Class of 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
|Mia Behm||Jerome Milton|
|John Carney||Josiah Mooney|
|Billy Paul Chrietzberg||Michelle Obach|
|Darwin Crawford||Bo Wilson|
|Andre Cummings||Eric Pottkotter and the 1984 State Championship Football Team|
Bishop Gorman is honored to announce Mia Behm will be one of the members of the inaugural class. Behm is one of the top distance runners in the history of East Texas high school runners and is now an elite marathon runner in the United States.
As a student at Bishop Gorman, Behm would serve as the captain of the track team her junior and senior seasons. She captured the District, Regional, and State Championship in the 1600m and 3200m run in 2007 and 2008. She was also the District and State Champion in the 1600m and State Champion in the 800m in 2006. She was also the State Champion in cross country in 2006 and 2007.
She is still the state record holder in the 3200m with a time of 10:54.90. She holds the Gorman scorer records in the 800, 1600, and 3200.
Running for the University of Texas, Behm would earn All-American honors for the Longhorns. Behm now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She was the 12th American female in the 2019 running of the 123rd Boston Marathon. She qualified and ran in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Coach John Carny
Carney will be inducted posthumously, following his passing in 2016.
Coach Carney spent the majority of his life coaching at Bishop Gorman. Over the course of over 50 years, he coached multiple sports for the Crusaders. He started as the middle school boys basketball coach in 1968, and would also coach the varsity boys and girls, basketball teams, in addition to the varsity softball program. He was the softball coach from 1992-2009.
His highest finish was third place in state with varsity boys basketball.
The softball field at Gorman and the gymnasium at St. Gregory are both named for this devoted Crusader.
Coach Carney was married to his wife Barbara for almost 65 years. His legacy at Bishop Gorman goes beyond the programs he started, built, and coached, as all 11 of his children graduated from BG. In addition, 26 grandchildren have also graduated with seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren currently attending.
Billy Paul Chrietzberg
Billy Paul Chrietzberg
Chrietzberg is the first individual to be honored as a special contributor in the Hall of Fame.Billy Paul Chrietzberg was very involved with St. Gregory and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic from 1961 through 1983. We lost a great man when he passed away in 1983 from a heart attack at the age of 53.
In his 20 plus years of service, he held multiple positions with the Booster Club, including President. He was very instrumental in many projects during the early stages of the high school, helping to build the track and baseball diamond. He was instrumental in fundraising and the building of these facilities.
He was a team player, who motivated other parents and families to give of their time and energy to support the Tyler Catholic Schools. A true example of a Servant's Heart, his proudest moments were watching students excelling in their respective school activities.
Billy Paul Chrietzberg had three children graduate from Gorman. Michael (1972), Judith (1973), and David (1977).
Crawford was a four-sport letter-winner during his career at Bishop Gorman. He would graduate in 1974, and enjoyed a brilliant career for the Crusaders. He would earn all-state recognition in football and track, while also playing baseball and basketball. He played multiple positions on the football team (tight end, running back, and defensive end). In addition to all-state recognition, Crawford was also selected for numerous All-District and All-East Texas squads. He would become a state medalist in the 440 and was the district champion in the 100-yard dash. Crawford was a member of the very first baseball team at Bishop Gorman in 1972. He would earn All-District and All-State honors on the diamond. Crawford would go on to earn his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from Stephen F. University. He would spend a decade as the head baseball coach at SFA, winning over 250 games and having his jersey number retired in the SFA Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Michigan!
Cummings was a three-sport letter-winner during his career at Bishop Gorman. He would graduate in 1996, and he remains one of the top athletes to ever wear a Crusader uniform.
The 6'5" Cummings earned All-District, All-East Texas, and All-State honors on the football field. A big-time receiver, he was a key member of the State Championship squad in 1995. He averaged over 20 points a game on the basketball court, starting as a sophomore and continuing throughout his career. He played in the state playoffs and was a 1,000 point scorer for the Crusaders. Cummings was also a State Champion as an individual and as a team in track and field. He captured the state long jump and high jump championship, earning valuable points for Bishop Gorman. He set a school record in both jumping events. He is also a member of the 4 x 200-meter relay that continues to hold the school record. Following his career as a Crusader, Cummings signed and played basketball with Tyler Junior College.
Milton built one of the top track and field programs in the state, winning 10 State Championships over the course of his distinguished career with the Crusaders. He would lead the girls to eight titles, and the boy's program to two championships.
Rev. Milton dedicated close to 30 years to Bishop Gorman, with the track where his student-athletes dominated now being named after the legendary coach.
Profiled in Sports Illustrated in 2002, he was the first African American to be presented with the Prestigious TV Butler Award.
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Rev. Milton continued his studies with a master's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. He ran track and played football at UCLA.
Mooney was a three-sport letter winner during his brilliant career at Bishop Gorman. He would graduate in 1997, and would earn multiple honors while playing football, basketball, and track.
Mooney was All-District, All-East Texas, and All-State on the gridiron, as a quarterback and a linebacker. He was the QB and leading tackler on the 1995 TAPPS State Championship team. Josiah was a two-time All-District selection on the basketball court and was a state qualifier in track (twice).
Following his graduation from Bishop Gorman, Mooney would play college football for the Red Storm at St. John's University in New York. He was the team MVP in 2000 and was a Div. 1-AA All-American in 2000. He was honored for his work as a student, being named to the Athletic Directors Academic All-Star Team for Div. 1-AA. He finished with 167 tackles, nine sacks, and seven interceptions.
Mooney completed his undergraduate work at St. John's University and obtained his Master's Degree from Trinity University. His education has continued with the Harvard Business Analytics Program (Harvard Business School, 2020). From 2005-2009 Mooney and his wife (former Gorman alum Katherine Scirto) worked with Catholic Relief Services Mission in San Lucas, Guatemala. In 2011, St. John's University awarded Mooney with the St. Vincent DePaul Medal.
He is now the Chief Operating Officer for Senior Whole Health (Massachusetts).
Obach was a standout on the basketball court for the Lady Crusaders. She is the youngest of the inductees, having graduated from Bishop Gorman in 2013.
She was a four-year letter winner, and finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the school, finishing with over 2,500 career points. She earned all-state three consecutive years, was a first-team All-East Texas selection, and was the East Texas "Player of the Year" her senior season.
After finishing her brilliant career for the Crusaders, Obach would earn All-American honors for the Patriots at The University of Texas - Tyler.
She graduated from UT-Tyler and recently completed her Law Degree at The University of Houston. Join us on October 2 to recognize Michelle Obach and all members of the Bishop Gorman 2020 Hall of Fame Class.
Bishop Gorman is proud to announce Coach Henry Carl "Bo" Wilson will be one of the members of the inaugural class. Coach Wilson enjoyed tremendous success throughout his career. He guided the Crusaders to the 1995 TAPPS State Championship. Coach Wilson will be inducted posthumously, having passed away in 2017.
Coach Wilson started his coaching career in Livingston and then continued at Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, followed by Fonville, Jeff Davis, and Bellaire, all in the Houston ISD. He continued his head coaching and Athletic Director role with stops at Baird, Granbury, Stamford, Sweeny, Pairs, Troup, Bullard, Arp, and finishing at
Bishop Gorman. Coach Wilson also served as a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers and an assistant coach for the Dallas Texas Arena Football Team.
The '95 team finished the year with a record of 12-1, winning the state title. The 12 wins remain the school record for Gorman. The '95 team is also the last team to win a district title on the football field for Bishop Gorman.
Coach Wilson also served his country in the Marine Reserves. Coach Wilson was married for 50 years to his wife, Penny.
Eric Pottkotter and the 1984 State Championship Football Team
1984 State Championship Football Team
This was the first state title won by Bishop Gorman, with Coach Eric Pottkotter leading the team to a 10-2 record and the title. The Crusaders were a strong offensive squad, scoring 34 points or more in six of their 12 games during the 1984 season.
The 1984 season was the third for Coach Pottkotter at Gorman, and he was named East Texas Coach of the Year, while also earning state Coach of the Year honors.
To win the state title, the Crusaders would eliminate Lutheran North (60-7) in the semi-final game, before shutting out Sacred Heart-Halletsville (22-0) in the championship contest. Heath Webb, Ricky Gastillo, David Owston, Brad Vinson, George Tures and Damon Carney all were named to the All-State Team. Webb, Tures and Vinson were All-East Texas selections. Richard Tyer, Jason Jonas, Alex Claybon, Peter Chaump, Chuck Rogers, Collin Maloney were All-District players, as were Owston, Gastillo, Carney, Tures, Webb and Vinson.