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Mark S. Claire

There was little doubt of what college Mark Claire was headed following graduation from Tallmadge High School in 1975. Both of his parents, Chet and Hilda, are alumni and as a result Mark was exposed early in life to Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. It proved to be an excellent match for Mark, who would go on to have an outstanding football career at Westminster, one that would get him voted onto the school's All-Time Football Team in 1987. During his four-year career, the Titans compiled a record of 33 wins, four losses and two ties. In 1976, while winning 10 of 11 games, and in 1977, during an 11-0 campaign, Claire was a big influence as the Titans captured the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II national championships. The Titan defense limited opponents to only six points per game those two seasons and the '77 team was voted the Lambert Trophy, symbolic of football supremacy in the East. As a freshman Claire was at tight end, however, Head Coach Joe Fusco switched him to defensive tackle in 1976. The switch suited the 6'2", 210 pound Claire extremely well as he compiled 278 solo tackles, 103 assisted tackles, 40 tackles-for-loss, batted down six passes, blocked one punt and recovered three fumbles during his career. Claire's play earned him first team berths on the NAIA All-America team in both 1977 and '78. Claire is now a resident of Bradenton, FL and teaches science at Harllee Middle School.

Inducted 2001 | Football