2002 - FOOTBALL
Ace Heberling, WPIAL Executive
Director, for 22 years, built the WPIAL from its humble surroundings. It
was run from the basement of a house into an effective and efficient
athletic organization. He spearheaded a number of improvements including
moving the headquarters to an office building in Carnegie, promoting
equality among the male and female sports formats and establishing a
television contract that would allow the high school football
championship to be aired on cable television.
He is a graduate of Perry High School of Pittsburgh's Northside
He was a Navy fighter pilot in World War II and earned his nickname
for his exploits
He was an official in the National Football League for 23 years and
three Super Bowls and was crew chief for 16 years.
In his first job after graduation, from Washignton & Jefferson College
where he played football, he was a teacher and coach at East Washington
He spent 14 years as an NFL replay/observer. Experienced as an
official in High School/College football for 15 years and basketball (25
years) prepared him for the NFL.
Ace and his wife Jane have been married for 52 years and have four