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2002 Inductees

Billy Joe 1959

Football

 

 

 

There was a decade in the history of Coatesville athletics that might be called the “Joe Era." The Joe family and its four talented brothers literally dominated the sports screen. Billy Joe gives much of the credit for his success to those strong family ties.

   As he entered high school, Billy blossomed into a fantastic athlete, not only on the football field, but on the track as well. In football, under coach Bob Bowman, Billy ran for nearly 1000 yards during his senior year, scoring 18 touchdowns. He became the first Red Raider back to win the Ches-Mont scoring crown. That year he earned all Ches-Mont and All-State honors.

   Coach Quentin Diedrick is credited with developing Billy into a nationally ranked high school shot putter.  In 1959, Billy shattered the district one shot put record with a toss of 59 feet and 1 inch.

   After graduation, Billy went to Villanova University on a track scholarship. His record throw at the 1962 IC4A Championships of 60 feet and 6 inches still stands at Villanova. He also represented the United States at the Pan American games in 1963 and won a silver medal in that event. Meanwhile, Billy continued to play football and gained the attention of NFL scouts. He graduated from Villanova with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

    Also in 1963, Billy was drafted by the Denver Broncos. He was named rookie of the year. In his NFL career, he played for the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins, and the New York Jets. He was a member of the Jets 1968 Super Bowl III championship team. The following season, he tied a league record scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter in a game against the Boston patriots.

   Billy retired from professional football in 1970. He began a highly successful coaching career that continues until today. Billy served as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland. He then became head coach at Cheyney University (31 wins – 32 losses) from 1972 to 1978.

   From 1979 to 1980 he was a backfield coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. This was the year the team won the NFC title and played in the Super Bowl.

    At Central State University from 1981 to 1993, Billy's coaching record was 120 wins 30 losses and four ties. From 1994 to the present, Billy has coached at Florida A&M University where his record stands at 70 wins and 28 losses. In 1999 he notched his 200th career victory in Division I AA football, which placed him in third all-time career wins among black college coaches among all NCAA coaches.

 

Terry L. Brown 1976

Cross-Country and Track

   It takes a good deal of courage and commitment to be the first person to attempt anything. Fortunately, Terry Brown is such a person. Her accomplishments 25 years ago opened the door to many fine female athletes that would follow in her footsteps.

   Terry began her athletic career as a swimmer for the Wagontown Swim Club. She continued competitive swimming throughout her school years, however, at the age of eight, she took an interest in running. For the next five years, Terry was a member of the Caln athletic Association cross-country team, under the guidance of Clyde Godshall

   As Terry entered high school, she was a member of the girls varsity swim team. Under the coach Judy (funk) Laurento, Terry captured school records in the 200 yard freestyle, the 500 yard freestyle and the 400 yard freestyle relay. She was elected captain of the swim team in her senior year.

   It was Terry's passion for running, however, that will be your legacy. At Terry's prodding and through the efforts of Bill Renfrew and Lynn Greenlee, Coatesville's first cross country team was born in 1974. Terry was Coatesville's number one runner and captain of the team. In 1975, she placed third at the Conrad Weiser invitational. In that year she won first place at the first ever Steel City Invitational open to girls. She was also the Ches-Mont Champion.

   Spurred on by the success of Terry and her teammates, Coatesville's first girls track team was formed in 1975 as Captain of the team, Terry dominated the mile and half mile events establishing school records in each. Her record in the mile remained a fixture until 1980 when all track events were converted to metric distances.

   At Shippensburg State College, Terry continued to compete in swimming. There was no track the cross-country teams established for women at that time.

   Upon graduation, she continued to participate in road races and in 1982 finished first the American ORT/Fleishmann’s Centennial Memorial day 10K race. In 1988, she was the second woman to cross the line at the Westport Young women's league minute man five-mile race.

   Today Terry is a Connecticut state Marshall

 

James "Bubbles" Lopp 1953

Basketball

   

   James "Bubbles" Lopp was born in Thomasville, North Carolina in 1934. His family of four sisters and  one brother moved to Coatesville in 1945. He began his athletic career at James Adams School.             

   At Coatesville high school, bubbles played varsity basketball for three years. In his sophomore year he averaged 4.2 points per game as his team finished the season with a 17–5 record. As a junior, the team’s record was 23–4, as he contributed an average of 15.3 points per game. In his senior year, team went all the way to the finals of the State Championship, losing to Farrell High School. Led by an incredible 20.1 scoring average by bubbles, the team amassed a record of 24–3. He held the record of team leading scorer until it was broken by Hubie Marshall. Among the highlights of his high school career is a 40 point performance against Bridgeport (before the era of the three point shot) and also being a member of the Eastern Championship basketball team of 1952.

   His athletic abilities also shined at track and field, where he was a member of the PIAA State Championship team. Bubbles ran on the hurdle relay team, was a long jumper, and was the State Champion in the high jump with a leap of 62 inches.

   A three sport athlete, bubbles also played tight end on the varsity football team.

   After graduation from high school in 1953, Bubble served his country as a member of the Air Force, where he was a radio operator. On returning home, he has been employed by Lukens, Beloit Eastern, and Gindy's. He has also worked as a correctional officer at the Chester County Farms prison and has been Dean of boys at Downingtown Industrial School. James is currently employed by the Coatesville recreation department, where he continues to serve his community area.

Patrice Trammell 1977

Basketball

 

   Patrice Trammell started playing basketball while a student at Gordon Junior High School. She played on the ninth-grade girl’s basketball team at Scott Intermediate High School. Her size and abilities were such that had the PIAA a rules been as they are today. She would have been a varsity player as a freshman.

   Beginning in her sophomore year, Patty was a three-year starter for the Lady Raiders. During her tenure on the team the squad had a record of 30 wins and 10 losses, winning 75% of their games.

   In her junior year, Patty led the team in rebounding with an average of 14.1 per game. The best was yet to come, and by her senior year, she was a force to be reckoned with.

   Patty’s senior year statistics were outstanding. She again led the team in rebounding, averaging 15.6 per game. Her single game high was 31 rebounds established which established a school record. She led her team in scoring, with an average of 14 points per game. She notched 12 "double/doubles" that year as well. Patrice was a triple threat on the court in her final season because she also led the team in steals (3.8 per game). Such a statistic is quite remarkable for a post player to achieve. Not surprisingly, Patty was selected as first team all Ches-Mont.

   Incidentally, Patty did not limit herself to basketball, she was also a four-year starter on the varsity lacrosse team.

   Continuing her Scholastic and athletic experiences, Patty attended Oxnard Junior college, California for two years. Her basketball skills earned her a scholarship to Loyola Marymount, where she continued to play an additional two years, graduating with a degree in elementary education.

   While teaching elementary school in Los Angeles, Patty continued to play basketball in a local league, Joe Weakley's Summer Basketball For Women. She was chosen for an All-Star team that toured to Alaska Maui and Mexico. Other members of that team included WNBA stars Cynthia Cooper and Pam McGee, who had played for USC's national championship team.

   Patty is employed by AfroAmerican Newspapers. She lives in Bowie, Maryland.

 

Daniel Lee, M. D.

Team physician

         The Coatesville Hall of Fame committee has selected Dr. Daniel Lee for special recognition. Dr. Lee has devoted more than 35 years to the Red Raider football team as he team physician. We are deeply appreciative of his contributions and are pleased to bestow him with this honor.

   Dr. Lee is a graduate of Central high school in Lincoln University. He attended Howard University School of Medicine earning his diploma in 1945. After completing his internship at Harlem Hospital in New York, Dr. Lee taught for two years at Lincoln University. From 1948 to 1955 he was on staff at Pottstown Memorial Hospital. He was involved in many civic groups in the Pottstown area during that time. After a four-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Major Daniel Lee came to Coatesville.

"Doc" Lee has been the Coatesville Area Schools physician from 1965 through 2001. He has served on numerous committees and organizations in Coatesville and throughout Chester County. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors for his contributions to his community.

 

Augustine "Whisty" DeFroscia 1934

Football

   Augustine "whisty" DeFroscia graduated from Coatesville high school in 1934 after an outstanding career in football and baseball.

   On the football field, whisty played quarterback on the varsity squad as a sophomore, his Junior year and senior years, he became a running back and was Chester County's greatest open field runner and of that era. In baseball,

whisty was the varsity shortstop for three years. In his senior year, he was the team's leading hitter. His team won the suburban III baseball crown that year.

   He attended Michigan State Normal School, now Michigan State University, on a full football scholarship. His mentor and former coach, Chet Haupt was instrumental in helping whisty achieve this feat. Capping his outstanding football career, he played for three years on the varsity football squad.

   After graduation in 1939, he married his college sweetheart, Betty Boli. They settled in Owasso, Michigan and had a son, Dean.

   Whisty spent his last few years of his life living with his son in California, he passed away in 1995.

 

Florindo "Beauty" DeMatteo 1936

Football and Baseball

    Florindo "Beauty" DeMatteo certainly had an appropriate nickname. His football and baseball skills were beautiful to behold.

   He had a great high school career both sports and he continued to Excel during his four years at Kutztown State Teachers College. A standout in baseball, he led his college team in batting in 1937 with a .538 average.

   From 1936 through 1939, Beauty so dominated the football field that he was labeled a "one-man gang." A passing, running and putting threat, he also dropkicked extra points. In 1938, he was Kutztown's initial first-team associate press little All-American recipient. Beauty went on to play professional football for one year with the Long Island New York Indians.

   Beauty passed away in 1966 at the age of 49 from leukemia. He was inducted into the Kutztown University Hall of Fame in 1979. In June 2000, Florindo “Beauty” DeMatteo was selected as one of the top 30 athletes of the century At Kutztown University. He is survived by his son, Joe.

 

Gregory Richard Jemison 1972

Baseball

   As a child, Ray Jemison attended one midget football practice was told he could not stay out after dark. As a result, baseball became his passion and later his vocation.

   Greg played Little League baseball as well as Babe Ruth and American Legion leagues. In high school, he not only started on the baseball team, but also won letters and varsity basketball and track.

   His baseball career began with a scholarship to Seton Hall University in 1972. During his sophomore and junior years, Greg's team played in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. He was elected Captain of his team In his senior year. Throughout his collegiate years, he was drafted three times by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Boston Red Sox, and the Texas Rangers. In June 1976, Greg signed with the Texas Rangers.

   Greg began a five-year minor-league career, playing in the Gulf Coast league for Saratoga Florida. He was selected as an All-Star in his rookie season. Next, he played class A ball Asheville, North Carolina, hitting over .300 for the season. He led his league in stolen bases, walks and runs scored. He was again selected as an All-Star in the Carolina league his outstanding talent earned him a promotion to the AA Tulsa Drillers. The next season with the Drillers saw him lead the league in stolen bases and in the top five and several other offensive categories. He was traded to the New York Yankees and in the spring of 1979 was invited to attend training camp competing against the likes of outfielders Lou Pinella, Mickey Rivers, Reggie Jackson, and Juan Benitez. He played that year in West Haven and then the following year in Nashville before an injury ended his playing career.

   Jemison coached in the minor leagues from 1980 through 1983. He ended his association with baseball In 1983, but has continued to maintain relationships with many of the gifted athletes and coaches that he played with during his baseball career.

   Greg now lives in Marietta, Georgia, where he is a program manager for the city of Atlanta Corrections Department.

 

Leo "Acky" Atkinson

Coach

   Coaching legend Leo "Acky" Atkinson has carved quite a name for himself in the annals of Coatesville athletics.

   While a student in the Coatesville School District, Acky was an outstanding athlete. By the time he graduated in 1926, he had been awarded 10 varsity letters. He continued to be a standout at West Chester State Teachers College where he was the quarterback for the football team. After graduation in 1930, Leo became a physical education teacher at Coatesville High School, where he remained for the next 35 years.

   Throughout the early 30s, Acky was the head coach for the varsity football team and was also the boys varsity basketball team. He became the head coach of Coatesville baseball In 1936 and continued in that role until his retirement in 1966. Acky’s baseball teams won 19 section III championships during his tenure. He was also a P.I.A.A. basketball official for 15 years.

   From 1941 to 1949, Leo was the backfield coach and scout for Ted Dailey, Coatesville's renowned football coach. Coatesville football teams were highly successful that was due in part to Acky's contributions.

   In the community, Leo was one of the founders of the Coatesville Midget Football League. He also was instrumental in organizing the Coatesville High School Football Clinic an innovative achievement for that era.

   Leo Ackinson is deceased. He is survived by his wife Jean and his son Mickey.

 

Linda Boynes March 1979

Track and Field

   Linda Boynes March was Coatesville's first great female track and field performer.

   Linda began her career while in elementary school. William "Pop" Ransom, her physical education teacher, spotted her as a potential participant for the summer track program that he coordinated and the rest, as they say, is history.

   "Boynsie" found instant success as a sprinter on “Pops” teams. Later as she participated on the South Brandywine Junior High School track team, she discoverd the long jump and added that to her track events. As Linda entered ninth-grade, the fledgling girls track program was one year old and in need of a hurdler. With Linda’s Sprint speed and jumping abilities, she adapted very quickly to the technique of running their hurdles. During her freshman year she was undefeated in dual-meet competition in the 80 yard hurdles. She was the district 1 champion in the event and At the State Championships won a fifth-place medal.

   Linda continued to dominate in the hurdles in the years to follow, earning district 1 honors in the 110 yard hurdles as a sophomore (5th) and as a senior (4th). Linda was a multitalented athlete. In her sophomore year, she placed third in the District Championships in the long jump. She was also instrumental in winning district and State medals and the 440 yard relay.

   Always a tough competitor, Linda usually participated in four events (the maximum allowed) in dual meets. She also mastered another technical event, the triple jump, and was a consistent point getter in that event for three years. In her senior year, Linda was named MVP in girl’s track and field.

   Today Linda is employed by Bayada nurses. She has five children and one grandchild.

 

Dave Thorne 1957

Swimming

   In the era of the "fabulous 50s," Coatesville prided itself on having its own fabulous swimmer. Dave Thorne simply dominated the hundred yard backstroke in the state of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1957.

   As early as Dave’s sophomore year, He was setting records and winning championships. In that year he won the District and Regional Championships and was the runner-up the State Championship meet.

   As a Junior and senior Dave swept all three championship meets in his chosen event, the hundred yard backstroke. In 1956, during his junior year, he was named to the High School All-American swim team. In his senior year, he was elected co-captain of the Coatesville team.

   Dave attended Lehigh University and continued to Excel in the backstroke. He was the middle Atlantic Conference 200 yard backstroke champion in his junior year. He was also awarded the Charles Graham Memorial trophy. As a senior he was the Captain of his college swim team.

   Dave was a Navy pilot from 1961 through 1966. He and his wife, Peggy has three children and nine grandchildren. He retired in 1997 as human resource director for many plants in the divisions of Reynolds Medals Company. He currently serves on various Board of Directors for Christian service organizations.

 

Arthur "Ockie" Pollard 1952

Track and Field

    Can you imagine a high school senior in 1952 competing in the United States Olympic trials? Arthur "Ockie" Pollard was that good.

   He started his athletic career at James Adams School and Gordon Junior High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. As Art entered senior high school, he continued as athletic endeavors and enjoyed great success, particularly in basketball and track under the coaching of Walt Funk.

   Coatesville High School’s 1952 boy’s varsity basketball team had an outstanding season culminated in a second place finish in the State Championship.

   In track and field, his team was undefeated in dual-meet competition for three years. At the state championship meet, art won the 100 yard dash and set a state record in winning the 220 yard dash. He and his teammates won the State Championship, Art Pollock was named a high school All-American and track and field.

   The Coatesville community contributed funds to send Art and coach Funk to 1952 summer Olympic trials in Los Angeles, California. He made it into the semi finals, but did not qualify to run in Helsinki, Finland.

   That fall, Ockie entered Penn State University. On the freshman track squad, he broke records in the 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes. During his sophomore and junior years, he won the 100 yard dash at the Penn relays IC4A Championship and also the National Championship. In his senior year, Art was elected captain of the Penn State squad, however an injury prematurely ended his track career.

   Art graduated from Penn State in 1956 with a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Physical Education. He worked as the athletic director for the Devereaux schools for seven years. He then was employed by the Philadelphia School District as chairperson in the Department of Science and Physical Education. He remained there for 30 years until his retirement in 1993. Art and his wife have been married for 47 years.

 

Ross Kershey

coach

   Ross Kershey graduated from Dunbar High School in the Southwestern Pennsylvania in 1950. Ross attended Temple University, graduating in 1955. While tending Temple, he played basketball for Hall of Fame coach Harry Litwack.

   Kershey began his teaching and coaching careers at Coatesville High School in 1956. His American History teaching tenure lasted 42 years, retiring in 1998, Ross won the first ever Educator of the Year Award in 1982.

   The "Silver Fox" coached basketball for 28 years, 22 as head coach. His record stands at 462 wins and 128 losses. His teams have earned 12 Ches-Mont Championships and one District One title.

   Ross also coached track for 18 years, 14 as head coach. His dual-meet record is 103 wins and 1 loss. Under his guidance, his teams have racked up 27 Ches-Mont titles in championship and relays, 2 District One titles, one State Championship in 1974, ten individual State Champions, one Eastern United States championship in 1974, and the Penn Relays Mile Relay Championship of America, also in 1974.

   The legendary educator's mark is still very much in evidence in the Coatesville Area Schools. The new gymnasium at the intermediate high school is named in his honor. The Educator of the year is now known as the J. Ross Kershey award.

   Kershey was inducted in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

   He has been married to his wife, Sally 48 years and they have a son, Scott Kershey.