Thanks to everyone who read my weekend piece about celebrities hailing from Western New York. Several people wrote in to tell me about a few that were omitted – which is appreciated – so here they are.
JOE EHRMANN: A Buffalo native who played defensive line at Syracuse University and in the NFL and USFL, he’s since become a minister and works in the Indianapolis Colts’ organization (he received a Super Bowl ring for the team’s 2007 triumph). He and his wife Paula co-founded the Building Men & Women for Others movement, which seeks to transform personal beliefs and community values.
DAVE GEISEL: A former pitcher at Tonawanda High School, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and appeared in 131 big league games, mostly in relief.
JIM BEILEIN: Born in Burt, his college basketball coaching career has taken him to ECC, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and now Michigan. He guided each of his first three Division I squads to the NCAA Tournament at least once and won the 2007 NIT Championship with the Mountaineers.
BILL SCHERRER: This Tonawanda native and O’Hara High School graduate was on the 1984 Detroit Tigers team that won the World Series as a relief pitcher. He made 228 career appearances over seven seasons and has won two more World Series rings as a scout with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and an assistant to the GM for the Chicago White Sox in 2005.
NICK CASAL: This Niagara Falls-born fighter has a career 17-3-1 pro record in the welterweight division. Now training out of Las Vegas, he’s taken part in numerous nationally televised bouts. He hasn’t been without trouble, though, as he was once suspended for six months for a positive cocaine test and was arrested after a fight with a family member.
HANK NICHOLS: This Niagara Falls native retired last season after more than 20 years as the NCAA’s national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating. He himself officiated 10 Final Fours and was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
JEFF GLOR: Before he was a national correspondent for “The Early Show” on CBS, Glor was a student at Kenmore East High School and Syracuse University. He’s also covered events such as the 2004 Summer Olympics, the pope’s death in 2005 and the MLB steroid hearings in Washington, D.C., for various TV stations.