Revere announces 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Three Revere alumni, one coach and the 1990 girls track and field team were inducted into the Revere High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Aug. 25, prior to the Minutemen football game.

The hall of fame honors Revere High School graduates, coaches and contributors who helped to create and continue an excellent athletic tradition at Revere. A hall of fame selection committee chooses the recipients from a number of nominations.

Coach Carmen Haydu was a physical education teacher and coach at Revere for 34 years from 1964-1998. She began coaching Revere girls in the Y-teens at the YMCA in downtown Akron. After the introduction of Title IX in the 1970s, she secured gym time for the girls at the beginning of the Revere girls interscholastic participation in the Suburban League. She coached seven seasons of volleyball, finishing with three league titles and a 75% winning percentage. She coached five seasons of basketball where she ended with three league titles and a 68% winning percentage. As a four-season softball coach, her girls won two league championships and had a 63% win percentage. Haydu was instrumental in the development of all three sports at Revere as they evolved over the years.

Stephen Suglio ’13 was a wrestler and four-time Suburban LeagueScholar Athlete, two-time Academic All-State and two-time state qualifier. During his senior year, he went 48-3 and was Suburban League, Sectional, and District Champion while placing runner-up in the state tournament in the 182-pound weight division. He graduated with the school record of 127 wins and 78 pins. He continued his wrestling career at Kent State University where he was a four-time All-MAC Academic performer and the 2018 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Suglio finished 21-10 his senior year and earned a qualifying spot in the NCAA Championships. He is currently entering his fourth year as a wrestling coach at Revere.

Megan (Gray) Giltner ’04 was a tennis and basketball player. She was a two-year letter winner and team captain her senior year in basketball. As a tennis player, Giltner helped her team win four straight conference championships. She was a four-year letter winner, two-time captain, four-time 1st Team All-Suburban League, and 1st Team All-Ohio during her senior year. Giltner received the John Harlow Sportsmanship Award from the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association in 2004. She attended the University of Dayton where she was a four-year letter winner, team captain and Atlantic 10 All-Academic team selection her senior year. She was named MVP twice during her college career.

Doug Wisnieski ’69 was a football, basketball, and track and field athlete. He was a three-year letter winner in each sport. As a football player, he contributed to the team’s two league championships. In basketball he helped the Minutemen achieve three consecutive championships and was a captain and all-league performer his senior year. Wisnieski set records in track and field in high hurdles and low hurdles as well as the Revere Pentathlon. During his senior year he was the recipient of the Chrysler Award and Manhood Award.

1990s Girls Track and Field team was undefeated in dual meets, won the Suburban League Championship, captured the District Championship and was the runner-up at Regionals and the State Championship. Six girls on the team qualified for the state meet: Kerry Kirkland, Tracy Kirkland, Kory Fielitz, Ann Eschenauer, Rachel Barta and Emily Swaitek. The relay team of Kerry, Tracy, Fielitz and Eschenauer were state champions in the 4×200 relay and second place in the 4×100 relay. Tracy was second in the 400M and Fielitz was third in the high jump. The relay team of Tracy, Eschenauer, Barta, and Swiatek finished second in the 4×400 relay. The team still holds eight school records in the 200M, 400M, 1600M, 300H, high jump, 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400. ∞

Photo: Four individual Revere alumni and members of the 1990 girls track and field team pose after being inducted into the Revere Athletic Hall of Fame at the first home football game of the season. Photo submitted.