Retired Basketball Jerseys
12 • John McElroy (1965-69) | Youngstown, Ohio
Played for the Penguins from 1965-69 and scored 1,942 career points. McElroy scored a school-record 72 points in a game against Wayne State on Jan. 26, 1969. He also had a 52-point game against Illinois Wesleyan on Dec. 28, 1968. In the game against Wayne State he had school marks for field-goals made (29) and field-goal attempts (59). During his four years at YSU, his squads compiled an overall record of 73-29. He also holds school records scoring 729 points in a single season and averaging 28 points in a single year. In his career, he attempted 1,959 field goals making 846 shots. He led the Penguins in scoring for three consecutive seasons.
33 • Dorothy Bowers (1984-1988) | Youngstown, Ohio
Bowers is the women's programs all-time leader in points scored with 2,324. She ranks second with 1,083 career rebounds. For her career she averaged 21.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She is one of two Penguins to score more than 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. She also holds school marks for free-throw attempts, field-goals made, field-goal attempts and field-goal percentage. She scored a school-record 49 points against Kent State in November 1985.
36 • Tony Vivo (1936-40) | Youngstown, Ohio
Vivo is the first Penguin to have his jersey retired after playing from 1936-40. Vivo was a two-time captain (1938 and 1940) and a two-time leading scorer for YSU (1936 and 1937). He was a four-time letterwinner for the YSU basketball team. In 1937 he led the team scoring 189 points.
40 • Leo Mogus (1939-43) | Youngstown, Ohio
Mogus was the first Penguin to advance to the professional basketball ranks after playing at YSU from 1939-43. A center for the Penguins, he scored 1,400 career points playing in 77 games. He scored more than 300 points in all four seasons, including a best 391 as a junior. His senior season he averaged 22.1 points per game scoring 354 points in 16 games. He played for Philadelphia in the NBA. He was also drafted by the NFL's Washington Redskins in 1942.
55 • Jeff Covington (1974-78) | Washington, D.C.
Covington is YSU's all-time leading scorer with 2,424 career points. He played for the Penguins from 1974-1978. In his career, he averaged 22.9 points per game. He made a school-record 956 field goals and had a field-goal percentage of 57.4. He also finished second in school history with 1,381 total rebounds averaging 13 boards per game. In 1978 he was named the Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He was a three-time Division II All-American earning honors in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78. He is tied for the school record scoring more than 30 points in a game on 14 occasions, including a career-best 46 against Mankato State in 1978.