refereed every bout in the first National Collegiate Wrestling Tournament.
- Known as the “Knute Rockne” of college wrestling.
6 BUDD WHITEHILL WRESTLING COACH WEST BRANCH VALLEY
- After wrestling at Lock Haven College, Budd notched a career record of 376-172-6 as Lycoming College Wrestling Coach
- He Coached eleven teams that finished amongst the NCAA’s top twenty and four amongst the top ten.
- His 1962 team included the school’s first Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) National Champion and finished third in the NAIA Tournament
- A member of the Lycoming College. Lock Haven Wrestling, MAC, West Branch Valley and National Wrestling Coaches Division III Halls of Fame
7. VICTOR “VIC” NAPOLITANO BASEBALL COACH BUCKS COUNTY
- Head Baseball Coach at Pennsbury High School from 1965-1993 with a record of 404 wins and 256 losses
- Won 13 league titles and advanced to the PIAA Final twice
- Named Coach of the Year by the Bucks County Courier several times and the Worth District Coach of the Year in 1974
- The Baseball Field in Pennsbury is named in his honor.
- An all-around athlete at Temple University starring in baseball, soccer and Basketball
- Member of the Temple University and Pennsbury High School Halls Of fame
8. EUGENE “GENE” GUARILIA BASKETBALL LUZERNE COUNTY
- Played on four NBA World Championships with Celtics. Only player to be on a Championship team every year of his NBA career
- George Washington University star, 1,136 points and 1,019 rebounds
- Most decorated George Washington Colonial ever
- In 1955 at Potomac State, his 595 points was a conference Freshman record
- A member of the Potomac State, George Washington and Luzerne County Halls of Fame
- Pittston Area High School Gymnasium named in his honor
9. RON LIVERS TRACK MONTGOMERY COUNTY
- 1972 PIAA and 1973 PIAA State Triple Jump Champion
- 1973 PIAA State High Jump Champion
- NCAA Triple Jump Champion in 1975, 1977, 1978
- USA National record indoor Triple Jump
- USA AAU outdoor Triple Jump Champion 1979
- Silver medal World University Games 1977
- World record for the best high jump and triple jump in the same meet
10. PETE ANTIMARINO FOOTBALL COACH EAST BOROS
- Had an overall head coaching career record of 256-93-13, a 72.5%
winning percentage during his 32 years at Gateway
- Teams made seven title game appearances with five WPIAL Titles anda WPIAL playoff record of 19 wins – 10 loses and 2 ties
- Gateway won 17 Conference Championships and had five undefeated teams
1965,1969,1972,1974 and 1986.
- Gateway High School dedicated and re-named their football stadium
“The Antimarino Stadium” in 2004.
11. STEVE MEILINGER FOOTBALL PLAYER LEHIGH VALLEY POCONO
- Played football at Liberty High School 1945-1947
- Played football at Kentucky University under Paul “Bear” Bryant 1951-53
- Two- time All- American First Team 1952-53, Three-year all SEC Honoree
- Played Half back/quarterback/ def. end/ linebacker/punter and kick returner.
- Tenth in 1953 Heisman voting
- Served in U.S. Army 1954-1955.
- First round draft pick, Washington Redskins 1956 and played for Packers in,
1958-60 under Vince Lombardi, Steelers 1961, retired in 1962 due to injuries.
- Joined U.S. Marshall’s program. Founded witness protection program 1963
- Member of Liberty High School, Fork Union Academy, University of
Kentucky and Lehigh Valley Pocono Halls of Fame