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Our featured speakers for 2012 were Wally Bell, Major League Umpire, Andre Coleman, HIckory product and former NFL wide receiver and Bob Walk, color man on radio and TV for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Read their bios below. You can see a list of our past speakers by clicking on the graphic below.

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  WALLY BELL   ANDRE COLEMAN
BOB WALK
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Bell is a current Major League Baseball umpire.

He was born in Ravenna, Ohio in 1965.

Since reaching the major leagues, Bell has umpired in one World Series (2006), two All-Star Games (1997, 2000), five Division Series (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006), and three League Championship Series (2000, 2001, 2005).

Bell graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1983. He began his umpiring career by working Little League and summer league games when he was 17.

Bell spent eight years in the minor leagues before finally ascending to the majors. His umpiring experience includes stints in the International League, Dominican League, Carolina League, South Atlantic League, and the New York/Penn League.

Bell is currently is one of the few major league umpires who goes to one knee to call strikes.

Coleman is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He attended Hickory High School in Hermitage, Pennsylvania playing on the AAA state championship team.

He played collegiately at Kansas State University.

He later went on to play five seasons for the San Diego Chargers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Seattle Seahawks.

Coleman's primary role during his career was as a kick returner, gaining 4,466 yards and two touchdowns returning kickoffs. He also added 384 yards and a touchdown returning punts, and caught 43 passes for 602 yards and three touchdowns.

As a rookie, Coleman played in Super Bowl XXIX with the Chargers and set several Super Bowl records in the game: most kickoff returns (8), most return yards (244), and most total yards (244).

Coleman is currently the tight ends coach at Youngstown State University.

Robert Walk is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Nicknamed "The Whirly Bird," Walk spent his career pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies (1980), Atlanta Braves (1981-83), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1984-1993).

During his rookie season in Philadelphia, he recorded 11 regular season wins and a victory in Game One of the 1980 World Series, his Phillies defeating the Kansas City Royals in six games.

Traded to the Braves, he bounced between the main club and AAA until being released in March 1984.

He was signed to a minor league contract by the Pirates and led the Pacific Coast League in ERA and wins in 1985, earning a trip back to the majors. He was named to the All-Star team in 1988 when he won 12 games and posted a 2.71 ERA.

In his waning years, Walk served as a spot starter and swingman for the Pirates' teams that won three straight NL East titles from 1990-1992.

His most memorable outing being when manager Jim Leyland removed him from the bullpen and named him a surprise starter in Game Five of the 1992 NLCS against Atlanta. He tossed a complete game three-hitter to stave off elimination in a series which the Pirates would eventually lose in seven games.

On June 30, 2007, the Pittsburgh Pirates honored Walk with a Stadium Give Away bobble head night during a game against the Washington Nationals.

He is currently an announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Fox Sports Pittsburgh and radio.




 
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