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2009 Inductees

 

Belinda Ben 1979 

Track 

 

 

  

 

   The Fledgling girls track program was one year old when a soft-spoken, gentle “giant” showed up for the first day of track practice. Belinda Ben was a six foot tall freshman in 1977 and her complete dominance in the high jump began with her very first track meet.

   Simply stated, Belinda Ben won all but one high jump event in dual meet competition in all four years. Sadly for her competitors, Belinda never missed a meet. She took first place 36 times and was the undisputed Ches-Mont Champion every year.

   As a freshman, Belinda cleared the five foot mark by season’s end. She competed in Districts, but did not metal. In her second year of competition, she broke her own school record with a leap of 5’3”. She was the District 1 Runner-up and finished in 9th place at the State Championships.

   Her junior year was an exciting one for Belinda. She finished third in the Districts. At the Penn Relays, high school women’s high jump was completed for the first time. Belinda took third place in a highly competitive field of jumpers. Her crowning achievement that year however was a record setting leap of 5’5”. That mark has been tied, but still stands today, 30 years later, as Coatesville’s best ever high jump! Belinda Ben was named MVP for track and field that year.

   In her final year of competition, Belinda won the prestigious Spiked Shoe Invitational. She also garnered her first State Championship metal finishing 4th place. Again, she was honored with the MVP award. Throughout her high school experience, Belinda was a three-sport athlete. She also was a four member of the field hockey and basketball teams.

   Belinda went on to the University Of Maryland Baltimore County, where she played on the varsity basketball team. In 1981 and 1982 she was named Honorable Mention Maryland All-State Women’s Basketball Team. In 1985, she graduated with a BSN Degree from Columbia Union College.

   She currently works as a Neonatal Nurse at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She is married to Rodney Jones SR. (23 years) and has two children, Rodney JR. and Andrew. The family resides in Port Deposit, Maryland.

Robert Bonsall 1981

Swimming

   The Coatesville High School Hall of Fame is pleased to induct Rob Bonsall into the 2009 class of athletes.  Rob was Coatesville High School’s outstanding swimmer during the nineteen seventies and eighties.

   Rob arrived on the swim team as a ninth grader.  He promptly broke the school in the 100 butterfly.

   Rob was a district qualifier from ninth grade through twelfth grade.  He medaled in eleventh and twelfth grade and qualified for the State Championship from his sophomore through his senior year, winning a metal in his senior year. During his junior and senior years, Rob accumulated an impressive 46 wins in individual dual meet races.

   Rob was selected for All-State honorable mention during his sophomore season and All-State first team during his junior and senior years.  Other awards were All-Central Penn League Team, MVP and captain of the team during his senior year.  Rob also was named as the scholar Athlete award winner.

   During Bonsall’s high school career he established team records in the following events:  

50, 100, and 200 individual freestyle, 400 freestyle relay team and 100 individual butterfly.  Rob was also held pool records in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

   At the mid-Atlantic High School Swim Championship held at Brown University, he won a gold medal in the 50 freestyle and a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle.

   A multi-faceted individual, Rob was not only a force in the pool, he also participated in other school activities.  He was a member of the Class Cabinet, served as President of the Honor Society, was a writer for Spotlight and played in the band.

   Upon graduation, Rob swam for Syracuse University.  His accomplishments for the Orange are as follows:

1982 Big east Champions, Big east medalist in 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay and record holder as a member or the 400 freestyle relay.

      For the past six years, Bonsall has been coaching the Perkiomen Valley Aquatic Club’s age group and USA teams as well as the master’s team.  As a master’s swimmer, he has had two top ten nationals times in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.  He placed fourth in both events at the 2006 Master’s Nationals.  Rob has also had two top twenty finishes in the 50 freestyle and the 50 butterfly at the 2006 World Master’s Championship.

   Rob is employed by Penn Mutual as an assistant vice-president in charge of e-communications.  He married his high school sweetheart, Pam Edwards, class of 1982.  They have three daughters Kriersten, Allie and Lauren. Rob and his family reside in Skippack, Pennsylvania.

 

Ron Hunt 1974

Track

 

 

 

   Ron Hunt’s stellar running career included membership on many championship relay teams.  In 1973 Ron and his teammates were the runner-up High School State Championship Track and Field team.  As a senior in 1974, Ron assisted his team in winning the 880 Yard Relay State Championship gold medal, Ches-Mont League Mile Relay champion, Sprint medley gold medalist at the Princeton Univresity Indoor Championship and Mile Relay Champions (awarded gold watch), Woodbury Relays (New Jersey).

In his senior year Ron was a member of the following championship winning track and field teams:      

US Eastern States Track and Field Championships, New York, NY

PIAA Indoor Track and Field State Championships

High School State Championship Track and Field

Penn Relays High School Championship of America Mile Relay gold medal team

   Individually, Ron won:

The bronze medal for the High School State

Championship 100 yard dash

Ches-Mont League 440 yard dash

His crowning high school honor was being named 1974 High School Track and Field All-American.

      Ron attended Howard University on a four year NCAA athletic scholarship.

   In 1980 Ron was presented the Outstanding Young Men of America Award for athletic accomplishments and community service.

   Ron has one son, Rey, and a daughter-in-law, Heather.  He currently resides in Arlington, Texas with his wife, Ann.  Ron is the product manager for a snack food company in Dallas, Texas.

   Ron’s fleet of foot warrants him a worthy inductee into the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame.

         

James “Jimmy” Joe 1970

Football

  Coatesville football and the Joe family name are synonymous.  You can’t mention one without the other.

   Jimmy started his career as a midget league player at the age of 8.  By the time he reached high school, Jimmy was a force to be reckoned with.  As a sophomore, he was named to 2nd team All Ches-Mont.  In his junior year, Jimmy rushed for 1005 yards making him the leading rusher in the Ches-Mont.   He broke the scoring record that was set in 1960 with 104 points on 15 rushing touchdowns and seven 2 point conversions.  He was named to 1st team All Ches-Mont on both coaches and sportswriter’s teams, Outstanding Ches-Mont player of the year and was selected to Pennsylvania All State as a running back.

   At the end of his 3 year career at Coatesville in 1970, Jimmy amassed 2448 yards rushing, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.  He rushed for 25 TDs and had 6 receiving TDs.  Jimmy was the first player from Coatesville to be selected to participate in the Big 33 game.  The honors did not stop there.  He also received All American honors, was named the winner of the Maxwell Club award as well as being named the David Hartsoe Award winner.

  Jimmy graduated from Coatesville in 1970 with a full scholarship to Morgan State University.  He earned All-MECA honors from 1970-1973 and was selected All conference for 4 consecutive years.  Upon graduating from college in 1974, Jimmy continued his football career in the world Football League.  He was a running back, wide receiver, and kick returner for the Philadelphia Bell.  He led the team in kickoff returns and was ranked 4th overall in WFL in kick returns.

   After playing a short time for the New York Jets in 1976 as a running back and return specialist, Jimmy turned to a career of coaching the sport he loved.  He started his coaching at Cheyney State University.  Other colleges that were fortunate enough to benefit from Jimmy’s expertise are Central University, Florida A&M University, Edward Waters College and Miles College where he presently serving as asst. Head coach/Offensive coordinator and Recruiting coordinator.

   Jimmy lives in Alabama with his wife Angela, daughter Erica and son Alex.

 

Dan Jones 1973

Basketball

As a junior Dan led the Raiders to three consecutive wins over Pottstown to capture the Ches-Mont title.  The Championship game went into double overtime.

   Coatesville then defeated Springfield Montco (overtime) to advance to the Palestra before losing to Merion.  Dan made the All Ches-Mont team and was 8th in league scoring.  He was also named one of the top 100 players in the state.

   In his senior year, the Raiders finished second behind Pottstown and Dan was runner-up in league scoring.  A personal highlight that season was a 40-point performance against Pottsgrove.  Dan became only the fourth player in Coatesville history to achieve that point total.

   The Raiders won the first District game before losing to Chester at the Palestra.  Dan was again named All Ches-Mont, All area and one of the top 100 in the state.  The Philadelphia Bulletin named Dan to their All Scholastic Team and the Daily Local to the All-Area squad.

   After graduation in 1973, he attended Albright College in Reading where he continued his basketball career.  In four seasons, Dan scored 1,334 points which ranks him 18th on the school’s all-time scoring list.  He ranks second in Albright history in field goal percentage.

   While at Albright, Dan was named to the Northern Mid-Atlantic Conference All Star team in both his junior and senior years.  He is one of 30 players named to the Albright All-Century squad.

   Dan and his wife, Judy, have two children and own and operate The Eagle Tavern in Eagle, PA.

 

Donnie Lawrence 1967

Baseball 

       

 

It is impossible for anyone who has ever attended school or was employed at Coatesville Area Senior High School since 1965 not to have known Donnie Lawrence.  Some of you might remember Donnie as an outstanding football and baseball player for the Red Raiders in the sixties.  Others know him as an affable security officer and volunteer baseball coach for thirty years.  We all know Donnie as a gentleman with a heart of gold who is devoted to Coatesville.

   In baseball, Donnie Lawrence possessed an unusual combination of talents.  He was not only a top notch pitcher but he was also a punishing hitter.  His two year record on the mound was 11 wins and 4 losses.  His batting average in his senior year was .458 ranking him second in the Ches-Mont League.  He was named to the All Ches-Mont team in 1967.

   Donnie also was a force on the football field.  He was the first recipient of the Golden Helmet Award in 1966.  He was also selected for the second team All Ches-Mont for both offence and defense.

   During his senior year, Donnie also played on the varsity basketball team.  He was also selected as the Outstanding Male Athletic in 1967.

   Donnie attended Trinity College in Colorado in the fall.  There, his prowess on the mound blossomed.  His pitching record was an impressive 8 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 1.2.  He was still a fearsome hitter with an average of .427.

   Those who follow the local adult baseball leagues will remember Donnie’s many accomplishments.  He played in the Coatesville City Twilight League for twelve years.  He started playing in the West Chester Adult League when he was a tenth grade student in 1965.  He retired from that league in 1984. Donnie still holds the record for the most strikeouts in a single game – 17 in 1967.  He also pitched a no hitter in 1969. A powerhouse at the plate, he owns the record of notching twelve consecutive hits.

   “Giving back” to the community seems to come naturally for Donnie.  He coached Little League Baseball and Midget Football (the latter for seventeen years).  He has been and is a volunteer coach for the Red Raider varsity baseball team since 1994.

   After thirty years of working as a Security Officer at the Coatesville Area Senior High School, Donnie retired in 2004.  He still works in that capacity part-time when needed.

   The high school yearbook, Talaria, was dedicated to Mr. Lawrence in 1997.  He is a gentleman with a heart of gold who is devoted to Coatesville athletes and athletics.

   Donnie resides in Coatesville and is the father of a son and twin daughters.      

Donnie passed away July 29, 2011 at the age of 63.     

 

Gretchen Lynott Gallagher 1995

Swimming

   From an early age Gretchen was a competitive swimmer.  For eight years she qualified for the Junior Olympics.  In 1990, Gretchen ranked 16th in the nation in 50 Freestyle in United States Swimming Age Group Competition.

   In high school Gretchen set many records and won numerous races, making her a worthy inductee into the Coatesville High Sports Hall of fame.  As a sophomore, Gretchen co-captained her swimming team and was captain in her junior and senior years.  Her athletic and academic highlights of those high school years include.

High scorer – 1991 thru 1994

          District Qualifier – 1991 thru 1995

          State Qualifier – 200 individual Medley, 500 Freestyle 1992-1993

          State Qualifier – 200 Medley Relay 1994 – 1995

          Top ten in the graduation class of 1995, with a 4.3 GPA

   Gretchen’s success in and out of the pool earned her the following recognitions:

          National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America

          All-American Swim Team (seniors only) – 1995

          Who’s Who among American High School Students – 1992 – 1994

          Member of the Coatesville Honor Society                                                  

   Gretchen won a swimming scholarship to West Chester University.  Her prowess in the pool and her academic achievements enabled her to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Meet Division II Championships four consecutive years, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar Commettee and to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a BA Psychology degree.  She also made history by competing in the first female Water Polo Club team for West Chester University.

   Since college Gretchen has taught and coached swimming in summer leagues USS teams in Chester County.  She has also competed in various Distance Ocean Swims.  She was a Woman’s Consortium Representative for the Pennsylvania State College Conference in 1999.  Other community service awards include the Outstanding Service Award for Chester County Intermediate Unit, 2008 and Pay it Forward Service Award for Chester County Youth Center, 2009.

   Several years ago Gretchen fell prey to the debilitating effects of Lyme disease.  Never giving up hope and using the lessons she learned on the pool deck, fought her way back to recovery.  She exemplifies the true character of a Hall of Famer.

   Gretchen now resides in Downingtown with husband, Tim.  They both are employed at the Intermediate Unit.

 

Marc Primanti 1992

Soccer

 

 

   Many young athletes are encouraged to specialize in one sport, but Marc Primanti broke all of the rules.  Marc was an outstanding athletic and starter in four sports, somewhat of a phenomenon by today’s standards.

   In soccer, Marc scored 59 career goals and captained the team during his senior year.  He was selected for the All Ches-mont and All-Area soccer teams and was the All-Area Soccer MVP Runner-up.

   When Marc left soccer practice he did not go home.  He headed for the football field where he practiced kicking extra points and field goals.  He was so successful that he was named to the All Ches-Mont team.  His talent would eventually draw national attention at the collegiate level.

   Marc started at point guard for the Red Raider basketball squad.  He captained the team during his senior year.

   Primanti was also a starter on the baseball team at second base.  Again his prowess was recognized with an All Ches-Mont berth.  He was also selected to play in the Carpenter All-Star Baseball Game, held at Veterans stadium.

  To cap off a stellar high school career, Marc Primanti was named as the well deserved recipient of the 1992 Coatesville High Outstanding Male Athlete Award.

   At North Carolina State University, Marc focused his athletic abilities on placekicking.  His efforts were rewarded with several honors including; 1996 Lou Groza Placekicking Award (given annually to the nation’s top placekicker); Consensus All-American Kicker; All-ACC Conference Kicker; All ACC Academic; Voted team captain; Voted team MVP

   Marc posted 11/13 field goals in 1995.  The following year he had an impeccable 20/20 field goals.  This stint included an ACC record of 27 consecutive field goals.

   The governor of North Carolina awarded Marc the title of North Carolina State Athlete of the year 1996.

   Upon graduation, Marc had two tryouts with the Arena Football League.  Today he lives in North Carolina with his wife, Julie.  He works for Parata Systems in sales and account management.  He is also a partner in FS Series, an event promotion company that puts on triathlons, decathlons, running events and time trail cycling events.

    

Frank “Gink” DiObilda

Football

   Gink was a letterman in three sports for Coatesville High School.  He earned letters in football, swimming and track and field.  Gink was a standout in any sport in which he participated.

   During football season, Gink played on the varsity his sophomore and junior years.  His sterling play spearheaded several of the CHS drives that yielded points throughout his two year career.  As a result of Gink’s dedication and determination, the 1942 and 1943 football teams won 17 straight games, including the undefeated team of 1943.

   Gink’s talent did not go unnoticed.  He was selected as a first team All County Guard, Second Team All Suburban Guard and Honorable Mention All Scholastic Guard in 1942.  In 1943 the honors continued with his selection to First Team All County Guard, Honorable Mention All Scholastic Guard and Third Team All State Guard.

   Following football Gink was on the swimming team.  He represented Coatesville High School at State College competing in the state finals.  He also lettered in track and field where he was Coatesville’s star weight man and a speed demon on the cinders.

   Although Gink had one year of high school remaining he was offered scholarships to Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania, he heard the call to arms and joined the Navy to serve his country during World War II.

   After Gink’s honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Coatesville to complete his high school education.  Gink attended night school and received his diploma in 1947.

   As much as Gink loved sports, it was apparent he loved family ever more.  He was a loving husband to his wonderful wife Ruth, a very supportive father to his children and the greatest grandfather in the world.

 

Harry G. Scott

 

   Dr. Harry Scott was a prominent dentist in Coatesville during the 1940’s and 50’s. He was a school board member and was, for a time, the president of the school board.  He is best remembered in the annals of Coatesville sports as an advocate of the high school football team and the innovator of the concept of football coache's clinics.

   Scott’s idea took shape in 1948, when he invited a host of collegiate and professional coaches from across the country to Coatesville’s Scott High School.  The coaches made presentations to the assembled participants over a three-day period of time.  During their stay attendees bunked in classrooms that had been converted into dorm rooms.  They were served breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria.  Dinners were at the LGM, West End Fire Company, Coatesville Country Club, Polish Club and the Elks Club.

   The clinic was held in Coatesville for two years.  It gained so much popularity that it was moved to Atlantic City.

   During the two years in Coatesville, the clinicians included the following:  Paul “Bear” Bryant (Alabama); George Munger (University of Pennsylvania); Raymond Eliot (Illinois); Charles Caldwell (Princeton); Sid Gillman (Cincinnati); Stuart Holcomb (Purdue); Wes Fesler (Ohio State); Fritz Crisler (Michigan); and John “Jock” Sutherland (Pittsburgh Steelers).

   Sutherland had coached the Steelers to the Eastern Division Championship that year.  Legendary Coatesville football coach, Ted daily, was responsible for Sutherland’s appearance.  Daily had been an All-American while playing for Sutherland at Pitt. Later, Dr. Scott would become known as the one who influenced Daily to become Coatesville’s head football coach.

   Sutherland passed away in the interim before the next clinic held in 1949.  Dr. Scott created the “Jock” Sutherland Memorial Award to be given to Chester County’s outstanding football player.  During that second clinic, the governor of Pennsylvania presented the first award.

 

Chuck Carroll

“Mac” Stuber Memorial Award 

 

   Chuck Carroll is the perfect fit for the Mac Stuber Award, given for outstanding athletic contribution to Coatesville High School.

   Chuck was an outstanding athlete in both basketball and baseball.  He was the point guard on two championship basketball teams which advanced to the District semi-finals and finals. Chuck was named to the all Ches-Mont team both seasons.  In his three years of participation, Coatesville lost one home basketball game.  He was a versatile infielder playing several positions for baseball coach Leo Atkinson.

   After graduation from Bucknell University, where he was a member of the baseball squad, Chuck returned to Coatesville as an English teacher and coach.  He coached junior Varsity baseball for 10 seasons and basketball for 15 seasons, three as head coach.  In those three seasons, the Red Raiders won three Ches-Mont titles and one District Championship.  The ’78-’79 team lost a 2 point heart breaker to Allentown Allen in the Eastern Final.

   He then became Director of Athletics, a position he held for 21 years.  In that capacity, he served as a member of the fund-raising committee for the Coatesville Multi-purpose Stadium.  In 2002, Chuck was named the Regional Athletic Director of the year.

   He has been selected previously to the Ches-Mont League Hall of Fame and the Alvernia University Sports Hall of fame where he served as assistant basketball coach for 16 years.

   Chuck still resides in Coatesville and has four children, sons Chad, Eric, daughter Ryann and step-daughter Shannon.

   Mac Stuber would be proud to have Chuck Carroll’s name inscribed on “his” award.