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2007 Inductees

Solomon Hunter 1977

Track

 

   Solomon Hunter’s middle and long distance running career started in the 9th grade when the track coaches needed a volunteer to run the mile during a dual meet.  Solomon won the race by a wide margin and has enjoyed running ever since.

   In his sophomore and junior years, Solomon was a valued member of the indoor and outdoor track teams and the cross country teams.  In his junior year, he was Ches-Mont Champion in the 880 yard run (outdoor), set a school record in the 1000 yard fun (indoor) and received many individual and relay team honors.  As a junior cross country runner, Solomon was named to the Ches-Mont All-League Cross Country team and received Honorable Mention by the Philadelphia Inquirer to the All-Delaware Valley Cross Country team.

   In his senior year, Solomon was an award winning runner and he also demonstrated his leadership qualities by representing his outdoor track team as co-captain and his indoor and cross country teams as captain.  Solomon’s outdoor track accomplishments include being a member of the Ches-Mont, District and State Championship teams.  He received All-American honors running anchor on the two mile relay team that was the second fastest in the nation.  He was a Ches-Mont Champion in the 880 yard dash and in the one mile run, where he set a meet record.  Solomon helped set records as a member of the District and State two-mile relay Championship Teams.  At the same time, Solomon placed in the District and State Championship 880 yard dash races.  Solomon was a member of numerous meet record breaking distance medley relay and two mile relay teams and the individual winner of many one mild and 880 yard run invitationals.  His outdoor track achievements earned him the coveted MVP Award.

   Solomon’s indoor track honors, individual and team, were many and include being invited to participate in a one-mile run at the Philadelphia Spectrum against some of the best high school milers in the nation.  Cross country running earned Solomon 4th place in the Ches-Mont championship and a new course record at Coatesville High.  His senior honors include being named for a second year to the Ches-Mont All-League Cross Cou8ntry team, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s All Delaware Valley Cross Country Team and the team MVP Award. 

  While attending the University of Tennessee, renowned for their excellent runners, Solomon continued to run track and cross country.  His numerous honors and awards include an NCAA Championship as a member of Tennessee’s distance medley relay team, two-time collegiate All-American honors and many Southeastern Conference awards.  Solomon was recently honored when added to the “Wall of Fame” by the University of Tennessee Athletic Department. 

   Solomon currently resides in Philadelphia and is a Partner in the national law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  

Sue Ahern 1975

Softball

 

   Every great pitcher needs a great catcher.  Sue Ahern was the battery mate for Coatesville Sports Hall of Fame pitcher Deb Marshall (2000).  Sue brought much more to the game than just her role as an outstanding catcher.  She was a powerful and reliable hitter who was instrumental in the success of Coatesville softball in the early seventies.

   Sue began her high school softball career as a starter.  During her freshman year she played right field. 

   Taking over the position of catcher in her sophomore year, Sue quickly became an invaluable asset in the batting order.  She led the team and then began an unbeaten streak that continued through her junior year.

   In her third season, Sue continued to be a dominant force at the plate as she led the team in doubles and in extra base h its.  She also became a starter on the varsity basketball team.

    During Sue’s senior year, the PIAA held the first ever State Championship Softball Tournament.  Coatesville won the inaugural District One Championship as Sue set five playoff records.  In the course of the three game tourney, Sue had the highest batting average (.545), most RBI’s in a single game (4), most RBI’s (7), most base hits (6), and most extra base hits (3).  The last three of those records still stand today.

   The Raiderette squad went on to become the State Championship Runner-Up in 1975 as Sue finished the tournament with a playoff batting average of .476 with five extra base hits.

   In Ahern’s four years as a member of the softball team, her batting average was .402.  The team amassed an overall record of 41-5. 

   Sue was awarded the 1975 Philadelphia Bulletin Scholar Athlete Award.  Sue was awarded the 1975 Philadelphia Bulletin Scholar Athlete Award.  In basketball, Sue co-captained the team during her senior year.  She led the team in points and in shooting percentage (47%) and was named the team MVP.

   She continued her softball career at East Stroudsburg University for four years.  She was a freshman starter on a team that went 17-3.  She had two game-winning hits, one of which against West Chester University to qualify for the Regional Championships.  Stroudsburg won the regionals and went on to participate in the Women’s College World Series.

    Ahern played ASA (Amateur Softball Association) – Women’s Fast Pitch Softball for the West Chester/Coatesville Crickets between 1975 and 1988.  She was a player-coach for six years.  In 1987, her team won the Pennsylvania Major Division and played in the ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship.

   An avid golfer, Sue was the 2002 USGA Women’s Public Links State Qualifying Championship Runner-Up.  Consequently, she was a participant in the Women’s National Public Links Tournament.  She was also the Women’s Champion at Kimberton Golf Club (2002). 

 

Nick DePedro 1944

Baseball

 

 

   Nicky DePedro was a talented three-sport athlete.  In 1943, Nick played end on the football team which notched a 10-0 record.  That year, Nick played forward on the basketball team and also played third base as he led his baseball team to an undefeated season with nine wins.

   Former Coatesville Sports Hall of Fame inductee Gene Patton (2000) also played on that 1943 squad.  Between Patton and DePedro, scouts from a multitude of professional baseball teams were drawn to the Coatesville High School games.  Still in his junior year, Nick was scouted by the New York Yankees, the St. Louis Browns, and the Boston Red Sox.

   Unfortunately, like so many fine athletes of the time, Nick’s budding baseball career was sidetracked by his country’s call for service in World War II.  Before he could graduate from high school, Nick was drafted into the Navy.  He served for two years, the majority of which was spent in the Pacific theatre on a destroyer.

   After an Honorable Discharge, Nick returned to Coatesville and played semi-professional baseball while working at Lukens Steel Company.  He continued to receive offers from various professional baseball organizations.

   Nick assisted Gene Patton in developing the Caln Little League and the Caln American Legion team.

 

Barney Diehl 1940

Football

 

   As a high school student, Barney Diehl was a well-rounded school citizen and was active in many school clubs as well as participating on the football, basketball, swimming, baseball, and track teams.  He was a truly accomplished athlete in all sports but was exceptionally gifted in football.

   In his sophomore year, Barney exhibited an amazing array of football talents.  A dependable defensive performer, Barney’s play on offense is what legends are made of.  His ability to catch passes that led to touchdowns was only overshadowed by his punting and drop kicking skills.  He set a Coatesville record by converting eight out of nine points by drop kicks.  He led his team in points scored during that season.

   Barney was selected for a spot on the First Team Scholastic All Country Football Team as well as being named as a Player of Distinction for the 1937 All-Suburban Team.

   As a swimmer, Barney set the school record in the 100 yard backstroke (1:12.4).  He was also a starting outfielder on the baseball team.

   During Diehl’s junior year, he continued his outstanding football career despite an injured ankle.  During one notable game against Norristown, the injured Diehl caught a pass and then kicked the ball through the uprights to win the game.

   Barney next gave basketball a try.  After only a few weeks of practice, he won a starting position as center on the team.  He also continued playing on the baseball teams, but somehow found time to compete in track and field.  He participated in the District One PIAA Track and Field Championship held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.  He ran on the 880 yard and mile relay teams and he threw the javelin.

   Barney’s senior year was one to remember.  His accomplishments on the football field were many and he was responsible for many a hard-fought win with his drop kicking prowess and his running abilities from the halfback position.  His talents led to offers from the University of Pittsburgh and Millersville State Teachers’ College.

   In swimming, Diehl set yet another school record, this time the 150 yard medley relay (1:30.2) in 1939.

   Upon graduation, Barney attended Millersville.  He held individual scoring records as a halfback and in 1940 he played on the first undefeated team in the history of Millersville State Teachers’ College.

 

 

Maureen C. Wallace

Coach

 

   Maureen Wallace came to Coatesville with a vision.  In 1992, she started a new program for female athletes that quickly began to turn heads in the Ches-Mont and Southern Chester Country leagues.  The sport was volleyball and in a few scant years, Wallace turned a fledgling team into a champion.

   For the first two years, Maureen build a small team with only 11th and 12th grade students.  Even at that early stage, the team managed to pull off a stunning upset over a well established Henderson High School team.  The following year, while still struggling to hit the .500 mark in wins and losses, the team rallied against another volleyball powerhouse.  They defeated defending District One champion Unionville. 

   In 1994, with the opening of the new 9-10 center, an additional crop of prospects were available for the team and by 1995, the team’s record had reached 11 wins and 6 losses.  One of Maureen’s team members, Lori Pickering, became Coatesville’s first collegiate volleyball scholarship recipient.

   By 1996, Wallace’s team had become a real force to be reckoned with in the SCCL.  The team notched an 18-3 overall record and claimed the SCCL National Division Championship.  They finished in fifth place in the District One tournament and Maureen was named the Daily Local News Coach of the Year.  Audrey Lewis became the team’s second scholarship athlete later to be followed by her sister, Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2006) Kindra Lewis.

   In 1999, the team had an influx of very talented freshmen and after a few middling seasons was now back on track to dominate the league.  The next three years saw the team’s record rise from 11-7 (1999) as SCCL National Champions to 12-7 (2000). 

   In a storybook ending to Maureen’s tenure as the team’s coach, the team amassed a 19-6 overall record en route to the 2002 PIAA District One Championship.  Maureen was again named Daily Local News Coach of the Year as well as Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year.  Probably equally as important to this dedicated and talented nominee to the Coatesville Sports Hall of Fame was the implementation of a middle school volleyball program.

   Maureen Wallace left quite a legacy in her brief ten years at the helm of the Coatesville girls’ volleyball program.  Her vision, dedication and talents have touched many young lives and her contributions to our school and our community are immeasurable. 

 

 

 

Barbara Ann (Detterline) Wilson 1980

Lacrosse

 

   For those who believe that “good things come in small packages,” Barb Detterline was a ten carat diamond.  Not even five feet tall, this whirling dervish on the lacrosse and hockey fields struck terror in the hearts of opposing coaches and goalies alike.  During her four years as a starter on the lacrosse teams and three on the field hockey squad (there was a ninth grade team during her freshmen year), Barb set records that have yet to be equaled.

   In field hockey, Barb was an All Ches-Mont selection during both her junior and senior years. Her twelve goals during her senior year made her the runner-up for the league scoring title.  She was named the MVP for the hockey team as well. 

   Barb’s tenacity and never-say-die attitude was especially noted on the lacrosse field.  She set three all-time Raiderette lacrosse scoring records during her four years as a starter for the team.  Her career scoring total of 116 goals was a mighty achievement and yet to be matched.  She notched 62 goals in her senior season alone, bolstered by a single game total of 10 goals scored against West Chester’s Henderson High School.

   Barb was named captain of her lacrosse team during her senior year.  She was selected for the All Ches-Mont team during both her junior and senior years and was also named as her team MVP for those years.

 

Darrel Lewis 1994

Basketball

 

   Darrel, or "Shaddy" to his friends and teammates, led the 1994 Red Raiders Boys’ Basketball Team in scoring, assists, and steals, averaging 22.2 points per game.  He led the team to the final eight in the PIAA State Quarter Finals and the District One PIAA Class (AAAA) Championship during his senior year.  Darrel was also named to the Second Team All State by the Associated Press.  Although slender in stature, Darrel unpretentiously thrilled fans by consistently obtaining rebounds and loose balls.  Coatesville fans enjoyed watching his ability to seize control of a game.

   As a collegiate athlete at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Darrel was a standout ballplayer from 1996-1999.  Darrel was given the name “The Lion King” as a result of his leadership and accomplishments for the Lincoln Lion Men’s Basketball Team.  He became Lincoln’s all time leading scorer as a junior and became the first player in the school’s history to score 2,000 points.  Darrel ended his career at Lincoln with 2,294 points, the second leading scorer in the country.  Darrel was leading scorer from his freshmen year to his senior year.  During his career at Lincoln University, Darrel earned many awards and was selected Player of The Year, MVP of the ECAC South Region, voted one of the country’s topical 24 players by DIII News, and twice named First Team All-American by Street and Smith and Sporting News College Basketball magazines.  In honor of his extraordinary accomplishments, Darrel’s jersey’s #00 was retired and is on display at Lincoln University.  Darrel’s currently playing professional basketball internationally.  Darrel began his career playing for DenHaag in Holland (2001-2002).  He continued on to play for Grindavik in Iceland (2002-2005) where he was named Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.  Darrel then went on to play for Cimberio Novara in Italy (2005-2006).  He then played for Sporting Athens in Greece (2006-2007), leading the Sporting Athens to the Greek A2 Championship with a record of 24-6.  Darrel received several Season Awards in the 2006-2007 basketball season and was named All Greek A2 First Team, Bosman Player of the Year, and All Bosman’s Team in 2007.  Darrel is currently playing for AEK in Greece (2007-2008 Greek A1 League).

 

William Mendenhall Jr. 1961

Baseball

 

 

   Bill Mendenhall’s dedication and commitment to Coatesville’s academic and athletic success has been demonstrated throughout his student and professional life.  Playing on community teams from Midget League through Adult Leagues, Bill helped his teams win approximately 30 league championships.  At age 16, he was the youngest player to win the Coatesville Twilight League’s batting title.  His Caln team won six championships.  Bill played on various fast pitch softball teams in the area.  His teams won two state championships.  In 1977, he was named MVP in the Tri-County League leading his team in HRs and RBIs.  For 14 years, Bill played in the Senior League, a modified slow pitch league for those over 50.  His team won the championship for 11 consecutive years.  Bill was coached by Leo Atkinson during his junior and senior years at Coatesville High School.  As a varsity player he was a pitcher, a short stop, and an outfielder.

   Coatesville won the Ches-Mont Championship in 1960 and 1961.  Bill was the winning pitcher both years with a record of 6-0 n his junior year and 6-2 in his senior year.  Also in 1961, Bill was the recipient of the Leo Atkinson Award for outstanding player.  At West Chester University, Bill was a starting varsity outfielder during his sophomore, junior, and senior years, playing under the legendary Glenn Killinger.  His team won the PA State Conference Championship for those three years.  Bill graduated from WCU in 1965 with a BS in Mathematics.  He went on to Bucknell University and received an MS in Mathematics in 1966.  In 1967, Bill was inducted into the City of Coatesville All Sport Hall of Fame. 

   Bill returned to the Coatesville School District as an educator and over the next 34 years taught mathematics and coached ninth grade, JV, and varsity baseball for 16 years.  His total baseball record is 149 and 96.  He was varsity softball coach for five years.  Bill also coached Downingtown Babe Ruth League and Downingtown Little League Softball for two years each. 

   Bill retired from the Coatesville School District in 2000.  He lives in Downingtown with Karen, his wife of 41 years.  They have a son, William III, a daughter Cheryl DeGraaf, and nine grandchildren.  Bill’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, gardening, and travel.

 

Mark McWilliams 1982

Football

 

   Mark McWilliams was an outstanding member of Coatesville High School’s track team, participating in the 400 meters event and anchoring the mile relay event.  However, his lasting legacy will be his outstanding high school football career Mark’s versatility on the gridiron allowed him to play both offense and defense.  As a running back Mark carried the ball 354 times for a total of 2300 yards.  As a wide receiver, he caught 72 passes and gained a total of 1459 yards.  With 38 touch downs and four conversions, Mark is among Coatesville’s topical scorers with a total of 236 points.  His impressive statistics garnered him many honors.  Mark won the Ches-Mont outstanding Offensive Player Award in 1980.  In 1980 and 1981, Mark was voted to the First Team All Ches-Mont, First Team All District One and First Team All Suburban.

   Mark was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1981 First Team All State Defensive Back and awarded Coatesville Area Senior High’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete.  His senior year performances won Mark the Hartsoe Award for outstanding linemen, as well as the Purple Heart Award.

   Mark’s illustrious high school football career culminated with his selections for the state’s Big 33 All State Game as a defensive back in 1982.  Following high school, Mark attended the University of Connecticut on a full football scholarship.  Mark and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atglen with their 16 year old daughter and 13 year old son.