Mark Vasiliauskas is a 1990 graduate of Springville Griffith Institute. As a multi-sport athlete, Mark lettered in football, basketball and baseball.
Mark played quarterback and safety on the football team. He was fortunate to play at the varsity level for two legendary high school football coaches – Mick Nugent as a junior and Jim Duprey as a senior. In his senior year, the football team finished with a perfect 10-0 record and was ranked second in the State after defeating Starpoint 30-14 in Rich Stadium. Making a tackle on his first play in the game at Rich Stadium made all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile.
Mark’s favorite sport was basketball. The skills acquired and friendships made during his numerous hours at “the courts” resulted in a very successful basketball career. Starting games as both a junior and a senior, Mark did the little things necessary to help the team win. As the point guard, Mark led the Griffins to a 17-6 record his senior year which started by winning the McDonald’s Tip-off Classic and culminated in a tough loss to Lackawanna in the Sectional title game. While three of the losses were to perennial powerhouse Lackawanna, Mark takes pride in being on one of the few teams that actually beat Lackawanna in the 80’s and 90’s. The fundamentals he learned from coaches Jim Rindfuss and Bob Schlageter resulted in numerous basketball league championships after his high school career ended.
While the baseball teams were not as successful as football and basketball, Mark enjoyed batting second in the line-up as the starting second basemen for the Griffins. He earned Most Improved Player honors during his senior year when he was among the team leaders in hits and batting average.
Representing the Western Region in the 1989 Empire State Games was one of Mark’s proudest athletic achievements. He, along with two other SGI grads, won a silver medal in the team handball event.
Mark was honored to be the winner of the Dennis R. Heinz Memorial Sportsmanship Award his senior year. He demonstrated his leadership skills as Vice President of his class for three years and treasurer of the National Honor Society. He attributes his sportsmanship and leadership, on and off the court, as the primary contributors for his nomination into the Hall of Fame.
Mark remains active in recreational basketball and continues to participate in running events of various lengths ranging from 5K to marathons. He enjoys playing golf as time permits. Recognizing the value of sports as one factor positively influencing children’s development, Mark has coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer. He aims to pass on to the next generation the skills and values he acquired from the great coaches and teammates at Springville Griffith Institute.
Currently, Mark resides in Twinsburg, OH with his wife, Susan, and two children, Ryan and Katie. He is a Certified Public Accountant that currently works as the Controller for Tradesmen International.