Longtime friends and contributors to Franciscan University and the Steubenville Community. Hank was the Head Coach of the 1958 then-College of Steubenville national championship basketball team; we are honoring them with the initial Hank and Kay Kuzma Family BaronClub Award, which will be given in the future to a family for their service/contributions to Franciscan University and the local community.
Coach Paul “Bud” Billiard
Ohio Valley native and longtime head football coach of the powerhouse Brooke High School teams of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Led the program into national prominence and won West Virginia State Football Championships in 1985, 1987, and 1990.
Coach Dan Bjelac
Steubenville native and Catholic Central graduate who coached high school football for over 30 years. He was the head coach at Columbus Bishop Watterson for 14 years, which included an Ohio High School State Championship in 2010.
Coach Marc Bjelac
Steubenville native and Catholic Central graduate who coached high school football for over 30 years. His career included successful tenures at both Steubenville Catholic Central and Newton Falls (Ohio) high schools.
Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team – At the height of the cold war with Russia, the unheralded (ranked 7th of 8 teams before the ’80 Olympics) college-aged kids on the American hockey team shocked the world by winning the gold medal and rallied our country in the process. Included in their dramatic run was a hard-fought, 4-3 semifinal victory over the gold medal-favorite Soviet Union team, which featured some of the top players in the world. They were the inspiration for the movie “Miracle” and three members of the team will share their story with all in attendance.
Special Guest Phil Bourque
Known best as a two-time Stanley Cup Champion player with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bourque has also been a member of the broadcast team for the Penguins’ other three Stanley Cup Championship teams. Phil was an American high school hockey player in 1980 and he will share his thoughts on how the “Miracle on Ice” inspired his career and helped to expand the reputation of hockey as a major North American sport.
Back for his sixth turn as emcee for the Baron Club Dinner, the Steubenville native and Catholic Central grad has been one of America’s top sportscasters for the past 25 years, all with ESPN. He has done the play-by-play for the “Frozen Four,” the NCAA’s hockey championship, and hosted “The NHL Tonight.” He can be seen many evenings as a current anchor on ESPN’s “Sports Center.”
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