Hall of Fame
Michael Cuscino - Athlete
Michael Cuscino was a master of consistency for the Butler County Community College golf team from 2007-2009, always steady in the tee box, cerebral on the fairways and stellar on the greens.
His approach paid off for Cuscino, a graduate of Shenango High School, who became a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association Division III All-Region XX selection and BC3’s second All-American in golf.
In the fall of 2007, Cuscino averaged a 79 and was picked to the All-Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference squad, and the All-WPCC tournament team by finishing eighth in the championships with an 81.
He later placed fourth in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, where he earned all-state honors.
The next spring, Cuscino became the first BC3 golfer in 10 years to qualify for the NJCAA national tournament in Chautauqua by shooting a fourth-place 161 in the NJCAA Division III Region XX championships. At Chautauqua, Cuscino fired a four-round 303 for a 13th-place finish and All-American honors.
Cuscino missed the fall 2008 season with an injury, but the following spring finished second in the NJCAA Division III Region XX tournament with a two-round 154.
He again qualified for the NJCAA national tournament in Chautauqua, where he finished 26th with a four-round 306.
Cuscino attained two bachelor’s degrees from California University of Pennsylvania, and earned a Class A PGA membership in June 2014. He served as assistant golf professional at St. Clair Country Club from 2014-18, and has been Upper St. Clair High School’s girls varsity golf coach since 2015.
Tom McConnell- Athlete
Behind the scoring and passing of lightning-quick point guard Tom McConnell, the Butler County Community College men’s basketball team compiled a 39-7 record, winning a BC3-record 11 consecutive games in the 1978-79 season, and 10 in a row in 1979-80 – and the program’s first Skyline Athletic Conference championship.
McConnell, a graduate of South Hills Catholic High School, became the first BC3 men’s basketball freshman selected to the All-Skyline Athletic Conference team after scoring 300 points and breaking the BC3 record with 148 assists. The Pioneers’ 19-3 record in 1978-79 was their best in the 12-year history of the program.
BC3 entered the 1979-80 season having won SAC titles in every sport but men’s basketball. With McConnell as a co-captain, that would change.
In a rematch of the 1979 championship, McConnell had 10 assists as BC3 dethroned the Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny 48-46 in overtime to win its first SAC crown and earn a berth in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association title game. Despite McConnell’s game-high 26 points against Northampton Community College in the PCAA contest, BC3 fell 85-65 and finished 20-4.
McConnell was again named to the All-SAC team, and went on to become the first former BC3 student-athlete to play NCAA Division I basketball, where at Davidson he was a co-captain. He was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest, Marquette and Dayton; and head men’s basketball coach at St. Francis (Pa). He was an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Colorado and at Old Dominion before becoming the current head women’s coach at IUP in 2013.
Megan (Smith) Nimmo- Athlete
As a 6-foot freshman, Megan Smith stood tall on the Butler County Community College volleyball team. After her 2002 and 2003 seasons with the Pioneers, even taller.
Smith, a Butler Senior High School graduate, led BC3 to a combined 48-12 record, consecutive Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association and National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Region XX crowns, an appearance in NJCAA national tournament in Minnesota, and became BC3’s second two-time NJCAA All-American.
The middle hitter was twice selected to the all-WPCC and All-PCAA squads, and the NJCAA All-Region XX and All-Region XX tournament squads.
As a freshman, Smith ranked fourth in the NJCAA’s Division III in aces, fifth in hitting efficiency and ninth in blocks, and led BC3 to the PCAA crown with a win over Lehigh Carbon Community College, and the NJCAA Division III Region XX title with a victory over Montgomery-Rockville. The Pioneers later placed fifth in the NJCAA national tournament in Rochester, Minn.
As a sophomore, Smith finished seventh in the NJCAA’s Division III in hitting efficiency, eighth in kills, 12th in aces and 13th in blocks, and again sparked BC3 to the PCAA title against Lehigh Carbon Community College, and the NJCAA Division III Region XX title with another victory over Montgomery-Rockville. She had 11 kills, 10 blocks and four aces in BC3’s season-ending loss to Columbus State in the NJCAA Division III District G championship.
During her two years, Smith had 640 kills, 205 blocks and 184 aces for BC3 teams that finished 28-4 and 20-8. She played volleyball for two years at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and coached volleyball at Union High School.
Michael Franko- Athlete
Cross-country launched in 1969 as the third sport at Butler County Community College and Mike Franko helped to get the new program off and running. Franko was BC3’s team captain, an All-State and All-Region honoree, and qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association 1969 National Cross-Country Championship that BC3 hosted on its new 4.2-mile Oak Hills course.
Franko left BC3 in the fall of 1970 to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and resumed his cross-country career in 1973. Despite a nearly four-year hiatus, Franko again served as team captain and duplicated his earlier successes with All-State and All-Region honors and qualifying for a second NJCAA National Cross-Country Championship. He expanded his role in BC3 athletics during his second stint, lettering in baseball and basketball and earning the distinction as BC3’s first three-sport athlete.
Franko continued his running career at Slippery Rock State College, where he competed in cross-country and track and field, achieving a personal best time of 4:18 in the mile. He served as a cross-country co-captain and was a member of a conference championship-winning track and field team in the 4x400 meter relay.
Franko returned to BC3 in 1977-79 to teach corporate fitness and direct the intramural program before moving on to a long career as a Multimedia Consultant for the Butler Media Group. Franko has been an avid runner, racer and promoter of the sport. He served on the Butler Road Race Board of Directors, was inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, and has been honored as a BC3 Distinguished Alumnus.
Becky Jo Higgins-Arey- Athlete
Is there anything more uncommon than a left-handed catcher? Maybe the left-handed catcher who was one of the best softball players ever at Butler County Community College. Beckie Jo Higgins-Arey was not the typical BC3 softball player, and she did not produce typical results.
As a freshman, Higgins-Arey co-captained BC3’s 1990 squad to an 18-2 record. She helped the Pioneers sweep Westmoreland County Community College in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Championship series, in which she hit a home run and a single in BC3’s Game 1 win. In Game 2, her two-out, run-scoring base hit gave BC3 a one-run victory and the WPCC championship.
The following week, the Pioneers faced Northampton County Community College for the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. BC3 won the best-of-three series two games to one to take home the program’s first and only PCAA Championship. Higgins-Arey led BC3 with a .402 batting average and was named to the WPCC All-Conference and PCAA All-State teams.
The 1991 season found Higgins-Arey back behind the plate in helping the Pioneers repeat as WPCC champions. As captain in 1991, Higgins-Arey led BC3 to a 15-4 record, batted .366 and once again earned WPCC All-Conference and PCAA All-State honors.
Higgins-Arey also played on BC3’s women’s volleyball team. After graduation, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and has had an extensive career in public education.
Bryant Lewandowski - Athlete
In a Butler County Community College men’s basketball program nearly 30 years old, it is hard for a player to be the first to reach many milestones. It’s harder still when you are not even the first member of your family to court success in BC3’s program. Bryant Lewandowski found a way. He became BC3’s first men’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points and joined his brother as the first and only siblings to be selected as BC3 All-Americans.
It’s not always easy being the younger brother. While Bryant Lewandowski followed the lead of his brother, Joe, he forged his own path to basketball success. In 1995, his only season, Joe Lewandowski was chosen as a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. That success influenced Bryant to choose BC3 where, from 1997-99, he tallied 1,303 points and became the all-time leading scorer in the men’s program.
As a freshman in 1997-98, Lewandowski got off to a fast start by averaging 23.1 points per game and earning All-Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference honors. His success continued in his second season by averaging 22.7 points. On Jan. 22, 1999, in BC3’s win against Cambria Area Community College, Lewandowski finished with 42 points, breaking BC3’s career record of 981, set by Terrance Pankey in 1991.
Two nights later, against Niagara County Community College, Lewandowski broke the 1,000-point barrier with a 24-point outing. His All-Conference, All-State and All-Region honors paved the way for a 1999 NJCAA All-American Award.
In one season at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Lewandowski led the Rockets in scoring average, assists and steals. He continued his basketball career overseas as the starting point guard for Horsens, Denmark, in the ProEuro League of the International Basketball Federation, and as a Pokal Cup finalist playing for Copenhagen, Denmark. He finished as an American Basketball Association All-Star in 2005-06 with the Ohio Aviators.
Walter Fitzpatrick - Contributor
A distinguished professor of the Social Sciences at BC3 for 42 years and a fixture in the sports program for practically its entire history, no one has consistently contributed to BC3 athletics more than Walter “Fitz” Fitzpatrick.
Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in History (1963) and a Masters in Geography (1966). In 1967, he was hired at BC3 for the new community college’s second year. A Phi Beta Kappa elected faculty member, Fitzpatrick spent his whole career teaching at BC3 until retiring in 2009. He won multiple Teacher of the Year Awards and receive the 2007 Outstanding Service Community Achievement Recognition Award along with other recognitions for his many years of service to the BC3 community.
Fitzpatrick is an active member of his church where he has been an usher for over 35 years. He is married, has two children, two grandchildren and is an avid Pitt fan. A longtime supporter of area sports, Fitzpatrick has been a commissioner for the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, a commissioner of the Butler County Eagle Baseball League, and has been active in Butler County American Legion baseball.
The official scorekeeper for men’s basketball since the team’s second season in 1968, Fitzpatrick has been the one constant in the basketball program for over 50 years. He has also been the scorekeeper for men’s baseball and women’s basketball, and is an enthusiastic supporter of all the BC3 athletic teams.
Fitzpatrick has left a lasting impression not only on the athletes, but also on everyone associated with BC3 athletics. If one person personifies a love of BC3 sports, it would be Walter Fitzpatrick. The only thing that Fitz might love more than sports…is his ever present can of Coke.
Andrew Matonak - Athlete
Andrew “Drew” Matonak had his first official action as a BC3 athlete on the hardwood as a member of the 1972-73 Pioneer Basketball team. However, his real impact would not be felt until that spring when he stepped to the pitcher’s mound for the BC3 Baseball team’s second season.
Sporting an earned run average (ERA) of 1.08 in his freshman campaign, Matonak helped lead the young Pioneers to the 1973 Skyline Athletic Conference Championship. This accomplishment included pitching a shutout of Penn State Beaver in the conference tournament. Not only a “southpaw” pitcher, Matonak also hit for a .407 batting average on his way to earning Region XIX All-Star honors.
The following year, BC3 began playing fall baseball. Picking up right where he left off in the spring, Matonak opened 1973 with a 13 strikeout win over CCAC South. His 5-2 record, 1.16 ERA, and .450 batting average helped the Pioneers finish 9-3 for the fall season. Matonak closed out his BC3 career with a win over Montgomery College in the 1974 NJCAA Region XX Baseball playoffs.
After graduating from BC3, Matonak played two seasons at the College of Wooster. In 1974-75, finishing 8-1 with a 1.49 ERA, he was voted team MVP and was honored as All-Ohio Athletic Conference Second Team. Matonak followed that up in the 1975-76 season with another team MVP, first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors, a 10-3 record, and a 1.88 ERA.
Influenced by his experience at BC3, Matonak pursued a career in Higher Education Administration becoming President of Hudson Valley Community College in 2005.
Missy (Haney) Schnur - Athlete
Missy (Haney) Schnur was not only one of the best all-around volleyball players in BC3 history, but one of the most impactful. Her arrival at BC3 helped turn around the struggling volleyball program, push BC3’s women’s sports into the NJCAA, and usher in a period of volleyball success that would last for years.
The women’s volleyball team run of losing seasons ended when Schnur joined the Pioneers in the fall of 1998. In her first season, she led the team to a 15-4 finish, won the WPCC Conference Championship, the PCAA State Championship and garnered WPCC All-Conference and PCAA All-State honors.
Buoyed by the success of the 1998 team, BC3 Women’s Athletics would become members of the NJCAA in 1999 making them eligible for regional play and national recognition. Once again named to the all-conference and all-state teams for 1999, Schnur led the Pioneers to a 19-2 record and volleyball’s first NJCAA Region XX Championship. She was also recognized with Region XX honors for all-region, all-tournament, tournament MVP, and earned the first NJCAA All-American award for a BC3 woman’s athlete.
Schnur was also a member of the 1999 softball team before transferring to IUP where she continued her volleyball career. After receiving an Exercise Science Bachelor’s degree from SRU in 2003, Schnur returned to BC3 to obtain a Physical Therapy Assistant Degree in 2005.
Robert Wilson - Athlete
Robert Wilson was one of the first athletes to garner national recognition for the fledgling BC3 athletic program. Wilson set the standard for excellence at BC3 as a member of the cross country team in 1970 and 1971 earning NJCAA All-American honors in each of those seasons.
As a freshman, Wilson went undefeated in all of his first season meets prior to nationals. He won the BC3-hosted 1970 Region XIX Championship with a course record time of 22:19.5. Winning the regional championship qualified Wilson for the 1970 NJCAA National Championship meet in Vincennes, Indiana where he finished 7th earning his first All-American honor.
As a sophomore, Wilson won the 1971 Region XIX Championship with a new school record time of 22:07; qualifying him for the NJCAA National Championship meet in Danville, Illinois. Wilson finished 14th earning a second All-American Award.
Wilson is one of three athletes to win two NJCAA All-American Awards in BC3’s first 50 years of competition. While at BC3, Wilson set many team and area course records. He would continue his cross country career at North Carolina State earning All-ACC honors in 1973 placing 15th at the ACC Conference Meet.
Thomas Beckett - Coach
Thomas Beckett’s career in athletics checks all the boxes: player, coach, and administrator. As one of the early pioneers in Butler County Community College athletics, Beckett’s nine-year run at BC3 marked a time of conception and growth for the once-fledgling sports program.
Beckett, a Pittsburgh native, received a baseball scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh where he also played basketball. Beckett lettered three seasons in baseball and was team captain in his final year. Beckett got his start in collegiate coaching as an aide with Pitt’s baseball team in 1969-70 before moving on to play professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants organization.
BC3 hired Beckett in 1971 to teach health and physical education and to direct the intramural program, and later he became the first coach to be hired by BC3’s athletic department. Beckett accepted the reins of the 1971-72 basketball squad from Athletic Director Charles Dunaway, who had previously coached all of BC3’s teams, and led the inaugural baseball team in 1972. In its second season, the baseball team won the Skyline Athletic Conference, the precursor to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference. Beckett’s baseball teams won three more SAC Championships from 1976-78 and his basketball squad claimed the SAC title in the 1979-80 season. Beckett left BC3 in the fall of 1980 to take an athletic administrator position at San Jose State University.
Following San Jose State, Beckett served as Associate Director of Athletics at Stanford University from 1983-1994 before landing at Yale University, where he was Athletic Director for 24 years.
John Stuper - Athlete
John Stuper’s journey began as a two-sport star at a small community college and continued to Major League Baseball’s biggest stage -- the World Series.
Stuper played baseball and basketball at Butler County Community College from 1975-1977. As a pitcher, he was nearly unbeatable with a 25-3 career record. He was also a member of multiple Skyline Athletic Conference Championship teams and earned numerous All-Conference awards. Stuper also excelled on BC3’s basketball court, where he averaged a career 18.6 points per game and received All-Conference recognition in his two seasons. He later played at Point Park College, earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American honors and pitched in the NAIA College World Series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Stuper in 1978. On June 1, 1982, he made his Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals. That year he pitched in Game 6 of the World Series, throwing a complete-game four-hitter in the Cardinals’ 13-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis won the title in Game 7. Sports Illustrated listed Stuper’s World Series performance among the 10 best by a rookie pitcher in the history of postseason play. In a Major League career that spanned from 1982 to 1985 with the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, Stuper pitched in 111 games and finished with a 32-28 overall record and 3.96 earned run average.
In the fall of 1986, Stuper became head baseball coach at BC3 and compiled a 92-68 record in five seasons. In 1993 he became head baseball coach at Yale University, and he has led the program to the most wins in Yale history.
Charles W. Dunaway
Charles W. Dunaway was the living personification of a Pioneer at Butler County Community College (BC3). Dunaway not only started the athletic program at BC3, but also coached all of the teams in the first few seasons. When he was hired in the fall of 1967 to teach health science classes and run intramural programs, there were no plans to start intercollegiate athletics at BC3. Regardless, it didn’t take long for an interest in athletics to develop. The seed of intercollegiate athletics was planted at the Liberty School Gymnasium in Freedom, Pennsylvania on February 15, 1968. It was there that a team of handpicked intramural basketball players from BC3 played in the inaugural intercollegiate game against a team from the Community College of Beaver County. Golf and cross country competition soon followed and Pioneer athletics became official a few years later when Dunaway was formally named as the Athletic Director at the College. Dunaway presided over the program for 32 years starting and coaching many of the athletic teams including men’s basketball, golf, cross country, tennis, and baseball. Dunaway won conference Coach of the Year for golf in 1973, 1974 and 1987, and in tennis in 1978 and 1987-1989. Although he retired in 1999, Dunaway returned for a second stint in coaching as the co-coach of the golf team beginning in 2004.
Dunaway was not only a Pioneer at BC3, but also in the state of Pennsylvania. He helped found the Skyline Athletic Conference and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association. These organizations brought structure to community college sports and provided guidance for emerging athletic programs in the state of Pennsylvania. As an active member in both organizations, Dunaway held many positions including his selection as the first president of the fledgling Skyline Athletic Conference.
A standout athlete at Connellsville High School, Dunaway played basketball, football, and tennis before moving on to Slippery Rock University. While at Slippery Rock, he was a three-year letter winner in football and four-year award winner and captain of The Rock tennis team. Dunaway was a 2000 inductee into the Slippery Rock Hall of Fame, 2001 inductee into the Butler Area Sports Hall of Fame, and a 2008 inductee into the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Hall of Fame. Not just an athlete, Chuck was also an accomplished faculty member who earned recognition for his academic contributions to BC3.
The Charles W. Dunaway Pioneer Hall of Fame is not only named after, but also dedicated to the pioneering spirit Chuck Dunaway contributed to the athletic program in his nearly 50 years of service to Butler County Community College.