Dr. John Geletka DDS
- Inducted 2000
His passion for sports and his dedication to the city of Youngstown and Youngstown State University have made Dr. John Geletka an important figure in the sports community.
Geletka, who was an Associate Professor in the Department of Allied Health at YSU from 1976 through 1979, he chaired from 1975-77 the YSU Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee which founded the YSU School of Dental Hygiene.
He has also had a major influence not only on the city sports scene but on the national sports spectrum as well.
From 1978 through 1992, he served on the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees. While on the board, he was the chairman his final two years after serving as the vice chairman for two years. He worked diligently in being named as the Chairman of the Athletics Committee. He was the leader of the search committee who hired current YSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel and former YSU president Leslie Cochran.
In 1992, he was selected as the YSU Penguin Club's Man of the Year for his efforts.
A prominent dentist in Austintown since 1966, Geletka has been involved in professional sports management since 1985. He has negotiated more then 60 player contracts for the NFL, CFL, and USFL in excess of $50 million. He has represented such first round draft choices as Bernie Kosar and Tom Cousineau of the Cleveland Browns. Today, he represents All-Pros Bruce Armstrong and Jeff Wilkins as well as other NFL and CFL players.
Since 1985 he has also been involved in real estate development as the President/Partner of the Austin III Development Company.
From 1991 through 1992, he was president of the World Basketball League and helped to negotiate television contracts as well as endorsement contracts for the league.
He began his career in professional sports in 1983 when he worked with Youngstown native Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. as a special assistant to the owner of the Pittsburgh Maulers in the United States Football League.
Prior to opening his dental practice, he attended The Ohio State University his first two years (1958-59) before transferring to Kent State University for two years. He then returned to Ohio State for to earn his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. He worked for two years at the Youngstown Hospital Association as a Dental Resident.
A member of the Campbell Memorial High School Hall of Fame, Geletka played football and golf for the Red Devils.
He and his wife Gwen have a daughter Paige, and three sons John Jr., Todd and Robbie (who is deceased).