Dan Burt, class of 1993, recently guided the Duquesne University Women’s Basketball team to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. They were the only team to lead UConn in the women’s tournament. The Duquesne Dukes finished the year 28-6.
Youth Services System officials on Monday, April 25, 2016 named Dr. William Mercer of Wheeling as the 2016 recipient of the organization’s Good Samaritan Award.
Marc Abraham, president of the YSS board of directors, said Mercer is being honored for caring “about the health of our children and the health of the homeless population of our community.”
Mercer leads a regular medical outreach to the homeless and conducts clinics for homeless people staying at YSS’ Winter Freeze Shelter in the Hazel Atlas Building. He also conducts a “Joe Too Cool to Smoke” campaign in local schools to encourage children to avoid tobacco use.
Marc Abraham, left, president of Youth Services System’s board, congratulates Dr. William Mercer, recipient of this year’s Good Samaritan Award. They are posing with Mercer’s “Joe Too Cool to Smoke” statue that he uses in an ongoing anti-tobacco campaign.
The Good Samaritan awards dinner will be held at Wheeling Park’s White Palace at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19. YSS has presented a Good Samaritan Award annually since 2009.
Mercer, a family physician in private practice, also serves as health officer of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. A member of the Community IMPACT Coalition, he is spearheading an effort to provide naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.
“I can’t tell you how humbled I am to receive this honor,” Mercer said. “Youth Services System has a reputation of helping our youth and our homeless population. … I’ve been blessed in the community, taking care of my patients and loving our neighbors.”
John Moses, YSS executive director, said Mercer exemplifies the virtues and principles of the biblical Good Samaritan.
“What moves me the most is it’s all about his personal choice. … The homeless are often the ill-favored, often the forgotten. He does the unexpected, and it’s personal. He doesn’t have to come up here (to the Winter Freeze Shelter). He chooses to do so,” Moses said of Mercer.
Mercer is a graduate of the former West Liberty State College and a 1979 graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. He was recognized as the West Virginia Family Physician of the Year in 2008
Pitt-Johnstown’s Pat Pecora will be inducted into hall of fame.
Pitt-Johnstown wrestling coach Pat Pecora will join his seventh hall of fame on Saturday, April 23, 2016 when the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inducts him and 11 others at the Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh at Station Square.
Pecora is part of a class that includes, Dante Calabria, Wayne DiBartola, Rooster Fleming, Bob Miller, Bill Muir, Tim O’Malley, Bob Shearer, Tom Stabile, J.T. Thomas, Art Tragesser and Mike White.
“It’s a pretty impressive group,” Pecora said. “It’s a prestigious hall of fame.”
In 1994, Pecora was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame-East Boro Chapter, and in 1998, he was inducted into both the Cambria County Sports and the West Liberty State (W.Va.) College Halls of Fame. In March 2001, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, and, in 2003, he earned induction into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame. In April 2015, he earned induction into the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame and in April 2016, he joined the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Pecora, who also has doubled as Pitt-Johnstown’s athletic director since July 2008, took over the Mountain Cats wrestling program in 1976. In 40 years, his teams have captured 21 NCAA regional championships, including five straight from 2003 through 2007 and 10 in a row from 1992 through 2001. Pecora has been selected as the NCAA regional coach of the year 16 times. His squads have won a pair of NCAA Division II national championships and have 32 Top-20 national finishes, 21 Top-10 finishes, and five Top-5 finishes.
They have combined to win 49 team tournaments and 555 dual meets. Pecora has tutored 143 All-Americans and 12 individual national champions who have combined for 19 titles, including Shane Valko, the 2010 National Wrestler of the Year. Academically, his teams led the nation in NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team selections from 1997 through 2000. Since 1990, Pecora has coached more than 100 NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team members.
In 1996 and 1999, his teams captured the NCAA Division II national championship, the first and second in school history. In 1995 and 1999, Pecora was named the Division II coach of the year. Also in 1999, he received the National Wrestling Coaches Association Coaching Excellence Award, given to the best coach in all divisions. Pecora also coached the national all-star team, which showcased the best wrestlers in the nation from all divisions.
On Feb. 14, 2012, Pecora became the first in NCAA Division II history and just the sixth in all divisions to earn 500 career dual-meet victories when his Mountain Cats defeated Shippensburg University, 39-3. Pecora’s 555 wins rank third all time and first among active coaches in all levels of collegiate wrestling. His teams have averaged nearly 14 dual meet victories each year.
Pecora, who earned the 2008 United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Award, is the Division II Representative for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), a duty previously held for 10 years. Pecora, a member of the NWCA Board of Directors, was also the president of that organization for two terms.
Pecora and his wife Tracy have four children: Cristina, Marco, Marina and Nico.
Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP congratulates Columbus partner Douglas J. Suter on his professional achievements for 2015-2016.
For the second year in a row, Doug has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine and Columbus Monthly magazine as the Best of the Best. For 2016, Doug was voted one of the Top 100 SuperLawyers in Ohio and voted one fo the Top 50 SuperLawyers in Columbus for commercial litigation.
Doug is recognized in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of employment law and labor law. Doug has also been recognized by Columbus C.E.O. magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Columbus for 2016 and has been selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 100 litigation lawyers in the State of Ohio for 2016.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Darren Johnson has been named 2016 Trooper of the Year at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Steubenville Post.
Johnson, 33, graduated from the patrol academy in 2010 and was assigned to the Canfield Post for a year before coming to the Steubenville Post. Johnson was also named Trooper of the Year at the Steubenville Post in 2013.
Fellow officers at the post choose the Trooper of the Year based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.
Johnson is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year awards to be announced at a later date.
Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree from West Liberty University. Johnson was a deputy with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department before being hired as a patrol with the Steubenville Police Department. He was laid off during a budget crunch in the city at which time he went to the patrol academy.
“It is very humbling to be thought of so highly by my peers,” Johnson said, “but I’m surrounded by great co-workers and supervisors who make my job easier. I’m familiar with the area and the surrounding law enforcement which also makes my job much easier.”
Johnson resides in Hopedale, OH with his wife Casie and son Evan.