This year's Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame class consists of five men who have made their mark at nearly every level of sports in this area.
Jerry Georgiana, Kenneth Kiler, Jay Moyer, Jesse O'Connell, and Scott Thomson make up the Class of 2018, which is set to be inducted April 13 at 6 p.m. at Carroll Community College.
Georgiana, who is receiving a "lifetime achievement" award, has been a youth sport staple for decades. He is best known for his involvement with the Westminster Girls Basketball Program, which he founded in 1991, as well as the Westminster Jaycees Softball program.
Kiler started the Manchester junior wrestling program in 1973, and he helped run the organization and served as a coach until 2013. Kiler wrestled at North Carroll (1964-68) and at Washington College (1968-72).
Kiler started the Manchester Holiday Tournament in 1978, an annual youth event still going today. His program won MD/VA state championships in 1991, 1992, and 1994, and later he founded the Carroll Wrestling Association. Kiler earned a National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award in 2009, and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Service to Wrestling Award in 2013.
Moyer played football at Westminster High School, and he was part of the Owls' 1958 team that went 8-1-1 and outscored its opponents 270-71. He attended Duke University and graduated from law school before getting a job in pro football — Moyer joined the NFL as Counsel to the Commissioner, which was the league's first in-house attorney. Pete Rozelle appointed Moyer the executive vice president and league counsel, at the time the NFL's No. 2 executive position, in 1984.
O'Connell, a three-time Times Athlete of the Year between indoor and outdoor track, is a 2000 Westminster High School graduate who won state titles in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. He also ran on the Owls' state champion cross country teams from 1996-1999.
O'Connell excelled in track at Georgetown, where he took second in the 800 at the NCAA championships in 2004. O'Connell was five times an NCAA All-American and competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2004.
Thomson, a Westminster High grad, was the Times Baseball Player of the Year in 1987, and is thought by many to be one of the county's best players of all-time. The summer before that, Thomson won Most Valuable Player honors at the National Amateur Baseball Federation championship played in Youngstown, Ohio.
Boston drafted Thomson out of high school, but be chose to play collegiately at Old Dominion — he was a three-time All-Sunbelt Conference pick and the Virginia College Player of the Year in 1991.
Thomson played independent ball before starting his coaching career, first at Western Maryland College as an assistant and then Mount St. Mary's as its head coach beginning in 1998 (he's still there).
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The Mountaineers won a Northeast Conference title in 2008, and Thomson was named Coach of the Year that season.