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Elected in 2001


Ray Tesser


Douglas G. Carr


Stanley F. Hopkins


Steve Bodamer


Christine Burrows Mitchell


James B. Ebert


Richard Von Tacky


Lisa Morrical Burke


Cynthia J. Nosko


Sandra G. Nelson


Jay D. Corklin


Jennifer R. Mowery-Hill


Bruce A. Evans


Michael S. McCoy


David D. Snyder


Gloria Carozza



Steven C. Bodamer - 1980

Steven C. Bodamer - 1980

Academic: Football 10-12; Track 10-12; Basketball 10-12; Student Council 10-12; Sophomore Talent Show 10-12; Choir 10-12; Boys Varsity Club 11-12; Senior Class Play.


Bodamer was a J. V. basketball team member that recorded 18 wins and 4 losses.


Steven is married to Lisa Kocher and has three sons; Marc, Adam and Sam. He is employed at Oil Creek Plastics as an Inside Sales and Customer Service Manager. Bodamer holds a degree in Accounting from Mercyhurst College. In the spare time that he has, he enjoys watching his sons play sports.

Christine L. Burrows Mitchell - 1971

Christine L. Burrows Mitchell - 1971

Optimist 11- 12; Track 11-12; Gym Club 10-12; Girls Ensemble 11-12; Library Aide 10-12.



Burrows’ 1971 records for track – 100 meter time 12.6 and 200 meter time 25.8 still stand.


Christine is married to John Mitchell, Jr. and has three children; Jennifer, Randy and Jeremy. The Mitchells are also grandparents to Nathaniel. Burrows-Mitchell is self-employed in a housekeeping business, which involves 16 clients over a two week period. Christine enjoys gardening, bicycling and music. Currently, she and her husband have a band called the Waterloo Turnaround consisting of six people. They play a variety of blues, rock and roll and country music. Burrows-Mitchell is one of the vocalists. Their business includes playing for benefits, receptions and private parties.


The Mitchells reside in Polk, PA, which they have found to be a GREAT community for their family activity of bicycling.


Burrows-Mitchell attended her 30thanniversary class reunion in August.

Gloria Carozza - Coach

Gloria Carozza - Coach

THS Girls’ Physical Education Instructor 1974-1994


Coached Girls Track, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Girls Swimming, J.V. Girls Basketball and Cheerleading.


Coach Carozza’s accomplishments include coaching track for an 80% winning record, 100+ victories, Ten Section II Championships and Two District X Championships.


The following is a quote written about Coach Carozza in the dedication of the 1986 Optimist:


"In seeking a teacher for the yearbook dedication, theOptimistwent searching for a teacher who supports the students in class and out of class. Someone who cares about others and is willing to take time out of a busy schedule to help students and fellow faculty members.


Born on February 25, 1951, Gloria grew up in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. In high school she was active in swimming (as a team captain) and played saxophone in the high school band. After graduation from Riverside High School in 1969, she attended Slippery Rock University and received her BA in health and physical education. She began teaching here in the fall of 1974 as the senior high girls’ physical education instructor. In addition to teaching, she is a dedicated coach to the girls track team. As a coach, she has guided one of the most successful girls track programs in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Under her tutelage, Titusville has won ten Section II titles and two District X titles. Carozza also coached girls’ J. V. basketball for three years and the swim team for one year. Outside of school she enjoys skiing, racquetball, bowling, golfing and reading novels by Stephen King.


In return for her help and understanding, we, the members of the 1986 Optimist staff, proudly dedicate the 1986 Optimist to Ms. Gloria Jean Carozza."

Douglas G. Carr - 1986

Douglas G. Carr - 1986

Academic:  Football 10-12; Track 9-12; Basketball 9-12; Varsity Club 10-12; Talent Show 12.

In 1984 Douglas placed second at the Sections in the Pole Vault competition.  In 1985 Carr tied the school record at States in Shippensburg and also finished third in the state for Pole Vault.  In 1986 he qualified for states as a senior in Pole Vault even though he missed most of the season due to an injury.

Carr’s football career consisted of scoring 44 points in 1984, an All-Conference Honorable Mention, and 1984 Second Team All Conference.

It is noted in the yearbook in 1986 Carr was a consistent scorer in basketball.  Also, Coach Randy Newson stated, “One of the BEST Teams in school history.”

Carr received a B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College in 1990.  He was also a four year letterman (86-89) in football, a three starter (87-89), captain of the Allegheny College football team, 1989, and selected to the All-Century Allegheny Football Team.  Douglas received a Doctorate in Dentistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1995.

Doug has four children; Maria, Eleni, Billy, and Richie.

Jay D. Corklin - 1979

Jay D. Corklin - 1979

Academic:  Football 10-12; Track 10-12; Boys Varsity Club 10-12; Basketball 10-12.

Corklin played on the exceptional junior year JV football team with Jeff Snyder, Bill Blood and Larry Drake, (1977).

He was on the JV basketball team that recorded 18 wins and 4 losses.

Corklin and his father, John, own a tire business in Union City.  Jay and his wife, Lauri Evans, own a pizza business in Pleasantville and are currently in the process of having a new building constructed in Pleasantville which will contain their pizza business and a tastee-freeze.  The Corklins are the parents of three boys.  Jay has coached youth football for 22 years and high school track for 15 years.  He had the privilege of coaching the four men who now hold the 400M relay record…a record that had stood from 1979-1994.  Corklin, along with Phil Henderson, Mark Tisi and new Hall of Fame member Bruce Evans, were team members.  Needless to say, Corklin took a lot of abuse from his teammates.

Jay would like to thank all his former teammates and coaches, and anyone else involved in the THS school district, who has helped him in any way.  Corklin adds, “The City of Titusville has always been very good to me.”

Bruce A. Evans - 1980

Bruce A. Evans - 1980

Academic:  Track 10-12; Swimming 10-12; Varsity Club 10-12; Cross Country 11-12; Student Council 11-12; Homecoming Committee 11-12; Senior Class Play.

In Evans’ track career, he was on the qualifying 440 and mile relay teams with Mark Tisi, Phil Henderson and Jay Corklin.  They set a school record in 440 relay and barely missed setting a record in the mile relay.

Bruce Evans holds the individual record for the 400 meter with a time of 48.93 in 1980.

Evans was the first runner to qualify for states in four events in THS history.

James B. Ebert - 1981

James B. Ebert - 1981

College Prep:  Swim Team 10-12; Language Club Treasurer 10; Marching Band 10,-11; Concert Band 10,-11; Mixed Choir 10-12; Varsity Club 10-12; Brass Ensemble 10; Talent Show 10-12; Stage Band 11; Class Treasurer 11; Pool Aide 11-12; National Honor Society 11-12; Prom Committee 11; Float Committee 11; Track 11-12; Golf 12; Musical 11-12; Chain Gang 12; Captain Swim Team 12.

After graduating high school in 1981, Jim went to Penn State University and joined the Penn State Swimming and Diving Team as a walk-on.  During his four years at PSU, he achieved many athletic honors, including competing in the 1984 U.S. Senior National Outdoor Diving Championships, the 1985 U.S. Senior National Indoor Diving Championships, and the 1985 Division I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.  At both the indoor and outdoor championships, Jim had the honor of competing against Greg Louganis.  He was also the 1985 Atlantic 10 3-Meter Springboard Diving Champion, where he set a pool record and was voted the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Diver.  Also in 1985, Jim received the Penn State Most Outstanding Diver Award.  His greatest honor, however, was to receive the 1985 Penn State Ernest B. McCoy Scholar-Athlete Award.  This award is given to one senior man and one senior woman, of all senior athletes at Penn State, who have combined successful athletic participation and academic excellence.   Jim graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, in Quantitative Business Analysis.

After Penn State, Jim moved to Houston, Texas, where after a few years he went back to school at night to obtain his MBA degree at the University of Houston.  He graduated with the Dean’s Award of Academic Excellence in 1990.  While in Houston, Jim worked for Exxon in their Information Systems Department and served in many roles from Systems Analyst to Project Manager.

Right after moving to Houston, Jim joined the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) organization as part of the Houston Downtown YMCA Masters Swim Team.  Eventually, he became coach of the team.

In 1996, Jim moved to Atlanta, Georgia and joined the software consulting firm Greenbrier & Russell, Inc. (http://www.gr.com/).  He is currently a Professional Services Manager/Project Architect where he is responsible for career management of G&W’s e-business consultants, as well as overseeing the success of client projects.

Immediately after moving to Atlanta, Jim joined the Atlanta Rainbow Trout Masters Swim Team, where he achieved the following swimming honors:  Member of the 1996 USMS 800-meter Short-Course Freestyle All-American Relay Team (to achieve All-American status for relays, the team must have posted the fastest relay time in the country for that year), member of the 1997-98 400-yard USMS Top-Ten Freestyle Relay Team, member of the 1997-98 400-yard USMS Top-Ten Medley Relay team, 1997 USMS Individual Top-Ten swimmer for the 200-meter Long-Course Backstroke, and 2001 Georgia Games Masters Swimming Champion in the 100-meter Free, 200-meter Free, 400-meter Free, 100-meter Back and 200-meter Back.

As part of his association with the Rainbow Trout, Jim served as Chair of the team in 1999 and watched the 4-year-old organization grow to become the 2nd largest Masters swimming team in Georgia (over 160 members), obtain its 501(c) 3 nonprofit status.  Jim currently serves as the team’s Athletic Director and is one of the team’s several coaches.  His biggest goal currently is to train for and attend a large international competition in Sydney, Australia in November 2002.

Stanley F. Hopkins - 1954

Stanley F. Hopkins - 1954

“Hoppy,” “I take mine straight without sugar.”

Academic:  Football 11-12; Track 10, 12; Basketball 10, 12; Varsity Club 11-12; Math Club 10,12; Hi-Y 10, 12; Assembly Club 11-12; Sportsman Club 10, 12; Intramural Council 10; Press Club 4; Senior Play Committee.  Ambition:  To play Tiddly Winks with manhole covers.

Hopkins graduated 15th in his class.  Lettered twice in football ’52 and ’53, twice in basketball ’53 and ’54, was elected by coaches to Section II All Star Team, and excelled at rebounding and defense.  He also lettered three times in track and field and  1954 District X Championships – 2nd place long jump – fifth place mile relay,  1954 Pennsylvania State Championships – sixth place long jump.  School records held at one time:  440 yard dash, mile relay, most points in a dual meet-20; four first places against Franklin in 1954, total points scored in a season 103.75 in 1954.  Hopkins started on the THS Volleyball team that played in District X Championship Tournament in 1953 and 1954.  The 1954 team finished in second place.

Hopkins is a 1958 alumnus of the of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  For the past 39 years, Hopkins has been a successfulm, respected Veterinarian in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  In 1967, Hopkins was elected President of the Northwest Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.  In 1968 at the Crawford County Fair, he saved the life of a woman and her unborn child after she was struck by lightning.

In 1999, Hopkins went with his church group to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip.  Currently he is a member of the Board of Elders at the First Church of God in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Hopkins also has done volunteer work for two years at the Meadville Soup Kitchen.

It has been said that he is very proud of his Titusville roots and would be a worthy addition to the Titusville High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Michael (Mike) S. McCoy - 1985

Michael (Mike) S. McCoy - 1985

Academic:  Varsity Club 11-12; Football 10-12; Basketball 10-12; Golf 11; Track 10; National Honor Society 12.

The following text was taken from the 1985 yearbook – “Gridders had best season since ’77.  Rockets against Meadville as the Rockets won in the last three minutes with a 90-yard kick-off return by Mike McCoy.  The gridders outplayed both Meadville and Warren throughout the whole game.”

McCoy graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in December, 1989 with a B.S. degree in Finance.

McCoy’s current occupation and employer are Financial Analyst/Bechtel Corporation.

McCoy married the former Dawnell Lauch ’84 and they are the parents of five children, Rachel, Matt, Ben and Josh, with number 5 due in February 2002.

The McCoys are very involved with their local church and youth ministry.

Lisa Morrical Burke - 1981

Lisa Morrical Burke - 1981

College Prep: Student Council 10-12; Rockettes 10-12; Language Club 10-11; Varsity Club 10-12; Swim Team 10-12; Track Team 10-12; Choir 10-12; Talent Show 10-12; Musical 10-11; National Honor Society 11, 12.

Eight school records were shattered in 1981 by swim team members, Lisa Morrical, Jen Mowrey and Erica Heinike. Lisa erased both the 200 meter and the 200 yard freestyle and also the 50 meter freestyle. During Morrical’s high school swim team career she was co-captain of the swim team.

The Girls track team won the Section II title this year. Morrical ran the 100m dash and was on the 400 Relay team that shattered the old record with a time of 52.02. Her team members were Evelyn Snyder, Mary Beth English and Christa Landas. After winning districts, this team also went to states. Morrical shattered the record-breaking time for the 220.


After graduation, Morrical attended the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Morrical worked for Consolidated Natural Gas developing Clean Air Act Legislation on both the State and Federal level before becoming a stay-at-home mother. The Burkes have two great children; Delaney and Patrick.

Jennifer R. Mowrey Hill - 1982

Jennifer R. Mowrey Hill - 1982

College Prep:  Concert Band 10; Choir 10-12; Float Committee 11; Marching Band 10; Musical 10-12; NHS 12; Prom Committee 11; Rockettes 11-12; Stage Band 10; Swim Team 10-12; Talent Show 10-12; Track 10-12; Varsity Club 10-12; Jr. Class Secretary 11; Varsity Club Sec. 11; NHS V-Pres. 12; Swim Team Capt. 12; Ensemble 10-12.

Jennifer Qualified for states in track doing hurdles in 1981.

She was on the girls swim team that recorded an 8-7 season, even with the loss of many of their seniors the year before.   Mowrey served as co-captain of the team.

Mowrey-Hill is a Senior Programmer/System Analyst for Horizon Systems Corporation in Herndon, Virginia.

Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from Allegheny College in 1986 with a B.S. in Computer Science.  Honors/Awards:  NCAA Division III All-American (1983 (twice), 1984 (once), 1985 (twice), and  1986 Female Athlete of the Year for Allegheny College.

Sandra G. Nelson - 1981

Sandra G. Nelson - 1981

College Prep: Cross Country 10-12; Track 10-12; Varsity Club 10-12; Student Council 10



Nelson was a member of the Track team and Set a new triple jump standard of 32’9”. In Cross Country, Nelson placed first in every dual meet. Nelson broke the record at the Titusville Country Club with a time of 18:58. The girls finished in fifth place in the District X meet.


Nelson holds the individual record for the1600meter with a time of 5:09.7 in 1981 and was on the relay3200meter relay team with Cindy Nosko, Faye Rectenwald and Karen Brown with a 9:37.23 in 1979.


After graduation, Nelson did not further her education. Nelson went to work and eventually moved out to Colorado. Later, she moved to Montana, where Nelson gave birth to her first daughter.


Sandra is the mother of four children: Amanda, Stacie, Andrew and Bridger. They certainly keep their mother busy.

Nelson works for Film Fest Video as their district manager in the Erie area, which includes seven stores.


Nelson’s running career ended after high school. She volunteered to run with the Titusville Girls’ Track Team for a couple of years after graduation. In 1990 Nelson was hired as an assistant coach for the THS girls track team.   Nelson enjoyed it very much. She affirms that the competitive spirit never leaves a true athlete.


Nelson resides in Erie, Pennsylvania where her daughter Amanda runs for McDowell’s girls’ cross country team and is doing quite well. Amanda runs in their top three as a freshman. Nelson attests that she is now living her past glory days through Amanda.

Cynthia J. Nosko - 1978

Cynthia J. Nosko - 1978

Academic:  Rockettes 10-12 (head 12); Varsity Club 11-12; Track 10-12; Swimming 10; National Honor Society 12; Choir 12, Sophomore Talent Show 10-12.

The following quote is from the 1978 yearbook:  “Being an assistant head for the Rockettes was great because it gave me the authority to teach others.  I also liked working with people and creating routines.”

Nosko was a member of the team that broke the 3200M relay run in the record breading time.  The five girls went to states where they broke their own record and placed 9th in the state.  The 1978-79 Girls’ Track Team won Section II with their 12-1 record.

David D. Snyder - 1980

David D. Snyder - 1980

Academic:  Track 10-12; Basketball 10-12; Football 10-12; Varsity Club 10-12; Student Council 10-12; Prom Committee 11.

Snyder was on the basketball team that converted a foul shot at the buzzer for a win of 51-50.

Snyder apologizes for not being able to attend the induction ceremonies to the THS Athletic Hall of Fame due to prior commitments.  He expresses his appreciation for being selected and wants to thank Mr. Chalmers and the board for this honor.  Snyder has asked his parents to accept his award on his behalf.

Snyder’s brief history:  Presently a general dentist, his office is located in the Parkland Dental Center located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.  After THS, Snyder attended Allegheny College where he played football for the Gators.  He graduated in 1984 with a B.S., majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.  Snyder then went to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine graduating in 1988 with a D.M.D.  He did one year of General Practice Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital.  From 1989 to present, Snyder has been in private practice in Lehigh Valley.  He resides in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania with his wife Doreen and sons, Benjamin and Christian.  For the last couple of years, Snyder has been involved with coaching and co-directing the basketball program in the local Youth Athletic Association.

Again, thank you for this wonderful honor!

Ray Tesser - 1930

Ray Tesser - 1930

Ray Tesser graduated with high honors from Titusville High School in 1930, the only male in his class to do so.  During high school Ray participated in basketball, football and baseball, lettering all four years in each sport.  He was active in the Varsity Club from the year after it formed, serving as vice president his sophomore year and president his junior year.  Ray was also vice president of his freshman class.  He was known for his one-step punt kick – he kicked the football over the roof of the grandstand onto Central Avenue every time.  Ray never missed a Titusville-Warren game up to the time of his death in November, 1982.

Ray was captain of the football team his junior year.  He was all-district end four years in a row and was chosen for the Northwestern PA Mythical Team.  In basketball he was chosen all-district center three years.  In baseball he played third base when not on the mound and was considered most valuable player both in the field and at bat.

Following graduation, Ray attended Carnegie Mellon University where he was enrolled in their Technical Institute.  Ray played football for Carnegie Tech for two years.  He received a machinist operator’s license.  In 1932, Ray began playing for the newly formed Pittsburgh Pirates professional football team.  This team, owned by Art Rooney, would later become the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Ray played for the Pirates for two years; 1932 and 1933.  On offense he played left end and on defense he played left tackle.  Ray was also the team’s punter; he was well known for the distance of his punts.  Art Rooney carried a picture of his first team in his wallet throughout his life.  Ray received invitations to all Pittsburgh Steelers functions for the rest of his life.  Ray married Martha Schlosser in 1934 and retired from professional football.  Ray and Martha moved to Warren, Pennsylvania where Ray went to work for Irvin Forge as a machinist.  Ray continued to play semi-pro football for the Warren Red Jackets during the early years of his marriage until the team disbanded with the start of the Second World War.  He and Martha raised a daughter, Kay, who gave him two granddaughters and a great granddaughter, whom he adored.  Ray died November 2, 1982.  Martha currently resides near their daughter in Corry.  Ray Tesser’s brother-in-law, Gene Schlosser, will be accepting the award on behalf of the family.

Richard L. von Tacky - 1975

Richard L. von Tacky - 1975

Boys Volleyball 11-12; Golf 10-12; Varsity Club 11-12.

Shot a 175 yard hole in one on the Number 3 hole in the 1973-74 season Section II Tournament.

Von Tacky is a PGA Golf Professional. He lists the following as his accomplishments:  attended Sandhills Community College (Southern Pines, North Carolina); attended University of Tennessee; played in the 1981 PGA Tour qualifying finals; lowest round tournament play – 64 final round ’79 Knoxville Open; played in three PGA Tour Events.  While in high school – 1974 (Fall Golf) District 10 Runner-up, in 1977 was junior college All-American; played in 1981 masters; 1980 semi-finalist United States Amateur Championship; 1981 Walker Cup Team (International Competition versus Great Britain/Ireland Team highest honor amateur golfer in the US amateur); 1979 and 1981 Knoxville Open Champion; 1980 Chattanooga Open Runner-up; 1980 and 1981 Pennsylvania Amateur Runner-up; 1978 and 1986 Pennsylvania Open Runner-up; 1993 Pennsylvania State PGA Champion.  Course Records -62 former Titusville Country Club; 63 Sharon Golf Club (near Akron, Ohio).

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