Hammond Sports Hall of Fame
The Class of 2024 Inductees

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Dennis Hardesty

 Marie Herring

Andy Juscik

Dr. Joseph P. Markovich DC

Damon Rogers

Joseph Gulvas

(Veterans Category)

2023 Inductees:


As a manager, coach, promoter, referee, judge, cut man and advisor, this Clark HS alumnus championed the sport of boxing for 45+ years. The hundreds of amateur and professional fighters he trained produced dozens of Golden & Silver Gloves championships and 200+ professional ring victories. Several of his pro boxers, including Amy Yuratovac and Hammond Sports Hall of Famers Jack Callahan & Marty Jakubowski, competed for world titles. He also advanced boxing as a wholesome activity for disadvantaged youth and a viable exercise program for Parkinson’s patients.





This Iowa native and 1983 Purdue University Calumet alumna carved an impressive niche coaching multiple high school girls’ teams over a 37-year period (1984-2021) in Hammond, primarily at Morton. As head volleyball coach (1990-2009), she guided the Governors to conference, sectional & regional titles in ’98. During a 9-year period, she led Morton to 5 sectional and 6 conference championships, earning Coach-of-the-Year honors 6 times. Her track & field teams won conference titles and she was named Coach-of-the-Year 11 consecutive seasons (2007-2018.)



During a 50+ year career, this 1959 Noll graduate coached girls’ basketball at Noll after introducing and coaching women’s basketball at nearby Calumet College of St. Joseph (1999-2007). Coach “J” also served CCSJ as athletic director, overseeing development of a comprehensive intercollegiate sports program that grew from 3 teams & 20 student-athletes in 1999 to 20 & 170+, respectively, in 2007. At Noll, initially as an assistant coach, he contributed to the 1989-1990 team’s 23-1 success. As head coach, he led Noll to a sectional title in 1997 and earned conference Coach-of-the-Year honors twice.




This versatile and accomplished 1973 Hammond High alumnus excelled in 3 sports (football, wrestling and track & field) in high school, then repeated his 3-sport effort at Wabash College—while earning a pre-med degree. At Hammond High, he was a 2-way football starter, gaining all-state honorable mention recognition as a nose guard (’72), while leading his state-ranked team in tackles. He also was a sectional wrestling titlist (167 lbs.) and conference champion 440-yard track runner. Collectively, he earned 18 varsity letters in high school and college.


After a standout high school basketball career at Clark, this 1987 graduate raised his game to an even more impressive level at the University of Dubuque (IA). There, as a sharpshooting guard, he earned 2nd and 1st Team All-Iowa Conference honors in 1990 & ’91, respectively. He graduated as Dubuque’s career leader in 3-point field goals with 122 and as the No. 4 scorer in school history (1,556 points). He also helped Dubuque to 2 conference titles, then went on to play professionally in country formerally known as Czechoslovakia. He was inducted into the University of Dubuque Hall of Fame in 2011.


(Veterans Category)

A 4-sport high school athlete, this 1947 Clark graduate found his greatest sports glory on baseball fields. A third baseman, center fielder and pitcher, he once briefly took leave from a high school baseball game to run a 100-yard dash at a nearby track meet. In 1949, he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization and competed at various minor league levels during a professional career that sandwiched a stint in Uncle Sam’s army (1950-53). During and after his playing days, he coached local youth in multiple sports.




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