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Sewickley's James Bouchard, Claudio Reilsono to join Steel City Sports World Hall of Fame

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
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Sewickley resident Claudio Reilsono
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Esmark founder, chairman and CEO Jim Bouchard thanks family, friends and the community for their hand in helping make the new Esmark Center in Edgeworth a reality during a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Two Sewickley residents have been named to the inaugural Steel City Sports World Hall of Fame.

James Bouchard and Claudio Reilsono will be honored at an annual awards dinner in May.

Steel City Sports World mentors and takes children to educational and sporting events. The Hall of Fame was founded so children have role models, founder Luther Dupree Jr. said.

Former Pirates player Al Oliver also will be inducted.

Dupree expects a total of 10 inductees by the beginning of February.

Bouchard — the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of industrial firm Esmark Inc. — serves on the boards of the Quaker Valley Hockey Association and the FC Pittsburgh youth soccer organization.

He also is chairman and majority owner of the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League.

Reilsono, the head baseball coach at Carnegie Mellon University since 2005, has coached area high school and college baseball teams for 30 years.

Besides coaching, Reilsono, 49, works as general manager for the Global Scouting Bureau, which evaluates players for professional teams on a contractual basis, president and founder James Gamble said.

A lead scout, Reilsono is good at encouraging young players, Gamble said.

“He's very humble,” Gamble said.

Carnegie Mellon senior Evan Fisch said Reilsono has been kind as he applies to medical schools.

“He helped me shadow doctors and has been good at writing (recommendation letters),” said Fisch, 22. “He cares about me as a person, not only as a baseball player.”

Reilsono said in being honored, he thinks about his late parents and how they encouraged him to pursue a career in baseball.

“They allowed me to live my dream,” Reilsono said.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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