The Summit County Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven enshrinees and four award recipients at the 62nd annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet on Oct. 2 at the Tangier restaurant.
Headlining this year’s class is former four-time USA javelin champion and Pan Am Games gold medalist Kim Kreiner.
Joining Kreiner as members of the Class of 2018 are former Walsh Jesuit football coach Jerry Rardin; women’s golf standout Pat Milton; former Twinsburg High School basketball coach Bob Pacsi; former Ashland University quarterback and GLIAC Player of the Year William Cundiff; former Michigan State University All-American and current Barberton High School wrestling coach David Mariola Jr.; and former City Series football/track standout and College of Wooster football star James “Jet” Turner.
In addition to the inductees, the SCSHOF will honor RubberDucks owner Ken Babby and Frank Williams, executive director of the Man2Man Fatherhood Initiative as recipients of the Andy Palich Memorial Service Award along with distance runner Robert McCarty, who will receive the Phil Dietrich Senior Athlete Award.
Also being recognized will be long-time SCSHOF committee member Ed Kalail, who will be the inaugural recipient of the volunteer service award that is being named in his honor.
Individual tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony are $45 for adults and $20 for children or a table of eight for $360. Corporate ticket packages, which include a table of eight and program advertisement are also available for $450 by contacting Jim Young at 330-419-8555 or at email@example.com.
Cundiff is a 2005 graduate of Green High School where he was a three-year starter in both football and basketball. Cundiff was a two-time all-league selection in basketball and a three-time all-conference pick in football. At Ashland University he was a four-year letterman in football and earned All-Conference honors for three consecutive seasons at quarterback and was named the GLIAC Player of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was named an AFCA All-American.
Kreiner had an outstanding multisport prep career at Mogadore High School and went on to stand out at the collegiate level and beyond. She was the Mid-American Conference outdoor javelin champion in 1998, 2000 and placed in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships three times. She was the USA outdoor champion in 2001, 2004, 2005 and in 2006 was the top-ranked women’s javelin thrower in the U.S. for five consecutive years. In addition, she was the Pan-American Games gold medalist in 2003 and the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion in 2004. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, 2008 and is a member of the Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame at Kent State University.
Mariola graduated from Bedford St. Peter Chanel High School in 1983 and was an NCAA Division I All-American in wrestling at Michigan State University where he was twice named the team’s MVP. Mariola ranks eighth all-time in career wins for the Spartans. He was a USA Olympic Team Training Member in 1989. Following his wrestling career he has gone on to coach at Michigan State, Miami University, Warrensville High School, Nordonia High School and is currently the coach at Barberton High School.
Milton, a graduate of Firestone High School in 1971, went on to become one of the area’s top female golfers. She played at Rollins College and helped her team to a championship as a junior. She competed as an amateur golfer from 1979-1981 before turning pro, where she played on several mini-tours and in three LPGA qualifiers. Milton has captured seven Akron District Championships and was the Ohio State Amateur Champion in 1988.
Pacsi coached baseball, basketball, football and golf for a total of 107 seasons. Best known locally as the basketball coach at Twinsburg High School, where he guided the Tigers for 24 years, Pacsi has led his teams to nearly 600 victories including eight conference championships and four regional appearances.
Rardin is a 1972 graduate of and former football coach at Walsh Jesuit High School where he served the Warriors for 42 years, 35 as the head coach. He was named coach of the year 10 times by various organizations and was the National Coach of the Year in 2000. He led his teams to a record of 252-118-2 (including two undefeated seasons), the 1999 OHSAA state championship, 17 regional playoff appearances including 10 regional finals, five final four appearances and two state championship games.
Turner, an All-City performer at Central and South high schools in track and football, went on to a standout career in football at the College of Wooster, where he was a four-year letterman and three-time All-OAC selection, including first-team honors in 1961. He rushed for more than 2000 yards during his collegiate career. He also received Little All-American accolades and was inducted into the College of Wooster Athletics Hall of Fame.