Wesleyville - Iroquois - Lawrence Park
Athletic Hall of Fame
Bill Vorsheck and John Post have been announced as two of ten inductees into the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame’s 2014 class. Both Vorsheck and Post were inaugural class inductees into the Wesleyville, Iroquois, Lawrence Park Hall of Fame in 2008 and were instrumental in the establishment and growth of the WILP as co-chairs and board members over the past six years.
The duo joins eleven fellow WILP Hall of Fame members with their latest recognition. Tom Barringer (2008), Carm Bonito (2008), Shelly Brown (2008), Mary Butler (2011) Harry Farnbaugh, Sr. (2013) Bernie Fitch (2008) Jean Forsyth (2011) Ed Poly (2010) David Ross (2008), Joe Sholtis (2011) and Jack Sinnott (2009) have all previously been inducted into the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Bill Vorsheck is a 1953 graduate of Lawrence Park High School where he left his mark in football, basketball and track. Earning All-County recognition twice, he went on to claim the MVP award in the Lions Club City-County All-Star Football game and take his talents on to Youngstown State University. He spent 15 years as a high school coach in baseball, basketball, football and track claiming numerous titles along the way. While on the football staff at McDowell he helped guide the Trojans to a 41 – 4 record over the course of five seasons. Vorsheck also returned to his roots twice coaching the Lions Club City-County All-Star Football Game including a 25 – 0 upset in the 1967 tilt. He has served as president of the Erie County Coaches Association and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of sports hypnosis. Vorsheck also sponsors multiple scholarships at various schools including both a male and female scholar - athlete award annually at Iroquois High School.
Arriving at Iroquois High School in 1966 John Post left his mark as a teacher, coach and administrator before retiring in 1998. While recognized as one of the premier athletic directors over the past 40 years in the area, Post found success as well coaching track golf and cross country early on in his career. That success ultimately followed him onto the basketball court over an incredible 10 year run that included a 54 game winning streak. His reputation extended beyond Iroquois with his active in involvement in district, state and national associations holding office at all levels. Named Pennsylvania Athletic Director of the Year in 1990, Post was instrumental in the funding and ultimate installation of lights for the Iroquois athletic complex and led the way in establishing drug testing policies in Northwestern Pennsylvania. His recent passing will not diminish the impact he had and continues to have on family, students, athletes and friends.
Joining Post and Vorsheck for the June induction will be longtime Edinboro men's basketball coach Greg Walcavich and former McDowell athletes Laban Marsh and Jimmy Delsandro. Also elected were Bob DeMarco, Bob Paris, Ron Rudler and Mike Ruzzi. Joe Cook Sr., along with Post, will be inducted posthumously.
Wesleyville, Iroquois and Lawrence Park Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the WILP Board of Directors from a roster of nominations received by the board. Nominations were recognized from community citizens, former athletes, previous coaches and alumni as well as members of the board.
All inductees must have been out of school a minimum of ten years. They must have distinguished themselves or have made a significant impact on athletes in one of the three schools. These graduates must have demonstrated good citizenship in high school and beyond. They will continue to serve as role models for our current school students.