For the past 55 years, the Pa Sports Hall of Fame has honored and inducted over 700 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. And through our future museum we will educate and celebrate their achievements for years to come.
The name Fred Biletnikoff is still synonymous with National Football League greatness. He is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989) and the College Football Hall of Fame (1991). The 14-year veteran of the Oakland Raiders caught nearly 600 passes during his career - an era when teams played 14-game regular seasons and emphasized rushing over passing - and was named All-Pro half a dozen times. He was also honored as the MVP of Super Bowl XI. John Madden once called Biletnikoff "the best pure pass receiver I have ever seen." He was the first consensus All-American to play for Florida State. At FSU, Biletnikoff played on both sides of the ball and once returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown, a record which stood until 1987 when another NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, broke it by one yard. The Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually since 1994 to the best wide receiver in college football, was named in his honor. In 1999, Biletnikoff was ranked #94 on "The Sporting News" list of the "100 Greatest Football Players." During his high school career, he s All-City in both football and basketball at Tech Memorial, now Central Tech, whose athletic Field now bears his name. He later joined other Pa. high school football greats - Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, and Joe Montana - on Pennsylvania's all-time first team.
One of the finest kickers in Penn State history, Craig Fayak ended his career as Penn State's all-time leading scorer with 282 points and 50 field goals -- records that held until the 2007 season. He is probably best known for his 34-yard field goal with four seconds left that gave 18th-ranked Penn State a 24-21 victory at top-ranked Notre Dame in November 1990 - and enjoyed big games against Alabama (3 fields goals in 9-0 win in 1990) and against Pitt and West Virginia (combined 11 for 11 in field goals against these two rivals). He graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was named a CoSIDA Academic AII-American while also being awarded the prestigious Big Ten Medal (awarded to two student-athletes from each Big Ten University who "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work") and John W. Oswald Award (one of five students chosen for "outstanding student leadership and excellence"). He was also named to the Athlon Sports Magazine "All Time Penn State Team." Prior to Penn State, Craig starred at quarterback, kicker, punter, and safety at Belle Vernon Area High School- where he threw for more than 2,000 career yards, rushed for 500 more, kicked 21 field goals and scored 266 points, and helped lead his team to consecutive Big 9 Conference titles. He was selected to play in the 1990 Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey, PA and kicked 6 extra points in Pennsylvania's 42-28 victory over Maryland. Craig was also an outstanding shortstop and pitcher in baseball, being named conference MVP and to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's AII-WPIAL Team in 1990. He helped lead the team to a Section 2 championship as a senior. He was the youngest player to be selected for the Pennsylvania American Legion East/West All Star Classic (1986). Following his Penn State career, Craig was on pre-season rosters for three NFL teams (Dallas, Miami, and Jacksonville). He continues to instruct high school kickers and lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey, with his wife Nicole and son Eli.
Larry Kelley played college football as an end at Yale University. While at Yale, he was named MVP of the East-West Shrine Game and won the Heisman Trophy in 1936, the year it was renamed in honor of John Heisman. He finished a three-year career with 49 catches for 889 yards and 13 touchdowns. Kelley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 969. Kelley was an All-American and the captain of the Yale football team. Following his career at Yale, he signed a one-game contract with the Boston Shamrocks of the American Football League in 1937 but never played. He also turned down offers to play in the NFL (Detroit) and in MLB (New York Yankees). After his career in football, Kelley was a history teacher and alumni director at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, his alma mater. The Ian Graham Athletic Center at the Peddie School holds a replica of the Heisman Trophy donated to the school by Kelley. To benefit his nieces and nephews, Kelley sold his Heisman Trophy at an auction in December 1999 for $328,110 to the owner of The Stadium Museum, Restaurant & Bar in Garrison, New York, where it now resides. He was 85 when he died in 2000.
Bob Kuberski was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Navy from 1990 to 1992. He was twice chosen to the All-East First Team. He's a member of the Navy Sports Hall of Fame and was selected to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium All-Time Team. Among those on that team are Roger Staubach, Joe Bellino, and Napoleon McCallum. Kuberski was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1993. He served on active duty as an Ensign in the United States Navy for two years prior to starting his NFL career. Kuberski played nose tackle for the Packers from 1995-1998 and was a member of Green Bay's Super Bowl championship team in 1997 (def. New England 35-21) and NFC championship team in 1998. He closed out his NFL career in 1999 with the New England Patriots. Bob is also a member of the Delaware County Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame.
William "Red" Mack
William "Red" Mack actually began his football career at st. Paul's Orphanage in suburban Pittsburgh when a nun told him to get a football uniform. He went on to play wide receiver and half-back in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Green Bay Packers. He ended his National Football League career as a Super Bowl champion. Mack played only one season with Green Bay, concluding his six-year professional career in January 1967 with the Packers' 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl. Mack played in eight regular-season games as the Packers dominated the NFL with a 12-2 record. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34-27, in the NFL Championship Game, to advance to face Kansas City in the Super Bowl. Mack recorded a Super Bowl first, making the initial Green Bay tackle in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He totaled two tackles in the game, contributing to a Green Bay victory and earning a Super Bowl ring. He played college football at Notre Dame where he was a pre-season All-American in 1960. Mack was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 23rd round of the 1961 American Football League Draft. Red was a football, basketball, and track star at Hampton (Pa.) High School. He led the WPIAL in scoring in 1954 and 1955 and was named MVP. He spent his senior year at Bullis Prep School and was chosen Player-of-the-Year by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club.
One of Temple's most versatile athletes, Monica Mills was inducted into the Temple University Hall of Fame in 1997. She earned numerous honors in field hockey and lacrosse. She was awarded four varsity letters in field hockey and was the team's MVP in 1984. Mills was selected for the National and Regional All-American teams in 1984 as Temple finished fourth at the NCAA field hockey championships. She scored 161 points (68 goals, 25 assists) in field hockey for the third highest total in Temple history. In lacrosse, she also received national and regional All-American honors in 1984 while helping the Owls to the 1984 NCAA championship. Mills was the recipient of the Charlie Johnson Award as Temple's outstanding athlete in 1985 and was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Intercollegiate Athlete-of-the-Year that same year. She was also was an award-winning all-around athlete at Neshaminy Langhorne High School and was inducted into that institution's Hall of Fame for field hockey in 1992, softball in 2000, and basketball in 2006.
Joe Moore was, perhaps, the finest offensive line coach in collegiate football history. He coached at Pitt from 1977-85, developing football All-Americans and Hall of Fame linemen Bill Fralic, Mark May, Russ Grimm and Jimbo Covert before moving on to coach at both Temple and Notre Dame. "He was such a great recruiter in Pennsylvania and then he shifted to offensive line and he was such a tremendous coach. He was such an innovator in terms of technique," said Foge Fazio (2015 Pa Sports HOF inductee), who coached with Moore for nine years at Pitt. A graduate of Schenley High School and Penn State, Moore enjoyed outstanding success at the high school level, going 55-19-1 at McDowell (Erie) and winning back-to-back WPIAL co-championships at Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh) in 1975 and 1976. He also was an assistant coach at Cathedral Prep (Erie) in his later years. In his 17 years as a high school coach, Moore compiled a 119-32-4 record. When he left Upper St. Clair in 1976, Moore took a job as an assistant coach at Pitt in 1977. After three years of instructing running backs, he moved to the offensive line. Upon being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in March 2003, Covert credited Moore with his development. "I was fortunate to play with a lot of great players, and I was also associated with a lot of great coaches like Joe Moore, who is the greatest line coach of all time," said Covert, who played for the Panthers from 1978-82. A 1984 Sports Illustrated article called Mr. Moore "the best line coach in college football. "After leaving Pitt in 1985, having worked under head coaches Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Fazio, Moore was named offensive line coach at Temple on July 31, 1986. In early 1988, Lou Holtz hired Moore to coach Notre Dame's tight ends and tackles. He was part of the Fighting Irish team that won the 1988 national championship. Moore died in July 2003 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Charlene Morett-Curtiss is both a United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) and a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame Inductee. As she approaches 500 wins, more than 450 of them at Penn State, she is the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten. She has taken the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament 25 times in her 29 years at the 1 helm. PSU reached the title game in 2002 and 2007 and reached the semifinals in 1990, 1991, and 1993. Her teams have accrued seven Big Ten Titles. She has been voted the Mideast Region Coach-of-the-Year seven times, the Atlantic 10 Coach-of-the-Year in 1989, and the Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year five times. She, herself, was a three-time All-American at PSU and was captain of the undefeated 1978 team. Morett-Curtiss also earned All-American honors in lacrosse, winning two National Championships for Penn State and was MVP of the 1979 NCAA Tournament. She was on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team which boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. She was also a member of the 1984 Olympic Field Hockey Team which earned a Bronze Medal at the Games in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Lansdowne-Aldan High School and is a member of the Delaware County Hall of Fame.
James Mungro played five seasons for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and became the sixth Colts' rookie with 100+ yards in his first start. In 2003, he totaled three rushing touchdowns against Tampa Bay as Indy erased a 35-14 deficit in the last four minutes in an eventual 38-35 OT win. The next season, he caught two of Peyton Manning's record-breaking 49 touchdown passes, including the record-tying 48th against San Diego. He got a Super Bowl ring when Indy won Super Bowl XLI. He was a four-year letterman at Syracuse and had his best year as a senior, running for 1,170 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. His 2,984 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns were both second all-time at Syracuse. Mungro was named Music City Bowl MVP with 162 yards (including a career-long 86 yard burst) and two touchdowns versus Kentucky. He was chosen Insight.com Bowl Offensive Player-of-the-Game for totaling 112 yards in a victory over Kansas State. He attended East Stroudsburg South High School where he set 48 team records during his career and was a three-time team MVP. He was both Parade and Street and Smith's All-America performer, Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year as a junior and an All-State selection his final two seasons. He set the Pa. state record after amassing 8,432 rushing yards and 9,513 all-purpose yards during his career.
Chris Nabholz, an alumnus of Towson University, was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June II, 1990, with the Montreal Expos. His professional career actually began in 1988 when he was taken by Montreal in the second round of the draft. He was 23 when he made. his major league debut with the Expos June II, 1990. Nabholz hit the field for the Expos in 1989, at Single-A Rockford. He went 13-5, with a 2.18 ERA. In 1990, the southpaw played for both AA Jacksonville and AAA Indianapolis before joining Montreal. He started 11 games for the Expos in 1990, going 6-2, with a 2.83 ERA. In late August, he threw a one-hitter over seven innings against the Dodgers. He was chosen National League "Pitcher-of-the-Month" for Montreal in September 1991. Nabholz ultimately retired after a six-year career with Montreal, Cleveland, Boston, and the Cubs. He was a two-sport standout at Pottsville High. In basketball, he was the second-leading scorer in history with 1,494 points. As a baseball player, he went 24-4 with an ERA of 1.53. Nabholz also played American Legion baseball, finishing his career with an 18-2 record and a 1.73 ERA.
Joe Valerio was a second round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1991 and had a six-year NFL career, five with KC. He started every position on the offensive line and caught four touchdown passes, three from Joe Montana. Perhaps his most noteworthy win with the Chiefs was a Monday Night Football triumph over Denver and John Elway in 1994. Valerio caught a TD pass from Montana early in the third quarter as the Chiefs won the game on a last-minute drive. Valerio was nominated for NFL Man-of-the-Year for outstanding community service. He played his college ball at Penn and competed in such historic stadiums as Franklin Field, The Yale Bowl, and Harvard Stadium. During his career with the Quakers, he earned First Team All-American and First Team All-Ivy League Honors. He was team MVP and was inducted into Penn's Hall of Fame in 2006. Valerio attended Ridley High School in suburban Philadelphia.
Carlesimo coached college basketball for 23 years, including 12 in the Big East at Seton Hall University. He lead the Pirates to the 1989 NCAA Championship game & was selected National Coach of the Year. He served USA Basketball numerous times, both as Head Coach & Assistant Coach, including Olympics, World Championships, World University & Goodwill Games. In 1992, he was an assistant for the Gold Medal Team at the Barcelona Olympics, He has coached in the NBA since 1994, serving as Head Coach of the Trail Blazers, Warriors, Supersonics, Thunder and in 2012-13 as interim Head Coach of the Nets. He helped lead the Nets to their first playoff appearance in 6 years and his 4th as a Head Coach. In addition, he has been an assistant for the Raptors & Nets. He served as Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant with the Spurs for 5 seasons from 2002-07, winning 3 NBA Championships.
Joe came to Penn State as an assistant coach in 1950, and as Head Coach from 1966 through 2011. He won a record 409 games, 2 National Championships, 27 Eastern or Big Ten Championships, and led Penn State to 5 Undefeated seasons, 23 National Top Ten finishes and an NCAA Record 24 Bowl wins. He coached 48 Academic All-Americans, 79 First Team All=Americans, over 250 NFL Draft Picks, 9 College Football Hall of Famers. He was a 2007 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and Sportrs Illustrated’s 1986 Sportsman of the Year; the only college coach ever so honored. His teams consistently posted graduation rates that were among the Nation’s best.
Olkewicz started at Phoenixville High School from 1972-75 leading the Phantoms in tackles every year. Named 1st team All-ChesMont LB 2 years, All-State Sr. Year. Played at the University of Maryland as MLB, led Terrapins in career tackles, captain & team MVP Sr. Year. Made several All-American teams. 10 years career with the Washington Redskins, averaged over 100 tackles per year, scored 1 NFL TD. Started at LB 150 games, played in 3 Super Bowls, won 2 rings. Named on the top 70 Redskins of all-time list.
At Lock Haven University, Gray became the best-ever Pennsylvania collegiate wrestler (91-1), a 4-time 115-LB. NAIA Champion & Outstanding Wrestler, a 3-time NCAA Champion and 2-time Outstanding Wrestler. Gray’s only loss was to defending NCAA 123-LB Champion (8-7) as a freshman. He was on 2 Olympic teams (1960, 1964); named Amateur Wrestling News #1 lightweight wrestler of all times. A 36 year coaching career including 6 years at LHSC where his teams (59-10) won 2 NAIA team titles. Gray was induced into 7 Halls of Fame, including Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania Wrestling & the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Lutz will go down in PA sports history as one of the greatest amateur golfers of all-time. He played for the University of Florida from 1972-74. After Graduation, he was a 9 time Berks County Amateur Champion and won the Philadelphia Amateur in 1977, Philadelphia Mid-Am in 1998 & 2007, the PA Mid-Am in 1999 and the Senior Match Play in 2012 & 2014. Named the Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Player of the Year 4 times from 2011-2013 and the PA Senior Player of the Year in 2012. He also won both the British Senior Amateur in 2011 & 2012 & the Canadian Senior Amateur in 2011 & 2012 in addition to winning the Silver Medal for low Amateur in the 2012-2013 British Senior Open. Chip was Golfweek Magazines National Senior Player of the Year in 2010 & 2011 and the US Senior Amateur semi-finalist in 2010, 2011 & 2013 – topped only by his finally winning the US Amateur Championship just 3 weeks ago (Oct. 2015).
Fusina capped his senior year at Penn State with multiple 1st team All-American honors, including the Associated Press, United Press International, Walter Camp & Kodak teams. He was the winner of the Maxwell Award (1978) & was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy (1978) as well, thanks to his outstanding athletic & leadership skills. He led the Lions to 27 wins & only 4 loses as a starting quarterback during his career & was elected team captain his senior year. Chuck went on to play professional football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979-82) and the Green Bay Packers (1986-87). He displayed his Championship form in the USFL, leading the Philadelphia Stars to 3 championship games in 3 seasons, winning USFL titles in 1984 & 1985 while earning MVP honors in the 1984 title game and the Sports News USFL Player of the Year in the same year.
Monessen, Pennsylvania’s Eric Crabtree is a former NFL wide receiver. Eric played for the Denver Broncos (1966-68), Cincinnati Bengals (1969-71) and the New England Patriots (1971). His pro totals in 83 games show 164 receptions for 2,663 yards. At the University of Pittsburgh he caught 83 passes for 1,117 yards & 9 touchdowns. He was named a Time, UPI and AP Football All-American. In making the All-State team in high school, Eric in two starting seasons (1960, 1961) rushed for 1,386 yards on 163 carries, garnered 23 touchdowns and scored 115 points. Eric was a consultant when the NFL Players association first organized and went on to become the Bronco’s first Player representative.
Bill began his football career at Hopewell High School in Western PA and went on to start at North Carolina University, playing in the Blue-Grey All-Star Game after his senior year. He played 12 years in the NFL with Baltimore (an 8th round draft choice, he, John Unitas and Lenny Moore were the only rookies to make the team), Philadelphia, and 9 years with the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Cardinals, played 120 consecutive games and was twice named to the All-Pro team. Hopewell High School’s field house is named in his honor. A Western Chapter and Beaver County Hall of Fame Inductee.
Matt played on several bowl teams for Joe Paterno at Penn State, garnering All-American honors in 1978. After college, Matt played in the NFL from 1979 to 1995; during that time, he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (’79 to’80), the San Francisco Forty-Niners (’81), the Cleveland Browns (’81 to ’89), the New York Giants (’90 to ’92), the Philadelphia Eagles (’93), the New England Patriots (’93 to ’95). Matt earned two Super Bowl Rings in ’80 and ’91. He is best known for his record 5 Field Goals in the ’91 NFC Championship game, a 15-14 finish. Matt finished his NFL career with 1,422 points.
Kristy A. Kowal
Kristy Kowal from Reading, PA. Won the silver medallion in the 200m breaststroke at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She is a tow-time World Champion and broke 8 American records and 1 World record. First American woman to win the World title in the 100m Breaststroke and to break the 1:00 barrier in the 100y breaststroke. At U of Georgia she won 8 NCAA titles and 10 USA titles, and in 2000 was named NCAA Woman of the Year (for all sports). At Wilson HS she won 16 District and 5 State Gold medals and set the National HS record in the 100 breaststroke.
Serafino "Foge" Fazio
Best known as Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh, his alma mater, 1982-1985. Coached football four decades – 15 NFL, 21 college and 5 high school. He began a second career in broadcasting for CBS as color analyst for national college games, and then at Pitt until his death in 2009. In 1981, he founded and co-chaired the Foge Fazio/Myron Cope golf event, benefiting autistic children (33 years and still running). Inducted in to Western PA Hall of Fame, Italian/American Hall of Fame and Ambridge Hall of Fame. 1988-2003 Falcons, Jets, Vikings (DC), Redskins and Browns (DC). 1967-1987 Boston Univ., Harvard, Pitt, Cincinnati, Pitt (DC then Head Coach) and Notre Dame. ’80 and ’81 defense ranked #1 in NCAA.
Deborah A. Black
After a stellar high school career Debbie went on to a record-setting career at St. Joseph’s University. She led the Lady Hawks to 2 Big Five titles and an Atlantic 10 title. Debbie won 12 varsity letters in basketball, field hockey and softball. She was the all-time assist leader at 718 and all-time steals leader at 572. In 1988 Debbie was named All-District and All-Atlantic 10 First Team. In 1987 she was All-Atlantic 10 second team. In 1986 she was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Rookie team. From 1989-1996 she played for the Hobart Islanders of the Australian League. From 1996-1998 she played for the Colorado Xplosion of the American Basketball League. From 1999-2005 Debbie played for the Utah Stars, Miami Sol, Sicilian Professional team, and Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. In 2001 Debbie was named WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. When she retired from the WNBA, Debbie was ranked 8th in steals (315), 10th in assists (612), and first in career steal to turnover ratio. Currently, Deborah is head coach of women’s basketball at Eastern Illinois University.
Joe was the head coach of the Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt high school girls’ basketball team from 1976 to 1986 compiling an overall record of 238 wins versus 40 losses. Joe’s Bishop McDevitt teams captured 8 conference titles, 5 district titles, reached four consecutive Eastern finals and played in two state championships games. Joe finished his career at Bishop McDevitt with 76 consecutive regular season wins. Joe then moved on to Bloomsburg University where he coached the women’s basketball team from 1986 to 1993 compiling an overall record 175 wins versus 47 losses. Joe’s Bloomsburg teams captured 6 conference titles, 1 PSAC championship, 1 Regional Championship and participated in four NCAA tournaments. Joe’s 1988-1989 team became the first NCAA Division 2 women’s team to go undefeated compiling a record of 26 wins versus 0 losses; Joe’s 1990-1991 team compiled a record of 25 wins versus 0 losses. Joe was named conference coach of the year 3 times. Joe then moved onto Lycoming College where he coached the men’s basketball team from 1994-2000 compiling an overall record of 97 wins versus 53 losses. Joe was twice named Middle Athletic C conference coach of the year, and two of his Lycoming College teams participated in the NCAA tournament. Joe’s overall head coaching record is 510 wins, versus 140 losses for a winning percentage of 78.6.
John won ten letters as an athlete at Sharon Hill High School, and was All-County in football, basketball, and baseball during his senior year. He followed All American and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach as the quarterback at the U. S. Naval Academy (1965-67) and set 12 individual records during his career, including most yards in total offense in a game, season, and career; most passing yards and completions for a season and career; and most touchdown passes for a career. John was voted the Associated Press “Back of the Week” twice during his senior year and was the starting quarterback in the North-South All Star game that same year. After being commissioned in the U. S. Navy, John served five years as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard two different destroyers including one deployment to Viet Nam. Following his Navy duty, he became assistant football coach at Liberty University (1973) and then was their head coach for three years (1974-77). In 1976, upon completion of his seminary training, John was ordained to the ministry and is the founder and pastor of the Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Morton, PA 19070 (1977-present).