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CUP Athletics Hall of Fame Inducting Seven in Class of 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 12:03 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

gary frantz -pCLARION, Pa. – The Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame Committee has announced that seven new members will be inducted as the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.

(Photo of Oil City native Gary Frantz)

Being inducted are Doris Black (1984-88; Women’s Basketball coach), Gary Frantz (1980; Football/Wrestling), Kayla (Kelosky) Renninger (2011; Diving), Dave Sheets (1994; Swimming), Frank Supancic (1973; swimming/contributor), Craig Turnbull (1974; Wrestling) and
Art Walker (1992; football).

Clarion University’s 29th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017 at Clarion’s Eagle Commons Dining Facility located at Wood & Arnold (formerly ninth) beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

A social is set for 5:30 p.m. at Rooms 107 & 108 Eagle Commons (lower level). Ticket orders are being handled by Events & Promotions Coordinator Scott Courtney, Room 101 Tippin Gymnasium. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by contacting Courtney at 814 -393-2057. Checks should be made payable to Clarion “Sports Hall of Fame”. Ticket order forms and induction information are available at

“We congratulate the inductees and welcome them home on May 5,” said Clarion’s Interim Athletic Director Dr. Wendy Snodgrass. “This is an exciting class of inductees who made significant contributions to Clarion Athletics during their time on campus. “We encourage alumni and friends to come to the induction and support these former Eagle greats as we celebrate their induction. I want to also thank the Hall of Fame Committee for their efforts and congratulate them on a job well done.”


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Women’s Basketball was not very successful in its early days as a program, but Doris Black’s tenure at Clarion University changed all that. Inheriting a program that was 5-35 in its previous two seasons, Black used 1984 and 1985 as building blocks, recruiting the future stars of the program. In 1986 Clarion posted a surging 11-15 record, was 5-5 in the PSAC-West and actually won 5 of its final 6 games – a harbinger of things to come. In 1987 the Golden Eagles jumped to the head of the pack posting a 16-9 overall record while winning the PSAC-Western Division with an 8-2 record. Black was named the PSAC-West Coach of the Year. Then, in 1988, Doris led her Golden Eagles to a school-record 18-9 overall record and first place in the PSAC-West with an amazing 11-1 slate. The Eagles finished their season winning 14 of their final 16 games. Sports Hall of Fame inductees Kim Beanner and Cheryl Bansek played for Black, along with standouts Lisa McAdoo, Tammy Holman and Jeannine Tyler, all in the Eagle record books. She took a position at Agnes Scott College from 1988 – 1991 and continued in Education through her retirement in 2010. A 1966 graduate of Roosevelt High in Dayton, Ohio, she is a 1970 graduate of Central State University where she was a 4-year letter winner in basketball and track and field, and 1 year each in volleyball and bowling. She currently resides with her spouse Dot Young in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

GARY FRANTZ – FOOTBALL/WRESTLING – 1980 Clarion University Grad – Speech Pathology and Audiology

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One of the best running backs in the history of Clarion football, Gary Frantz toted the pigskin for the Golden Eagles from 1976 – 1979 and finished his career establishing school records for career rushing yards (2,778) and career rushing attempts (726), along with third all-time in rushing TD’s with (17). Playing for legendary coach Al Jacks, Frantz led the 1977 squad to a 9-0-1 overall record, first place in the PSAC-West with a 5-0-1 mark and the PSAC Championship with a 25-24 win over Millersville. He rushed for 764 yards on 221 carries and was named PSAC-West first team. In 1978 Frantz gained 871 yards on 224 carries (school record) with 7 TDs and led Clarion to a second straight PSAC-West title (5-1) and an overall record of 8-3. A first-team PSAC-West, and District 18 selection, he was an NAIA All-America choice. In 1979, as a senior and team captain, he led the team with 878 rushing yards on 209 carries with Clarion posting a 9-1 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the PSAC-West. He again earned first-team PSAC-West and District 18 honors and was again an NAIA All-American. Gary also wrestled for coach Bob Bubb and the Golden Eagles as a freshman and a sophomore. Frantz graduated from Clarion in 1980 with a degree in speech pathology and audiology. A 1976 graduate of Oil City High School where he was an All-State football player and a two-time State Freestyle Champion at 191 pounds, he is currently a School Counselor at Westminster High in Westminster, Colorado. He was named the 2011 Middle School Counselor of the Year for the State of Colorado. He and wife Anne and stepson Michael reside in Lakewood, Colorado.

KAYLA (KELOSKY) RENNINGER – 2011 Clarion University Grad – Business/Sports Management

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Kayla (Kelosky) Renninger is the second most successful diver in NCAA Division II history, that’s the kind of career she had at Clarion University from 2008 – 2011. A native of Ellwood City, Pa. and a 2007 graduate of Riverside High School, Kelosky had a tremendous diving career under the guidance of coach Dave Hrovat. As a freshman in 2008, Kelosky simply went to the NCAA D-II Nationals and became a two-time All-American placing third on 3 meter and 10th on 1 meter. As a sophomore in 2009 she was named the NCAA D-II Female Diver of the Year after winning the 1 meter (440.64 points) and 3 meter (456.70) national championships. In 2010, her junior year, Kayla repeated her 1 meter NCAA title and was second in the 3 meter competition. She once again was named the NCAA D-II Female Diver of the Year and was named the Clarion University Female Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. As a senior in 2011 Kelosky won both NCAA titles again, setting an NCAA record with a point total of 511.15 on 1 meter, while winning 3 meter with 481.70 points. She was named the NCAA D-II Female Diver of the Year for the third straight year. Kelosky also helped the Golden Eagles with high team finishes at the NCAA’s. Clarion was 4th at nationals in 2011, 6th in 2010, 7th in 2009 and 8th in 2008. A PSAC and Clarion Scholar Athlete, Kayla graduated Cum Laude from Clarion in 2011. The former 2007 PIAA diving champion at Riverside High, currently works at Paul Davis Restoration of Western Pa. and resides in Ellwood City with husband Ed Renninger and daughter Ava.

DAVE SHEETS – 1994 Clarion University Grad – Biology/Secondary Ed.

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Dave Sheets, a 20-time NCAA Division II All-American and 9 time PSAC champion swimmer under coach Bill Miller, was an outstanding backstroke/IM specialist and leader of the Golden Eagles Men’s swimming and diving teams from 1990 – 1993. Team captain as a senior in 1993, Sheets won the 200 I.M. (1:56.12) and the 200 backstroke (1:52.48), plus placed 2nd in the 100 back (52.87) at the PSAC’s leading the Eagles to a second place finish. Clarion went on to a 6th place team finish at the NCAA’s paced by Sheets who was a 4-time All-American placing 11th in the 200 backstroke and 13th in the 200 I.M., along with the 5th place 400 medley and 7th place 800 free relay. A three-time All-American as a freshman in 1990, Sheets brought back 6 A-A honors in 1991 helping the Eagles to a 3rd place NCAA finish. He was 8th in the 200 back and 14th in the 200 back along with four relays. The Eagles were also second at PSAC’s. Then in 1992, Clarion won the PSAC team title and sprinted to an unbelievable second place finish at the NCAA D-II Nationals – the men’s best ever NCAA finish. Sheets was a two-time individual winner at PSAC’s in the 100 and 200 backstroke, then went on to nationals and was a 7-time All-American placing third in the 200 and fifth in the 100 backstroke, 9th in the I.M. and four A-A relay swims. A 1989 Jersey Shore grad, Sheets, the boys and girls coach at Brookville (1996) and Butler (1997-2000) high schools, is currently in his 16th year as head women’s swim coach at Duquesne University. He was the 2015 Atlantic 10 “Coach of the Year. Dave was also the men’s head coach for seven seasons (2004-10). Married to Christina Tillotson, a 2006 Clarion Sports Hall of Fame inductee, the couple resides in Allison Park with their son Benjamin and daughters Elizabeth and Alaina.

FRANK SUPANCIC – 1973 Clarion University Grad – Secondary Education

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Frank Supancic, one of the original founders of the Men’s Swimming and diving program, and who contributed to the success of Golden Eagles swimming and diving for over 25 years, enters the Clarion Sports Hall of Fame. A 1969 graduate of Hempfield High School, Supancic came to Clarion in the Fall of 1969, the first year of founding of Clarion’s Men’s Swimming and Diving program under coach Chuck Nanz, In that first season Supancic was the team’s first captain and helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 9-0 dual meet record and an unbelievable second place finish at the PSAC championships. He tied for first in the 200-yard freestyle at PSAC’s in that first season. Clarion went on to win three consecutive PSAC team titles (1971-73), with Supancic a strong contributor. An NCAA and NAIA national qualifier as a junior, Frank had a strong senior season with a win in the 200-yard freestyle, while setting a school record in the 400 free relay at the PSAC’s in 1973. Again a national qualifier in 1973, Frank earned All-America honors while setting a new school record in the 800 free relay. Clarion had a dual record of 43-5 during his tenure. Frank was in teaching and coaching for over 40 years, starting with Bradford high from 1973-78. He then went to Warren Harding High School in 1978 and stayed until his retirement in 2013. He had a combined high school record of 428-196 and coached 20 Academic All-Americans and 39 high School All-Americans. Among his many honors was his 2001 induction into the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Hall of Fame. Also, starting in 1978 with then Clarion head coach Bill Miller, Supancic became a strong contributor to Clarion’s camp and recruiting successes. Supancic was responsible every summer for running the “Elite Stroke Camp” for the Golden Eagle Swim Camp at Tippin Gymnasium (1978 – 2005), raising scholarship dollars for the swimming and diving programs. He also was a mainstay in helping with student recruitment for Clarion University. Frank and wife Terry reside in Warren, Ohio and have two daughters Jennifer and Kelly.

CRAIG TURNBULL – WRESTLING – 1974 Clarion University Grad – Special Education

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Craig Turnbull, an All-American and PSAC champion wrestler from 1971-74 and who wrestled at 118 and 126 pounds, was a key contributor for Clarion wrestling during a time looked upon as the most successful years of NCAA Division I wrestling. Turnbull put together an impressive career record of 82-19-2 (20 pins) under legendary coach Bob Bubb. His senior year (1974), at 126-pounds, he won the PSAC individual title (4-0), went on to win the East Regional title (4-0) and advanced to the NCAA Championships at Iowa State where he was 1-1. He finished the year with a 32-5 overall record and a 17-2 dual meet mark, helping Clarion to a 24-2 dual meet record, the PSAC title and an 11th place finish at the NCAA D-I nationals as a team captain. In 1973 Turnbull also had a strong season placing second at PSAC’s and earning NCAA College Division All-America honors with a 6th place showing at 118 pounds. In 1973 Clarion was 15-1, won the PSAC title and placed 4th at the NCAA D-I Nationals. Turnbull put together a remarkable career dual meet record of 43-6-2, while the Golden Eagles posted a dual meet record of 61-10, won three PSAC titles (1972-74) and placed 4th (1973) and 6th (1972) at the NCAA D-I Nationals. A 1970 graduate of Iroquois High School in Erie, Pa., Craig had a brief coaching stint at Erie Strong Vincent, before becoming the assistant coach at West Virginia under former Golden Eagle Fred Liechti from 1976-78. In 1979 Turnbull became WVU’s head coach at led the Mountaineers for 36 seasons (1979-2014). A 4-time EWL Coach of the Year, he coached 5 NCAA Champions, 26 All-Americans, 42 EWL Champs and 160 NCAA Qualifiers. Craig and wife Sue reside in Morgantown, West Virginia and have a daughter Carrie and a son Kyle.

ART WALKER – FOOTBALL/TRACK – 1992 Clarion University Grad – Communications

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Art Walker, an outstanding wide receiver and return specialist on the gridiron from 1988 through 1991 under head coach Gene Sobolewski, plus one year on the track at Clarion University, has also had a great career as a high school football coach in Pittsburgh. Walker, a 1988 graduate of Baldwin High School, played football for the Golden Eagles from 1988-91. As a senior and captain on the 1991 team, Walker led the Eagles with 44 catches for 673 yards and 4 TDs. He was named a Third Team FB Gazette All-American, along with first-team PSAC-West honors. His top game included 9 catches for 167 yards, a TD and a two-point conversion at New Haven. Art also led Clarion’s receiving corps with 22 catches for 372 yards and 3 TDs in 1990. In 1989 he latched onto 14 passes for 210 yards and 1 TD, plus returned 7 kickoffs for 118 yards, while as a freshman in 1988 he grabbed 2 aerials for 61 yards and 1 TD, while returning punts and kickoffs. Walker caught 86 career passes (7th all-time) for 1,316 yards (8th all-time) and 9 TDs. Captain of the 1992 track team, Art ran to 100 and 400 hurdles and two relay events, and briefly was part of the school record for the 4 x 100 relay. Since graduating in 1992, Walker has put together an outstanding high school football coaching career. First a head coach at Central Catholic High in Pittsburgh from 1998 – 2004, Walker led his teams to a record of 61-23 with 2 WPIAL Crowns and 1 PIAA Title. Moving on to North Allegheny from 2005 through 2016, Walker has a record of 118-29 at North Allegheny with 3 WPIAL and 2 PIAA titles. His 2012 team went 16-0 and Walker was named the National High School Coach of the Year by the National Sports News Service, one of only 3 PA. coaches to receive the award since 1970. Art and wife Nikki reside in Wexford, Pa. Children include Brody, Bryce, Brady, Casey and Derek.

CLARION NOTES: The 2017 induction class brings the Hall of Fame total to 176…The first class in 1989 had 11 members. That inaugural class included -James Alcorn(fb), Dr.James Gemmell (former President), Al Jacks (fb coach), Alex Sandusky (fb), Barbara Schaefer-Nejman (diving), Wade Schalles (wrestling), William Sheridan (fb), Waldo S. Tippin (coach-A.D.), Pete Vuckovich (baseball), Jon Wiberg (bk) and Ernestine Weaver (gymnastics coach)…1990-Michael J. Catello(fb),Carol Clay (swimming coach),Robert H. Shaw (fb),Bill Simpson (wrestling) & Reggie Wells (bk)… 1991-Garry Barton (wrestling),Dave Bevevino (fb),Connie Jo Israel (gymnastics), Don Stemmerich (bk-ba), Terry Thompson (bk), George Williams (announcer -honorary)…1992-Thomas Carnahan (coach),Charles Heller (wrestling),James McCullough (fb-bk-baseball),Joseph O’Brien (fb),Jeanne O’Connor (swimming), Halley Willison (fb-bk)…1993-Robert J. Cloherty (fb),Joseph J. Knowles (baseball coach), Cheryl L.(Perozzi) Gilotty (gymnastics),Louis Hutcherson (fb),Frank Lignelli Jr.(athlete-coach-A.D.) & Kenneth S. Warnick (wrestling) …1994-Edward H. Arndt (fb),Tracy (Cooper) Rossa (swimming),Joseph P. DeGregorio (basketball coach),Robert L. Kelly (bk), John Lovre (fb), Don Rohn (wrestling)… 1995-John V. Calipari (bk),Gary J. McCauley (fb),Doria (Mamalo) McConnell (diving),Douglas A. Niebel (wrestling),Frances M. Shope (associate A.D.) and Michael J. Zucca (diving)…1996-Pete Caristo (fb),Nanette (Farrar) Handley (swimming),Dr. Rebecca Rutt Leas (swimming coach), Terry E. Roseto (bk), Charles A.Ruslavage(fb coach),Joseph P.Sebestyen (bk),Roland B.Sparrow (fb)… 1997-John G. Dellostretto (fb), Kevin C. Ewing (fb), Alvin E. Gibson (bk), James W. Kassell (fb,bk,track,baseball), Donald E. Leas (diving coach), Rhonda (Phillips) Zozula (diver)… 1998 Kurt S. Angle (wrestling), Elton R. Brown (fb), Robert G. Bubb (wrestling coach), Robert J. Erdeljac (fb), Loyal M. Jasper (track & field), Barbara (Seel) Couvrette (diving), 1999 Tina (Bair) Karan (sw), Joseph J. Boros (golf), Kenneth D. Haselrig (wr), Ernest W. Johnson (athlete/coach – honorary), Steven P. Scillitani (fb) and Michael C. Sisinni (bk), 2000-James M. Beichner (wr), John A. DeRiggi (fb), Joseph J. Kata (deceased- fb, bk, ba), Anthony Perriello (diving), Lisa M. (Warren) Dollard (tennis) and Richard L. Pae (fb coach- honorary), 2001- David G. Caslow (wr), Leatha (Dudeck) Baker (basketball), James T. Hersh (sw), Thomas J. Komenda (fb), Gordon G. Sills (baseball) and Robert E. Leonard (Head Athletic Trainer), 2002- James A. Becker (football), Charles E. Coryea (wrestling), Carlita A. Jones (women’s basketball), Joseph M. Malis (men’s basketball), Theresa A. (Teri) Peot (women’s swimming) and Gene Sobolewski (Football Coach), 2003- Daniel J. Chojnacki (men’s basketball), Michael J. Cole (wrestling), Corissa “Mona” Gaffney-Brosier (women’s basketball), Guido Malacarne (football/baseball) and David A. Peura (men’s swimming), 2004- Lynn Armstrong (football), Ronald R. Botz (basketball), Jack Davis (wrestling), Terence M. McFetridge (football), Kwame R. Morton (basketball), Joyce (Skoog) Robillard (swimming), John Shropshire (football/administrator – deceased), 2005- Cheryl L. Bansek (women’s basketball), Richard H. Danielson (men’s basketball), Wesley C. Freeburg (fb, bask.,baseball), Sheldon E. Thomas (wrestling), Arthur T. Tragesser (football), 2006- Robert B. Frazier (baseball), Carl Grinage (basketball), Jerry M. Haslett (football), William Z. May (football), Christina Tillotson Sheets (women’s swimming), John A. Joy (basketball coach), William G. Miller (swimming coach), 2007- Shannon Coakley Gallagher (women’s basketball), Patrick L. Kiehl (diving), James M. Miller (football), Christopher Roosevelt (basketball), Bryan C. Stout (wrestling), 2008- Steven P. Darby (men’s swimming), Amy (Coon) Miller (women’s basketball), Thomas D. Kurtz (football/baseball), Randy J. Miller (wrestling), Steve T. Witte (football), Mary Lou (Doverspike) Russell (deceased/honorary), 2009- Paul A. Clark (wrestling), A’Lisa (Woicicki) Funk (women’s swimming), Jon Haslett (football), Damon Pietronigro (men’s swimming) and Ernie Widmar (football/baseball), 2010 – Mark D. Angle (wrestling), Jodi (Pezek) Burns (vb; coach), Frank W. Grundler (wrestling/football), Al Lefevre (men’s golf coach/football), Chuck Nanz (men’s swim coach), Chris Weibel (football)… 2011 – James “Pint” Barton (baseball), Timothy D. Brown (football), Jacob “Jack” Derlink (basketball), Dan Mahoney (football), and Tamara L. “Tammy” Myers (tennis); 2012- Kenneth P. Bedford (diving), Melanie (Bull) Lewis (women’s volleyball), Robert “Bo” Garritano (football), John Testa (wrestling), Reginald A. “Reggie” Wells Jr. (football); 2013- Cary D. Grubb (baseball), Jackie Hill Saad (women’s volleyball), Alex F. Murnyack (fb, wr, baseball), Shelly A. Respecki (women’s basketball), Cecil D. Willoughby (fb, basketball); 2014- Les Bressler (wrestling), Robert “Bob” Carlson (A.D.), Taryn CarterWyche (women’s Track), Kim Niedbala (football/coach), Alvin Slaughter (football), Dr. Richard Taylor (men’s basketball coach), Dr. Jamie (Wolf) Jackel (Diving); 2015 – Heather Cigich (w. basketball), Nicolina (DiLoreto) Pierce (swimming); Dr. William English (cross country & track coach); Francis “Fran” Sirianni (football/track); Dr. Lou Tripodi (contributor), Lou Weiers (football); 2016 – Robert Beatty (football/baseball), Bernie Carpenter (football), Frank Edgar (wrestling), James Koontz (baseball), William “Bill” May (golf) and Melissa (Yearous) O’Neil (basketball/track & field); 2017 – Doris Black (wbb coach), Gary Frantz (fb/wr), Kayla (Kelosky) Renninger (diving), Dave Sheets (swimming), Frank Supancic (swim/contributor), Craig Turnbull (wrestling), Art Walker (fb, track).

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