Chester County Sports Hall of Fame

CHESTER COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAMERS

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1961 WCU Men's Soccer Team: NCAA Division One National Champions
Class of 2011

West Chester University's men's soccer squad captured the NCAA championship in the fall season of 1961 by shutting out two-time defending national champ St. Louis University on its home field. The Golden Rams recorded six shutouts in all during the championship campaign. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 1961 WCU MEN'S SOCCER TEAM...

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1970 AVON GROVE HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: State Championship Team
Class of 2015

The Chester County Sports Hall of Fame will honor the 1970 Avon Grove High School Boys Basketball State Champion Team with special recognition at the November 14th banquet. The Avon Grove team was the first high school team to win a state title in Chester County beating the Mansfield High team of Tom McMillan. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEAM...

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1994 Coatesville Girls Basketball Team: State Champions
Class of 2016

The 1994 Coatesville Girls Basketball team opened their season with a 90 to 22 drubbing of Norristown and never looked back on their way to a 29 and 1 record and the first State Basketball championship in school history.. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEAM...

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JERRY BANNAN: NBA and ABA Referee
Class of 2011

A pioneer in early professional basketball who spent 40 years as a referee, Bannan eventually officiated in both the NBA and ABA. LEARN MORE ABOUT JERRY BANNAN...


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BARBARO: 2006 Kentucky Derby Winner
Class of 2008 Special Recognition to Owners Gretchen & Roy Jackson

Although the magnificent Barbaro advanced Chester County's impressive showing on horse racing's biggest stage, it was a tragedy that transformed the colt form local hero status to international recognition as he battled for his life.
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KATE BARBER: Olypmpic Field Hockey
Class of 2010

Before 2008, Unionville High School graduate Kate Barber had already established herself as a world-class athlete and the face of United States Field Hockey. Had her athletic career ended then – and it nearly did – she still would have had plenty of things to be proud about. LEARN MORE ABOUT KATE BARBER...


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NICK BASCA: Professional Football
Class of 2010

The word “hero” is tossed around a lot in the athletic world, often times without merit. But if there ever was a heroic athlete, it was Michael “Nick” Basca, a dynamic football star who ended up giving his life for his country.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NICK BASCA...

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HOWIE BEDELL: Professional Baseball Player & Manager
Class of 2009

Bedell had an early taste of success as a member of Ed Good's legendary Pottstown High baseball program, which gained national exposure with a 48-game winning streak in the early days of the Ches-Mont League. The Trojans' run was finally stopped on May 11, 1954 by West Chester High. LEARN MORE ABOUT HOWIE BEDELL...

LEON BELL: Basketball
Class of 2015

Leon Bell began his sports career playing basketball in the West Chester School District in 1967 at North Junior High School. He continued at Henderson High School from 1968-1970 under the coaching of Jack McClellan. Bell’s basketball ability became evident as he played varsity basketball for three years. LEARN MORE ABOUT LEON BELL...

HANK BERNAT: Football
Class of 2015

Hank Bernat is a locally recognized, highly decorated high school football coach. He was an assistant football coach with Lew Buckwalter from 1955-1959 at Owen J. Roberts as well as varsity basketball coach for five years. Hank was Head Football Coach at Owen J. Roberts from 1960 to 1990. LEARN MORE ABOUT HANK BERNAT...

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BOB BOYER: Athletic Director
Class of 2010

Bob Boyer’s life has always been about winning, both on the field and behind the scenes. A three-sport letter winner in baseball, basketball and soccer at West Chester State College, then a Division I program, Boyer experienced the ultimate for an athlete when the 1961 soccer team won the national championship. LEARN MORE ABOUT BOB BOYER...


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GEORGE BRATCHER: Football / Basketball
Class of 2011

An All-State football player and basketball star at West Chester High, Bratcher went on to stardom at Delaware State and later played professionally in the Canadian Football League... LEARN MORE ABOUT GEORGE BRATCHER...


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AL BRUNO: All American & Professional Football Star
Class of 2008

It would be difficult to find a home-grown figure more worthy of induction into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame than Albert P. Bruno. Born in West Chester in 1927, Bruno was rasied in a demanding, working-class household where discipline and sacrifice would play key roles in both his childhood and spectacular athletic career. LEARN MORE ABOUT AL BRUNO...

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NICK BRUNO: Football
Class of 2010

West Chester sports star Nicholas F. Bruno served his country with the 955 Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, soldiering in Europe and participating in the Battle of the Bulge. When he came home, his leadership skills on the battlefield and the football field served him well. LEARN MORE ABOUT NICK BRUNO...

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JACK BYRNE: Coach / Athletic Director
Class of 2012

An All-Conference performer for the West Chester University football squad, Byrne was a coach and administrator in West Chester for over 40 years. He was West Chester East’s first football coach and later athletic director.
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PAUL CHENGER: Baseball
Class of 2015

Paul Chenger began his illustrious baseball career on the playing fields of Coatesville. While in high school Paul was an outstanding three sport athlete. Baseball however was his passion. His sport of baseball became legendary, compiling a 17-5 record in his senior year and pitching a near no hitter in his last high school game. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAUL CHENGER...

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CHARLES ‘CHIC’ CHICCINO: Football
Class of 2011

An All-Stater on the gridiron at Tredyffrin-Easttown High School, Chiccino was a standout at WCU and then a highly successful head football coach at Downingtown High..
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHARLES ‘CHIC’ CHICCINO...

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WILLIAM CLINTON: Swimmer
Class of 2012

A three-time state title holder (1947-49) in the 100 backstroke, the Coatesville native went on to become an All-American swimmer at Yale over a three year span and in five events.
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BEN DAVIS: Baseball
Class of 2015

Ben Davis burst onto the baseball scene in Chester County as a catcher for Malvern Prep, hitting .507 as a senior in 1995 with four doubles, seven triples, six home runs and 37 RBI. USA Today labeled him the best high school catcher since Dale Murphy in 1974 and named Davis their 1995 All-USA Today Player of the Year. LEARN MORE ABOUT BEN DAVIS...

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DICK DELANEY: Basketball Coach
Class of 2013

Dick coached Great Valley High School basketball from 1971-1976 where he was named the Ches-Mont Coach of the Year in 1973-74. He was Head Soccer Coach from 1970-1975 and chosen Southern Chester County League Coach of the Year in 1975. He then went to Philadelphia Textile and was Assistant Coach for Herb Magee. LEARN MORE ABOUT DICK DELANEY...

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CHARLIE DIMARCO: Softball
Class of 2013

Charles DiMarco was the most prolific home run hitter in the history of the West Chester Adult Softball League began his fast-pitch softball career in a much different fashion than most stars do. LEARN MORE ABOUT CHARLIE DIMARCO...

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PHIL DONLEY: Athletic Trainer
Class of 2014

Phil Donley graduated from West Virginia University in 1956 and from the D.T. Watson Therapy School in 1957 and earned a Masters Degree from West Virginia University in 1965. He is a retired Colonel U.S. Army Reserve and has served as Consultant to the Philadelphia Phillies for 10 years and the Philadelphia Eagles for 5 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT PHIL DONLEY...

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ART DOUGLAS: Broadcaster
Class of 2009

A 1950 graduate of Upper Darby High School, Douglas graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting before enlisting in the Army during the Korean conflict. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, he put down roots in Chester County and landed a job at WCOJ Radio in Coatesville. LEARN MORE ABOUT ART DOUGLAS...

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WALT DOWNING: Football
Class of 2011

A football, track and wrestling star at Coatesville High, Downing was an All-American offensive lineman at the University of Michigan, later spent six seasons in the NFL and was a member of the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers in 1981.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WALT DOWNING...

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GERTIE DUNN: Baseball
Class of 2011

Also accomplished in basketball and golf, Dunn played in the All American Girls Professional League, starred in field hockey and lacrosse at WCU and was later named a national hall of famer in both.
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CAROL ECKMAN: Womans Basketball Coach
Class of 2012

The head coach at WCU, Eckman was the dominant force in establishing the first national invitational women’s intercollegiate basketball tournament in 1969. She guided the Rams to an undefeated season and a national title that season.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CAROL ECKMAN...


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JIM FURYK: Professional Golfer
Class of 2008

Jim Furyk was born in West Chester on May 12, 1970. His early years were spent in the Pittsburgh suburbs learning the game of golf under the tutelage of his father, who was the head professional at Uniontown Country Club.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JIM FURYK...

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CARL GERSBACH: Football
Class of 2014

Carl Gersbach is being nominated for his excellence in football on both the collegiate and professional levels. Carl started his collegiate football career as a scholarship player at Duke University before transferring to West Chester University. Carl was a star performer for the 1968 and 1969 WCU football teams. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARL GERSBACH...

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KENNETH GLAH: Triathlete
Class of 2016

Kenneth Glah is the 12th child in a family of 13. He is the youngest brother. Four of Ken's older brothers were runners, 3 serious runners. In the 6th grade, Ken competed with his older sister Rose in his first Jr. only National Championship in Houston, Texas, wearing a pair of jeans with running shorts and Chuck Taylor converse high top sneakers. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KENNETH GLAH...

SCOTT GOLD: Wrestling
Class of 2015

Scott Gold is one of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in Chester County, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When he did not make the ninth grade basketball team at Warrior Run High School, Gold joined the wrestling team and began a life-long love for the sport. LEARN MORE ABOUT SCOTT GOLD...

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MIKE GRADY: Major League Baseball
Class of 2010

For the most part, major league catchers are prized for their defense, rarely doubling as offensive threats. Mike Grady was not like most catchers.
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DALLAS GREEN: Phillies World Series Champion Manager
Class of 2008

Philadelphia has a reputation as being a hard-scrabble, no-nonsense, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately professional sports town. If we are to believe that, then there can be no doubt that its poster boy is George Dallas Green.
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GREG GREENDAY: Sport Writer
Class of 2011

The co-founder of the CCSHOF, Greenday was a longtime sports writer at the Delaware County Daily Times and sports editor of the Daily Local News. Greenday passed away suddenly in 2010.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GREG GREENDAY...

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THERESA SHANK GRENTZ: Basketball
Class of 2014

Theresa Shank Grentz is one of Chester County’s greatest women’s basketball players. While an undergraduate at Immaculata College she led the Mighty Macs to an unprecedented three consecutive AIAW national championships, and the first undefeated season, including post-season play, by a college team. LEARN MORE ABOUT THERESA GRENTZ...

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VONNIE GROS: Field Hockey
Class of 2010

Few superlatives or awards could explain the impact that the former West Chester University field hockey coach has had on the sport to which she devoted much of her life, but an induction into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame is certainly a start. LEARN MORE ABOUT VONNIE GROS...

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RIP HAMILTON: NBA Detroit Pistons Star
Class of 2008

Richard "Rip" Hamilton, the pride of Coatesville and a current star for the Detroit Pistons, has won championships in both the NBA and the NCAA – making him one of the more popular selections included among the inaugural class of inductees into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame. LEARN MORE ABOUT RIP HAMILTON...

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NANCY HANNUM: Fox Hunting
Class of 2010

In Unionville, a woman known as famously for her place in fox hunting as her place in land conservation has firmly made a place for herself in the county’s vast sports history.
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DANNY HALE: Football
Class of 2016

Danny Hale was an exceptional player at West Chester University and one of the most successful coaches in all of NCAA Division II history.  Danny was the Head Coach of football at West Chester University for five years and for 20 years at Bloomsburg University. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DANNY HALE...

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CATHERINE HAY: Coaching
Class of 2016

Catherine (Cathy) Walsh Hay is one of Chester County’s most successful high school women’s swimming coaches. As an undergraduate at West Chester State College (now West Chester University) Cathy was the captain of the Women’s Varsity Swimming team for three years, leading the squad to undefeated seasons in every season. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CATHERINE HAY...

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JOHN HAY: Coaching
Class of 2010

When a coach’s influence on their sport and students is so great, it seems impossible anything could ever negatively touch them. But, sadly, not even legendary coaches are immune.
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GEORGE HEASLIP: Sports Editor
Class of 2012

The longtime sports editor at the Daily Local News, Heaslip went on to become the Sports Information Director at Cheyney. He died in 1992, but every year since 1989, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has been handing out the Heaslip Award to a member of the media in his honor. LEARN MORE ABOUT GEORGE HEASLIP...


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JACK HELM, SR: Football & Baseball
Class of 2012

A two-time All-County pick from Downingtown High School in both football and baseball. Helm went on to Villanova and was a four-year letter-winner as a fullback and three-year letter-winner as a first baseman.
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ED HOLCROFT: Soccer Coach
Class of 2013

Ed Holcroft is an athlete, teacher, and coach who was active in Chester County. He later lived in Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia High School where he excelled in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He went on to college at West Chester State Teachers College where he majored in Health and Physical Education. LEARN MORE ABOUT ED HOLCROFT...


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DIANE HORSEY: Coach / Athletic Director
Class of 2012

A three-sport star at Downingtown High and WCU, Horsey amassed 334 wins in more than a quarter century as the lacrosse and field hockey coach at West Chester East. In that span, she won a state title, nine Ches-Mont crowns and was coach of the year nine times. LEARN MORE ABOUT DIANE HORSEY...


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JACKIE HUFNELL: Field Hockey & Lacrosse
Class of 2014

Jackie Hufnell attended West Chester State College, now West Chester University, where she was a three sport letter winner in field hockey, basketball and softball. She was inducted into West Chester University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She’s also in the Pennsylvania and National Lacrosse Halls of Fame. LEARN MORE ABOUT JACKIE HUFNELL...


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IMMACULATA "MIGHTY MACS": NCAA Women's Basketball National Champions
Class of 2009 Special Recognition

Immaculata College, a tiny Catholic school in Malvern, was raised from virtual obscurity to national prominence in the early '70s thanks to the talents and pioneering efforts of a group of young ladies and their exceptional women's basketball coach.
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MONTE IRVIN: Professional Baseball Player
Class of 2009

Born in 1919 in Haleburg Alabama, Irvin went on to enjoy spectacular careers in both the Negro and the Major Leagues. After baseball's color line was broken in 1947, Irvin was one of the first black players signed by the Giants, who with Hank Thompson and Willie Mays formed the first all-black outfield in Major League history. LEARN MORE ABOUT MONTE IRVIN...

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KIM A. JACKSON: Lacrosse
Class of 2016

Kim still holds an NCAA Lacrosse goalie saves record today! While at University of Delaware, Kim was selected to NCAA Lacrosse tournament team, All-Region Team, All- East Coast Conference Team and the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Squad. Kim starting teaching and coaching at B. Reed Henderson High School in 1986. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KIM JACKSON...

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ROY JACKSON: Baseball
Class of 2010

Roy Jackson doesn’t mind if you don’t know about his background in baseball. He understands. After all, millions of people throughout the world know he and his wife, Gretchen Jackson, as the owners of Barbaro, the famous 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who stole the hearts of horse racing fans everywhere. LEARN MORE ABOUT ROY JACKSON...

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BILL “GRUMPY” JENKINS: Drag Racing
Class of 2016

Bill Jenkins began drag racing in a 1955 Chevrolet convertible at Berwyn, Pa. before going off to college at Cornell University for engineering. He became nationally known after helping to build 30 cars that set national records. He became known in national circles as the engine builder for Dave Strickler in the early 1960’s. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BILL JENKINS...

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DR. RONN JENKINS: Coaching
Class of 2016

Dr. Ronn Jenkins West Chester University Swimming And Diving Coach, Ronn Jenkins not only excelled as a champion diver himself, but he was able to empower his athletes to become champion divers by his coaching expertise. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RONN JENKINS...

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WILLIAM "BILLY" JOE: Professional Football Player & Coach
Class of 2009

Joe was drafted by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in 1962. He also played with the Buffalo Bills (1965), Miami Dolphins (1966-67) and New York Jets (1968-1969). Was named AFL Rookie of the Year in 1963 and was voted to the AFL All-Star team in 1965, the same year the Bills captured the AFL title. LEARN MORE ABOUT BILLY JOE...

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DEIRDRE KANE: Basketball
Class of 2016

Kane is the winningest basketball coach in the long history of West Chester University basketball (men and women), amassing 447 wins during her 27 year career as head coach of the women’s basketball program. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEIRDRE KANE...

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BARBARA KARAS: Tennis/Swimming Coach
Class of 2013

Barbara Leighton Karas was a multi-talented athlete who graduated from West Chester High School in 1961. In high school, Barbara was a member of the swimming team, ran track, played field hockey, and was the #1 tennis singles player. She also played the French Horn, a talent that evolved to blowing the huntsman horn later as a skilled fox hunter. LEARN MORE ABOUT BARBARA KARAS...

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RAY KEECH: Auto Racing
Class of 2011

A Coatesville native, Keech set the land speed record of 207.55 miles per hour in 1928 and won the 1929 Indy 500. He was killed 16 days later while racing in Altoona.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RAY KEECH...


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ADDY KELLY: Sports Contributor
Class of 2009

A lifelong West Chester resident and co-owner of Kelly's Sports, Addy donated freely of her time, talents and money for the betterment of athletics in and around the West Chester area for most of her adult life. She and husband Alvy, founded Kelly's Sports who annually sponsored some 50 youth and adult sports teams. LEARN MORE ABOUT ADDY KELLY...

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ALVY KELLY: Youth Sports Sponsor
Class of 2008

Of the countless “favorite sons” the borough of West Chester can claim as its own, one stands head and shoulders above the rest. Alvy Lawrence Kelly, owner of Kelly's Sports is as much West Chester as the old court house, Green Field, Hoops Park or any other longstanding borough landmark, and perhaps even more so. LEARN MORE ABOUT ALVY KELLY...

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NATE KENDIG: Coach / Athletic Director
Class of 2011

The longtime athletic director at Kennett High School, Kendig also helped guide the Blue Demons to three league basketball and baseball titles while serving as head coach from 1953-61.
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"DOC" KENNEDY: Baseball Coach
Class of 2013

John “Doc” Kennedy has been active in the baseball scene in Phoenixville for nearly his entire life. Teaching for all but three years of his 32-year teaching career in Phoenixville, Doc was the Head Baseball Coach at Phoenixville Area High School for 20 years, with his tenure beginning in 1979. LEARN MORE ABOUT "DOC" KENNEDY...

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ROSS KERSHEY: Basketball/Track Coach
Class of 2010

In the world of Chester County sports, Ross “The Silver Fox” Kershey set the gold standard.
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GLENN KILLINGER: Penn State All-American & West Chester University Football Coach
Class of 2008

It would be unimaginable to induct an inaugural into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame that did not include Dr. Killinger. His name is synonymous with West Chester University, where in 36 years of teaching, coaching and administration, he achieved a level of success that vaulted him into the national spotlight. LEARN MORE ABOUT GLENN KILLINGER...

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KATHLEEN KRANNEBITTER: Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Class of 2014

Kathleen Krannebitter won a National Championship in both field hockey and lacrosse at West Chester University as a college athlete. Since then, she has had an amazing career as a college coach over the past 32 years at the Division I, II, and III levels in both field hockey and lacrosse. LEARN MORE ABOUT KATHLEEN KRANNEBITTER...


EDWIN LAWRENCE: Baseball
Class of 2015

Edwin W. Lawrence, “Easy Eddie” as he was called as a local high school pitching Legend here in Chester County. Local Folklore had “Easy Eddie” striking out 127 batters in 69 innings his senior year at T.E. High School (now Conestoga).
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FRANK LEMASTER: Football
Class of 2011

The Birchrunville native enjoyed a nine-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1974-82, was named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl and was a starter on Philadelphia’s NFC Champion team in 1981.
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HARRY LEWIS JR.: Track
Class of 2015

Harry Lewis, Jr., who grew up attending Coatesville area schools, was a star athlete in track during his years at Coatesville’s Scott High School. Following his graduation from high school in 1959, Harry ventured south to Winston-Salem University (N.C.). LEARN MORE ABOUT HARRY LEWIS JR...

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MEL LORBACK: Coach
Class of 2011

The head men’s soccer coach at WCU for 33 years, Lorback’s teams won three conference championships, six NCAA regionals and the 1961 national crown.
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KIM SADDIC MAKKE: Track & Cross Country
Class of 2012

A multi-sport star at West Chester Henderson, Saddic Makke captured a state title in cross country in 1987 and the 1,600-meter run in 1988. She later earned All-American honors at George Mason University and twice earned a spot on the U.S. National Track and Field Team. LEARN MORE ABOUT KIM SADDIC MAKKE...


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ED MALIKOWSKI: Coach/Athletic Director
Class of 2013

While at WCSTC, Malikowski earned an incredible total of 12 Varsity Letters. In four years on the basketball team, Ed was selected Small College Player of the Year as a sophomore, and as a junior was the second leading scorer on a team that went 17-2.
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HUBERT MARSHALL: Basketball
Class of 2014

A graduate of Coatesville High School, Hubie was a tremendous basketball player. He was the all-time leading scorer in Red Raider history scoring 1243 points in only two full seasons as a varsity starter. Marshall led Coatesville High to its only undefeated regular season in the school’s basketball history during the 1962-1963 school year. LEARN MORE ABOUT HUBERT MARSHALL...


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JON MATLACK: All-Star Major League Pitcher
Class of 2008

Jon Matlack was one of the many fine pitchers developed by the Mets in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. During his 13-year Major League Career, the West Chester High graduate forged a reputation as a talented, hardworking left-hander whose victory totals would have been much higher had he received more offensive support. LEARN MORE ABOUT JON MATLACK...

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MICHAEL MATZ: Equestrian
Class of 2012

As a show-jump rider, Matz participated in three Olympics, won a silver medal in 1992 and earned $1.7 million during his 20 year career. But he is best known as the trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. So far his horses have won 514 races and have earned more than $23 million. LEARN MORE ABOUT MICHAEL MATZ...


JACK MCCLELLAN: Coaching
Class of 2015

Jack McClellan graduated from Shippensburg State College after WW II. He received several awards during his service including the Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation. At Shippensburg, Jack served as President of his class and Captain of the Basketball team. LEARN MORE ABOUT JACK MCCLELLAN...

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HUGH "BUTCH" MCDEVITT: Sports Writer
Class of 2009

McDevitt covered local sports for all of the area's high schools for more than 25 years as well as at West Chester State Teachers College and served as the school's publicity director until 1959. He was also a news and sports correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years and the Philadelphia Bulletin for 15 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT HUGH MCDEVITT...

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MUFFETT MCGRAW: Basketball Coach
Class of 2010

Muffet McGraw is the current head women’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame has compiled 584 victories in 22 seasons and led the Fighting Irish to a national championship in 2001. But despite most of her stellar coaching career taking place thousands of miles away, her roots reside in Chester County. LEARN MORE ABOUT MUFFETT MCGRAW...

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AMANDA McGRORY: Paralympian
Class of 2012

One of the premier wheelchair racers in the world, McGrory won the gold medal in the 2008 Paralympic Games and is a member of the 2012 team in London. In all, McGrory has won and established course records all across the globe with wins in the New York, Chicago and London marathons. LEARN MORE ABOUT AMANDA McGRORY...


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E. LEROY MERCER: Football
Class of 2011

A two-time All American in football at Penn, the Kennett Square native competed in the 1912 Olympic Games, placing fifth in the long jump and sixth in the decathlon.
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EMIL MESSIKOMER: Basketball Coach
Class of 2013

The real legacy that exists for Emil Messikomer and his 30-year career at West Chester State Teachers is more than his accomplishments as a student-athlete. It is more than his success as a basketball and baseball coach. It is more than the Hall of Fame inductions he received in Basketball’s, Football’s, and Baseball’s respective Halls of Fame. LEARN MORE ABOUT EMIL MESSIKOMER...

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CHARLIE MOORE: Gold Medalist Track and Field
Class of 2010

Charles Moore landed in Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 1952 with the same hopes and dreams of 4,955 other American athletes. But he would accomplish his dreams, in gazelle-like moves.
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JOE NAGY SR.: Bowling
Class of 2014

Joe Nagy Sr. is one of the greatest bowlers in the Chester County area. In 1993, at age 75, he compiled a bowling average of 202. In 1996 he and his son Joe Jr. rolled a 1368 scratch total and he holds championships in various tournaments all over Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. LEARN MORE ABOUT JOE NAGY...

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TINA NICHOLSON: Basketball
Class of 2011

With 2,709 career high school points, no Chester County player (male of female) has scored more. Nicholson led Downingtown to back-to-back state titles, was an All-American at Penn State and then played professionally with the WNBA.
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JEN O'DONNELL: Officiating
Class of 2016

Jen O'Donnell, a graduate of Upper Perkiomen HS and West Chester University (1983), she has spent the last 33 years (1983) officiating lacrosse. An All-American scholastic player at Upper Perkiomen, she played Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse. She graduated from West Chester in 1983 and immediately dove into Officiating. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE JEN O'DONNELL...

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NEAL OLKEWICZ: Football
Class of 2012

A star athlete at Phoenixville High and the University of Maryland. Olkewicz started 137 games during an 11-year stint as middle linebacker for the Washington Redskins, and was defensive MVP in 1988.
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BOB OWENS: Baseball
Class of 2012

A captain and standout in football, basketball and baseball, Owens is one of Henderson’s most outstanding
athletes. Inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Owens passed away in 1987.
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HERB PENNOCK: Hall of Fame Major League Pitcher
Class of 2008

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Herb Pennock. The first two names are known to millions and are forever etched in baseball lore. The third, although less celebrated, also occupies a place of honor in baseball’s Hall of Fame. And like his immortal New York Yankee teammates, "the Squire of Kennett Square," earned his way into Cooperstown. LEARN MORE ABOUT HERB PENNOCK...

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MIKE PIAZZA: All-Star Major League Catcher
Class of 2008

Mike Piazza is arguably the best hitting catcher in baseball history. The Phoenixville High School graduate is a former Rookie of the Year, a 12-time All Star and the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher.
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MAURENE POLLEY: Coaching
Class of 2015

Maurene Polley’s career as a coach and administrator spans over 40 years at Villa Maria Academy. While there, she has coached field hockey, tennis, basketball and volleyball, but it is in the sport of field hockey where Polley sets herself apart from the others. LEARN MORE ABOUT MAURENE POLLEY...

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JIM PRIBULA: Football
Class of 2013

Jim Pribula matriculated at West Chester High School, and earned Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from West Chester State Teacher’s College. Pribula also received his PhD from the University of Maryland. As a high school athlete, Jim played both football and baseball. In football, he was named 1st Team All Ches-Mont in 1956 and 1957. LEARN MORE ABOUT JIM PRIBULA...

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SAM RICCARDO: Softball
Class of 2013

Sam Riccardo Sr. is without a doubt the greatest softball pitcher in the former West Chester Adult Softball League. Sam started playing in the old Community Softball League in 1944 for West End A.C. team. He continued playing in the league until its demise. He was known as a “strikeout” pitcher. He was very fast and had a “drop” and a “riser”. LEARN MORE ABOUT SAM RICCARDO...

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CATHY RUSH: Immaculata's National Champion Women's Basketball Coach
Class of 2008

Perhaps no other coach in the history of college basketball is more responsible for putting their school on the map than Cathy Rush, who from 1970-77, led tiny Immaculata College (enrollment under 500) to a remarkable six consecutive Final Four appearances, including three straight AIAW national championships from 1972 to 1974. LEARN MORE ABOUT CATHY RUSH...

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ED RUSH: NBA Referee
Class of 2010

A coach once told Ed Rush that he didn’t have much of a future playing basketball. But in the same breath, he told Rush that he should look into officiating basketball games – and, as it turned out, that was his future. LEARN MORE ABOUT ED RUSH...

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CURT SCHILLING: All-Star Major League Pitcher
Class of 2009

Schilling was a key member of the Phils' World Series team in 1993. That season he compiled a 16-7 record and was named National League MVP. Although he was denied a world championship with the Phillies that season, he would later play on World Series championship teams with both the Diamondbacks and the Red Sox. LEARN MORE ABOUT CURT SCHILLING...

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BOB SCHNURE: Basketball Coach
Class of 2012

Still going strong after 32 seasons, Schnure is among the most respected girls high school basketball coaches in the country. His teams at Downingtown and Downingtown East have won 733 games, five state titles, 11 district crowns and 19 conference championships. LEARN MORE ABOUT BOB SCHNURE...


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LEO SCODA: Tennis Coach
Class of 2013

Leo Scoda is the longtime Boys Tennis Coach at Phoenixville Area High School. At the end of the 2013 high school tennis season, Scoda possessed a 630-99 record (86% winning percentage) in a career that has spanned 50 years (1964-2013).
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JOE SENSER: Football
Class of 2015

Joe Senser was a very special athlete who played at West Chester University. A 1979 graduate who played tight end for the Golden Rams, he led the team in receptions for four straight years with and average of 14 yards per catch. He was a 6'4", 240 pound player who was very imposing. LEARN MORE ABOUT JOE SENSER...

DR. NEIL SERPICO: Baseball
Class of 2015

Dr. Neil Serpico was a major force in Chester County in promoting baseball at all levels. During 20 years of Coaching West Chester University as an Assistant Coach (1968-71) and Head Coach (1971-87) Serpico reached out to the community of West Chester and operated numerous camps and clinics for young people. LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. NEIL SERPICO...

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KAREN SHELTON: Field Hockey
Class of 2013

Karen Shelton is recognized as one of the finest field hockey coaches in the world and played on three national championship field hockey teams and one national championship lacrosse team during her undergraduate days at West Chester State College. Karen was named field hockey’s National Player of the Year three times. LEARN MORE ABOUT KAREN SHELTON...


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JONATHAN SHEPPARD: Horse Trainer
Class of 2016

Jonathan Sheppard is a Hall of Fame trainer in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He is the all-time leading steeplechase trainer in America, with over 1,000 wins and over $20,000,000 in earnings. He has won the yearly earnings title twenty-four times. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE JONATHAN SHEPPARD...

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BUTCH SHOCKLEY: Professional Football
Class of 2010

From Conestoga High School to West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University), William “Butch” Shockley was a star athlete through all different parts of Chester County.
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JAY SIGEL: Golf
Class of 2011

The longtime Berwyn resident won the U.S. Amateur, the British Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He also competed in nine Walker Cup teams for the U.S. and won eight times on the PGA’s Champions (Senior) Tour, including the 1998 Bell Atlantic Classic at nearby Hartefeld National. LEARN MORE ABOUT JAY SIGEL...

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FRANK SPELLMAN: Olympic Weight Lifter
Class of 2011

Frank Spellman established two Olympic records enroute to a gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. His clean and jerk of 336.25 pounds set a new Olympic Middleweight record, as did his record-setting total lift of 859.5 pounds. LEARN MORE ABOUT FRANK SPELLMAN...

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RAMZEE STANTON: Basketball
Class of 2016

Ramzee Stanton is nominated for his outstanding career as a basketball player at Coatesville High School, West Chester University, and in the professional ranks while playing in Argentina for both Ben Hur and Regatas. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAMZEE STANTON...

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AMANDA BROWN STREETER: Basketball
Class of 2016

Amanda Brown Streeter is being nominated for her outstanding accomplishments in basketball at both the high school and college levels. Amanda, a 2003 graduate of Unionville High School, is the current all-time school scoring leader, scoring 2,266 points during her career. She holds the school single game scoring record with 44 points and is the free throw percentage record holder at 81%. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AMANDA BROWN STREETER...

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DON STROCK: Professional Football Player & Coach
Class of 2009

Strock is best remembered for coming off the bench for the Dolphins in the 1982 AFC Divisional Playoff game against the San Diego Chargers at the Orange Bowl. Strock rallied the Dolphins from a 24-0 deficit tie the score in the third quarter. Ultimately, Miami lost the game to San Diego, 41-38, in overtime. LEARN MORE ABOUT DON STROCK...

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TORA SUBER: Basketball
Class of 2016

Suber had an outstanding career playing basketball player at Downingtown High School, University of Virginia, and Charlotte Sting and Orlando Miracle of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Suber was a four-year starter on the Downingtown High School girls basketball team that won four District 1 and two AAAA State Championships. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TORA SUBER...

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RENEE TALLEY: Coaching
Class of 2016

During her 17 seasons as head coach, Renee Talley led the Lady Raiders to a record 322 wins vs. only 102 losses. Her teams were remarkably successful, winning five Ches-Mont League championships and two District titles, her success culminating in leading her team to the PIAA State Championship in 1994. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RENEE TALLEY...

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ELINOR Z. TAYLOR: Official
Class of 2016

Elinor Zimmerman Taylor was a 1939 graduate of West Chester High School. In 1943 she graduated from West Chester State College and in 1958 she earned a Master's Degree in Education form Temple University. She started her career as an educator in the Ridley Park, Delaware County school system. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ELINOR Z. TAYLOR...

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ANDRE THORNTON: All-Star Major League First Baseman
Class of 2008

Andre Thornton played his first major league game for the Chicago Cubs at age 24. He was named the first baseman of the 1974 All-Rookie Team by Baseball Digest. During a 10-year career with the Indians, Thornton won a Silver Slugger Award, was named to two American League All-Star squads. LEARN MORE ABOUT ANDRE THORNTON...

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EDWARD "TED" TORRANCE: Coach
Class of 2016

Edward "Ted" Torrance was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. As a young man, he would often spend summers with relatives in West Chester. He was a graduated of West Catholic High School for Boys, class of 1949. Ted's father was a doctor and Ted went to Notre Dame as a pre-med student. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EDWARD TORRANCE...

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TED TRAVIS-BEY: Football
Class of 2014

Eubank “Ted” Travis-Bey, Jr. is a Phoenixville native who graduated from Phoenixville Area High School in 1961. Ted starred in football as the quarterback for 3 years and point gaurd in basketball, winning Ches-Mont championships and All Ches-Mont honors in both sports. LEARN MORE ABOUT TED TRAVIS-BEY...

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DICK VERMEIL: NFL Super Bowl Champion Coach
Class of 2008

Although born and raised in California, Richard Albert Vermeil’s contribution to the heralded sports history of Philadelphia has earned him a front-row center seat. Few professional sports figures have captured the imagination and ignited the passions of Philly fans more than Vermeil. LEARN MORE ABOUT DICK VERMEIL...

JOAN WAGNER: Coaching
Class of 2015

Joan Wagner is being honored for her outstanding career as a Field Hockey and Lacrosse Official. Joan attended Lower Merion High School and Millersville University. Wagner’s officiating career began in 1963, when she received her first field hockey rating.. LEARN MORE ABOUT JOAN WAGNER...

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MARIAN WASHINGTON: NCAA Basketball National Champion & Olympic Coach
Class of 2009

Born and raised in West Chester, Washington attended West Chester High School and West Chester State Teachers College, where she starred in both basketball and track and field for the Lady Rams and was the lynchpin that anchored West Chester's 1969 national championship basketball team. LEARN MORE ABOUT MARIAN WASHINGTON...

CHUCK WEBER: Football
Class of 2015

Charles Frederick (Chuck) Weber, Jr., had a professional football playing and coaching career of 29 years. Chuck's football career began at nearby Abington High School. At West Chester State Teachers College he played four years of football where he was a defensive end, guard, and linebacker. LEARN MORE ABOUT CHUCK WEBER...

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DON WEBSTER: Track
Class of 2014

Don Webster, considered to be one of the great quarter-milers in the early 1960’s, was a phenom from Kennett Square High School. He was the first Kennett Square High School athlete to win a State Championship. As a sophomore, Webster won the 440 yard dash. LEARN MORE ABOUT DON WEBSTER...

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DENNIS WHITE: Coach/Athletic Director
Class of 2013

Dennis White is a native, lifelong resident of Chester County, where he was raised, educated and excelled as an athlete, and served as an exceptional High School Teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director. In retirement, he functions on a myriad of community organizations and as a Director on the CCSHOF Board. LEARN MORE ABOUT DENNIS WHITE...

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MARIA WHITEHEAD: Field Hockey
Class of 2016

Maria Whitehead enjoyed a high school career in field hockey and lacrosse at West Chester East that was capped off by being named the 1998 Chester County Player of the Year, and the WC East High School female athlete of the year. A two sport, 4 year letter winner in both sports, Whitehead captained both teams her senior year. She was named team MVP in field hockey. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MARIA WHITEHEAD...

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JUDITH SMILEY WOLSTENHOLME: Field Hockey/Lacrosse
Class of 2014

Judith Smiley Wolstenholme has been honored with induction into four Halls of Fame: the Ursinus College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Hall of Fame, the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Phoenixville Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame. LEARN MORE ABOUT JUDITH SMILEY WOLSTENHOLME...

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GARO YEPREMIAN: Professional Football
Class of 2010

Garo Yepremian discovered football on television, the same medium that would propel him to stardom in the sport he never played growing up in Cyprus.
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DICK YODER: Athlete & Sports Administrator
Class of 2009

Dick Yoder played quarterback at West Chester and at West Chester State under legendary head coach Glenn Killinger. Upon graduating in 1959, Yoder embarked on a teaching career before returning to his alma mater, where he became quarterbacks coach and assistant professor of physical education in 1962. LEARN MORE ABOUT DICK YODER...

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HAROLD ZIMMERMAN: Coach / Teacher
Class of 2011

The successful football and track & field coach at West Chester High School, Zimmerman was also the athletic Director. He was the head coach of the school’s undefeated 1931 squad and coached current CCSHOF members Yoder, Al Bruno, Nick Bruno and Jon Matlack. LEARN MORE ABOUT HAROLD ZIMMERMAN...




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