WILKES-BARRE — Three former Greater Pittston athletes will be inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame John Louis Popple Chapter as part of the 2016 class.
Former Pittston Area basketball star Tom Brady, former Wyoming Area baseball star Corey Furman, and former Wyoming Area football standout Nick Mozal will be enshrined, along with seven others, during a ceremony Sunday, Aug. 14 at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre.
Brady was a four-year starter on the Pittston Area boys basketball team from 1985-89. He was named first-team all-scholastic, and to the Pennsylvania Big School All-State team after averaging 30.3 points per game following the 1988-89.
Currently, Brady is Pittston Area’s all-time leading scorer with 1,687 points and is a member of the Pittston Area Sports Hall of Fame. On the National Level, Brady was named a Street and Smith’s Preseason High Honorable Mention All American and a McDonald’s All American Nominee. Finally, he was named to the Nike Coaches All American team.
Brady went on to a four-year career at Columbia University.
Brady graduated from the California Western School of Law and works as a legal counsel for the Operating Engineers Central Pension Fund. He resides in Pine Valley, Calif. with his wife, Atty. Elizabeth, and children Ella, Henry, George and Anna.
Former Wyoming Area baseball player Furman was a three-time letter winner and graduated in 2010. He was the winner of the Melberger Award in 2010 and the Greg Legg Diamond Scholarship.
Furman was voted to the first team All-Wyoming Valley Conference team in 2010. He was a member of the Greater Pittston American Legion Team in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 team won the WVC American Legion Championship. He was voted to the WVC American Legion All-Star Team that won the Commander’s Cup in 2010.
At Bucknell University, he was a three-time letter winner and a two-time first team All Patriot League selection. He was voted team captain of the 2014 team that won the Patriot League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I College World Series. Furman was a three-time Patriot League Baseball Player of the Week in 2014. Furman led Bucknell in regular season batting average in 2013 and 2014. He led the Patriot League in regular season batting average (.388) in 2014.
Furman was named District 1 player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America in 2014, given to the MVP in NCAA D1 for a particular region in the United States. In 118 career games for the Bison, Furman had a batting average of .315. He currently lives in Exeter.
Mozal was a three-year varsity starter for Wyoming Area and letter winner in football as defensive end and tight end. The team won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 Class AAA championship in 2003, Eastern Conference AAA championship in 2002, and Northeast Pennsylvania Football Conference Division II championship in 2001.
Mozal was selected as a Wyoming Valley All-Conference and a first-team WYLN defensive lineman in 2003. In basketball, Mozal was a two-year starter and letter winner, and team captain his senior year.
Mozal went on to attend Bucknell University. He was a three-year starter and letter winner as tight end and offensive tackle at Bucknell, and was a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was a 2007 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Draddy Award semi-finalist (known as the “Academic Heisman” and since renamed the Campbell Trophy).
Mozal is currently employed as an associated at Ross, Aronstam & Moritz LLP in Wilmington, Dela. Mozal and his wife, Chantel, reside in Claymont, Delaware.