Five men will be inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame on May 21 at East Liverpool High School. Hans Dietz, Robert Herrington, Dru Joyce and Michael Turk will represent the Class of 2020 with Bob Duffy representing the Class of 2021.
≤ Hans Dietz: The late Hans Dietz grew up in Chester and was a graduate of the National River Academy, being named by his classmates as the “the one who marked their life the most”. He piloted river boats and later formed a partnership to start the company Dietz Tank Cleaning. A devout Christian, he was a youth leader and president of the Nazarene Youth International.
Dietz was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming a troop leader, and eventually becoming the youngest person ever elected to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He was killed in a barge explosion on the Ohio River at the age of 34.
≤ William Robert Herrington: Wintersville firefighter since age 14 and chief since age 25, Herrington was one of Jefferson County’s first paramedics. He led the effort to get the county’s improved 911 system and has been its director since its inception. He also coordinated the department’s efforts to purchase and renovate the St. Florian Event Center – the home of many community events.
≤ Dru Joyce: A graduate of East Liverpool High School in 1973, Joyce was responsible for nurturing NBA legend LeBron James from an early age as a youth basketball coach and later coach -basketball leader in Akron St. Vincent-St. that of Mary. As Irish leader, Joyce led the team to seven state championships. His head coaching career record is 443-119. Joyce is also the head of the Northeast Ohio Basketball Association and founded the Dru Joyce Classic, one of the top five AAU youth basketball tournaments in the nation.
≤ Michael Turk: The late Michael Turk was born in Russia to Lithuanian parents and arrived in this country at the age of 11. He graduated from East Liverpool High School and his work ethic started early on with a career car wash job he was passionate about: selling cars. He opened his own dealership and attended 54 consecutive National Automobile Dealers Association conventions. Through it all, he also became an accomplished farmer, radio station operator, cattle herder, air raid warden, and pilot, once saving the life of a drowning yachtsman with his seaplane. Until his death in 1971, he was very active in campaigns on behalf of the Red Cross, cerebral palsy, cancer and heart funds and was a member of several local service organizations.
≤ Bob Duffy: The 1953 graduate of East Liverpool High School receives the Lifetime Achievement Award and will be the last inductee into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame. Duffy is best known for his nearly 20-year stint with The Evening Review during which he spent 17 years as a sportswriter covering local high school and college sports in the tri-state area. Duffy’s Weekly Column “The Sports Bench” was a popular article and kept local readers informed of local events.
In high school as part of the Potter baseball team, Duffy played future Pittsburgh Pirates star Bill Mazeroski in a district final as Mazeroski’s Warren Consolidated team defeated the Potters 3-1 . Seven years later, as sportswriter for The Evening Review, Duffy was in the press box at Forbes Field as Mazeroski hit a home run to win the 1960 World Series.
Duffy has also been involved in publishing a Pottery Union publication, as East Liverpool City Housing Inspector, as a delivery driver for Robin’s Flower Shop and as a founding member of the Temple Committee of East Liverpool Athletic High School fame.