For the past 56 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.
4 year 3 sport star at Boyertown, excelled in every sport, attended Concord College in West Virginia. Played every sport, MVP 2 years at Concord, 1st female inducted Concord College Sports Hall of Fame. Legendary coach at Boyertown, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse. 124-79 girls’ basketball, school record 28-2 and Ches Mont championship. Coached lacrosse 21 years, 245-67-14 including state record 56 straight wins, won 14 championships, 6 district titles, named PA girls Lacrosse Coach of the year 7 times, coached 26 All-Americans, inducted Philadelphia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Ches Mont Hall of Fame as player and coach.
Ralph E Cindrich
5th round 1972 NFL draft, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 Patriots, Oilers. AP Player of Week 1972. All East, All America 1969, 1971. Pitt MVP, North-South All Star 1971. All WPIAL 1966, 1967, Big 33; MVP WPIAL B1967 – Wrestling: 4th NCAA, All-American, Eastern Champion, Pitt MVP, 2X State Finals, WPIAL Champion – Awards: Bob prince, Pitt Alumni, Observer-Reporter, Washington County, Dapper Dan – Halls: Western Pennsylvania Italian American, Pitt Walk – 2 time Sporting News 100 Most Powerful-All Sports, Pro Football Weekly Top 5 Agents.
Jeremy P Linn
1994 graduate Central Dauphin HS: Top USA HS breaststroker. 1994-98: Univ. Of Tennessee, BS of Science in Psychology. 2012: Inducted Central PA Hall of Fame. Current: Head Sr. Elite and SR. Performance Coach. Led UT team to S. Eastern Conference (SEC) team title 1996; team captain 1997-1998. 6 time individual SEC Champion; 3 time SEC swimmer of the year; 7 time American record Breaker; Current American record holder in 100 Yard Breaststroke; 4 time individual NCAA National Champion; 17 All American honors. 1995-1999 U.S. National Swim Team. 1998 World Championship Team, Perth, Australia. 1998 Goodwill Games team, NY. 1997 Pan-Pacific team, Fukuoka, Japan. 1996 U.S. Olympic Trial champion. 1995 Pan-Pacific games, Atlanta. Awards: 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and World record-breaker, 400-meter Medley Relay. 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist and American record-breaker, 100-meter Breaststroke. 1997 U.S. Open champion, 100-meter Breaststroke.
Carson G Long
4 year varsity letter place kicker for University of Pittsburgh Panthers (1973-1976). Member, 1976 National Championship and Eastern Champion Lambert Award teams. Set 18 Panther and 3 NCAA all-time place kick points records. 1976 1st team All-East, 2nd team UPI All-American, Pitt Panthers all-time team. Buffalo Bills All-time rookie team. Set Pennsylvania and National records of 51 and 54 yard field goals at North Schuylkill HS. Named 1972 Big 33 team. Selected 1999 Sports Illustrated top 100 20th century football players and honorable mention Pennsylvania 20th century football team. 1985 inductee into Jerry Wolman/Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Three Sport athlete in High School. All section in Basketball as well as a three year starter. Four year starter in Baseball. Three year starter in Football. Named to big 33 PA all-star game. Associated Press all-state. Sporting News National High School All-American. WPIAL MVP. Played at Pitt. Played Football and Baseball, NCAA All-American in Baseball in his Senior year, batting Avg. .465. Three year starter on the Football team as a Quarterback. Led team to a 9-1 record in 1963 and number 3 National ranking. He gained over 3,000 yards in 3 seasons at Pitt. In 2002 was inducted into the Mid Mon Valley Hall of Fame, 2011 inducted into Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame. Played two season with the Washington Redskins while getting his masters.
Glenn R Robinson
West Chester Univ. Graduate, went directly into College coaching at Franklin & Marshall in 1968, became head coach in 1971. All time wins leader in Div. III (833); currently 5th on the list of active NCAA Coaches Victory List; has 24 seasons with 21+ victories. Coached 16 All-Americans, reached NCAA Div. III tournaments 23 times including 2012 when team reached the Elite Eight and had a 28-3 record; his teams also reached the Sweet Sixteen on 16 occasions and Elite Eight 10 times and 5 Final Four. His 1991 team finished as National Runner-Up, losing to Wisconsin-Platteville. Named basketball Times Div. III “Coach of the Year” in 1991, earned Conference and NABC “Coach of the Year” 12 times and in 2009 D 3 Hoops.com “Coach of the Year”. He was inducted into the West Chester Univ. Hall of Fame in 2004, the Delaware Co. Chapter of the PSHF in 2009, and the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the PSHF in 2010.
Robert Jay Sigel
Jay Sigel has one of the most illustrious careers in U.S. Amateur Golf history. Won two U.S. Amateur titles, 1982, 1983. Won British Amateur 1979. Won U.S. Mid-Amateur three times – 1983, 1985, 1987. Turned pro 1993 – joined Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour). Tour Rookie of the Year 1994. Won 1994 GTE West Classic, seven other Tour events. Low Amateur 1980, 1984 U.S. Open, and 1980, 1981, 1988 Masters. Member record Nine Walker Cup team, including eight winners. Won 11 PA Amateur titles. Won first Arnold Palmer Scholarship at Wake Forest University. Graduated in 1967. Won PIAA State Golf Championship 1960, 1961 Lower Merion High School. This year sponsoring 20th Jay Sigel Invitation Tournament benefit prostate cancer research.
Stephen J Smear
Steve was a legendary athlete at Johnstown Bishop McCort high school earning All-State honors in Football and leading the Basketball team to a PCIAA State Championship. He was a three-year starter at tackle and captained the 1968 and 1969 Orange Bowl Championship squads. He and Mike Reid formed what many feel was the best defensive tackle tandem in college football history. A fourth round pick of the Baltimore Colts he elected to play in the Canadian League where he was a member of the Montreal Allouettes 1970 Grey Cup Champions from 1970-76 and an All-Star two of those years.
Nelson NellieJ King
Nellie King was a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954-1957. After his MLB career Nellie’s natural story-telling excelled in radio as sports reporter for WHGB in Greensburgh, and later as Bob Prince’s KDKA broadcast partner for the Pirates from 1967-1975. From 1957-2004 he served as Sports Information Director and Golf Coach for Duquense University. A graduate of the Milton Hershey School, Nellie was instilled with a passion for giving back. King served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA for 25 years, raising over $1,000,000.
Richard P McCabe
An All-City running back at North Catholic High School, played in the Dapper Dan Classic, and earned a scholarship to Pitt where he was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball. His tough, durable, intelligent play led him to a seven year career in the NFL with the Steelers (4), Redskins (1), and Bills (2). Following a knee injury, he moved on to coaching defensive backs in the NFL and was the Defensive Coordinator with Buffalo and Cleveland for five seasons and was in his fifth year as Dever’s Defensive Coordinator when he died of cancer in 1983.
Mel C Blount
Mel was inducted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Drafted in the 3rd round (1970) out of Southern University, a starter in 1972 and, became the prototype cornerback of his era. He possessed the ideal size, speed and quickness, plus the toughness and mental ability to adjust to coverage as the rules changed. He was All-Pro four years; Defensive Player-of-the-year in 1975, leading the league with 11 interceptions. He played in four Super Bowls, 200 of 201 regular season games with 57 career interceptions (736 yards) for two touchdowns and 13 fumble recoveries for two more.
James P Covert
In 2003 Jim was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, acknowledging his 1981 and 1982 status as a consensus All-American offensive lineman at Pitt. A three-year starter that allowed only three sacks (zero his senior season) and played in the Hula and Senior Bowl games. A 1st round draft choice of the Chicago Bears, he was an NFL All-Rookie pick in 1983, a vital cog on the 1985 Super Bowl XX team, and the 1986 NFL “Offensive-Lineman-of-the-year”. The late Walter Payton called him the NFL’s “Best offensive tackle”. He was born in Conway, PA.
Walter A Bahr
Player – started 1937 at Lighthouse B.C. – Philadelphia Temple University – All-American 1944 – Olympic Team, 1948 – U.S. World Cup Team 1950, 1954, 1958. Professional 25 years. Coach Swarthmore College, 4 years, Frankford HS, 17 years, Temple University, 3 years, Penn State University, 14 years, Professional, 5 years. US Soccer Federation, 10 years, Head of Delegation (still active). Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
James J Sweeney
A standout lineman and team captain at the University of Pittsburgh earning NSCA and AP/UPI All-American recognition. Starred with the New York Jets from 1984-1994, playing in 166 consecutive games/158 consecutive starts at guard, tackle or center. Was a Pro-Bowl Alternate at three different positions. 1984 All-Rookie Team. Sports Illustrated All-NFL in 1988, and the Jets All-Time 4-Decades Team. Moved to Seattle where he started 16 more games (174 total) and finished his career as a valuable backup for three seasons with the Steelers in 1999. Has continued in football as a high school and college offensive line coach.
Carl M Schnellenbach
From his roots in West Reading, a 4 sports athlete, Carl is entering his 50th year as Ridley HS outstanding Wrestling Coach. He is the all-time winningest wrestling coach in PIAA history, (690-194-8). His teams have won 17 Central League Championships. Carl is listed in the top 10 on the National Wrestling Coaches Win list & was inducted into the PA Wrestling Hall of Fame (1988), Delco Athletic Hall (1992), Delaware County Chapter of PSHF (1992), Berks County Chapter of PSHF (2010). In 2008 he was honored to be selected Nationally as Head Coach of “USA Dream Team”, in the USA vs. Iowa tournament (USA 40-Iowa 15). Forty plus former wrestlers have become coaches and referees. For 41 years he was a top assistant for an outstanding football program winning over 400 games competing in several PIAA District & State Tournaments. As a head track coach he helped develop 2 State Champions. At age 77, he is still an active coach.
Larry E Marshall
Larry was an outstanding running back at Bishop Egan High School from 1964 to 1967. He was All-Catholic and MVP of the 1967 city title game. After Egan, Larry played at the University of Maryland where he garnered All-ACC honors and the Maryland MVP award in his senior year as defensive back. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1972; that year he won the Mack Lee Hill Award as the Chiefs top rookie. Larry led the Chiefs in punt and kickoff returns in 1972 & 1973. He played the next four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles where he set Eagle records for punt returns and yards while leading the National Football conference with 10.6 yard average.
A 1982 graduate of Bristol HS, was one of the finest athletes in Bucks Co. history. As a student-athlete at Bristol, Jeff scored 1,000 points in basketball and passed for 1,000 yards in football. In 1982, Jeff was named Honorable Mention All-State in both sports. After graduation, Jeff attended Temple from 1982 to 1985 where he earned All-Atlantic 10 and All-East Coast honors in baseball. Jeff is tied with John Marzano for highest career batting average (.413) and stands alone with the highest career slugging percentage (.778). Jeff was drafted by the Yankees in 1985. From 1985 to 2000, He played professional baseball. He was a member of the 1993 Phillies NL Champions, the 1997 Indians AL Champions, and the 1999 World Champions Yankees. Jeff holds the major league record for consecutive home runs (4) and the AL record for 5 home runs in 3 days. He was the MVP in both the Texas and International Leagues.
James R Leyland
A veteran of 47 years in professional baseball and has managed more than 3,000 games. This includes managinv the Pittsburgh Pirates (86-96), Florida Marlins (97-98), Colorado Rockies (99), and Detroit Tigers (2006-11). He won three straight NL East divisional championships with the Pirates (90-92), won the World Series with the Marlins (97) and took the Tigers to the 2006 World Series. Named NL and AL Manager of the Year. Spent six seasons as a minor league catcher in the Tigers organization(64-69). Lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Perrysburg (OH) High School. Makes his home in Pittsburgh with wife Katie and children Patrick and Kellie.
Dr, Sam Havrilak
Monessen, Pennsylvania’s Sam Havrilak was named to the All-Pennsylvania Team at Bucknell University capturing every total offense record including 397 yards against Colgate (1968) which still stands. Sam’s the only player who achieved Middle Atlantic Conference MVP status his junior and senior years. He displayed versatility in the NFL as running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back, tight end, and special teams for the Baltimore Colts and New Orleans Saints, 1969-1974. At Super Bowl V, Sam became the first player to complete and catch a pass an take a handoff during the Colts 16-13 victory over the Cowboys.
Dale L Hamer
National Football League official from 1978 through 2001 working over 400 games including 18 playoffs and two Super Bowls – Head Linesman in Super Bowls XVII and XXII and Alternate Referee in XXVII. He has worked as a Replay Official in the NFL since 2002. Named the NFL’s Best by Inside Sports in 1998, he has been honored by the Western, Mid-Mon Valley, and East Boro’s Chapters of the PA Sports Hall of Fame and the Belle Vernon High School and California University of PA Halls of Fame. Dale was recipient of the NFL Referees Association’s highest honor in 2009.
Fred M Campbell
Fred was an All-American & All-Conference player on Duke’s 1955 Orange Bowl Championship Team. He was the NFL’s top ACC lineman draft pick (Chicago Cardinals). He served as an officer and Recon Commander in the U.S. Marines where he also played and Coached Wrestling and Football! Later Fred became a legendary pioneer in the sports marketing world. The first ever marketing director for the “AAU” & “Americas Cup”. He was also the first ever VP Marketing Director for the NBA and first president of the NBA’s properties company. In 1974 he founded and directed for over 20 years the “First” USA Sports Marketing organization to bring corporate sponsorship to Amateur sports Governing Bodies and USA Winter and Summer Olympic Teams.
Melanie A Buddemeyer
Melanie was an outstanding swimmer at Penn Hills HS, the University of North Carolina, and the US National Swim Team. She was Dial Corporation’s National High School Female Scholar Athlete-of-the-year in 1984. An 8-time WPIAL and a 5-time PIAA Champion, held the National Record in the 100-Butterfly, held PIAA record for 25 years, and the WPIAL record still stands. Melanie was a 4-time All-American at UNC, undefeated in dual meets and ACC Conference Championships. She held school and conference records in the 100 and 200-Butterfly. She was an 8-time ACC Champion and was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Bedesem was one of the most successful football coaches in the history of Bucks Co. He graduated from LaSalle High School where he was an All-Catholic running back. In 1957, Dick became the first football coach at Bishop Egan H.S. He led Egan to 5 Catholic League Titles (1963, 66, 67, 69, 70), 6 Northern Div. Titles (1963, 65, 66, 67, 69, 70), and 4 Philadelphia City Titles (1963, 66, 67, 69); the 1966 team was ranked #5 in the Nation. He also won a Suburban One Title at Neshaminy H.S. In 1973-74, dick began his collegiate career with Wayne Hardin at Temple; from 1975-80, he was head coach at Villanova. In 1982 he joined Jackie Sherrill at Pitt; His final coaching position was as head coach at Delaware Valley College from 1987-91. Dick was inducted into the PA Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.
Chuck was known as the “Iron Man” as a two-way starter at Duquesne University, Bainbridge, Fleet City, and Samson Naval Stations and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Owner Art Rooney told others, including Charlie’s nephew Hall of Famer Bill Fralic, that Charlie was the toughest football player he ever saw. He was inducted into Duquesne University Hall of Fame in 1975. After retiring from Pro Football, he taught and coached at North Catholic and Cheltenham High Schools from 1956 until his death in 1985. He was an assistant coach in Football and Head Basketball Coach, coaching Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
Horace Ashenfelter won Gold medal at 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games in 3000 meter Steeplechase – World record. Inducted USA Track and Field Hall of Fame 1975. Won prestigious Sullivan award in 1952 as USA’s outstanding amateur athlete. Inducted Sports Hall of New Jersey 1998. Born January 23, 1923 Phoenixville, PA. Raised on farm near Collegeville. Army Air Corps World War II pilot, gunnery instructor. Returned to Penn State. Won 1949 NCAA 2 Mile championship. Starred Cross Country. 1948 B.S., 1955 M.S. degrees Penn State. Won 6 outdoor AAU Championships – 5,000, 10,000 meters, Steeplechase. Won 2 consecutive indoor AAU titles in 3 Mile. Won 2 National titles Cross Country. Indoor track facility at Penn State named for him.