For the past 60 years, the Pa Sports Hall of Fame has honored and inducted over 753 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 virtual museum we will educate and celebrate their achievements for years to come.
• 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 east 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
William "Billy" Sheridan
• 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.
• And the 1936 Olympic Trails
• Known as the “Knute Rockne” of college wrestling.
• 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
Eugene "Gene" Guarilia
• 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
• “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
• 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
• 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
David "Dave" Crowell
• 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.
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• Rranks 5th All-Time at Penn State University with 22 sacks and his 36 career tackles for loss are ied 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.
C. Vivian Stringer
• 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
• 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
• 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
As a star on the gridiron for Southern Columbia Area Jerry Marks ran for 7,075 career yards, which broke the Pennsylvania state record in 1987.
He became the first ever Tiger football player to be selected as a 1st Team All-State honoree.
Marks was also the school’s first ever 2x PIAA wrestling champion. He had a record of 74 - 1 over his final two years, winning state titles in the 167-pound and 185-pound weight classes.
In college he was a starting running back at Bloomsburg University. In a game at Mansfield, he carried the ball a school record 59 times for 300 yards.
Marks eventually came back to coach wrestling for the Tigers and turned the program into a state-power.
He was named Pa’s Class 2A Wrestling Coach of the Year on multiple occasions during his tenure at his alma-mater.
In 2019 his program won the PIAA 2A Individual Team State Championship.
Additionally, the Tigers finished as the runner-up in the PIAA 2A Team Dual State Championship three times.
Marty played football (All-State First Team in 1960) and basketball (1960-61 Class AA State Champions) at Fort Cherry High School in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a 1964 Second Team All-American and played in the 1965 College All-Star Game vs. the Cleveland Browns
He played professional football for the Buffalo Bills and Boston Patriots.
In 1975-76 he was the New York Giants Linebacker Coach and in 1977 he was the Giants Defensive Coordinator.
In 1980, he served as Defensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.
He was the Cleveland Browns head coach in 1984 -1988, and the K.C. Chiefs head coach from 1989 – 1998.
Was the Washington Redskins Head Coach 2000 – 2001 and San Diego Chargers head coach from 2002 – 2006.
AFC Coach of the Year in 1986 AND 2004 and the NFL Coach of the Year in 2004.
He posted a winning record in 19 of his 21 seasons as an NFL head coach and his teams were in the playoffs in 13 of those 21 seasons.
He is the only NFL Coach with at least 200 wins who is not in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Robert "Bobby" Del Greco
A Pittsburgh native, Bobby was drafted by and played for the Pirates from 1952 – 1956.
He played for 17 seasons with the Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals (1956), Chicago Cubs (1957), New York Yankees (1957 and 1958) Philadelphia Phillies (1960, 1961 and 1965) and Philadelphia Athletics (1962 and 1963).
He was a member of the 1957 and 1958 New York Yankees teams that each captured American League pennants.
His career batting totals include 95 doubles, 11 triples and 43 home runs.
Throughout his career, Bob was highly praised as an exceptional defensive outfielder.
He was 2nd in MLB in outfielder fielding percentage in 1956 (.987)
He was in Top 10 in MLB in double plays involving an outfielder for 3 seasons
He was in Top 10 in MLB for assists by an outfielder for 4 seasons
Coach James Roth of Southern Columbia Area is Pennsylvania’s all-time winningest high school football coach with 471 victories and still counting after the 2021 season.
He has set records for Pennsylvania’s most PIAA Football State Championships with 12 in20 state final appearances. He has a record 29 District IV titles.
Since his career started in1984 he has the top winning percentage of any coach in the United States. In 38 seasons, he has never had a losing record.
In 2020, Roth was named the Max-Preps Small School National Coach of the Year and his Tigers were picked as the Max-Preps Small School National Champions.
From 2018-2020, Southern Columbia Area won three consecutive High School Football America (HSFA) Small School National Championships.
Roth’s program broke the state’s regular season winning streak with 93 straight victories from 2011 to 2021. During that time frame the Tigers won 65 games in a row overall which was the longest streak in the nation at the time.
A graduate of Montoursville High School where she scored 3,215 points finishing as the then third leading scorer in Pennsylvania girls basketball history.
Kelly became a star at Penn State University and the all-time leading scorer in the Big-Ten Conference with 2,919 points at the time.
She also held Big-Ten offensive records in most categories, was a 2X Big Ten Player of the year, and led the nation in scoring her sophomore year. She was a 3X Kodak All- American.
The two-time Associated Press first team All-American led the Lady Lions to two Conference Championships, two Sweet 16 appearances, and a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament with a trip to the Elite Eight.
Kelly received the 2005 NCAA Top Eight Award and her Penn State jersey (#13) was retired in 2004.
She was selected in the second round in the 2004 WNBA draft by the Charlotte Sting.
When the Sting folded in 2007 she was selected in the dispersal draft by the Phoenix Mercury, contributing to the Mercury’s 2 WNBA championships in 2007 and 2009.
During the off-season she played in Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Italy, and later played for the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Atlanta Dream before retiring in 2014.
Laila Brock is a graduate of Washington (PA) High School and Penn State University, starring on the oval in track at both schools
She won a combined six sprint/relay PIAA gold medals in her junior and senior seasons at Wash High. In her 1996 senior season she won the -100, -200 and -400 meter dashes and ran the anchor leg on her gold medal winning 4 x -100 relay team at the PIAA championship meet. The combination of winning gold in four races had never been accomplished by any female sprinter in the 23 years that the PIAA has contested championships in these events.
As a junior in 1995 she won the WPIAL -100 and -200 meter dashes and also anchored the 4 X -100 meter relay in 50.8 seconds. Her time of
12.2 seconds in the -100 meter sprint set a state record.
She followed that by winning the gold in the -200 meter sprint in the 1995 PIAA Championships, setting a state record of 24.92 seconds.
At the 1995 state meet she also took a silver in the 100- meter sprint and anchored the state champion 4 X -100 meter relay team.
At Penn State she ran relay races and was captain of the Penn State Track and Field Team.
Since graduating from Penn State she has continued her involvement in sports as an executive working for sports-related enterprises, including serving on the College Football Playoff’s senior staff and currently serves as vice president of sponsorships, sales and operations for Pitt Sports Marketing through JMI Sports.
Jim earned nine letters in football, basketball, swimming, and track at Connellsville High School (1954-1957).
Named Honorable Mention All-State as a senior (1956) and All-Fayette County First Team in football both as a junior and senior (1955-56).
Jim was the fullback in the famed "Three C's" backfield at Pitt along with Fred Cox of Monongahela High School and Bob Clemens of Munhall High School (1957-1960).
In 1960 game vs. Notre Dame, was voted “Outstanding Running Back” by coaches and teammates
He was First Team All-East his junior and senior years (1959-60) and was UPI Honorable Mention All-American as a senior.
He was drafted in 1961 in the third round by the Washington Redskins and played 3 NFL seasons with them. Was also drafted that same year by the New York Titans of the AFL.
Was named the game MVP of 1963 Shrine Charities Pro Football game ( Redskins vs Colts)
Played for the Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League and was their MVP in the 1966 season.
Jim has been inducted into both the Western and Fayette County Chapters of PA Sports Hall of Fame, the Connellsville High School Sports Hall of Fame , and the Minor League Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dennis is the all-time winning coach (264) in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Won nine PSAC East titles and made four NCAA playoff appearances.
In 2018, he was the NCAA active leader in career wins (264).
At East Stroudsburg State his entire career, he led the nation in games coached (471) at that level,
Ranked sixteenth in NCAA history (all divisions) in career wins and seventh in games coached.
Retired in 2018 with two games remaining during his 45th season as a head coach, which was then seventh longest head coaching tenure in NCAA history.
Ranks fifth in years coached at one school and his 264 wins at one school is ranked tenth in NCAA history.
Mentored 24 Associated Press Little All-Americans, 6 AFLA All-Americans, and 6 Finalist for the Harlon Trophy.
Albert "Al" Jacks
At Peabody High School he quarterbacked the 1953 Dragons to an undefeated season, a Pittsburgh City League championship and he was named the 1953 City League MVP
He was the starting quarterback at Penn State in 1957 and 1958 under coach Rip Engle.
Al began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Penn State in 1959 and then served as the backfield coach at Slippery Rock State College from 1960 to 1962.
In 1963 he was named the Head Football Coach at Clarion State College and stayed until his retirement in 1981.
Coach Jack’s career Clarion record was 128 - 44 – 5 (winning percentage of 72.9%). Beginning with the 1964 team and continuing through the 1981 season under his leadership, Clarion registered 18 consecutive winning seasons, longest active streak in NCAA Division II at the time of his retirement.
During his head coaching tenure, Clarion won 4 PSAC West titles and 3 PSAC championships.
Clarion’s 1980 team was named the ECAC “Team of the Year”.
From 1963 -1996 he was a member of the teaching faculty at Clarion and a Department Chair for 17 years.
He received the Clarion University Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and was inducted into the Western Chapter of the PA Sports HOF in 1979 and the Clarion University Sports HOF in 1989.
Stu Jackson was a graduate of Reading High School and Seattle University.
He played basketball at the University of Oregon and Seattle University.
Stu remained on the West Coast with coaching stints at Oregon (1981- 83) and Washington State (1983-85) and was an associate coach with Rick Pitino at Providence College (1985– 87).
Jackson was named the head coach at the New York Knicks in 1989 at age 33, the second youngest head coach in NBA history.
He was the head coach of the Wisconson Badgers for the1992–93 and1993–94 seasons, leading the Badgers to the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
General Manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies for their first five seasons.
Stu then became an Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations for the NBA
Dee Kantner is a Reading native and graduate from Exeter High School.
At Exeter, she earned 13 varsity letters (four in Field Hockey, four in Basketball, four in Track and one in Cross Country).
NCAA Division I Referee (1984 – present).
NCAA – Referee for 24 Final Four Tournament games.
NCAA – Referee for 15 National Championship games.
In 1997 she was awarded the Naismith Award for Officiating.
She was one of the first women to officiate in the NBA 1997-2002.
FIBA – Referee for 1998 FIBA World Championship for women.
Olympics –Basketball referee for 2000 Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
In 2019 Dee was Inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall
Dick played both ways (halfback and cornerback) on the 1957 Ohio State Buckeye’s national championship team and scored 2 rushing TD’s in a come-from-behind victory over arch-rival Michigan.
Drafted by Cleveland and cut, he joined the Detroit Lions and played 14 seasons as a Lion’s defensive back.
His career statistics include 185 games played, 62 interceptions (then a Lion’s record and 10th all-time in the NFL), 762 interception return yards, 4 interceptions returned for touchdowns, 9 recovered fumbles (one returned for a touchdown) and 3 Pro Bowl appearances.
His 171 consecutive starts is second in NFL history to Ronde Barber for a defensive secondary defender.
All four Lions secondary starters from that era, Dick ‘Night Train” Lane, Yale Larry, Lem Barney and Dick LeBeau are enshrined in the Pro Football HOF in Canton, an unprecedented honor.
Upon his retirement as a player, he first coached for 2 years with the Philadelphia Eagles followed by 2 years with the Green Bay Packers.
He spent 11 seasons in Cincinnati helping the Bengals reach 2 Super Bowl appearances (XVI and XXIII).
As defensive coordinator he helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to 4 Super Bowl appearances and 2 Super Bowl victories (XL and XLIII).
He was inducted into the Western Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton in 2010.