OVAC Hall of Fame adds Doyle, Glitch, Clegg
A long-time member of the executive board who’s most closely associated with wrestling; a voice recognized throughout the conference who also was a significant figure for many years in baseball; and a 26-year member of the local media now serving in a related role at a local university are the latest additions to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
Joining the previous inductees this year are Dr. Dan Doyle, selected in the OVAC Family category; Roy “Al” Glitch, tabbed as an OVAC Contributor; and Don Clegg, who gained the nod in the Media category.
Those three, along the rest of the Class of ’19, will be inducted at this year’s banquet on Saturday, August 17 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.
Previously announced inductees include Fort Frye’s Tyler Engle and Steubenville’s Liz Repella for the 2000s; Linsly’s Jamie Adams and Bellaire’s Scott Coyne for the 1990s; Martins Ferry’s Shelly Carroll and Steubenville Catholic Central’s Mike Gulan for the 1980s; Brooke’s Jeff Patterson and Mingo’s Ron Sismondo for the 1970s; Martins Ferry’s Bob DiStefano and Weir’s Leon Jenkins for the 1960s; Toronto’s George Deiderich and Benwood Union’s Pete Gondola for the 1950s; and Bellaire’s Chet Daniels for the 1940s.
In two weeks, this year’s selections in the Coaches and Officials categories will be announced to complete the Hall of Fame class, and then two weeks later the picks as OVAC “Legends” (individuals who made their mark either prior to the existence of the OVAC or before their school joined the conference) will be named along with this year’s Denny Magruder Distinguished Service Award recipient.
The OVAC Hall of Fame, sponsored since its inception by the Robinson Auto Group, is part of the OVAC Museum display housed inside WesBanco Arena.
Here’s a look at the latest HOF inductees:
Dr. Dan Doyle (Wheeling Central High School, Class of 1974). He has become a fixture in the conference, serving as director of the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament since 2009 and OVAC Wrestling Commissioner since 2013. He has been on the OVAC Executive Board since the early 2000s, serving as president during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
His contribution to the sport of wrestling was recognized by his peers when he was named the OVAC “Mr. Mat Award” recipient in 2005. He has been responsible for many changes in the seeding process for the conference wrestling tournament.
Doyle has also worked with the OVAC Museum Committee for many years.
He began as a high school wrestler at Wheeling Central, capturing the West Virginia State Championship at 112 pounds as a senior. He was also a three-time OVAC Tournament place-winner, claiming the conference title in 1972.
Doyle then went on to Allegheny College, graduating there in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He was a four-year wrestler there and an NCAA Division III National qualifier. He earned his master’s degree in science and education from the University of Dayton and his doctorate from West Virginia University.
He was a teacher/coach at Jefferson Union High School for eight years, serving as head coach in wrestling and baseball and as an assistant in football.
Doyle then spent 16 years in the Buckeye Local district starting in 1985, serving as an administrator for 12 years including high school principal. He was the head wrestling coach all 16 years, leading Buckeye to overall OVAC Tournament Championships in 1996 and 1997, also winning the OVAC Dual Meet Championship those two years. He was a two-time OVAC and Eastern District Coach of the Year.
He then served as the Superintendent of Schools of the Noble Local School District (Shenandoah) and later spent time as interim superintendent at Frontier Local.
Roy ‘Al’ Glitch (Bridgeport High School, Class of 1969). When you’re known as the “Voice of the OVAC”, that’s a pretty good place to start, but Glitch has also worn many other hats within the conference over the years from athlete to coach to director.
Many known Glitch as a mainstay as the public address announcer for many years at both the OVAC Boys/Girls Basketball Tournaments and the OVAC Samuel A. Mumley All-Star Basketball Classic (both events at Ohio University Eastern), and he’s also been on the “mic” and behind the scorebook at countless regular season and tournament events at St. Clairsville High School.
Glitch also spent many years on the OVAC Baseball Committee, including 15 years as the sport’s director, and was the recipient of the 2013 OVAC Thomas E. Rataiczak Scorekeeper/Timer Award.
At St. Clairsville, he spent 32 years as a math instructor and coached multiple sports, including serving as head boys’ basketball coach from 1978-85. He was the District 12 Coach of the Year in 1980 and coached in the OVAC All-Star Game in 1981. He was also named District 12 Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002.
He also was an assistant baseball and football coach for the Red Devils for 11 years.
Glitch had the St. Clairsville Junior High Tournament named in his honor in 2012 and he received the District 12 Basketball Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award in 2017.
As an athlete, he’s a part of two teams on the Bridgeport High “Wall of Fame” – the 1969 basketball and baseball state runner-up teams; and was an all-OVAC and all-Eastern Ohio selection in both sports, earning honorable mention all-Ohio in basketball.
Glitch then attended West Liberty State College where he was a four-year letterman and a two-time all-WVIAC selection. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics in 1973 there and his master’s in education from the University of Dayton in 1981.
He also competed in the Ohio Valley Baseball League for 24 years as a standout on the Warwood Reds.
In addition to teaching at St. C., he also served as a GED math instructor at the Belmont Correctional Institute, earning five nominations as Ohio Corrections Teacher of the Year and becoming a finalist in 2015.
Don Clegg (John Marshall High School, Class of 1974). He enjoyed a successful 26-year career covering local colleges and high schools as a sports reporter and editor at the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer.
During his tenure with the Wheeling newspapers, Clegg and members of his sports departments received several state-wide awards for various articles, features and special projects. A past president of the West Virginia Sportswriters Association (WVSWA), Clegg chaired numerous all-state boys’ and girls’ basketball and baseball committees for the WVSWA. He also did publicity for the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game for several years.
After leaving the newspaper business, he provided extensive editorial services to the West Liberty University athletic department as a professional freelance writer for many years before being named sports information director at the university in June of 2017.
As sports information director, Clegg leads the sports information department’s daily operations and serve as primary media contact for WLU’s 18 intercollegiate sports. His other responsibilities include generating all editorial content and athletic publications, overseeing West Liberty’s athletics website and maintaining sports records and statistics.
Clegg also serves as a member of West Liberty’s Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.
He is a native of Moundsville and a John Marshall High School alum who later graduated with honors from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University in 1978.