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 2023 inductees


A graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and the University of Akron. Braccio was a four-year
letterwinner in football and track & field for the Zips and a multiple recipient of the Harry “Doc” Smith award
presented to the Zips most outstanding player. He was the co-captain of the Zips’ football team and a
member of Akron’s 1965-66 Ohio Conference Track Champions. He was previously inducted into the Varsity“A” , St. Vincent-St. Mary Athletics and the Greater Akron Softball Halls of Fame.


Graduate of Buchtel High School and Ohio University. Captured All-America honors in 1978 by virtue of his
NCAA National Wrestling Tournament Championship at 118 pounds. He was a three-time Mid-American
Conference Champion at 118 pounds for the Bobcats (1976, ’77, ’78) and helped Ohio to MAC team
championships in 1975 and 1976. Named the MAC Championship Meet’s “Outstanding Wrestler” in 1977 and
1978. A 1983 inductee into the Kermit Blosser Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Graduated from Barberton High School (1997) and the University of Northern Kentucky (2001). Was a four-
year letter winner in basketball for the Norse, also lettered in soccer.
Was a starter on NKU’s 1999-2000 NCAA D-II National Championship Team that posted a 32-2 record. Was
also a member NKU’s 2001 NCAA D-II Final Four soccer team. Previously inducted into the Barberton Sports
Hall of Fame and the Northern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame.


           COACH / GOLF

A graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School and Kent State University. Was a four-year letterman in golf for
the Golden Flashes. Earned Mid-American Conference Medalist honors in 1973 and became Kent State’s first
golf All-American. Was named Kent State’s first women’s golf coach in 1998, guided the Flashes to 14
consecutive MAC Team Championships and four NCAA Championship appearances. He was named MAC
Coach of the Year ten times, NCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice and was named the 2001 National Coach
of the Year by Golf Week Magazine. Previously inducted into the KSU Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame, Stow
High School HOF and the Women’s Golf Coaches Association HOF.


           TRACK & FIELD
Graduated from Akron East High School and Ashland University. Was a 12-time All-America selection at
Ashland and a five-time NCAA Champion. Set the NCAA Championship Meet record in 1995 and broke Jesse
Owen’s Ohio collegiate record in the long-jump with a leap of 27’5” in 1996.
Competed in the US Olympic Festival in 1994 and 1995. Previously inducted into the Akron East and Ashland
University Athletic Halls of Fame as well as the USTF, and the Ohio Track & Field and Cross County Coaches
Association HOF.




Founded the cross country, track & field and wrestling programs at Woodridge and served as the boys and
girls cross country coach at Woodridge High School for 32 years. Guided the Bulldogs’ girls’ cross country
team to the OHSAA State Championship in 1995 and runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1996. His teams won a
combined 17 league championships, seven district titles, three regional championships and posted a record
of 307-101. Eighty-eight Woodridge runners qualified to the state meet under his leadership, with 31 of them
earning All-Ohio honors. Bulldog runners brought home six individual state titles in cross country and one in
track. He has previously been inducted into the Woodridge Athletics Hall of Fame, the Ohio Track & Field and
Cross-Country Coaches HOF and the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


A graduate of Copley High School and the University of Akron. He had an outstanding career as a football
official at the high school, college, and professional levels. He worked OHSAA games for 14 years, spent five
years at the NCAA DIII level and five years officiating NCAA DI football in the Mid-American Conference.
Served as an NFL official for 28 years where he wore the stripes for 13 Divisional Playoff games, six wild-card
games, four conference championship contests, three Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls. Previously inducted
into the Copley High School Sports Hall of Fame, Phi Delta Theta Sports HOF and is a lifetime member of the
Summit-Portage Football Officials Association.


           TRACK & FIELD
Was a five-time All-American in track & field at the University of Akron where she excelled in the high jump,
javelin, pentathlon and heptathlon. Became the first female athlete from Akron to qualify for the NCAA
Championships in three events. Named Akron’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2001. During her career she
established school and Mid-American Conference records in the high jump and pentathlon and was the MAC
Indoor Championship Meet’s Most Outstanding Performer in 2001. Named one of the University of Akron’s
All-Time Top-40 Female Athletes as part of the University’s Title IX 40 th Anniversary celebration.


Currently the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans, Vrabel is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and Ohio
State University, where he was a consensus First Team All-American as a senior and was named the Big Ten
Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1995 and 1996. He was a third-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in
1997 and also played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Was a three-time Super Bowl
Champion and a First Team All-Pro in 2007. Named to the Patriots All-Dynasty Team and the Patriots 50 th
Anniversary Team. Was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 2021. Selected as a member of the Ohio State
All-Century Team in 2000 and was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.


            Ed Kalail Volunteer Award 

Buchanan has been a member of the SCSHOF Board of Directors since 2016 and is currently serving her
second term as Vice President. She has a long history of volunteerism in the Akron area, including with the
Bridgestone Invitational and the Kaulig Companies Championships at Firestone Country Club (1995-2000 and
2018-present). She has also served as a volunteer for the Akron Bar Association’s Grievance Committee, as a
Guardian Advocate and Chair of the Court Observers’ Committee, as a member of the Board of Trustees for
the IBH Addiction Recovery Program and Chair of the organization’s 50 th Anniversary Gala and Fund
Development committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northern Ohio Golf Charities.


           Andy Palich Service Award
Reverend Fowler has led Akron’s Arlington Church of God for nearly 40 years and has also been the President
of the Akron City Schools Board of Education and as co-chair of Akron’s “This City Reads” program and as a
Board member of the Summit Education Initiative. He also served served as the head of the University of
Akron’s Student Discipline and Law Enforcement Policy Review Commission and for many years as the Team
Chaplain for the University of Akron and Kent State University athletics teams.

 2023 honorees

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