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2004 Inductees

Renee Talley

Coach

 

   The phrase "take it to the next level," has been popularized in the past few years. In the history of Coatesville girl’s basketball, this best describes the contribution made by Renée Talley and her 17 years at the helm of the Lady Raiders.

   During Renee's tenure as varsity girl's basketball coach she amassed a 322 – 102 win – loss record. Her teams have won five league championships and two District  titles. In 1994, the Lady Raiders became the PIAA State Champion in Girls Basketball.

   Throughout her career, Renee's teams have accomplished eight consecutive 20+ win seasons, making the state tournament appearance in those eight years as well. Under her guidance her teams have been awarded the Tri-County Officials Sportsmanship Award for five consecutive years.

   Renée was selected as the Daily Local News Coach of the Year In 1989 and 1994. She was also honored as the PNC coach of the year in 1994.

   In her 30 year teaching and coaching career in the Coatesville Area Schools, Renee Talley has promoted girls sports on many levels. She has coached varsity lacrosse (1974 – 1981), served as an assistant athletic director, and has organized and coached many intramural sports on the junior high and intermediate school level. She has been an innovator and an advocate for girls sports in the Coatesville Schools and has left an indelible mark on the lives of her players.

 

Glenn Lewis 1962

Track

 

   Glenn more than lived up to the tradition and legacy of the Lewis family, he established several standards of his own.

   He was a two-year starter on the basketball team, helping to win two consecutive Ches-Mont championships. In his senior year, he was selected to the All-League first team is a center.

   However, it was in track that Glenn achieved the highest level of success. As a junior he was a key member of the state championship mile relay team. In his senior year, Glenn won the Ches-Mont Championships in the high and low hurdles. At the district meet, he won the low hurdles as runner-up in the highs.

   One week later, at the State Meet. Glenn reversed this position and won the high hurdles and lost the lows by 1/10 of a second. His two gold medals and one silver in the State Championships have been exceeded by only a few of the many excellent track athletes in Coatesville history.

   Glenn continued his track career with the camp Pendleton Marines. His teammates included some of our nation's great track athletes, including 10,000 meter Olympic champion, Billy Mills.

   After a tour of duty in Vietnam as a sergeant, Glenn began a career as a sound technician an editor at Channel six in Philadelphia. He then moved to Los Angeles, working behind the scenes in movies and television where he won an Emmy award in 1989.

   Now retired, Glen lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Diana Robinson Lewis, a Coatesville native and anchorwoman for a Detroit television station.

   Despite his many accomplishments, Glenn considers tonight's induction to be the highest honor he has ever received.

 

Clara Dixon Davis 1974

Softball

   Three words best describe Clara Dixon Davis’ career: athletics, academics and achievement. For more than 40 years she has excelled in a variety of sports, taught Spanish and coached our youth, winning awards and accolades along the way.

Clara’s career began as a member of Caln Athletic Association’s track and cross-country teams in the mid-to late 1960’s. Her physical talents and hard work earned her many medals and awards. Later, and junior and intermediate high school, Clara became a triple threat, playing basketball, hockey and softball. Softball however was the sport that highlighted her prowess. Clara played left field, had a batting average of .290 in her senior year and set records for steals. Her high school athletics career culminated with the coveted "Most Outstanding Female Athlete" award. Clara also received the top "Spanish award".

   Clara attended Millersville University where she was a member of the basketball, hockey and track teams. She majored in Spanish and plan for a career in education when she graduated in 1978. Her first teaching assignment, English as a second language, was in her home Coatesville School District. Clara also became the ninth-grade girl’s basketball coach, the first of many coaching assignments she was assume over the years.

   In the early 1980s, Carla taught Spanish in ESL at the Sister Clara Muhammad School in Philadelphia and in Penns Grove, New Jersey. From 1984 through 1998, she taught Spanish in the lawnside New Jersey public schools, and was named Teacher of the Year twice. During her stay in Lawnside, Clara returned to coaching girl’s basketball, in addition to handling coaching duties for basketball, soccer and baseball at Delaware Boys and Girls Club. As AAU boys basketball coach for Chester Biddy in Chester, PA from 1998 to 1994. Carla traveled the East Coast attending competitions and winning many championships.

   Since 1998, Clara has taught Spanish at Paulsboro High School, Paulsboro, New Jersey and continues her tradition of athletic and academic excellence. She has named Teacher of the Year and Professional of the Year. She has been the recipient of the Yearbook Dedication and a National Honor Society inductee. At graduation Clara was chosen Keynote Speaker and the Grand Marshall of the Homecoming Parade.

Happily married in 1982 to Bruce Davis, Clara and her family reside in New Castle, Delaware.

 

Lee Carter 1940

Baseball

 

   The city of Coatesville has had more than its share of fantastic athletes. Perhaps the first African-American to have been recognized for his athletic achievements is Lee Carter.

   Lee was a three sport athlete for the Coatesville high school Red Devils, as they were known at that time. Famed baseball coach Leo Atkinson recognized talent at an early age. As a freshman, Lee became the starting shortstop for the varsity baseball team. Atkinson had a great influence on Lee's life. Becoming like a second father to him.

   Lee had an outstanding four-year high school career. In his senior year, he was elected captain of the baseball team. In 1940, that was a very rare occurrence and speaks volumes for Lee’s talent.

   Carter also played three years of American Legion baseball under the tutelage of Dick Wells, who he regards as a great man and a mentor. The Legion team won the District Championship in 1937 and was runner-up Pennsylvania State Championship.

   Upon graduation, Lee joined the Philadelphia stars of the Negro National League. He had the occasion to face the legendary Satchel Paige at bat and managed to earn a triple from him. Lee ended up playing 13 years in semi Pro baseball with various teams.

The Carter has been awarded many accolades during his life. He has been recognized by the Mayor of West Chester, Henderson High School, Cheyney University alumni Association, Junior and NAACP, the State of Pennsylvania for his Underground Railroad Art Series, the Coatesville Post Office for his painting "Buffalo soldier," which was depicted in the Commemorative stamp in 1994 and the Buffalo Soldiers Committee, of Highland Falls, New York.

   In 1997, Lee was inducted in the Coatesville Hall of Fame for outstanding achievement.

 

William "Billy" Morton 1939

Track

 

   I'm sure when Billy Morton competed for Coatesville High School during the 1930s, he didn't consider himself a pioneer, but in many respects, he was. Newspaper accounts of his exploits often referred to him as "Coatesville’s Colored Athlete." How times have changed!

   Billy was a basketball and track great from 1937 through 1939. He was a three-year starter in basketball and made the All-League first-team every year. The league was then known as the Suburban Three. In his Junior and senior years, Billy was named to the All-Philadelphia Suburban Team. He was elected team captain his senior year.

   Track was his best sport leading Coatesville, then known as the Red Devils, to three consecutive league championships. In his senior year Billy anchored the 880 relay team to the State Championship.

   Bill culminated this track career by winning the State Championship in the 220 yard dash in the unheard of time of 21.8. That time was better than the winning time in the same event this year, 2004! Be advised of the current distance of 200 meters is less than 220 yards. Billy was awarded for his outstanding track career by receiving a scholarship to of University of Pittsburgh.

 Since 1939, thousands of African-American athletes who have competed in all sports for Coatesville High School owe a debt of gratitude to those who paved the way, like Billy Morton.

 

Alvin F. Loomis

Coach

 

   It would not be an exaggeration to say that Al Loomis dedicated his life to Coatesville High School. He passed away from a heart attack while still a member of the faculty in 1970.

   Al attended Coatesville high school from 1930 through 1933, competing in football all three years. In his senior year he was elected team captain. In his senior year, he was also chosen class president.

   He continued his career at La Salle College where he participated in football for four years, being named captain in his senior year. In his Junior and senior seasons, Al was elected to the Little All-American team, selected from the nation's smaller colleges.

   Al began his teaching and coaching career at Coatesville in 1938. He served as line coach from 1938 to 1942 when World War II interrupted his first tenure with the Red Raiders. The school nickname was changed when Scott became the new high school.

   Al served in the military for three years and was a veteran of the European campaign, seeing duty in France and Germany. He returned to Coatesville High in 1946, assuming his duties as a social studies teacher and line coach.

   He retired from football after the 1957 season, remaining as a teacher, until 1962 when he was named Assistant Principal.

   Al was active in the community, serving as President of the Rotary Club for two years. His legacy to Coatesville High School is one of a local product came home and gave back the school and community.

 

Mae Ladenberger Monetto 1929

Basketball

   During the roaring 20s, there was a famed Coatesville girls basketball squad known as the “Wonder Six.” These women so dominated the courts during the years from 1927 through 1929 that they racked up in unbeaten streak that is still on the record books today.

   The undisputed leader of this awesome team was Mae Ladenberger. She was the leading scorer on the team and was largely responsible for the great success that led to a 41 game unbeaten streak.

   Her game stats speak for themselves. In many of her games she completely dominated the scoring. As an example, in four of her games in 1928, she notched 27 of her teams, 38 points, 31, of 42, 21 of 28 in 19 of 28. If the game totals did not look impressive, remember that the women's game of basketball was quite different in the early years. Teams were made up of six on a side and players were restricted to just three dribbles before passing were shooting.

  Mae captained the 1928 – 1929 team. She also played field hockey and was a member of a team that remained unbeaten for 20 games.

  May Lautenberg was honored by the Coatesville Chamber of Commerce in 1961 as she was inducted in the Coatesville City Hall of Fame.

 

Katie Nowak 1999

Track

   Desire, determination and dedication are often overused terms and athletics, but in the case of Katie Nowak, they only begin to describe this excellent athlete.

   She began her athletic career in Coatesville the ninth-grade in both indoor and outdoor track, by her sophomore year, Katie one the Ches-Mont Cross-Country Championship, an accomplishment. She repeated in her Junior and senior seasons. She placed third in the State meet her senior year and was first-team All-State selection.

   As a 12th grader during the indoor track season Katie placed second in the 1600 meters and third in the 3000 meters at the State Championships, achieving another first-team all-state recognition. In a final outdoor accomplishment, she was 11th the 3200 meters at the National Championships.

  It was in outdoor track that Katie was most successful, winning three consecutive 1600 meter titles plus the 3200 meters at the Ches-Monts as a senior.  At the state meet in 1999 she placed third in the 3200 and finally accomplished her ultimate goal, a State Championship in 1600 meters.

   Katie was voted the Outstanding Area Cross-Country Runner in 1998 and the Outstanding Track Athlete in 1999.

   She continued her academic and athletic career at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she was a four-year competitor and cross-country, indoor and outdoor track.

   Katie holds Ball State records in the 1500 meters, 5000 meters, 3000 meter steeplechase and the 4 X 1600 meter relay. Also in outdoor track, she qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing 17th in the 5000 meters.

  In Collegiate Cross Country she finished second, third and sixth in conference meets and qualified twice for NCAA Championships.

   She was league MVP in indoor track in both the 2000 and 2001 winning championships in the mile, 3000 meters, 5000 meters and in the distance medley relay.

   After graduating with a 3.7 Scholastic average, Katie is currently in graduate school majoring in Cardiac Rehabilitation an Adult Fitness.

Tonight's induction is a fitting culmination to the career of this truly All-American athlete and person.

 

George Stanko 1949

Basketball

 

   The phrase, "scholar/athlete" is often used as a description of certain individuals. George Stanko epitomizes that term.

   George was a standout in basketball. In his senior year, he was Coatesville's leading scorer. The team was undefeated in section 3 play. He was honored with being named to the All Suburban first-team. George accomplished all this while earning a spot in the top fifth of his graduating class.

   His basketball prowess led him to Villanova University on a full scholarship. His freshman team was undefeated (22 – 0). Stanko played three years on a varsity squad the participated in two NCAA tournaments, two Sugar Bowls and one All-College tournament. Upon graduation, George was ranked within the top fourth of his class.

   The Korean War called George to enlist in the Marines upon graduation. After the war, he served as a player/coach one a team in Barstow, California. The team reached the West Coast Marine finals with an impressive record of 52 wins and 10 losses.

   George Stanko returned to Coatesville after his hitch in the service was ended. He was employed by G. O. Carlson for 43 years until his retirement in 1999.    

 

Able  Joe 1973

Football

 

   Local football fans discuss the best all around athlete in the history of Coatesville High School; the conversation usually begins with the name Able Joe. The discussion usually ends with that name as well.

   Able was all Ches-Mont in football, basketball and track. In 1972 he was voted to the All State First Team in football and was he Scholastic Magazine All-American. He won the Maxwell Club Award for Outstanding Area High School football player as well as the Order of the Purple Heart award presented to Chester County's top football player.

   In the final game of his high school career, the Thanksgiving Day game with Downingtown, Able scored five touchdowns and kicked an extra point. In the same contest he rushed to hundred 291 yards on 19 carries. He established individual season and career records for points scored.

   Able was selected for the Big 33 All-Star game against Ohio where he was the starting tailback. His backup was Tony Dorsett.

   After graduation, he enrolled at Cheyney University where his brother, Bill was head coach. Able led the conference in rushing as a senior and was All-Conference First Team in 1975 in 1976. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1976 but due to an unfortunate injury, Able’s professional career never materialized.

   In track Able was a two-time Ches-Mont Champion in the shot put and discus, as well as District Champion in the discus. He is still the school record holder in that event at 172 feet.

    Able the starting center and co-captain of the basketball team and was chosen All Ches-Mont in his senior year.

    It's very easy to understand why discussions about the best athlete in Coatesville history begin an end with Able Joe.

 

Harry "Bud" Lewis, Jr.

Coach

   It's difficult to refer to a person as an institution, but Harry Lewis is a Coatesville institution. He spent his youth as a Coatesville student-athlete and returned as an adult to give back to the community as a teacher, coach and presently a high school administrator.

   He could well be inducted as an athlete, rather than a coach, but it was in this latter capacity that Harry made his greatest contribution to Coatesville.

   He was a Ches-Mont Champion in the high and low hurdles, District Champion in the low hurdles and at the State Meet placed second in the lows and third in the high hurdles as a senior.

   Harry continued his athletic career at Winston-Salem college where he was a member of the national championship shuttle hurdles team, anchored by the great Elias Gilbert.

   He began his teaching and coaching career at Coatesville in 1967, teaching physical education and coaching ninth-grade track. From 1969 to 1974 Harry coached the indoor track squad. He assumed the duties of Head Track Coach in 1975 and for the next 27 years compiled an unbelievable record: 174 wins and 17 losses; 22 Ches-Mont titles; two District Championships and one State Title in 1977

  In addition, three of us athletes were named individual All-Americans: Jim Brooks, Keenan Coleman and Earl Miller plus 5 different relay teams achieved All-American status.

   In 1986, "Bud" was named Pennsylvania Track Coaches Man of the year and in 1988, coach of the year by the greater Philadelphia Track Coaches Association.

   Harry Lewis' influence on the Coatesville community will be felt long after his retirement, this in athletics in the lives of thousands of young people he motivated in a positive manner.