Category Archives: College

August 22, 2012

Jim O’Brien: Suzie still feels the Olympic spirit

Suzie still feels the Olympic spirit By Jim O’Brien, Columnnist, Pittsburgh Business Times Few Pittsburghers could appreciate the 2012 Summer Olympic Games as much as Suzie McConnell-Serio, the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Duquesne University.          McConnell-Serio was a member of the gold medal-winning women’s basketball team … Read Article →

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August 09, 2012

Jim O’brien: Munhall’s Jack Butler knows how to say “Thank you”

Jim O’brien: Munhall’s Jack Butler knows how to say “Thank you” Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien Jack Butler was the best speaker of the six former National Football League players who were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past Saturday evening in Canton, Ohio. … Read Article →

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March 28, 2012

Pete Gonzalez, Pitt Quarterback, 1993-1997, Steelers Quarterback, 1997-1998

Pete Gonzalez: First, can you tell readers about Blitzx – what the product line is and how it got started?  The entire purpose of Blitz X Performance Instruments is to provide, Medical Doctors and chiropractors with medical technology that help them asses and treat patients better.  The technology must be … Read Article →

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March 16, 2012

Derek Schooley, RMU Hockey Coach

Derek Schooley, RMU Hockey Coach: First, can you let readers know a bit about your coaching career – how you got started in coaching?   When I was playing my coach in junior hockey, Frank Serratore always mentioned to me that I would be a good coach as I had a … Read Article →

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March 15, 2012

E. Lee North, Author, Battling the Indians, Panthers & Nittany Lions: Washington & Jefferson College’s Century of Football, 1890-1990

E. Lee North: First, can you tell readers a bit about your writing career and how you got started as an author? What about your time at Washington & Jefferson influenced your writing career, and how? Well, I have said it was W & J that got me into writing, … Read Article →

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March 15, 2012

Pat Cavanaugh, Pitt Basketball

Pat Cavanaugh: First, can you let readers know about Crons – how the idea got started and how the business has grown over the past few years? The Crons Brand is a mentality performance brand that focuses on the mentality part of performance. Crons stands for “Come Ready or Never Start” and … Read Article →

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January 23, 2012

Jim O’Brien: We can learn so much from Joe Paterno’s words

Jim O’Brien: We can learn so much from Joe Paterno’s words                           Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien Joe Paterno always liked being Joe Paterno.  He played the part so well.  It’s like the way Mike Ditka plays the part of Mike Ditka.    Once they were so serious … Read Article →

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January 05, 2012

Todd Skaggs, College Football Referee

Todd Skaggs, College Football Referee First, can you let readers know how you became a referee  and what still attracts you to the profession?   In 2003, I moved closer to Louisville, KY for a new job and I thought it would be a good way to get to know … Read Article →

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January 02, 2012

Jim O’Brien: When Duquesne, Pitt and Carnegie Tech Were in Bowl Games

When Duquesne, Pitt and Carnegie Tech Were in Bowl Games: Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien There was a time when Duquesne, Carnegie Tech and Pitt all played in college football bowl games, and were among the nation’s outstanding teams.  Even then Pittsburgh could lay claim to … Read Article →

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December 08, 2011

O’Brien: ‘Puttin’ on the Blitz’ at North Side Brownstone

O’Brien: This was in a grand French ballroom below floor level in a magnificent brownstone building on the city’s North Side.          There were about 150 people filling the room at a fund-raiser to sponsor disadvantaged kids to attend a summer football camp featuring the Steelers’ star center Maurkice Pouncey … Read Article →

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