L-1. 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.
L-2. 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
- 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
L-3 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
L-4. 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
L-5 GREGORY DOVIAK – FOOTBALL PLAYER – 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 1967 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
L-6. 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 set an ABA single game record of 61 points in 1972
L-7. 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, and also made appearances on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football and the 2009 NFL Playoffs for NBC.
L-8. 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 Nicole 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
L-9. 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, University of Iowa in1993 and Cheyney State College in 1982
- The 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 Athletics 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
- Rrecognized 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 C. Vivian Springer Medallion was awarded in July 2022
L-10. 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. 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
L-11 RICHARD “RICKY” BONOMO – WRESTLING – LUZERNE COUNTY
- 2008 Inductee into the Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished member in Stillwater,OK
- 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 at112 pounds at Lake Lehman High School (Coached by Shorty Hitchcock)
- A 1993 Inductee of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches, 1999 Inductee of the Bloomsburg University and 2005 Inductee of the Luzerne County Sports Halls of Fame
L-12. JANET HUTCHINSON – FIELD HOCKEY/SOFTBALL COACH – LUZERNE COUNTY
- Blair Academy, NJ — 1971-1977 initiated the girls Field Hockey, Basketball, and Softball programs
- Bloomsburg University, PA – Field Hockey – (1978-2009) – 16 National Championships, 9-times National Runner-up. 16 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships, and 9-times Conference Runner-up. Winning percentage of .861 – Overall Record of 591-75-20
- Bloomsburg University, PA— Softball – (1978-2010) – winning percentage of .807 and overall record of 1215-288-2. 28 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 (PSAC) Championships and 9-time Runner-up.
- From (1979-2010), every player recruited in Field Hockey and Softball has participated in at least one NCAA Tournament.
- Inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, National Fastpitch Coaches Association Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University, Sussex County NJ Athletic, Luzerne County PA Athletic, Blair Academy Athletic, Newton NJ High School, Halls of Fame
- Received the 2006 Vivian Stringer Award from US Sports Academy
- Combined Field Hockey and Softball Records at Bloomsburg University 1806-363-22
- 12 Field Hockey National Player of the Year awards, 1 Softball National Player of the Year, 32 Softball players earned 53 All-American honors, and 52 Field Hockey players earned 101 All-American honors
L-13. 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)
- 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
- First Team All-Big Ten as a senior and still ranks 2nd all-time at Iowa with 17 career ints.
- 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 TDs).
- In 2011, was named the CFL Defensive Player of the Year
L14. BOB BUBB – WRESTLING COACH – WEST BRANCH VALLEY
- The Head Wrestling Coach at Clarion University from 1966-1992, turned 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 1995-99
- State Runner-up at 138 Pounds at Lock Haven High School in 1954
- 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
L-15. FRANK BOLICK – BASEBALL PLAYER – 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
L-16. DAN BAKER – PA ANNOUNCER – LOU CAPPIELLA
- “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
L-17. 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
L-18. 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), a 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
L-19. 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
- 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
L-20. 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 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, “Tick” Western Chapter, Gateway High School, PA Aquatic, North Allegheny High School, and 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. Seven of
his 2022 swimmers were named Scholastic All-Americans, raising his coaching total to 148.
Deceased Candidates Vote for two
D-1. JULE HOLLERAN IGOE – SWIMMER – NORTHEAST
- 1936 Olympic Trials
- 1936 NEPA Champion top finisher- Backstroke and Free Style
- 1936 Mid-Atlantic AAU Champion
- 1937 Mid Atlantic AAU Distance Swim Champion
- 1938 Quarter mile, half-mile and 1-mile championship
- 1938 3-mile Open AAU Championship
- 1938 5-mile USA National Championship
- 1939 100-yard Backstroke Nat’l. record (1:22.2) unbroken for decades
- 1940 Easton Canal Marathon open water Champion; AAU Championship
- AAU/USA Deck Referee/Official/USA Gr., Senior and National
- Head Swimming Coach at Scranton School District 22 years
- Acquatics/Team Porpoises Head Coach
- Assisted organization of “Free-Wheelers” wheelchair basketball
D-2 . WILLIAM “BILLY” SHERIDAN – WRESTLING COACH – LEHIGH VALLEY POCONO
- Charter member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Hall of Fame: Founding Father of the collegiate 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.
D-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 at the age of 26
- Jjoined the American Basketball League (ABL) in 1961-62 season
- When the ABL folded in 1962, he joined the NBA until 1969
- In 1969, John and three other top officials joined the American Basketball Association (ABA)
- 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, 31 final games, 6 All-Star Games and 5 Championship Games (ABA-1977, NBA- 1980,81,83,85)
D-4. 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 Title 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.
D-5 EUGENE “GENE” GUARILIA – BASKETBALL – LUZERNE COUNTY
- 4 NBA World Championships for the Boston Celtics (1960, ’61, ’62, ’63). Only NBA player to be on a championship team every season of his playing career
- Forward for the Boston Celtics 1959-1963 (Jersey #20) Appeared in 129 games 1959-1963
- (14th) Fourteenth Overall player selected (2nd Round) in the 1959 NBA Draft. Graduate of George Washington University (1959)
- Held Elgin Baylor scoreless in the end of regulation, and overtime during 1962 seventh game versus LA Lakers, leading the Celtics to a championship
- George Washington University – (Career Stats) 1136 pts. /1019 rebounds. 3-consecutive years – Double/Double per game
- First Team SoCon Athletic Conference selection (1957 and 1958)
- Most decorated George Washington Colonial Basketball player ever
- WVU Potomac State College — (1955) State Conference Freshman scoring title (595 pts.)
- Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame (1985) – Inaugural Class, WVU Potomac State College
- Hall of Fame (1988) – Inaugural Class, Pittston Area High School – Gymnasium Floor Named In his honor– (2015), George Washington University Hall of Fame (2018)
- Boston Celtic Teammates — Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Bill Sharman, Tom Sanders, Frank Ramsey. (10th Man – Gene Guarilia) “Red” Auerbach – Coach
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