SHS Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet 2022

Congratulations to Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees (Class of 2022)


Strongsville, OH (September 1, 2022) - The Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced the addition of eight members to the Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Members of this Hall of Fame Class of 2022 include:

Jessica Carey (Roberts) (Girls Soccer) - SHS Class of 2004
Kyle Cobb (Boys Golf and Boys Basketball) - SHS Class of 2006
Cassie Martin (Girls Track & Field and Girls Basketball) - SHS Class of 2016
Deverin Muff (Boys Basketball and Boys Track & Field) - SHS Class of 2010
Nick Skully (Boys Basketball and Football) - SHS Class of 2001
Russ Jacques (SHS Football Coach)
1997 Boys Soccer State Championship Team
Bob Serpentini - SHS Athletic Wall of Fame Inductee

The Class of 2022 will be inducted into the Strongsville Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Strongsville’s Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. Dinner and ceremony begins at 5:00pm. The group will also be recognized during the Friday, October 21, 2022 Strongsville High School varsity football game on Serpentini Field at Pat Catan Stadium. The Mustangs battle the Brunswick Blue Devils at 7:00pm.

The Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is presented by Carbone for Strongsville. Additional sponsor support of the event includes:

Mayor Tom & Debbie Perciak - Dinner Sponsor
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YOUR Councilman At Large Joe Demio - Dessert Sponsor
Tom & Kelly Clark - Awards Sponsor
The Bob Cappy Family - Scholarship Sponsor
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Councilman Gordon Short - Team Dinner Sponsor
Councilwoman At Large Kelly Kosek - Photography & Audio/Visual Sponsor

SHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022


Jessica Carey (Roberts) (Girls Soccer) - SHS Class of 2004
Jessica was a standout player for the Lady Mustangs.  She was a member of the 2000 Regional Championship Team, the 2002 State Championship Team, and the 2003 State Finals Team. Jessica was the program’s first High School All-American in 2003. In 2003, she was also named 1st Team All-Ohio and selected as both the Pioneer Conference Player of the Year and the Greater Cleveland Player of the Year. Jessica continued her academic and athletic career at The Ohio State University, where she earned Big Ten Academic All-American Honors.


Kyle Cobb (Boys Golf and Boys Basketball) - SHS Class of 2006
Kyle excelled in both Golf and Basketball for the Mustangs. As a golfer, he was named 1st Team Pioneer Conference in both the 2004 and 2005 season. In 2005, Kyle was named Pioneer Conference MVP and selected First Team All-District. Kyle was a member of the 2004 State Qualifying Team for Boys Golf. Kyle still holds the school records for both 9-hole and 18-hole scores (31 and 69, respectively). He also holds the SHS record for Best Junior Year Scoring Average (36.3) and ranks #2 all-time for Best Senior Year Scoring Average (36.1).

In basketball, Kyle was a starter on the 2005 and 2006 Pioneer Conference Championship teams. As a Senior, he was named 1st Team All-Sun Southwest and 2nd Team All-Conference. The 2006 Mustang Boys Basketball Team reached the “Elite 8” in the State Tournament, the only team in school history to advance that far in the end of season tournament. 


Cassie Martin (Girls Track & Field and Girls Basketball) - SHS Class of 2016
Cassie excelled in Track and Field throughout her years at Strongsville High School. She was a six-time Division I State Champion in the High Jump, winning three titles at the indoor State Championship and three titles at the outdoor State Championship. Cassie was also a four-time Regional Champion, a three-time District Champion, and a four-time Conference Champion in High Jump. During her high school career, she earned All-Conference honors each of her four years in several events. As a senior, she qualified for the State Meet in four events. She was named team MVP all four years and served as team captain for three years. She broke school records in the High Jump, 400m, 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m. As a student-athlete, Cassie earned a total of 11 varsity letters, competing in both Track & Field and Basketball. Cassie continued her academic and track and field career, competing at both Duke University and Wake Forest University, where she was named All-ACC six times and was the 2022 ACC High Jump Champion.


Deverin Muff (Boys Basketball and Boys Track & Field) - SHS Class of 2010
Deverin was a two-sport star, excelling at both track and field and basketball in his years at Strongsville High School. In 2010, Deverin was a Division I State Champion in the High Jump (6’8”). His senior year, he swept all the high jump events, winning the Conference Meet, Districts, Regionals, and eventually his State Championship. Deverin holds the school record in high jump with a leap of 6’ 9 ½”.

His basketball awards include being named as an NEOC Honorable Mention (2008), earning a spot on the OHSBCA Area High School Coaches Association Top 100 (2009), named to the NEOC First Team All-Conference team (2010), and being selected to the Greater Cleveland All-Star team (2010). Deverin was also named the Strongsville Athlete of the Year and the Strongsville Post Athlete of the Year in 2010. He continued his academic and athletic career as a member of the basketball team at Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration.


Nick Skully (Boys Basketball and Football) - SHS Class of 2001
Nick was a standout student-athlete at Strongsville High School in both football and basketball. For the Mustangs football team, he was a two-year letter winner and team captain. In his career, Nick had twelve interceptions and was both a 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference selection (2000 & 2001). He was also named to the All-Region Team, and was a Special Mention All-State in 2001 at defensive back.

On the basketball court, Nick was a three-year letter winner, team captain, Player of the Year (2001), 1st Team All-Conference selection and Conference MVP. He still holds the school record for Assists in a Single Season.  His senior season, Nick was a 1st team All-Region selection, a Special Mention All-State Selection and named to the Greater Cleveland All-Star Team. The Mustangs basketball team in 2001 finished with a 20-4 record, earned a Conference Championship (14-0), and advanced to the “Sweet 16” in the State Tournament.


Russ Jacques (SHS Football Coach)
Russ coached collegiately for 17 years at Bowling Green State University, Ohio University, West Virginia University, University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin before beginning his career as a high school coach. In his 20 year Strongsville coaching career, Coach Jacques had an overall record of 147-78. He led the Mustangs to either conference champions or runner-up for conference champions in 16 of his 20 seasons as head coach of the football team. His teams earned 8 conference championships (7 as a member of the Pioneer Conference and 1 as a member of the NOC), and 12 playoff appearances, including 3 regional final appearances. Coach Jacques was named OHSAA coach of the year in 1998.


1997 Boys Soccer State Championship Team
The 1997 Boys Soccer Team won the first ever State Championship for Strongsville High School. This talented team included several All-Conference, All-County, and All-State Players. The ‘97 Mustangs captured a Pioneer Conference championship along with District & Regional championships on their way to the State Championship.  This team finished the season with an impressive 18-2-3 record, including a 2-0 State Semifinal win over St. Ignatius and a 2-1 win over Westerville North in the State Finals. This squad still holds five Boys Soccer Records, including Most Wins, Fewest Losses, Most Shutouts, Most Consecutive Shutouts, and Most Shots in a Game. They have the honor of being the first team to ever be inducted into the Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame.


Bob Serpentini - SHS Athletic Wall of Fame Inductee
Bob Serpentini fell in love with the car business after landing his first job washing vehicles at a dealership when he was 16 years old. By the time he was 22, he was a first-generation Chevrolet dealer in Orrville, Ohio. Today, the Serpentini Auto Group encompasses six Ohio Chevrolet stores in Orrville, Tallmadge, Strongsville, Westlake, Medina and Willoughby Hills. His two sons, Bobby and Ryan, also work for the family business. Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville has been a strong supporter of Strongsville City Schools and the Mustangs Athletic Department for several years. The turf fields at both Strongsville High School and Strongsville Middle School are known as “Serpentini Field” due to his commitment and financial support of SCS. For the past decade, Serpentini Chevrolet has donated a new car for an annual raffle giveaway, benefiting the District’s Athletic Program. “Supporting the athletic enrichment of local youth builds pride in the schools and creates college opportunities for the students,” said Mr. Serpentini. 


Nomination forms for the Strongsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2023) are available online at www.strongsvilleathletics.org. Click on the “MORE” tab. Nominations can also be sent to the Strongsville High School Athletic Department (20025 Lunn Road, Strongsville, OH 44149).  Nominations must be received by March 1, 2023.

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