HOF Inductee Bios 2012-2018
Coach Joseph Dobrick was the first football coach in Quaker Valley history. Joe had the daunting task of combining two squads after the merger of Leetsdale and Sewickley High Schools. The results were impressive as he led QV to one of their best seasons ever in 1956.
Jerry Veshio,’70: Very few people have served Quaker Valley in so many capacities as coach Jerry Veshio,’70. Jerry first contributed as an athlete, lettering in football and track. He then became the head coach of both of those sports. In 1997 until his retirement he became QV’s athletic director, as well as the head boys’ and girls’ track coach. He impressive credentials include, 11 section titles and 7 WPIAL championships. Note: Jerry returned in 2017 to coach the Football team for one season, winning both the WPIAL and PIAA championships.
Bill Sadd, ‘58 is a former football and track standout from Quaker Valley’s 2nd graduating class ever, the Class of 1958. He also lettered in both sports at Sewickley High. Bill was a starter at guard and linebacker and was named all-conference his senior year. He later went on to Dartmouth where he was a 3-year letterman in track.
Tom Szuba,’85, excelled in football and baseball for four years. He led the baseball team to QV’s only WPIAL championship his junior year. As a QV football player, he earned all-conference honors his junior and senior years and honorable mention all-state his senior year. Tom then went on to play football at Yale, lettering 3 seasons and was the team’s leading receiver his junior year.
Ben McKnight, ’92, is one of the most decorated players ever in Quaker Valley’s rich soccer history. Ben excelled from QV to college to the pros. He was the co-captain, leading scorer and team MVP of the 1991 State Championship team. He attended Georgetown University where he became the program’s all-time leading scorer and a two-time All-Big East selection, as well as regional all-American.
Andrew Wormsley, ’97, finished his career as one of the top basketball players in Quaker Valley history. He scored over 1200 points and earned all-WPIAL and all-State honors. As captain of the 1997 squad he led QV to the only WPIAL championship in school history. He then went on to become one of the top players ever at Westminster College scoring over 1400 points and played over 10 years professionally in Europe.
Ernest Robinson, ’58 was an accomplished three-sport star athlete who excelled in football, basketball and track. Ernie was a three-year letter winner in football and the starting quarterback his senior year. The only blemish that year was a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Beaver. Ernie threw the pass for QV’s only touchdown. Ernie earned all-section honors in basketball his senior year and excelled in three events as a sprinter on the track team. After a decorated stint in the U.S. Army, Ernie embarked on a hugely successful 31-year teaching and coaching career in Columbus, Ohio. He coached his school’s girls’ basketball teams to eight city titles and five district championships, winning a state title in 1986. He is a four-time City Coach of the Year and earned Ohio State Coach of the Year in 1986. He was inducted into his District Hall of Fame.
The 1991 Girls’ Soccer Team became the first undefeated team at Quaker Valley since the ’56 football team. Coached by Dom Vezza, the ’91 team finished 23-0 en route to the WPIAL title. QV defeated a strong Mt. Lebanon team 1-0 in the championship game and ended the season ranked the #1 team in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The ’91 team was led by two Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Famers – Liz Gaadt (’99) and Liz Neidlinger (’01). Gaadt also earned All-American status.
Chris Churchill, ’97 captained back-to-back state championship soccer teams, the first in 1995 and then the undefeated 1996 team. A three year starter, he was team MVP his junior year. In addition, he earned all-section and all-WPIAL honors three times during his sophomore, junior and senior years. Chris was also a two-time all-state pick and then became National All-American his senior year. He finished his career with 50 goals and 22 assists as a defender. After graduation Churchill went on to play at Penn State University lettering his freshman year before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt he became a three-year starter and earned All-Big East recognition his junior and senior years.
John Houghton, ’03 is the leader of maybe the most accomplished brother-sister tennis act in the history of WPIAL tennis. According to his coach, Ed Perry, “I can state without reservation that John Houghton is the best tennis player ever to have graduated from Quaker Valley High School.” John has the credentials to back up that claim. A four-year number one singles player, John had only three losses his freshman year and all were to the eventual WPIAL champion. John then won three straight WPIAL championships and only had two losses in his sophomore and junior years and both came in the PIAA finals. In his senior year, John went undefeated on his way to winning the WPIAL and PIAA singles titles. John continued his tennis career at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was the school’s number one tennis player for his entire four-year career.
Courtney South Schorr, ’94 is the most accomplished women’s swimmer in Quaker Valley history. She was a member of the Quaker Valley girls’ swim team for four years, and served as team captain during her senior year. During her senior year, Courtney was the three-time PIAA State Champion in three events (the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 200-yard freestyle relay). Based on her performance in 100-yard freestyle, Courtney was named a high school All-American in that event. Courtney then went on to swim at the University of Notre Dame, where she was a four-year letter winner and was co-captain during her senior year. She was Notre Dame’s top freestyle sprinter during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, setting Notre Dame records in multiple events. Notre Dame’s women’s swim team won the Big East Championships in Courtney’s junior and senior years. In her junior year, Courtney was a top three finisher in the Big East Championships in her three individual events (50-yard, 100-yard, and 200-yard freestyle). Courtney was also a member of Notre Dame’s 800-yard freestyle team that won the Big East Championships in 1997 and set a new Notre Dame record. Her senior year she was the recipient of the Notre Dame Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award, and was named an NCAA Academic All-American.
Jasmine Rogers, 2004 was an accomplished two-sport star who excelled in volleyball and track. Jasmine was the first girl in Quaker Valley history to win a state track championship. Rogers broke the AA Girls’ PIAA State Championship record in the 100 meter hurdles, and came back less than 10 minutes later to win the 100 meter dash championship. As a high school senior, she was named Allegheny Times Athlete of the Year and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette North Region Athlete of the Year. After Quaker Valley, Jasmine spent two years at Manhattan College in New York City competing in volleyball and track & field. As a freshman, Rogers set conference records in the 100 meter, and 100 meter hurdles in route to becoming the 2005 MAAC Outdoor Track MVP and was a member of the MAAC All-Academic Team for both volleyball and track & field. Rogers finished her collegiate career at Delaware State, specializing in the high hurdles. She was a six-time ECAC finalist in the 60 and 100 meter hurdle events. At Delaware State, Rogers was named to the MEAC All-Academic Team for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Jasmine recently spent two seasons as the Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.
Chris Iorio, 2000 is another accomplished two-sport athlete who led the Quaker Valley football and basketball teams to some of their finest seasons ever. Iorio was a four-year starter and letter winner in both sports. In football, Chris was a two-way starter on offense and defense all four years. He led Quaker Valley football to three straight WPIAL playoff appearances and captained the 1999 team. In basketball, he helped lead the Quakers to the WPIAL playoffs four straight years, and was a key starter for the 1997 team, which won the WPIAL championship, as well as the 1999 team that lost a heartbreaker in the state finals. He finished his career with over 1,000 points. After graduation from Quaker Valley, Iorio attended James Madison University on a football scholarship where he was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at fullback. He was a member of the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team and went on to play one season of professional football in the Arena Football League.
Brad Christof, 1997, co-captain and MVP of the undefeated 1996 boys’ soccer team and a four-year letter winner, Christof finished his career with an amazing 106 career goals. That ties him with fellow Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Famer, Ken Pryor for first in the Quaker Valley record book. Brad also set the single season record with 49 goals in 1996 and has the most points (goals and assists) for a single season with 124. He was a two-time All-Section and All-WPIAL selection, earning Section MVP honors his senior year. His senior season also brought him All-State, Regional All-American and finally National All-American recognition. He played on three PIAA state championship teams at Quaker Valley. Christof then went on to play four years at Dartmouth College where he was a four-year letter winner and three year starter. He earned All-Tournament honors at national tournaments in Stanford and UNC-Greensboro. Dartmouth was the Ivy League runner-up in 1997 and 2000, earning NCAA play-off appearances both years.
Rocco Perciavalle, Leetsdale High School, Class of 1956. A member of the last class and Team MVP of the last football team at Leetsdale High School, Rocco lettered in football all three years and was named All-Conference in the Ohio Valley Conference. He was the leading scorer his senior year. After graduation, Rocco accepted a football scholarship to Montana State University where he was a member of the 1956 national championship team. He lettered all four years and led the team in rushing and scoring in 1958 and earned Honorable Mention All-American. He signed pro contracts in the Canadian Football League and with the Denver Broncos in 1961. Rocco was inducted into Rocky Mountain Conference Hall of Fame (1956 Championship Team) and inducted into the Montana State Hall of Fame twice (1956 Team and Individual in 2004).
The 1984 baseball team captured Quaker Valley’s only WPIAL baseball championship. The 1984 team was coached by Rich Woznicki and finished with a record of 20 wins and 2 losses. The Quakers won the section title and then defeated Carlynton for the WPIAL title. Two members of that team were previously inducted into the Quaker Valley Hall of Fame – Tom Szuba and Mike Kolesar.
The 1985 Boys' Soccer Team captured the first state title in Quaker Valley history. They also won the 1985 section title and the WPIAL championship. After losing their 2nd game of the season, the Quakers then went on a remarkable 25 game winning streak and finished with a record of 26 wins and 1 loss, scoring 144 goals while conceding only 11. The Quakers defeated Springdale 2-1 in a shootout for the WPIAL title, before crushing an undefeated Tulpehocken 4-1 at Shippensburg University to win the 1985 PIAA AA state title. Captain Jeff Rona and co-captains John Maruca and Bob Kirby were the team leaders. Ken Pryor led the scoring with 40 goals. Rona, Pryor and defender George Strong are past inductees of the QV Sports Hall of Fame.
Ben Cammarata, '84 was an accomplished athlete who excelled in cross-country and track. Ben lettered all four years in track, and lettered as a freshman and sophomore in soccer before focusing on cross-country his junior and senior years. Cammarata led Quaker Valley to WPIAL titles in both cross-country (1983) and track and field (1982). He finished third in the 1983 WPIAL cross-country championships and was the 1984 WPIAL champion in the 3200-meter run. He medaled three years at the WPIAL meet in the 3200 before winning his senior year. Cammarata then went on to run at Big 10 powerhouse, Indiana University in Bloomington.At Indiana, Ben lettered three years in cross-country and once in track. He finished as high as 23rd in the Big 10 cross-country championships.
Kevin Langer, '94 is an accomplished Quaker Valley swimmer, but one who starred at QV before there was even a team. Langer actually swam independently his freshmen and sophomore years to qualify for the WPIAL meet. He did not swim as part of an "official" QV until his junior an senior years. Nevertheless he qualified all four years for the WPIAL championships, winning the 100-meter freestyle his junior year by setting a WPIAL record and becoming QV's first WPIAL swimming champion. He also finished 2nd in the 50-meter freestyle. He then went on to finish 2nd in the PIAA meet in the 100 freestyle. His senior year was even better as he won the WPIAL championship in both the 50 and 100-meter freestyles, breaking his own WPIAL record in the 100. He then went on to become QV's first boys' state swimming champion, winning the 100-meter freestyle at the PIAA meet. Kevin then continued his swimming career at Penn State.
Kevin Quinn is the first and only head coach in Quaker Valley's illustrious hockey history. Kevin was the founder of the program in 1997 and still continues coaching the Quakers today. In those 18 years he has led QV to 17 consecutive play-off appearance and 12 division titles. The Quaker also have been to the prestigious Penguin Cup seven times, winning the title 5 times. Those five titles have automatically qualified the Quakers to play for the Pennsylvania state title game, where they have captured two state championships. In addition numerous Quakers have gone on to play collegiate and junior hockey.
James Bouchard enters the QV Sports Hall of Fame as a contributor. Indeed very few have been so generous with their contributions to the Quaker Valley athletic department and community as James P. Bouchard. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Esmark Inc. Mr. Bouchard is a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois and Loyola University. He was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame in 2007 and also was named a distinguished alumnus of Loyola in 2007-08. In 2012 Mr. Bouchard was named Sewickley's "Man of the Year" for his ongoing support of multiple children's charities, youth sports and development programs and other humanitarian organizations throughout Western Pennsylvania. Jim's contributions are evident throughout Quaker Valley. He has contributed to a completely renovated and first class fitness center at the high school and also to the Legacy Fields at Bouchard Family Park in Bell Acres, which is the home of QV baseball and softball. Jim and his wife Carolyn have been tireless supporters of QV athletics.
The 1996 Boys Soccer Team finished the 1996 season a remarkable 26-0, capturing the section title, the WPIAL championship and the PIAA state title. The team was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in 2013. In 1996 it was voted the #1 team in the country in a poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. For the seniors on this team, '96 was the culmination a remarkable run of success, winning three state championships in four years. The '96 team outscored the opposition 169-7 and earned 21 shutouts in 26 games.It produced two National All-Americans, three Regional All-Americans, four all-state players and six all-WPIAL players.In addition, two QV players, Brad Christof and Chris Churchill, were inducted into the QV Sports Hall of Fame.
Averell Harris, '73 was a three-year letter winner for the Quaker Valley football team, leading the team in receptions his junior and senior seasons. Averell then took his talents to Shippensburg University where he had a remarkable career.He started three seasons at Shippensburg and led the team in receiving his junior and senior seasons.His junior year he had 49 receptions and set school records for; most yards in single game (172), most yards in a season (954), most yards per catch (19.5) and most touchdowns (9). He was named team MVP that season. He finished his career with 99 catches for 1,677 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned honorable mention All-American.He was then signed by the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and lasted until the final cut. Averell then played several seasons of minor league football with the Chambersburg Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Colts. In 1988 he was inducted into the American Football Association (AFA) Minor League Hall of Fame and 2014 he was inducted into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Stephani Victor, '87 had a remarkable gold medal career as USA Paralympics skier, competing for 14 seasons at the international level.After enjoying a terrific career on the QV Girls Soccer team, she attended the University of Southern California hoping to become an actress. In 1995 an out of control vehicle veered into her driveway and pinned her against her vehicle. In order to save her life, both of her legs were amputated.Three years and 11 constructive surgeries later, she took her first adaptive skiing lesson. By 2000 she was competing in national championships and earned a bronze medal for the downhill at the 2002 Paralympic Winter games. In the 2006 Winter Games she earned a gold medal in the slalom.In 2007 she was the Overall World Cup champion, competing in the slalom and giant slalom; at the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, she placed 1st in the giant slalom and slalom; was an ESPY Award Nominee; and named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Ski Racing Magazine. At the 2010 Winter Games, she won the gold super combined, silver slalom and giant slalom; and was an ESPY Award Nominee. She concluded her career competing in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
Jeff Roberts, '88 is one of the all-time leading scorers for the boys soccer team and also served as an assistant coach for the '93 and 96 state champion teams. Jeff was a three-year starter and letter winner and the only sophomore starter on the '85 state championship team. He finished his career with 75 goals and 48 assists and was named all-WPIAL his junior and senior years. He was also All-State and regional All-American his senior year. Jeff earned a soccer scholarship to nationally ranked University of Maryland where he was a two-year starter and letter-winner. While at Maryland, he was also a three-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner. Jeff served as an assistant coach for the Quakers from 1993-96.
James Rockymore, '03 was a four-year starter and record setting running back and star defensive back for the Quaker Valley football team. James became QV's all-time leading rusher his senior year. During his senior year, he gained 1530 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, highlighted by a school record 411 yards in a game against Shadyside Academy. He was named MVP of the Midwestern Conference and was named to the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22, as well as All-State.After graduation from QV, James started at cornerback as a freshman and returned kick-offs for Slippery Rock before transferring to Shippensburg University. While at Shippensburg, James started at cornerback, highlighted by a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.He earned PSAC all-conference honors. He then went on to play minor league football in Chambersburg, as well as Arena football for Harrisburg.
The 1997 Boys' Basketball Team coached by Mike Mastroianni, had a record of 26-4 and captured the section title and won the school's only WPIAL championship. They narrowly lost on a buzzer beater in the state quarterfinals. Aliquippa would go on to win the state title, a team the Quakers defeated in the WPIAL semi-finals by 20 points. Team captains and future QV Sports Hall of Famers, Andy Wormsley and Scott Molitor led the Quakers. Wormsley was named first team All-State and all-section. Another future QV Hall of Famer, Chris Iorio was also named all-section, as was QV's all-time leading scorer Justin Shegog. Head Coach Mike Mastroianni was named Post Gazette WPIAL Coach of the Year.
John Munizza, '72 enters the Hall of Fame in the "Contributor" category. John has been "Mr. Stats" and historian for the Quaker Valley athletic department for almost 30 years. John began his affiliation with the Quaker Valley athletic department in 1989, by co-organizing a benefit basketball game with Mike Mastroianni. This sold-out August game pitted the 1972 Quaker Valley section champions against the 1989 Quaker section champions. While researching information for the event, this led to documenting the entire Quaker Valley boys' basketball history. He then proceeded to keep detailed records for a number of QV sports team, including football, basketball, soccer and track and field. His records include pre-1957 Quaker Valley merger of Sewickley Indians and Leetsdale Spartans. John not only has compiled detailed records of every statistical category for each sport, he has a record of every Quaker Valley athlete who has competed in these sports.
Scott Molitor, '97 had a remarkable Quaker Valley career in both football and basketball, captaining both teams. A four-year letter winner in football, Molitor started on both sides of the ball. On offense, he started as both a quarterback and running back. On defense he was a standout as a hard-hitting defensive back leading the Quakers to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL play-offs his senior year. In basketball, Scott was three-year letter winner and starting point guard, leading the team to their only WPIAL title in 1997. After graduation from Quaker Valley, Scott went on to play two years of football at Washington and Jefferson College, helping them to advance in the NCAA Division III playoffs as a long snapper and defensive back. A knee injury shortened his W&J career. Scott served as an assistant coach for the QV boys' basketball team during the 2016-17 season.
Janette Schneider, '03 is possibly the most dominant volleyball player in Quaker Valley history. A four-year starter, Janette earned all-section recognition three years and all-WPIAL and All-State honors both her junior and senior years. She was also named to all-tournament teams seven times. She helped lead the Quakers to their most successful season ever her senior year, finishing third in the WPIAL and qualifying for the state play-offs. Janette then earned a full athletic scholarship to Robert Morris University, where she became one of their most decorated players. At Robert Morris, Janette was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. She also earned all-conference honors twice and was RMU Team MVP in 2006. Her name is all over the RMU career record book, as she finished in the top ten in five different statistical categories; hitting percentage, kills, total blocks, solo blocks and block assists.
Annie Houghton, '07 won both WPIAL and PIAA state titles in tennis. There is a twist to that, however, as Annie is the only girl in WPIAL history to win both the girls AND boys WPIAL singles titles. Houghton won WPIAL girls singles championships as a freshman and sophomore and captured the PIAA state title her sophomore year. However, she didn't play on the girls team her junior year because she was still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Girls tennis is in the fall. Once fully recovered Annie elected to play on the QV boys' team during their spring season of her junior year and went on to win the boys' WPIAL championship. Annie played on the United States Tennis Association 18 and under girls circuit during her senior year. Houghton then went on to star at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point she was a four year starter and crushed the Army record book. Annie finished her career with the most career wins (98) and finished in 5th place all time for doubles wins. In addition she finished first in career wins (65) as the number one singles player and first for single season wins (18) as the number one player. She was all-Patriot league all four seasons, Patriot League rookie of the year and three-time Patriot League Player of the Year. She was also named to the Patriot League 25th Anniversary team and tournament MVP.
Jim Crable, enters the Hall of Fame in the “Contributor” category. One of the unsung heroes of Quaker Valley athletics, it was Jim Crable who helped start youth sports in the Quaker Valley area. A graduate of Schenley High School and Wilberforce University, Jim began working at the Sewickley Community Center in the 1960’s. During his time at SCC he became aware of various problems young boys were having at school and at home. With an objective to build trust, better behaviors, encourage discipline and motivate them to position themselves for teamwork and future success in life, Jim started the Positive Motivation Group at SCC. After meeting with then Quaker Valley Superintendent, Dr. Leroy Kite, Jim took another step and started his After School mentoring program and recruited QV teachers and volunteers to assist. His After School program soon evolved into an after school basketball program. He recruited Pitt baskeball players and professional players from the ABA Pittsburgh Condors to assist in their development through summer camps and leagues. In the 1970’s Jim continued his mission to provide sports programs for children and started the first youth football program for children 8-10 and 11-12. In order to finance the league Jim had to convince a local sporting good company to provide $8000 worth of equipment. It took years for the program to pay off this debt. The SSC sports program later morphed into adult leagues for basketball and softball. Jim’s vision was for all children and his Sewickley Redskins team was the first in the area to have a girl on the team, which was worthy of a feature story on KDKA television. Jim and his wife Elaine currently live in Moon Twp. where he remains proud of the Quaker Valley success story.
Dickie Lee, ’67 became the first Quaker Valley basketball player to average over 20 points per game and helped set the standard of excellence for QV boys’ basketball. A three-year letter winner and an all-section performer in 1966-67, Dickie starred for Coach Vince Cortese, himself a QV Sports Hall of Famer. He was the catalyst of the ‘66-67 season as the Quakers recorded 15 wins, the most in school history at that time. Dickie led the team in scoring with a school record average of 20.3 ppg and set another school record with 427 points for the season. He also graduated as QV’s all-time career scoring leader. His scoring records would stand until another QV Sports Hall of Famer, Keith Starr, would break them several years later. Dickie later served his country in the Vietnam War.
Kelly Collins Grip, ’78 remains the only female in Quaker Valley history to win the PIAA state golf title. Kelly captured the PIAA state title her senior year on October 15, 1977 shooting a 83 and a 84 for a two round total of 167, beating the runner-up by two strokes. One of the first girls to play on the Quaker Valley Boys’ golf team, she helped lead the Quakers to an undefeated 10-0 season and the WPIAL section title. An active member of the Sewickley Heights Women’s Golf Team, Kelly would participate and win various tournaments and events sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association of Western PA. After QV Kelly also starred for the Stonehill College Men’s Golf team. Kelly currently resides in Nashua, New Hampshire with her family.
Nathan Liberty, ’01 excelled on the football field, but graduated as one of the most well-rounded and versatile athletes in Quaker Valley history. He earned an amazing 12 letters at QV: 4 in football, 4 in track, 2 in wrestling and one in baseball and basketball. In football he starred as a defensive back and running back and earned three all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. Nathan capped his QV career earning all-state honors and Post-Gazette all-conference Fabulous 22 his senior year. He then went on to play four years of football at California University and was a defensive starter on Cal’s 2005 PSAC championship team. While at Cal, Nathan earned the PSAC scholar-athlete award every year and was a 3 time California University Presidential Scholar. Nathan is the current head football coach at Fairview HS in Erie.