Eight former Hiram student-athletes will be inducted into the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame during homecoming festivities on Saturday.
The induction will take place on Saturday morning during the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction at 10 a.m. in the Kennedy Center.
The inductees will also be recognized during pregame of the football game against Allegheny (Pa.) at 1 p.m.
Below are the eight newest members of the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame.
Mike Houska (’82)
Mike Houska was a standout wrestler for four seasons at Hiram. He also pitched on the baseball team for two seasons.
Houska was PAC champion at 167-pounds in 1982 and a runner up in the same weight class in 1979. He also earned All-American honors at 167-pounds in 1981. In his four years at Hiram, he went a perfect 24-0 in conference regular season meets.
Houska graduated Hiram in 1982 and has spent 30 years in the medical manufacturing and distribution industry. He is currently the owner of Medical Resources Limited located in Akron.
Brian Frasco (’01)
Brian Frasco won three letters in his career at Hiram in baseball.
In 2001, Frasco enjoyed a career-year, earning First Team All-NCAC honors, All-Mideast Region honors and the Campbell Award, which recognized the male student-athlete of the year. That season, he hit .432, with 57 hits, 47 RBI’s and 44 runs scored. He currently ranks second in program history in home runs with 17 and third in RBI’s with 91.
After graduating from Hiram in 2001, he worked for Verizon Wireless as a supervisor for 10 years. Frasco currently owns and operates Belleria Pizza and Italian Restaurant, located in Hubbard.
Lisa (Huntz) Ialacci (’93)
Lisa (Huntz) Ialacci was a four-year letterwinner in swimming and also earned letters in softball and volleyball.
She was a three-time team captain and was also named MVP of the squad in 1991 and 1992. She placed in multiple events at the OAC Championships in each of her four years. At one point in her career, Ialacci held the school record in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle and 1650-yard freestyle.
After her graduation from Hiram in 1993, Ialacci earned her Master’s of Library Science from Kent State. She has taught multiple grades and currently serves as a school librarian for the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.
Josh Jakacki (’98)
Josh Jakacki was a three-year member and three-year letterwinner in men’s basketball at Hiram.
Jakacki was a team captain in 1998 and was named Team MVP for all three seasons he played (1996-1998). He led the team in both assists and rebounds in all three of his seasons and is a member of the 1,000 Point Club, scoring 1,049. He was named Second Team All-OAC in 1996 and Honorable Mention All-OAC in 1997. Jakacki holds the single season and career mark for steals with 62 and 142, respectively. In addition, he ranks fifth in career assists (325) and free throw percentage (.783), seventh in field goals made (403), eighth in minutes played (2,477) and tenth in field goals attempted (893).
Upon his graduation from Hiram in 1998, Jakacki obtained his Master’s Degree in 2001. He served as a language arts teacher at Crestwood from 1998-2007 and the head boys basketball coach from 2000-2005. He is presently a language arts and social studies teacher at Kenston High School, where he also serves as the head boys basketball coach and head track coach.
Carrie McCaughtry (’01)
Carrie McCaughtry was a standout student-athlete for Hiram in softball, earning letters all four seasons she played.
She was named team MVP for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001) and was a team captain for two years. McCaughtry earned First Team All-NCAC and All-Region honors in 2000 and 2001. She is Hiram’s all-time career leader in batting average with a .394 mark. In addition, McCaughtry holds the single season batting average record, hitting .490 in 2001. She currently ranks fifth in career hits (159), seventh in RBI’s (70) and seventh in doubles (32). McCaughtry was also named to the All-NCAC Decade Team in 2004.
McCaughtry currently works as an Environmental Sanitarian (health inspector) for the Lenawee County Health Department. In addition, she owns and operates her own photography business.
Katie (Wilhelm) Pelphrey (’01)
Katie (Wilhelm) Pelphrey was a standout student-athlete at Hiram in both cross country and track & field.
During her career, she won three letters in track, two in cross country and one in soccer. She earned All-NCAC honors in Hiram’s first year in the conference in 1999 and also garnered in All-NCAC accolades in 1999 and 2000 in track & field. Wilhelm won the Petroskey Award as the female student-athlete of the year in 2000. She set and currently still holds school records in the indoor 3,000-meter run, outdoor 1,500-meter run, outdoor 5,000-meter run and outdoor 10,000-meter run.
Upon her graduation from Hiram in 2001, Wilhelm went on to the University of Findlay to study Nuclear Medicine Technology. She has been a Nuclear Medicine Technologist with the Cleveland Clinic since 2002. She still actively runs and has qualified for the Boston Marathon.
Wilfredo Rivera (’80)
Wilfredo Rivera was a two-sport student-athlete at Hiram, earning four letters in both baseball and football.
Rivera was a four-time All-PAC honoree in baseball, earning First Team recognition in 1977 and 1978. He hit a team best .348 and .367 in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Rivera also hit the “legendary” home run against Case Western Reserve that is still talked about today. In addition, Rivera was also an All-PAC selection in football.
Following his graduation in 1980, Rivera relocated to Las Vegas and became a part of his family owned restaurant business. After serving as the Vice President of Operations for the Gunther Restaurant Group, he began his career as a teacher in the Clark County School District in Nevada, where he has been employed for the past 23 years. He is currently the head men’s soccer coach and assistant baseball coach. In 2014, he helped lead Clark County to a state championship.
Jeff Semivan (’84)
Jeff Semivan was a four-year standout on the football team during his time at Hiram on the offensive line.
Semivan was a two-time All-PAC honoree, being named Honorable Mention in 1981 and First Team in 1982. He was also named a NCAA Division III All-American in 1982. He helped lead Hiram to back-to-back winning seasons in 1981 and 1982, including the PAC title in 1982.
Semivan graduated from Hiram in 1984 and went on to obtain his MBA from Cleveland State in 1987. Since 2001, he has served as a Global Business Manager for Bostik Inc. and is responsible for managing multi-million dollar accounts and supervising a cross-functional international team.