Hall of Fame 20182019-07-01T15:49:32-04:00

Hall of Fame 2018

HOF Class of 2018

Left to right (front):  Joe Doerr, Earl Duffy, Peggy Dailer, Darrah Metz, Dr. Heather O’Shea-Wayt, Roberta Robinson Olejasz, Eric McGhee.   
Left to right (rear): Tom Hogan, Mike Young, Dr. Robert Zaleski, Ted Mattern, Stan Kaniecki, Tommy Thomas, Tom Duffy.

Tommy Thomas

(Class of 1980)

“Wind ‘Em Tommy” was the battle cry from parents in the stands during the magical 1979 football season when Quarterback Tommy Thomas led the Wheeling Central Catholic High School to its first ever West Virginia Class AA state championship as a member of the State Secondary School Activities Commission. The 12-1 record Maroon Knights finished off the year with a victory over Buffalo Wayne in the title game played at Charleston’s Laidley Field. The first two rounds saw Central Catholic collect home field wins over Poca and Big Creek at Wheeling Island Stadium. Coach of that remarkable state championship team was his brother the late Jim Thomas, a member of the inaugural WCHS Hall of Fame Class in 2016.

  Tommy Thomas’s career stats had him throwing for over 3,000 combined yards and 35 touchdowns, including a brilliant senior season, passing for 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushing for 580 yards and six TDs while also recording six interceptions from his safety position on defense. Named to the WV Class AA all-state team after both his junior and senior campaigns, Thomas was also named one of the all-state team captains in 1979. He  was an all-Valley Big School honoree and captain of that year’s all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honor team. He was third in the voting by the statewide sports writers for the prestigious Kennedy Award, given annually to the best high school player in West Virginia. In addition to playing football, Thomas lettered three years in basketball and two years in baseball.

  After playing in the annual Rudy Mumley Charity Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Football Game, Thomas continued his athletic career and academic studies at West Liberty State (now University). Twice he was selected by his teammates as the Hilltoppers most valuable player. The 1984 West Liberty graduate earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a 3.6 GPA. The Belle Vernon, PA resident has had a 30-year career with State Farm Insurance.

Tom Hogan

(Class of 1967)

  Tom Hogan left a huge impact as a football player, coach and teacher at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. He was a two-way starter in football for three years during which time the Maroon Knights were beginning a streak that produced four straight West Virginia Catholic state championships in football under coach Andy Urbanic who was inducted into Central Catholic’s  athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. Hogan also achieved a lineman’s dream by recovering a fumble and returning it for a touchdown on the opening kickoff against rival Wheeling High School. That feat provided the only points of the game in a 6-0 Maroon Knights’ victory.

 Hogan garnered all-State Catholic laurels in 1965 and 1966 and was the squad’s captain his senior year. His other high school laurels included being a two-time honoree on the all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, all-Ohio Valley and all-City teams. A Maroon Knights’ captain in 1966, Hogan was also one of the captains on both the OVAC and City all-star teams. Tom twice was selected as The Intelligencer’s Ohio Valley Lineman of the Week.

  He went on from high school to become a four-year starter at Henderson State College (now a University) located at Arkadelphia, Ark. He was a three-time all-league performer and played on an AIC title-winning squad in 1969. He was inducted into the Henderson State University Hall of Fame for football on Oct. 11, 2008.

  Hogan began his teaching and coaching career at Central Catholic in 1971 as a football assistant and Physical Education instructor. After eight years at his alma mater he moved on to Wheeling Park High School where he served as a physical education teacher and fitness instructor at the Ohio County Consolidated School for 30 years. He was an assistant coach for the football program from 1977 through the 1983 season. He also was an assistant track coach at Park High. Hogan, who earned his Masters Degree from West Virginia University in 1982, also was an assistant football coach at Buckeye North High School in Brilliant, OH for two seasons.

  He got into Martial Arts as a participant and a teacher in 1966 and continues to serve as a coach in that capacity. Over the years, Hogan won multi national championships while representing the Wheeling Bando Club and numerous individual titles in Karate, Kick Boxing, Wrestling. Power Lifting and Bench Press. In 1988, Hogan was inducted into the Bando National Arts Hall of Fame.

Tom Duffy

(Class of 1963)

 Tom Duffy was another in a long line of multi-sport athletes in the history of Wheeling Central Catholic High School. He played four years in the football program, three seasons on the track team and two years as a basketball player. The three-year starter in football enjoyed a banner season for Coach George Strager’s Maroon Knights in 1962. He rushed for over 1,000 yards on a 9-1-1 record team that tied Linsly and lost a 13-7 decision to Charleston Catholic in the West Virginia Catholic state championship game played in Parkersburg. Duffy earned first-team all-WV Catholic honors along with leading his squad to an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference title. Duffy’s post-season laurels included first-team selections on the all-Big Valley, all-OVAC and all-City squads. Central Catholic also earned the City championship in 1962. He was presented the Lou Mack Award, given annually in memory of the Maroon Knights’ football standout who died after sustaining an on-the-field injury during Central’s game against city rival Wheeling High School in 1956.

  Co-captain of the 1962 Maroon Knights’ squad, Duffy played in the North-South All-Star Game and was a team captain for the North squad. In track, Duffy competed in the sprint events, a relay team and ran the hurdles.

 Duffy went on to play football for two years at West Liberty State College (now University) before getting into officiating as a member of the OVAC Board of Approved Football Officials. He also served for many years as a grade school coach at St, Michael’s, St. Alphonsus and the Cathedral. While at St. Michael’s two of his teams won Greater City League titles. He was named the coach of the year on one occasion.

 Duffy also enjoyed a successful business career as owner and president of the Operator Millennium Safety Training Company. He was certified as an Ohio-West Virginia Mining Training Assistant  Retired from CONSOL Energy as a safety supervisor in Management Development, he was a certified U.S. Department Mine Safety and Health National Instructor in Mine Rescue Fires and Explosives, Fire Fighting, Mine Foreman Program and Mine Gases.

Stanley J. Kaniecki

(Class of 1964)

  Stan Kaniecki starred on the basketball court and had an impressive resume as a coach at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. He was a junior backup player on the 1963 Maroon Knights that rolled up a 23-0 record,turning in the school’s first and only perfect record in boys’ basketball. The following season he was one of the standouts on a 20-3 record team that earned a second straight West Virginia Catholic Tournament championship. In the title game against Weirton Madonna, Kaniecki’s free throw in the final seconds provided the margin of victory for the Maroon Knights. Following that season, Kaniecki earned first team all-City and all-WV Catholic laurels. He was one of the captains on both those honor squads.

  Kaniecki went on to play four years of basketball at Bethany College where he continued to enjoy success. He started for three years and was the leading rebounder on the 1968 Bison squad while earning team MVP honors and he was a first-team selection on the all-Presidents Athletic Conference squad.

  He then returned to Wheeling Central Catholic as a teacher and also launched his coaching career. In the 1968-69 season, Stan coached the freshman basketball team to 14-2 record. The following year he moved up to tutor the junior varsity squad and then took over the boys’ varsity team, a position he held from 1971 through the 1976 season. In 1974, he guided the Maroon Knights to an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class AA championship. The following year, Kaniecki coached CCHS to its first West Virginia Region One championship and the school’s initial appearance in the WV Class AAA tournament as a member of the State Secondary School Activities Commission.

  In the late 1970’s, Kaniecki began a three-year stint as coach of the girls’ basketball team. He returned to coaching in mid-1980’s, directing the boys’ hoopsters at St. Michael’s Grade school. His teams captured two Parochial League championships in three seasons.  For over 20 years Kaniecki continued to serve the athletic program at his high school Alma Mater as the clock operator at both the boys and girls’ basketball games. He also operates the clock at Wheeling Jesuit University home games.

Roberta Robinson Olejasz

(Class of 1990)

Roberta Robinson Olejasz scored 996 points in just two years as a standout girls’ basketball player at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. Despite being described as the ultimate team player and leader by her coaches, she averaged 19.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and two blocks per game on Lady Maroon Knights teams that achieved a combined sparkling 45-4 record  During her junior season, Central Catholic advanced to the finals of the West Virginia Class AA state tournament. In what was the school’s first state SSAC tournament appearance in girls’ basketball, the Lady Maroon Knights had all five starters foul out as it dropped a disappointing overtime decision to Hinton High School in the title game. Her senior year saw Central Catholic eliminated by host St. Marys in the Region One championship game.

  Twice she earned first team honors on the West Virginia Class AA all-state team and was designated as the squad’s captain her senior year. Robinson-Olejasz was a two-time honoree on the all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference first unit and after her senior year she was named the bi-state league’s player of the year over another area great Sylvia Crawley of Steubenville High School.

 An All-American high school player, Robinson-Olejasz was a recipient of a Division I scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University where she played one season before sustaining a shoulder injury that brought her playing career to an end.

  She turned to coaching after graduating from VCU and returned to her high school Alma mater where she coached for two years on the Lady Maroon Knights’ girls’ basketball staff. Robinson-Olejasz then became involved in coaching AAU basketball and she helped set up an AAU program with the West Virginia Elite. She coached 11-u boys and 13-u girls teams and still serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit WV Elite Program.

Michael W. (Mike) Young

(Class of 1967)

After assuming the position of head football coach at his Alma mater Wheeling Central Catholic High School in 2005, Mike Young embarked on a mission that would see an already successful program reach even greater heights.During his first 13 years at the helm the accomplishments of his Maroon Knights’ players and assistant coaches resulted in a record of 138 wins and just 38 losses; six West Virginia Class A state championships; two Ohio Valley Athletic Conference titles and a record-tying Mountain State winning streak of 36 consecutive victories. For those achievements, Young received a Dapper Dan Man of the Year Award in 2007 along with being named the OVAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and The Intelligencer/News-Register Coach of the Year after the 2017 squad rebounded from a 2-4 start to rack up 10 wins in a row and finish off a 10-4 campaign with his sixth state crown. On four occasions during his Central Catholic career, Young received Nike Coach of the Year Recognition Awards.

  Mike’s contributions to the school have provided many more achievements in his role as Athletic Director and Dean of Students. In 2006 and 2007, Sports Illustrated recognized Central Catholic as the No. 1 athletic program in West Virginia. During his role as the athletic director, the Maroon Knights won state titles in eight different sports. He relinquished his AD duties after the 2016-20017 school year to concentrate on his role as football coach.

  Before launching a teaching and coaching career that spanned five decades, Young earned a Bachelor’s Degree from West Liberty University and he later gained his Master’s Degree from Marshall University (1975). The West Liberty Hall of Famer was a special education teacher at Wheeling High School (1971-72) where he served as the athletic trainer and an assistant coach in football, basketball and track.

  He then moved on to St. Clairsville High School where he was a coaching jack of all trades. In addition to his teaching and athletic training duties, Young was an assistant football coach under the legendary George Strager and he directed the Red Devils boys and girls’ tennis teams to OVAC titles in 1983 and 1984.  He also coached the basketball team for two years. Upon Strager’s retirement, Mike took over as the football coach and in nine years at the helm, his teams posted a 52-41 record, earning two OVAC titles, six East Central Ohio League crowns and his Red Devils made one OHSAA playoff appearance, advancing to the second round on that occasion.

Margaret “Peggy” Dailer

(Class of 1960)

Peggy Dailer, nearing three decades as head coach of the boys and girls tennis teams at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, has directed the Maroon Knights to numerous championships and entered the 2018 season with an overall match record of 300 wins against just 85 losses.  Her boys’ tennis squads have won five Ohio Valley Athletic Conference titles (1983, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014).  Individually, the boys  and girls teams brought home several OVAC, regional and state championships. In girls’ tennis, her players won an overall West Virginia state title in 2005. Both squads also captured numerous WV Region One crowns. Peggy was honored to be selected as the West Virginia State Tennis Coach of the year in both 2014 and 2017.

 The mother of 2016 Central Catholic Hall of Fame inductee Suzie Dailer, Peggy began her tennis coaching career as an an assistant coach of the girls’ team that collected back-to-back OVAC championships in 1991-92. In the 1991 season, the Lady Maroon Knights finished as the runners-up in the state finals.

  As a student at St. Joseph’s Academy, Peggy was a CCHS cheerleader for two years.

  Dailer’s contributions to the athletic and fund-raising programs also have been valuable to Central Catholic. She is a long time member of the Boosters Association and served on the reverse raffle committee during that span. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Auxiliary and also has been the Director of the Warwood Lions Club tennis tournament for 25 years.  Her other community contributions include:  United Way Day of Caring volunteer; Sisters of St. Joseph Service Day volunteer; Corpus Christi Parish Ladies Guild; Corpus Christi  Parish Financial Council; Corpus Christi Hospitality and Eucharistic Minister; Grow Warwood Pride member; Ohio Valley Basketball Classic Tournament committee; OVAC  Tennis Tournament Planning and Rules Committees and a former member of the United States Tennis Association.

John “Ted” Mattern

(Class of 1958)

Physicality, rebounding and scoring were all plus features in Ted Mattern’s game during his stellar basketball career at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. The three-year starter twice was named to the West Virginia Catholic all-state team and following his senior year Mattern earned a first-team berth on the Mountain State’s “big school” honor squad. He broke into the Maroon Knights’ starting lineup as a sophomore, averaging eight points and nine rebounds as CCHS won the state Catholic tournament. The following year saw the rugged front court performer up his average to 17.4 points and 11 rebounds earning first team laurels on the all-City, all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and all-Catholic honor squads. Mattern saved his best for his senior year, averaging  21.6 points and 12 rebounds in sparking the Maroon Knights to another state crown. In the season-ending tournament, Central Catholic upset undefeated and nationally-ranked Parkersburg Catholic in the semifinals and then knocked off Huntington St. Joseph in the title game. In addition to making the first-team all-state Catholic and all-WV Big School squads. Mattern captained both all-City and all-OVAC clubs. He then was selected to play in the Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Game.

  Mattern  played three years of football at Central Catholic. The two-way end part-time middle linebacker earned three letters and was named to the all-City team as a junior.

 Although his collegiate career was interrupted by a back injury for one season and three years in the military, Mattern continued his winning ways by  playing on West Liberty University’s WV Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship team in 1960. Ted returned to the Hilltop campus for his senior year in 1966-67, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds a game.

  After graduation, Mattern was an assistant coach for three seasons at West Liberty and then began a lengthy and highly successful career in teaching and administration in his home state.

  His first job as a principal was at Triadelphia High School prior to the Ohio County consolidation. He was an assistant principal and principal  in several counties throughout the state, often being sent in by the State Board of Education to help rescue schools in financial or academic deficiencies.   He also was appointed to serve on he Board of Governors of Southern West Virginia Community College  and then named by Governor Joe Manchin to the West Virginia University Board of Governors.  Prior to retiring in 2011, Mattern had a two-year term as the State Superintendent of Schools and he still serves as as a liaison between the WV Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools. In 2011, Gov. Manchin named Mattern as a Distinguished West Virginian.

Joe Doerr

(Class of 1964)

 Joe Doerr was a three-year starter in basketball and baseball and was one of the key players on Wheeling Central Catholic High School’s only undefeated hardwood team in school history. The play-making point guard averaged 9.8 points per game while helping lead the Maroon Knights to a 23-0 record in 1963, culminated with a victory over Huntington St. Joseph in the championship game of the West Virginia Catholic Tournament. In addition, he was the assist leader and a determined defender on that powerhouse team coached by another Wheeling Central Catholic Hall of Fame honoree Earl Haberfield. One other member of that talented squad, Ed “Butch” Erb was previously enshrined individually along with entire roster of players on the 1963 club.

  The Maroon Knights were crowned as City and all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference champions that year and were voted the No. 1 team (all classes) in the entire state by UPI. Another highlight of that season were two wins over Weir High School the only defeats handed to  the Ron “Fritz” Williams-led Red Rider powerhouse which finished the season with a 25-2 record and captured the West Virginia Class AAA championship.

  Doerr’s standout play earned him multiple all-WV Catholic first team berths in both basketball and baseball. He also was a first-team selection on the all-City and all-OVAC teams in both sports.

  In baseball where Doerr would achieve future stardom on the collegiate level, he played shortstop on yet another state Catholic championship team.

  As a freshman at West Liberty State College (now University), Doerr played third base and was the leading hitter with a .468 average in the 1964 NAIA World Series while sparking the Hilltoppers to their only national championship in baseball. He drove home the winning run in two of the games and scored the winning tally in the championship game of the NAIA Series. Doerr returned to play his sophomore season but then was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He played two seasons in the Cubs’ farm system where he was managed by Wheeling native George “Bud” Freese.

Eric McGhee

(Class of 1991)

Eric McGhee was a sensational three-sport standout for the Maroon Knights and the school’s first and still only winner of the prestigious Kennedy Award, given annually to West Virginia most outstanding high school football player. That same season saw McGhee also recognized as the state’s Gatorade Circle of Champions and the Morgantown Touchdown Club’s player of the year. Following a senior season which  saw him rush for a then modern Ohio Valley record of 2,479 yards on 307 carries while scoring 30 touchdowns, McGhee joined 50 athletes across the country on the USA Today football team and he earned recognition from the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. During the 1990 season he led the state in scoring with 192 points on 34 total touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he logged four interceptions and returned a fumble for a touchdown. As a junior, McGhee finished second in the Kennedy Award voting after leading the Ohio Valley in rushing, accumulating 1,565 yards on 201 carries. He scored 28 touchdowns  and 172 points overall to lead all West Virginia high school football players. Locally he twice was named captain of the all-Valley Small School team and the all-OVAC Class AA squad.  The two-time all-stater, McGhee’s junior and senior seasons saw the Maroon Knights post a 20-2 record. Central Catholic finished 9-1 in 1989 and 11-1 in 1980 before bowing out against repeat state champion East Bank in the semifinals of the WV Class AA playoffs.

  Along with his football accolades, he played on the Maroon Knights’ 1990 Class AA state championship basketball team. In baseball the Wheeling Central Catholic standout earned OVAC Class AA player of the year honors as a lead-off batter for the Maroon Knights.

  After his prep career, Eric received a scholarship from Bowling Green State University. He played two years serving primarily as kick returner. In 1992, he was a member of the Falcon’ 10-2 record squad that won the Las Vegas Bowl. He led the team in kickoff returns with 14 for 269 yards, including 125 yards against Wisconsin. Later, he played two seasons of indoor professional football with the Wheeling-based Steel Valley Smash. In August of this year McGhee will be inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.

Earl “Mickey” Duffy

(Class of 1955)

Mickey Duffy served for 32 years in various capacities as an administrator, teacher and coach at his Alma mater Wheeling Central Catholic High School. During his high school days, Duffy was a three-year letterman playing football for the Maroon Knights. He was the fullback on two Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championship football teams (1953 and 1954), also serving as a co-captain of the ’54 squad.  Duffy was a two-year letterman in golf, a sport he later coached for 30 years at CCHS. During that span the Maroon Knight golfers captured five OVAC titles and one West Virginia state crown.

  Duffy also coached cross country, wrestling and was an assistant on the football staff. His later coaching days also included serving in the Catholic Grade School Football League as the head coach at Cathedral School and later as an assistant at St. Vincent de Paul Grade School.

  He held down the Central Catholic Athletic Director position for 15 years and was a teacher and dean of discipline for several years. The OVAC Hall of Fame member also was presented the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for his Athletic Director efforts at CCHS and his volunteer work for many years at the Ron Mauck/OVAC Wrestling Tournament. He was also Central Catholic’s representative on the OVAC Executive Board.

Duffy’s contributions also included serving as president of the CCHS Boosters and he was a member of that group for over 40 years.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Zaleski

(Class of 1966)

One of Wheeling Central Catholic’s all-time standouts on the football field and in the classroom during the 1960’s, Dr. Robert (Bob) Zaleski was selected as a fullback on the West Virginia all-state team during his senior year along with finishing second in the Kennedy Award voting which selects the best football player in the Mountain State and he was recognized by Scholastic Magazine as an honorable mention All-American.

  During his three-years as a starter (1963 through 65), the Maroon Knights won three straight West Virginia Catholic state championships and incurred just three losses during this highly-successful span. Also Zaleski earned first-team all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference laurels and was captain of the all-City team. Nicknamed the “Bulldozer” because of his fearless running style that saw him love to punish defenders trying to tackle him, Zaleski averaged 6.1 yards per carry throughout his high school career. In addition to football, Bob ran track for four years and competed in basketball and wrestling for one season each.

  Because of his success in the classroom, collecting straight A’s and graduating No. 3 in his class, Zaleski was probably one the WCHS’ most highly recruited players ever as he had over 60 scholarship offers. Among the school’s seeking his services, were Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Kentucky Vanderbilt, Indiana, Duke, West Virginia and most of the Ivy League schools.   He eventually chose Duke and played three seasons for the Blue Devils despite incurring numerous back injuries.

 Football became the catalyst for Zaleski’s collegiate academic success. He enrolled in Pre-Med at Duke and later attended WVU and Penn State to become an orthopedic surgeon. His vision was always to someday help young athletes with their health problems. Soon, after starting his medical practice in his home town of Wheeling, Zaleski became known as Dr. Z. For many years he devoted countless hours walking the football sidelines during games at schools throughout the Oho Valley, including River, Central Catholic High School, The Linsly School, Wintersville and Steubenville.

 Also, for 34 years he was recobnized as a true humanitarian by charitably helping many local and Maroon Knight athletes with their orthopedic health problems.

  In 2003 he became a Nationwide figure when he represented the Doctors of West Virginia on the Tort Reform issue. His leadership helped result in Tort Reform being adopted in 34 states.

Dr. Heather O’Shea-Wayt

(Class of 1991)

A six-time All-American in track at Mount Union (Oh.) College, Heather O’Shea-Wayt started her illustrious running career at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. During her senior year at CCHS, she earned West Virginia state championships in three events, the 400 and 800 meter runs and she also was the anchor runner on the 4×400 relay. In both the 1989 and 1990 state track meets, O’Shea-Wayt was the runner-up in the 800 meters.

  She was a three-time Ohio Valley Athletic Conference champion in the 800 meters, setting a Class AAA meet record in 1991. O’Shea-Wayt won the 400-meter event on two occasions. During her high school career she captured five Region One titles, setting the meet record in the 400. On three occasions O’Shea-Wayt ran her way on to The Intelligencer’s all-Valley Track Team and she was selected as the team captain her senior year.

  Elected to the Mount Union College Athletic Hall of Fame, O’Shea-Wayt won 17 Ohio Athletic Conference titles, nine as an indoor performer and eight outdoors. On two occasions, she was voted as the OAC’s Most Outstanding Indoor Athlete (1994, and 1995). At the conclusion of her senior season, she received several outdoor track accolades. O’Shea-Wayt was a two-time NCAA Division Two champion at 800 meters and part of the national championship 4×400-meter relay team. Overall, she held seven Mount Union track and field records. Also an Academic All-American, O’Shea-Wayt received the conference’s Clyde Lamb award as the OAC’s top female student-athlete. She also was the recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

  Heather graduated from the West Virginia School of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in family medicine. She is affiliated with Wheeling Hospital.

  Despite her busy schedule, O’Shea-Wayt has served as Central Catholic’s cross-country and track coach since 2000.

Darrah Metz

(Class of 1991)

One of Wheeling Central Catholic High School’s all-time female athletic greats is Darrah Metz, an All-West Virginia Class AA first-team honoree in three sports. In basketball, Metz scored over 1,000 points and pulled down 980 rebounds while also gaining two-time all-Valley and all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference laurels. Her junior year saw the Lady Maroon Knights advance to the Class AA state tournament championship game before sustaining a tough overtime loss to Hinton High School.

  Metz was one of Wheeling Central Catholic’s all-time best volleyball players. Twice she was selected the West Virginia Player of the Year and she also gained  all-Valley and all-OVAC honors during both her junior and senior seasons.

  Metz also excelled on the softball diamond where she repeated her two-time all-Valley and all-OVAC first-team berths. Metz was named to the all-West Virginia Class AA squad as a senior.

  After graduating from high school, Metz continued to sparkle as an athlete and later in the coaching field. She earned 10 letters, the most by  a female athlete at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Darrah captained both the basketball and softball teams her senior year. Along with earning four letters in basketball and softball, she was a two-time volleyball letter winner.

  Metz then went on to coach basketball on the Division 1 level for 13 years. She was a graduate assistant at  Marshall University in Huntington, served as an interim head coach at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC, and then had stints as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), Evansville (IN) and Toledo (OH). While at Marshall she earned NCAA Graduate Assistant Coach of the Year honors and at Toledo Metz also was the school’s women’s basketball recruiting coordinator. For the past seven years, the Hilliard OH resident has been a deputy sheriff in Franklin County. Her work in law enforcement included starting  the therapy dog program, the first law enforcement agency to deploy a Therapy K9 and only the sixth in the country to do so. Her efforts earned Metz a nomination for Deputy of the year.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

9:00am, Benedum Room, Wheeling Jesuit University

Football Game to begin at 1:30pm vs. Linsly on Bishop Schmitt Field

Tickets $25 each. Purchase at CCHS or by calling the school at 304-233-1660

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