University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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Class of 2007

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2007--- Lisa Britt
Women’s Basketball 1976-1980
                                         Lisa Britt, a native of Johnstown, and graduate of Greater Johnstown High School, became the first women’s basketball All-American for Pitt-Johnstown when she was named an Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-American in 1980.  Ms. Britt holds the Lady Cat Basketball all-time record for career scoring average at 19.8 points per game and stands in second place on both the All-Time Scoring List --- 1,945 points and Assist List --- 583 assists.  She helped to lead the team to a 40-game winning streak and the team’s first ever Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) #1-ranking during the 1979-80 season.
      Ms. Britt, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is employed by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). was invited to tryout for the United States Olympic Women’s Basketball Team and was drafted in 1980 by the Minnesota Fillies of the Women’s Professional Basketball League.  In 2004, Ms. Britt earned induction into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.  “I thought being inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame was special, but to now be included as one of the first five inductees being inducted at my Alma Mater is a great honor and blessing,” Ms. Britt stated.   “It lets me know that the days, the months and the years of hard work were worth it.  I’m very humbled and grateful to be a part of the history here at Pitt-Johnstown.”

 Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2007--- Sean Isgan
 Wrestling 1977-1982
                                         Sean Isgan, Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board member, was a two-time All-American who became the first Mountain Cat Wrestler to reach the National Finals in 1981.  Mr. Isgan earned NAIA All-American honors as a heavyweight by placing fourth and NCAA All-American honors with a national runner-up finish, both in 1981.  He wrapped up his Mountain Cat career with a 92-30 overall record. 
     Mr. Isgan graduated from Somerset Area High School in 1977 and enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology in 1982.  In 1999, Mr. Isgan, a registered professional engineer licensed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey and a professional land surveyor licensed in Pennsylvania, established CME Engineering Inc. in Somerset, Pa.  Three years later in July 2002, Mr. Isgan’s organization rescued the Quecreek miners that were trapped underground through new technology that was used to drill an air hole 240 feet into the ground to provide the miners with oxygen.  All nine miners were safely rescued from the Quecreek Mine in Somerset, Pa.   In 2005, he created another corporation, CME Operations, LP, that operates and maintains water and wastewater treatment plants. 
     Mr. Isgan resides in Somerset, Pa. with his wife Annette and three children.   Mr. Isgan is Mountain Cat Proud to receive this distinction and shared, “It is a tremendous honor to be inducted as part of the inaugural Pitt Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame and I share this award with Pat Pecora ---for without him, it would not have happened.  Pitt-Johnstown has produced many extraordinary athletes and to be one of the first inductees is frankly humbling.”

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2007 --- Carl R. Sax
Men’s Basketball  (1957-1958)
                                         Carl R. Sax, Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board member and lifelong resident of Johnstown, Pa., was a member of the men’s basketball team when the University was a two-year school.  Mr. Sax, along with Ed Sherlock, led the men’s basketball team to the 1958 Pennsylvania Junior College League State Championship.  Mr. Sax studied engineering when he attended Pitt-Johnstown. 
     Professionally, he held duties of vice president and general manager of General Kinetics, Incorporated, until 1993 when he became the executive vice president and general manager of Kuchera Defense Systems.  Under his leadership, Kuchera Defense Systems has earned many prestigious honors and awards, including the 2005 National Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award, presented to the top small business subcontractor of the more than 13,000 in the United States that are nominated for the award.  In addition, Kuchera Defense Systems has won the last three Region 3 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Awards, as well as the 1999 NUNN/PERRY Mentor Protégé Company of the Year Award for Quality, Delivery and Financial Performance (Mentor---Raytheon; Protégé---Kuchera Defense Systems).  In 2001, Kuchera Defense System was selected as the Employer of the Year for the State of Pennsylvania. 
     Mr. Sax holds board memberships in the following:  JARI Defense, AmeriServe, Mercy Hospital (emeritus) and Penns Woods Council Boys Scouts of America (emeritus). 
     Mr. Sax and his wife Carol of 51 years have three grown children and eight grandchildren.  “When I got the call, I was shocked, humbled and surprised,” Mr. Sax said of his induction.  To be selected to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Hall of fame is very gratifying, but to be selected as one of the first inductees is very personal to me.  I am truly honored.”

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2007 --- C. Edward Sherlock
Men’s Basketball and Athletic Director  1970-2001

      Ed Sherlock                                  Ed Sherlock was named Pitt-Johnstown’s first full-time athletic director 1970 and through his retirement in 2001.  Mr. Sherlock significantly developed the athletic facilities, including the Sports Center and fields, and guided Pitt-Johnstown's admission into the NCAA.  He initiated Pitt-Johnstown’s varsity sports of men’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track, women’s volleyball and wrestling.  Mr. Sherlock was a member to several collegiate organizations, including holding the title of National President of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Directors.  He was also a founding member and president of the Mason Dixon Conference, a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the secretary/treasurer of Tri-State Intercollegiate Association for 15 years. 
     Athletically, Mr. Sherlock was a starter on the Pitt-Johnstown men’s basketball team that won the Pennsylvania Junior College League State Championship in 1958.  He then transferred to the Pittsburgh campus, where he earned three letters as a jumper and hurdler on the track team, before graduating with a Bachelors Degree and  Masters Degree in Education.  In 1986, he was inducted into the Windber Hall of Fame.  Mr. Sherlock, a native of Windber, Pa., now resides in Johnstown. 
     He and his wife Debra have four children and five grandchildren.  Enthusiastically, Mr. Sherlock offered, “of course, I’m honored to be among the first inductees; but beyond that, I am happy to see Pitt-Johnstown take another important step in the ongoing development of the athletic program.”

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2007 --- James Wilkes 
Men’s Basketball 1951-1953

     James Wilkes                                   James Wilkes attended Pitt-Johnstown for two years at the “Asphalt Campus” in the Moxham section of Johnstown from 1951-1953 where he was a member of the men’s basketball team.  Mr. Wilkes served in the U.S. Army for two years to receive the GI Bill enabling him to continue education at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a degree in geology. 
     Mr. Wilkes joined Halliburton, an oil and gas well international service company and earned the rank of division manager in the Pittsburgh office.  Becoming an entrepreneur later in the oil and gas industry, he developed and sold corporations throughout the states and world. Mr. Wilkes currently remains active as an investor in the production of oil and gas wells in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
     A native of Windber, Pa. and graduate of Windber Area High School, he and his wife Margaret, currently reside in Wooster, Ohio.  The couple has four grown children.  “I certainly think it is an honor that will mean a lot to me.  I am also thrilled to see Pitt-Johnstown advance in all stages of development,” Mr. Wilkes said.
Last Reviewed: September 12, 2007