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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is proud to announce the third class to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.  This year’s class, which will be inducted on April 17, at the Pitt-Johnstown Living/Learning Center, will include: Jodi Gault (Head Women’s Basketball Coach), Dr. Robert Hartnett (Men’s Basketball / Meritorious Service), Dave Hoff (Baseball), Rich Ragan (Men’s Basketball), Patty Ritter-Sharbaugh (Women’s Gymnastics)  and Lee Schickel (Wrestling).

     In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, Pitt-Johnstown’s 1996 National Championship Wrestling team will be recognized. This is Pitt-Johnstown’s first team to win a national championship in any sport.

     This special event was created in 2007 to honor prestigious groups of athletes, coaches and university supporters and their champion spirits.

     These individuals merit distinction for their accomplishments and leadership in athletic endeavors for Pitt-Johnstown.

     Speaking at this year’s event will be Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar, Athletic Director and National Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach Pat Pecora, as well as student-athlete and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President Abby Gearhart.  Longtime Johnstown Tribune-Democrat sports writer Mike Mastovich will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2010 — Jodi Gault
Head Coach Women’s Basketball - 1982-2007

     In 1982, Pitt-Johnstown Athletic Director Ed Sherlock made a statement when he named Jodi, a former standout player at Slippery Rock University and the Washington Metros and California Dreams of the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL), to take over the reins of a nationally known women’s basketball program established seven years earlier.  Twenty-five years, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, five regional championships and a trip to the Final-Four later, Ms. Gault built her own tradition of excellence.  Her ability as a head coach was seen early as her Lady Cat teams held the No.1 ranking in NCAA Division III in two of her first three seasons.
     Ms. Gault wrapped up her Pitt-Johnstown career in 2007 with a 540-156 overall record, which equates to a .776 winning percentage and 21.6 victories per season.  Her 540 victories rank sixth all-time in Division II, while her winning percentage ranks 10th.  Ms. Gault coached 20 of Pitt-Johnstown’s 23 All-Americans, including nine Kodak All-Americans and Mindy Young, the 1992 National Player of the Year.

     After winning the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship in 1985, Ms. Gault guided the Lady Cats as the University transitioned from Division III to Division II for the next season.

     One year later, Ms. Gault led the Lady Cats to their first of two-straight East Region titles and advanced to the Division II Final-Four by defeating top-ranked Delta State (MS) University in the national quarterfinals, on her way to being named the 1986-87 American Women’s Sports Federation Coach of the Year.  
     Following back-to-back Mideast Conference titles in 1990 and 1991, Ms. Gault was tabbed the Conference’s Coach of the Year.  The Lady Cats won two more Regional championships in 1992 and 1993 and made six more NCAA Tournament appearances, including one in 2007, Ms. Gault’s final year as head coach. On November 19, 2005, Ms. Gault became just the eighth Division II coach to reach the 500-career-win mark when Pitt-Johnstown defeated Tiffin (OH) University, 81-71.

     Ms. Gault was the chairperson for the Division II Kodak All-American selection committee, served on the Women’s Basketball 25th All-Anniversary Team Expert Panel and the WBCA Scholarship Award for Division II Women’s Basketball Committee.

     Ms. Gault, who earned a master’s degree in athletic administration at Ohio University, also earned induction into the Slippery Rock Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

     Ms. Gault, a native of Oil City, Pa., currently resides in Seneca, Pa.

     “Exciting,” Ms. Gault said of her induction into the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame.  “I spent 25 years coaching at one University.  That’s somewhat unheard of these days.  I have great memories of those years.  I was fortunate to coach so many great athletes and work with a number of excellent colleagues.  To be honored by the University is special.” 

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2010 — Dr. Robert Hartnett
Men’s Basketball / Meritorious Service –  1954-1956

     From childhood through early adulthood, Dr. Robert Hartnett played nearly every sport, two seasons as a guard on the Pitt-Johnstown basketball team at the “Asphalt Campus” on Cypress Avenue from 1954 through 1956.  However, it was after becoming a physician that Dr. Hartnett truly made his mark by giving back to Pitt-Johnstown and the Greater Johnstown area.

     After graduating from Greater Johnstown High School in 1950, Dr. Hartnett served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War.  He enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown in 1954 and joined the basketball team, where he, along with 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Carl Sax, guided the Mountain Cats to a spot in the Keystone Junior College Tournament.  Dr. Hartnett led the team in assists during his two-year career.

     In 1956, he transferred to the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his bachelor’s in pre-medicine.  He entered medical school and earned his doctorate in medicine in 1961.  Dr. Hartnett completed a one-year internship at Johnstown’s Memorial Hospital and began his career.  He was later named Chairman of Family Practice at Memorial Hospital, a position he held until his retirement in 1986.  In addition, Dr. Hartnett held the title of Memorial Hospital Chief of Staff for one year and was a member of the Board of Directors.

     During this time, Dr. Hartnett began to give back to his community.  He served Pitt-Johnstown, as well as several area high schools, as a team doctor for nearly 25 years where he visited the campus to examine and treat athletes.  In 1984, he established the Dr. Robert W. Hartnett Scholarship Fund at Pitt-Johnstown to provide grants to aid deserving undergraduate students from the Greater Johnstown School District.  His scholarship is still being awarded today.

     In the late 1970s, Dr. Harnett helped to create a local chapter of the “Flying Physicians Association,” a group of certified physicians and pilots who used their own aircrafts to travel to emergency sites to aid victims in any part of the continental United States.

     Dr. Hartnett was on the Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board from 1985 through 1997, and currently holds Emeritus status.  He serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of Directors of the Church of the Brethren Home in Windber.  Dr. Hartnett was also active in many other community organizations, including holding a position on the Red Cross and the Cambria County Conservation Boards of Directors.  Dr. Hartnett sponsored a team in Johnstown’s AAABA Baseball League and has been the commissioner of the AAABA National Board of Directors for more than 30 years.  In 2001, he was inducted into the AAABA Hall of Fame.

     Dr. Hartnett, an avid outdoorsman and fly fisherman, and his wife Joan, have been married for 56 years.  The Hartnett’s have four grown children, Scot, Robin, Shaun and Kelly, 11 grand children and two great grand children.

     “I’m extremely honored to be inducted into the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame,” Dr. Hartnett said.  “This is not just an individual honor.   This is spread around the team I played with during the two years I was at Pitt-Johnstown.  No one man stands above the rest of the team.  Everyone I played with is worthy on this honor.  I accept this as a team award.”


Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2010 — Dave Hoff
Baseball – 1978-1982

     Prior to enrolling at Pitt-Johnstown in 1978, the name Dave Hoff was very well known in the Apollo and Indiana County baseball communities.   Dr. Hoff was a two-time American Legion All- performer, who later became Pitt-Johnstown’s first athlete drafted and signed to a professional baseball contract, when the Milwaukee Brewers made him their eighth-round selection in the June 1981 Major League Baseball Draft.  Dr. Hoff was an outstanding pitcher and first baseman for three years on Head Coach Ken Keiper’s Mountain Cat baseball team, where he led NCAA Division II in strikeouts per nine innings at nearly 13 per game in 1981.

     After being drafted by the Brewers, Dr. Hoff was assigned to Butte, Montana, where he helped lead his team to the Class A Pioneer League Championship.  Dr. Hoff, a graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School, also played professionally in the California Winter League for the Brewers in 1982, but was released by the team later that year.  He had the opportunity to continue his professional baseball career with contract offers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets, but declined in order to further his education and begin his career outside of Major League Baseball.

     After graduating from Pitt-Johnstown in December of 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Dr. Hoff continued his education at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  In 1985, Dr. Hoff graduated summa sum laude, fifth in a class of 200, with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Today, Dr. Hoff owns and operates four full-service healthcare facilities.  The main office is located in Indiana, Pa, with satellite offices in Apollo, Blairsville and State College.

     The end of his professional career did not keep Dr. Hoff off of the baseball diamond.  He has continued to play competitively on the local and national levels, and was inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.  Dr. Hoff holds a record for an incredible 58-game pitching winning streak in the Indiana County League, and has been the key pitcher on Pittsburgh’s 10-time National Championship men’s over-30 baseball team.  The most recent championship was played in November 2009 when his Pittsburgh team bested a field of 70 teams from the United States, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.  He was named the Most Valuable Player, winning two games, saving one, and being clocked at 85 mph in closing out the Championship game.

     Dr. Hoff, his wife Kim and their two children, Kaitlyn and Ryan, reside in Indiana, Pa.

     “I am extremely grateful and flattered to be inducted into one of the earliest Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame Classes” Dr. Hoff said.  “It is gratifying to see the University finally putting the ‘Hall’ together.  With the long list of outstanding athletes who have walked the halls, and left their blood, sweat, and tears on the gym floor, wrestling mats, and playing fields, it is such an honor to be considered one of the best who has played at Pitt-Johnstown.  My special thanks to Coach Ken Keiper, who gave me not only the guidance and opportunity to succeed on the baseball field, but more importantly, in the bigger game of life.”

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2010 — Rich Ragan
Men’s Basketball - 1974-1978

     Rich Ragan, a three-time NAIA All-District selection and a two-time NCAA All-District choice, left his name in the Pitt-Johnstown record books multiple times as a Mountain Cat basketball player from 1974-78.  Mr. Ragan, the second 1,000-point scorer since Pitt-Johnstown made the transition from a two-year school to a four-year school a decade earlier, broke Don Elzer’s scoring mark of 1,147 points and held the title as the Mountain Cats’ All-Time Leading Scorer with 1,303 points from 1978-92.  He currently ranks eighth on the scoring list.

     As a sophomore, Mr. Ragan led the Mountain Cats with 383 points on his way to garnering NAIA and NCAA All-District Team honors.  Two years later, he broke his personal record and led the team with 386 points and was named NAIA All-District for the third time and NCAA All-District Team for the second time.  Following his senior year, Mr. Ragan was named the Most Outstanding College Senior Basketball Player by the Thompson Club, Pittsburgh.  He was also selected to play in the 1978 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Star Game in Chicago, Ill., where he shattered a backboard on a dunk in the game.

     Mr. Ragan, the Ohio Northern University Christmas Most Valuable Player in 1977, also received the Johnstown Hall of Fame Basketball Award that same year.

     For more than 20 years, Mr. Ragan was Pitt-Johnstown’s Career Free-Throw Percentage leader at 82.5%.  He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Saint Vincent College Christmas Tournament three straight years.

     Mr. Ragan graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering Technology from Pitt-Johnstown in 1978.   He later enrolled at the University of Tennessee and earned his master’s in engineering management in 1992.  Throughout his professional career, Mr. Ragan has held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer of AVL North America (1992) and President and Chief Operating Officer of Arcadis Giffels (2002), both located in Detroit, Mich.  

     Today, the Munhall, Pa. native and graduate of Steel Valley High School resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. with his wife Carol, two children, Kristen and Lindsay and two step-children, Shane and Alexandria.  He is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Midddough, Inc., an architecture and engineering company in Cleveland, Ohio.

     For the past 16 years, Mr. Ragan has given back to his community by coaching the St. Patrick White Lake Michigan eighth-grade basketball team.  He is also an active participant on Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County and volunteers his time with various other non-profit organizations in the Detroit area.

     “Basketball has been, and continues to be a major part of my life,” Mr. Ragan said.  “It’s a game that I truly love to be a part of in all aspects, from playing to coaching.  To be inducted into the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Athletics Hall of Fame keeps me in the game for eternity.  This is truly an honor and one that I share with my family, teammates and coaches who have supported me over the years and have contributed to my success.”


Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2010 — Patty Ritter -Sharbaugh
Women’s Gymnastics- 1980-1984

     Dr. Patricia Ritter-Sharbaugh’s athletic accomplishments as a gymnast at Pitt-Johnstown created history when she became Pitt-Johnstown’s first ever National Champion.  Dr. Ritter- was crowned the 1982 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Balance Beam Champion and placed second in the uneven parallel bars on her way to a national runner-up finish in the All-Around competition.

     Dr. Ritter-Sharbaugh, a member of the Pitt-Johnstown women’s gymnastics team from 1980-84 under Head Coach Ernie Fetzer, won the 1982 AIAW East Regional Championship held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She garnered All-Region and All-American honors in 1981 and in 1982.

     In addition, Dr. Ritter-Sharbaugh, a native of Nazareth, Pa. and a graduate of Nazareth Area High School, was a two-time recipient of the Mountain Cat Award for Athletics and received the school’s Ray Scott Award for her high performance in intercollegiate athletics and exceptional qualities of character and student citizenship in 1984.

     After graduating from Pitt-Johnstown in 1984 with a degree in business economics, Dr. Ritter-Sharbaugh continued her education by earning a Master of Divinity Degree at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1991 and a PhD in Roman Catholic systematic theology at Duquesne University in 2009.  She is currently an Instructor of Theology at St. Vincent College in Latrobe. 

     Dr. Ritter Sharbaugh and her husband John, also a Pitt-Johnstown graduate, have three college-aged children, Patrick, Rebecca and Molly. The Sharbaugh family resides in Ligonier.

     “It’s an honor to be named to the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame,” Dr. Ritter-Sharbaugh said.  “I am very grateful for the recognition and for the education and encouragement I received as both a student and as an athlete at Pitt-Johnstown.”

Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Famer 2010 — Lee Schickel
Wrestling - 1991-1996

     Lee Schickel’s 1996 wrestling season will not be forgotten at Pitt-Johnstown.  Becoming a national champion is a goal that most athletes never reach…let alone accomplishing it twice in one  However, that is exactly what Mr. Schickel did when he captured the NCAA Division II National Championship at 126 lbs. on his way to leading Pitt-Johnstown to its first team National Championship. 

     Mr. Schickel, a native of Irwin, Pa., was a four-time Division II National Qualifier and a three-time All-American with first, fifth and seventh-place finishes.  He won three East Regional titles and wrapped-up his Mountain Cat career with a 108-25 record and suffered just one career dual meet loss at 126 lbs.

     It was on March 16, 1996 that Mr. Schickel reached the pinnacle of the wrestling world and became Pitt-Johnstown’s first individual National Champion since Carlton Haselrig in 1989.  Mr. Schickel scored a 7-6 sudden death overtime decision over Adams State (CO) College’s Michael Barreras in the title bout to lead a group of eight Pitt-Johnstown All-Americans who claimed the team National Championship by five points over second-place University of Central Oklahoma in Greeley, CO.

     Mr. Schickel joined Head Coach Pat Pecora’s starting line-up as a red-shirt freshman in 1992-93.  He posted a 24-8 overall record and a perfect 16-0 dual meet mark on his way to placing second at the East Regional Tournament.  He took home his first All-American honor with a seventh-place finish at the National Tournament.

     The following season, Mr. Schickel compiled a 27-7 record and led the Mountain Cats with 10 falls.  He won his first East Regional title and made his second trip to the NCAA National Tournament.

     As the Mountain Cats’ co-captain in 1994-95, Mr. Schickel took the next step in his collegiate wrestling career.  He won his second-straight regional title and improved on his seventh-place national finish two years earlier by finishing fifth in 1995.  His 39 wins also broke Pitt-Johnstown’s single-season record at 126 lbs.

     It all culminated as a senior during the magical 1995-96 season with a third regional championship, and individual title and a team NCAA Division II National Championship trophy.

     Mr. Schickel, a graduate of Penn Trafford High School, currently ranks 14th on Pitt-Johnstown’s All-Time Win List with a. winning percentage of .812.

     Today, Mr. Schickel, a 1998 Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, is an assistant wrestling coach at Penn Trafford High School.  He resides in Penn Township with his wife Bridgett and children Samantha and Nathan.

     “It is an honor to be chosen as part of the Athletics Hall of Fame at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown,” Mr Schickel said.  I am happy to be part of the Pitt-Johnstown athletics family.”


Pitt-Johnstown’s 1996 National Championship Wrestling Team

     The hopes and dreams of Coach Pecora and the hundreds of Mountain Cat wrestlers who have passed through the program since 1973 all came true in 1996 with an NCAA Division II National Championship.  The team completed its second consecutive undefeated dual-meet season (14-0) and maintained the momentum through the postseason.  The Mountain Cats earned titles at the Thiel College and West Liberty State College tournaments prior to dominating another East Regional Tournament.  Pitt-Johnstown then traveled to Northern Colorado University for the NCAA Division II National Championships.  Lee Schickel followed in Carlton Haselrig’s footsteps and became the second Mountain Cat in history to win an individual national championship.  The rest of the Mountain Cats followed Schickel’s lead and held off four-time consecutive National Champion and top-ranked University of Central Oklahoma to claim the first team National Championship in the history of Pitt-Johnstown athletics.  The Mountain Cats were the best in NCAA Division II Wrestling.  Schickel (126 lbs.) led the list of eight Mountain Cat All-Americans that also included John Strittmatter (118 lbs.) Jeff Bricker (134 lbs.), Tony Albertelli (142 lbs.), Troy Barbush (150 lbs.), Kevin O'Neil (167 lbs.), Irwin Brambley (177 lbs.) and Scott Croyle (HWT.).  Mike Gavin (158 lbs.) and Mike Lazaro (190 lbs.) were both National Qualifiers.  The 1995-96 season also produced a pair of National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic Wrestling Team members in Albertelli and Barbush.

     The class of 2010 will be inducted Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Pitt-Johnstown’s Living/Learning Center, Heritage Hall.  The reception will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  Cost is $400 per table of eight, $200 for a half table or $50 per seat.  A corporate sponsorship is available for $800.  Each corporate sponsor will receive a table of eight seats, program advertisement, sponsorship banner at the banquet and eight season passes for 2010-11 Pitt-Johnstown winter sporting events in the Sports Center. 

     This enjoyable and memorable evening has been planned for honorees and families, alumni, sports fans, Pitt-Johnstown friends and more and is open to the public.  For more information, contact the Pitt Johnstown Athletic Department at (814) 269-2000.  Checks should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and sent to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Sports Center, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pa., 15904.

     Pitt-Johnstown’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class was inducted on September 30, 2007 and included:  Lisa Britt (Women’s Basketball), Sean Isgan (Wrestling), Carl Sax (Men’s Basketball), C. Edward Sherlock (Men’s Basketball and Athletic Director) and James Wilkes (Men’s Basketball).

The 2009 class included: Carlton Haselrig (Wrestling), Clyde Horner (Head Coach), Joachim Knispel (Men’s Soccer), Paul Leonard (Baseball), Dave Roman, Sr. (Men’s Basketball) and Mindy Young-Gagliardi (Women’s Basketball).

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

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