Terri Piatak ’81, M’87 and Michelle Wood Kane ’80, P.I.A.A. referees

Terri Piatak ’81, M’87 and Michelle Wood Kane ’80 are both P.I.A.A. referees. They reunited at the 2005 state championship basketball games in Hershey, discovering that both were the referee (crew chief) in different games. Kane worked the AA game between Westmont and York Catholic, and Piatak worked the AAA game between Allentown Central Catholic and Hopewell.

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Michelle Wood Kane ’80 (left) and Terri Piatak ’81, M’87

“Michelle and I were teammates on the women’s basketball team at IUP,” said Piatak. “The fact that we were the ‘leaders’ on state games in the same year—well, it made it extra cool for both of us!”

The photos show Terri and Michelle, each taken before their respective games.

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“I am the one with the beret and blazer,” said Piatak. “In the other picture, Michelle is in the regular clothes and I have the hair pulled back because that was my game night.”

“I played four years of varsity basketball and three years of varsity softball while at IUP,” said Kane. “I’ve been officiating basketball for twenty-five years, currently at the college and high school levels.”

Aside from officiating, she is employed part-time as a communications consultant for CIGNA in Philadelphia and enjoys gardening and working out in the gym. She lives in Maple Glen with her husband, Bill Kane ’80, a former varsity swimmer and water polo player, and their three children, who are all involved in sports. 

Piatak is an elementary physical education teacher and junior high health teacher in the Meyersdale Area School District, where she has coached girls’ varsity, junior varsity, and junior high basketball for fourteen years. She referees women’s basketball at the division 1/2/3 levels and worked three state championship high school games. She lives in Meyersdale during the school year and travels most of the summer to officiating and basketball camps.

(May, 2006)