Schottenheimer leads inductees into local hall

February 13, 2017

Marty Schottenheimer, who coached the Cleveland Browns to two AFC championship games and the Kansas City Chiefs to another, will be one of 15 inductees into the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Schottenheimer and the others will be honored at ceremonies Friday, June 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Meadow Lands. Tickets, priced at $45 apiece, can be purchased by calling 724-678-4320.

Schottenheimer’s first taste of success came on the Fort Cherry basketball team that won PIAA championship in 1961. That team also is being honored. A multi-sport athlete, Schottenheimer was talented enough in football to play in the Big 33 Game.

Schottenheimer played football at Pitt, where he was an All-East selection in 1964. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts and in the seventh round of the 1965 American Football League Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He signed with the Bills and spent the next four seasons (1965-68) with Buffalo, including the Bills’ 1965 AFL Championship season, when he was selected to the AFL All-Star Team.

Schottenheimer’s professional coaching career began in 1974, when he became linebackers coach for the Portland Storm of the World Football League. In 1975, he was hired as a linebackers coach for the NFL’s New York Giants and became defensive coordinator in 1977. Schottenheimer spent 1978 and 1979 as the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions.

But it was with Cleveland, where he made his mark, leading the Browns to three AFC Central Division titles and two AFC Championships games. He lost both to Denver in what became known as “The Drive” and “The Fumble.”

Schottenheimer coached Kansas City to three AFC West Division titles and later took San Diego to two. He compiled a 206-139-1 overall coaching record and retired in 2011.

Schottenheimer’s coaching lineage includes such greats as Bill Cowher, Herm Edwards, Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin.

Joining Schottenheimer as inductees are Ray Kemp, another Fort Cherry graduate who played football at Pitt; Ed Malinowski, a Chartiers-Houston graduate who played football for the Naval Academy; Andy Migyanko, a standout wrestler at Trinity who competed at West Virginia; Frank Mosier, a Trinity graduate and two-time NAIA wrestling champion from Moorhead State; Leon Pagac, a Centerville High School graduate who played nearly two decades of professional football; Brian Pelkey, a Washington graduate who played football at Kent State; Dan Petrola, who ran the Brownson House for more than three decades; Albert Sabol, a Beth-Center graduate who played football for the Coast Guard Academy; Ron Skiles, an Ellsworth High School graduate who played on the PGA tour; Joe Throckmorton, a standout wrestler and coach at Waynesburg High School; Chad Williamson, a Trinity graduate who played football at Lafayette College; Mark Wise, a multi-sport athlete at Wash High before moving on to Penn State for football; and Scott Zolak, a Ringgold graduate who went on to play for the New England Patriots and is currently the color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts.

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

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