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May 20, 2019

Kadavy, Stepnoski and Daly to be Inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame

Metro Erie Chapter nominees Caryn Kadavy (figure skating), Mark Stepnoski (football) and Chuck Daly (basketball) will be among other distinguished Pa sports figures who will be inducted into the Pa Sports HOF later this year. The annual Induction Dinner will be held Saturday night, October 5, at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast. The names of the 2019 inductees were announced Friday night during the state’s spring HOF meetings in Harrisburg.

Kadavy qualified for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships for the first time at age 17 in 1985. She went on to win silver at the 1986 U.S. Championships and bronze in 1987 and 1988. She earned gold medals in Canada, England, Yugoslavia and Russia.  In 1987, she was the bronze medalist at the World Championships. She represented the U.S. at three World Championships and numerous international competitions, including the 1988 Winter Olympics. She turned professional in 1989 and won six major titles, including the U.S. Pro-AM, U.S. Ladies Professional Championships and the Canadian Professional Championships. In 2009, Pa Governor Ed Rendell appointed Caryn to serve on the board of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for all of Pennsylvania.

Stepnoski was a highly-recruited All State and Parade All-American offensive tackle at Erie Cathedral Prep. He signed with the University of Pittsburgh and was a four-tear starter at guard. He was a third team All-American as a sophomore, a first team All-American in 1988 and one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy as a senior. He was also a two-time Academic All-American in 1986 and 1988. Stepnoski was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1989 NFL Draft. He won two Super Bowls while with Dallas and was a three-time Pro Bowler. Stepnoski finished his NFL career with the Houston/Tennessee Oilers for whom he made the Pro Bowl twice. All told, he plated 13 years in the NFL, including five straight Pro Bowl appearances and earning a spot on the NFL 1990s All-Decade second team. Stepnoski was inducted into the Metro Erie Chapter of the Pa Sports HOF in 2018.

Daly will be inducted posthumously. After graduating from Bloomsburg, he coached basketball at Punxsutawney High School (1956-1963) and eventually went on to become a successful college and professional coach. As head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Daly led his teams to a record of 125-38 in six years, winning four Ivy League titles and three Big Five crowns. He then moved on to the NBA where he was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic. While coaching for Detroit, Daly led his team to back-to-back NBA championships.

Daly was born in Kane, Pa., and was a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF inductee, being inducted in 1994 for his individual coaching career, and in 2010, posthumously, as the head coach of the “Dream Team” that won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. He finished with a record of 638-437 in 14 NBA seasons as a head coach. Add 151 collegiate victories and 111 high school wins, and Daly finished with exactly 900 career wins. Daly died on May 9, 2009.

The Metro Erie Chapter has now recorded seven state inductees in the last four years. This marks the first time the chapter has had three inductees in one year.

For more information on the Pa. Sports HOF 2019 Induction Dinner, visit www.pasportshof.org

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