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McCormick starred in 3 sports in high school

This is the second in a series of profiles of the 2014 Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

The Fox Chapel Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held on May 31. For more information, contact Jim Perry at 724-274-9355 orgymbeck63@aol.com.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Bob McCormick, who graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1970, was a man for all seasons during his high school days.

He played football, basketball and baseball for the Foxes and he excelled in all three sports, earning a total of seven letters.

He was captain of the baseball team in his junior and senior years and captained the football team in his senior year.

He was all-section in football and basketball in his senior year and all-WPIAL in baseball. If there had been an ironman award in football, he would have laid claim to that as he played every minute of every game in his senior year.

He had four interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown and was listed among the top 100 players coming out of high school. That season was also the first winning season in Fox Chapel history.

In baseball, he was a three-year starter and ended his career at FC with a batting average over .400. In 18 games as a senior, he batted over .500 and belted four home runs and drove in 26 runs.

He played with the Little Pirates and signed a contract, which ended his baseball eligibility when he enrolled at John Carroll University. That didn't stop him from continued success in football and basketball. He was a two-year starter in both his freshman and sophomore years before a serious back injury in his junior year ended his athletic career.

He then transferred to Duquesne to finish his education and moved to Virginia. While there, he started an AAU basketball program in 1996. The Fairfax Stars have had over 130 players receive D-I scholarships since 2005 and is nationally recognized as one of the top AAU organizations in the United States, having won more regional and national championships than all the other D.C. area programs combined.

“In high school, I was a shade under 6-4, and I weighed about 185 pounds,” McCormick said. “I played wide receiver on offense and linebacker and cornerback on defense. I was also the punter and kicked off for the team. I never left the field.”

In basketball, he played what would now be the 3-guard position, small forward back in the day.

“I played about every position in baseball but primarily first base, catcher, pitcher and outfield,” McCormick said.

He was selected All-WPIAL as an infielder.

“I loved playing all three sports, but baseball held a special spot in my heart because my father was also a great player,” McCormick said.

“My favorite memories of football were being on the first Fox Chapel squad to have a winning record.

In basketball, I had a teammate, Dave Thomas, who made a lifelong impression on me.

In baseball, I hit over .530 for the year, and close to .700 in conference games, but my favorite memory was, after being hit in the head by a pitch from a former teammate on the Little Pirates, hitting his next pitch in my next at bat for a triple, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs against North Hills.”

McCormick majored in marketing in college and had three careers. For 15 years, he worked at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and ended his stay as the region manager of the commercial tire division.

He then owned his own small business for 15 years. Currently, he is an administrator at a high school in Fairfax County, Va.

He and his wife, Patty, have been married almost 18 years.

He had been involved with youth sports prior to the Fairfax Stars but got involved in basketball when his niece was rejected for a team she tried out for.

“I knew she was good enough to be a member,” he said. “My older sister asked me what she should do, and I said either stay upset, or form our own team. My younger sister Aggie and I formed a team, and after coaching at several levels, including AAU for another program, we formed the Fairfax Stars Basketball Program.

“From 1996 until I retired from actively coaching the team, the Stars program was basically my life. We are now one of 20 NIKE affiliated programs in the U.S, and nationally recognized. It has been the joy of my life having been a part of the Stars.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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