After graduating from West Tech and Ohio University, where he won three Mid-American Championships, Steve Rudo, Jr. was named an All-American in 1957. He is a member of the Ohio University athletic and Wrestling Hall of Fame. Steve’s twenty years of coaching at Valley Forge High School led to numerous conference titles, two state runner-up titles and the Ohio state Championship in 1973.
Sandlot ball has long been a special love for Chuck Rozanski, and in 1991 the Cleveland Baseball Foundation recognized him for more than a quarter century on the sandlots. One of his charges, Brush’s Steve Stone, went on to pitch for the Baltimore Orieles and Chicago White Sox and won the Cy Young Award in 1980. Thirty-seven Rozanski-coached players have signed Major League contracts. When not coaching, Chuck scouts for the Cincinnati Reds.
In 35 year as a track coach at Shaker Heights High School, Robert Rice never had a losing season, and was elected to the Ohio Track Hall of Fame in 1970. Bob officiated for 25 years in high school and college basketball, 40 years in track, and 17 seasons in football. During his 19 years as an NFL official, he worked the first Pro Bowl in 1950 and two Super Bowls. He has also served as Assistant Supervisor of NFL Officials.
For her many years and broad service to sports programs, Jane Pease was elected into the Cleveland State University Sports Hall of Fame. A charter member of the National Division of Girls and Womens Sports Committee for Track and Field in the 1950’s, she was a strong contributor to the revision of the rules and techniques of officiating. For stellar service, Jane has received Lifetime Honorary Membership in the Cleveland Physical Education Association and the Cleveland and Great Lakes Field Hockey Associations.
After a stellar athletic career at Parma High School and Notre Dame, Ron Mottl put his energies into public service and support for many sports programs that have benefitted untold numbers of youngsters. He was elected into the Parma Sports Hall of Fame and the baseball field on the Cuyahoga Community College West Campus bears his name. Ron continues to have a significant influence on the Greater Cleveland sports scene.
Jack March brought big-time tennis to Cleveland by promoting the World Pro Championships from 1959 through 1964. They were staged at the Shaker Racquet Club, Cleveland Skating Club, Lakewood Park and the old Cleveland Arena. John’s tournaments opened the door for Davis Cup matches in Cleveland by proving that Cleveland was a major league tennis town.
A product of Rhodes High School and Ohio State University, Don McCafferty later served as assistant football coach at Kent State and with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL. As rookie head coach of the Colts, he turned around a faltering team and led them to a win in Super Bowl V. From Baltimore, Don moved over to the Detroit Lions but tragically died the following year, cutting short an exceptional coaching career.
As Athletic Director of the CYO of Cleveland from 1972 to 1985, Richard Hyland doubled the number of programs during his tenure. An innovator, he introduced free substitution for baseball and softball (later adopted nationally), girl’s soccer, cross-country and co-ed hockey. He was instrumental in the development of the CYO Coaches Certification Program, the first of his kind in the U.S. Dick also served as Secretary of the Cleveland Baseball Foundation.
After a successful career as a gymnast with the American Turners, Swiss Turner Gymnastic Society, and Kent State University, Joe Gura launched into a coaching career spanning, at present, 13 years. Thirty-eight of his club gymnasts have competed in national gymnastic championships, producing three national champions. At Magnificat High School. he led the team to state titles in 1991 and 1992.
A member of the East Tech and John Carroll Halls of Fame, Peter Amico went on to coach football, basketball and baseball for 25 years. He has officiated both football (45 yrs) and basketball (47 yrs) at the junior high school, high school and college levels. A rules interpreter of football and basketball rules for 25 years, Peter has received appreciation awards from The Cleveland Touchdown Club and The Basketball Coach’s Association.
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