2019 Hall of Fame
Earl Highlands - Basketball
Earl Highlands, was a multi-sport athlete during his high school year participating in both Basketball and Track. Highlands excelled in basketball being named to the 2A All Star Basketball Team in 1963 and was nominated as a David H. Weiss Scholar Athlete.
Earl went on to continue his education and basketball career at Clarion University, where as a freshman he made his mark as a starting point guard. After college, Earl returned to Jeannette as a teacher and coach. Between 1967 and 1969, he was the assistant boys basketball coach under Carl Davis, in which they led the team to the section title. Highlands remained assistant coach under Chuck Hurst until 1971, when he was named Head Varsity Boys coach. During his first year as head coach, 1971-1972, his team established a record or 17-5 overall and 11-1 in the section winning the section title. His second year followed suit by recording a 19 game winning streak and a record of 20-2 overall and 12-0, once again taking the conference title. He was named the Pittsburgh Press section coach of the year in 1972.
Earl spent the remainder of his career in the classroom as a math teacher retiring after 36 years.
Greg Hall - Wrestling
Greg Hall, 1976 graduate, was Jeannette’s first State Championship wrestler winning the title in 1975. Hall’s wrestling career includes multiple titles from all-section to state champion. Each year of his high school wrestling statistics include acknowledgement as all-section (1973, 74, 75, and 76) In the county, Hall had won back to back titles in 1974 and 1975. In his junior and senior years, Hall took the WPIAL title. After graduation, Greg went on to coach Junior Olympics for four years, 1977-1979.
Greg was ordained as a pastor in 2002 and continues to practice his calling in the Jeannette community.
LuAnn Mills - Basketball
Lu was a 1980 graduate, senior class president, and 3rd in her class with a 3.98 QPA. She was voted by her class as Most Athletic. LuAnn was awarded the US Army Scholar Athlete Award & Most Valuable Offensive Player Award.
During her Jeannette basketball years she started her sophomore, junior and senior years and along with her teammates, they captured the Section Titles of 1977, 1978 and 1979. In the summer of her senior year, she was awarded “Most Outstanding Player” in the White Oak Athletic League. Lu was also awarded an Academic Scholarship to The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
In her UPJ years, Lu had the honor of playing on a team that boasted all starters scoring in double figures. Four out of five starters were All Americans, four out of five starters were 1000 PT scorers, and at that time they played with a men’s size basketball and no 3 PT line. Throughout her 4 years at UPJ the team was ranked in the top ten of the nation and #1 for seven straight weeks in a row. They also played in the Final Four and defeated the great teams of Akron, Duquesne, James Madison, and WVU. In Lu’s senior year she gained All American status, playing in the quarterfinals of the national championship in which she was named to the all tournament team of the 1984 Great Lakes Regionals.
Lu coached for 8 years and 3 of those years in Jeannette. During those years the Jayhawks won 3 Section titles and had a run in the WPIAL Finals.
Hard work, dedication, respect, trust and unity of purpose is her guiding light. Mostly... Lu gives thanks to God for Being so blessed to be part of Jeannette’s Hall of Fame.
Bob Powell - Track
Robert Powell was a three sport athlete during his years at Jeannette High School, participating in football, basketball, and track. Powell was a multi-position player (wide receiver, defensive back and kicker) on the Jayhawk football team. He helped the team win the WPIAL Championship in 1983 and led them to a 10-2 record in 1984. Powell also was a standout basketball player who was a part of the 1985 Section Championship team. Powell went on to continue his basketball career at Penn State McKeesport.
While Powell was an all around athlete, he dominated in track and field competing in the state meet in both 1984 and 1985, nearly missing the medal stand his first time but taking Gold the following year. In 1985, he won both the WPIAL Championship and the State title in the Triple Jump. At the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Track Meet, Powell was the overall top point scorer, winning the triple jump, long jump, and finishing 3rd in the 100 high hurdles.
Mycal Jones - Football
Mycal, a 1997 graduate of Jeannette Senior High School, was a standout three sport athlete lettering in Football, Basketball, and Track. Although Jones excelled at all three sports, Football was his passion. Mycal was a three year letterman and named captain his senior year. During his High School Football career Jones was honored as 1st Team All-Conference (1994,1995, and 1996) and 1st Team All-State (1995 and 1996). In his senior year, Mycal was selected to play in the Big 33 game and was also acknowledged as one of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22. Due to his accomplishments he was also named Super Prep and Street & Smith All-American.
Although his football accomplishments earned him his nomination into the Hall of Fame, Mycal’s career in Track and Field is just as impressive. He was a two time WPIAL finalist (1996, 1997) and finished 8th in the State in the same years for the Triple Jump.
Mycal’s football credentials drew the attention of many Division 1 colleges and universities, with him choosing Northwestern to continue his education and football career. Mycal was a three year letterman as a true freshman playing in both the nickel back and safety positions.
Jones returned to Jeannette in order to give back to the community by being an active member of Jeannette City School District Board of Directors as well as coaching both HS football and Youth Flag Football.
Shelley Muto - Soccer
Muto, a 1999 graduate, was a three sport athlete, lettering in soccer, basketball, and softball throughout her four years. Although Jeannette only had a women’s soccer program for one year, Muto, the lone senior and captain, made her presence known in the WPIAL as one of the top scorers and assists leaders. With the program in its first year, Muto lead the team to the playoffs by defeating rival Greensburg Central Catholic 3-2 with Muto scoring two goals, including the winning goal in the remaining minute of the game. Muto was named MVP of her team and was awarded a scholarship to Saint Vincent College to continue her soccer career.
At St. Vincent College, Muto was a starter all four years and captain for three. As a center midfielder at St. Vincent, Muto set school records in assists per game (which was also an NAIA record), and assists in a season, both which still hold today. After red-shirting her senior year due to injury, she returned in her fifth year leading the team to their second straight playoff berth and was named to the All-AMC North Team and the All-Region IX Team. She also was the recipient of the John Granish Award. Muto went on to become a Graduate Assistant coach for both the men's and women’s teams at St. Vincent. She continued her soccer career by earning her National “C” License and coaching at Jeannette Senior High School, Cup Level, Olympic Development, and University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, while working as a teacher with Jeannette City School District.
Michael Dent - Football
Michael Dent, a 2004 graduate of Jeannette Senior High School, Mike was a stand out football and basketball player. Dent, was a four-year letterman in both football and basketball. Although Dent is known for his play on the football field his basketball career is just as impressive. As a senior, Michael broke the all-time Jeannette scoring record, currently third on the list. and played in the Pitt Hoop Classic All-Star team.
Dent was a four-year letterman in football and was named to the All Interstate Conference for three straight years. Michael was also named to 1st team All-State with 120 tackles, 19 sacks, 15 TFL, 5 fumble recoveries, 28 catches, 503 yards, and 8 touchdowns, which also awarded him recognition as the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year. Michael continued his playing career at West Virginia University.
While at West Virginia, Michael competed as a four-year letterman, ranked nationally as the #1 lineman. In 2007, he made the Rimington Trophy List and was a finalist the following year. Dent was a 2nd team All Big East and was the winner of the Ideal Mountaineer Award. During his four years at WVU, the team had an time record of 42-9, going 4-0 in bowl games, including 2 BCS wins. Michael also set the record for the power clean.
Academically, Michael made honor roll and was selected to participate in the WVU Student Athletes Speak Out, which was a program used in local schools to teach social awareness. Dent also volunteered his time to visit the local Ronald McDonald House, St. Matthews House, and Children’s Hospital to spend time with children and families.
Carl Davis Sr. - Coach
Coach Carl Davis Sr. started his Western PA. coaching career at Jeannette High School at the age of 23. For 12 seasons, he guided his teams to a record of 150-116. During that span, Davis coached his teams to 2 WPIAL Section 2A titles (1966, 1968) and a pair of ties for 1st in 1964 and 1965. His 1966 team won 21 straight games before losing in the quarter finals of WPIAL playoffs. His 1968 squad lost in the quarterfinals as well to the eventual state champion.
At IUP, Coach Davis went 199-124 in 13 seasons at the basketball helm. He had 10 winning seasons and led the Indians into post-season play nine times. His 1973-74 team won the district 18 title and played in the quarterfinals of the NAIA championship. He returned to coaching in 1989 with the IUP baseball team, taking over the head position in 1991. His 1992 team won the division title and made the conference championship playoffs in 1993.
Paul Gaudi - Contributor
“Mr. G,” as most people affectionately refer to him, was born in Jeannette and has been an active community member for 95 years. Paul Gaudi was a 1943 graduate of Jeannette Senior High School, performing in the Marching Band for 3 years as drum major and baton twirler. One week after high school graduation, Paul was drafted into the United States Navy and served in World War II from 1943-1946. While serving as a Seaman, 1st Class, aboard the USS Pittsburgh, a Heavy Cruiser, Paul fought in the battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan. After returning home from the Navy, Paul attended Salem College in Salem, WV, on the GI Bill, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Physical Education. Here he met his wife, Dora, in which they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary! In 1951, Paul attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning his Masters in Education.
Paul was employed at Jeannette as a Health and Physical Education teacher in 1952, working at many levels. Mr. Gaudi’s teaching and coaching career spanned over 35 years with the Jeannette School District.
1954 - 1974 Coached the Junior High Boy’s Basketball team.
1975 - 1979 Junior Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach.
1983 - 1987 Jeannette Senior High Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach. Won the 1985-86 WPIAL section title.
1967 - 1987 Head Coach of the Jeannette Senior High Boy’s Golf Team.
1954 - 2019 Collected tickets at the Jeannette Football games. After 65 years, Mr. “G.” is well known as a “professional” Jayhawk Ticket Taker.
Paul plans to continue collecting tickets at the Jeannette Football games in 2020. So, if you see “Mr. G,” as you enter the stadium gates take a moment to ask him how he is doing. Without a doubt, he will say, ”Hangin’ Loose.”
1971 Football Team
Head Coach: Joe Mucci
Assistant Coaches: Larry Facchine, Chuck Marchetti, Robert Murphy, Don Teti, Art Tragessor
1st Row: Jim Fetchero, Jim Gibson, Russ Evertt, Andy Popovich
2nd Row: Art Tragessor, Mark Clark, Gary Brasco, Jim Singer, Nick Gasperato, Jim Moore, Tom Peer, Ed Kryzak, Steve August, Kevin Gisane
3rd Row: Bob Murphy, Gary DelGross, Mark Persichetti, Russ Matt, Jerry Rizzardi, Ken Swanson, Barry Johnson, Larry Gasparato, John Danton, Chuck DeLuzio, Larry Facchine
4th Row: Don Teti, Bill Hall, Mike Kohl, Tom Kowalski, Gary Amelio, Mark Gogolsky, Larry Sellitto, Bob DiFrancesco, Tim Baloh, Chuck Cook
5th Row: Joe Mucci, Mike Messaros, George Washington, Chuck Chamberlain, Sidney Bostick, Terry Gregory, Jerry Hoak, Rick DiLorenzo, Ray Reitz, Jim Scarlett, Chuck Marchetti
Jeannette 21 6 Yough
Jeannette 38 0 Swissvale
Jeannette 45 14 Plum
Jeannette 19 8 Duquesne
Jeannette 20 6 Southmoreland
Jeannette 27 0 Penn Joint
Jeannette 40 0 Brentwood
Jeannette 7 6 W.M. South
Jeannette 16 6 Burrell
Jeannette 34 6 Albert Gallatin
Jeannette 14 7 Beaver
John Eibner a 1934 graduate went on to become an All-SEC tackle at Kentucky and three year letter winner, 1938, 39, and 40. He was drafted in 1941 by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 15th overall pick but landed in Philadelphia. In 1942 he entered the military but returned after 4 years serving in World War II to play one more season with the Eagles (1946). Eibner went on to become an assistant coach for the University of Florida from 1950-1957 and 1960-1965. To this day, the Florida Gator Football team annually awards a player in his honor, the John Eibner award which goes out to the Most Outstanding Team Scout Player.