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2011

2011 INDUCTEES 

 

 

Greg Blackwell 1980

Football


Gregory Blackwell starred in three sports for the Red Raiders and continued his athletic career on a full scholarship to Duke University where he started at defensive end for four seasons for the Blue Devils. Greg, who resides in Cary, NC, is a 1980 graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Duke’s Trinity School of Arts and Sciences. At Coatesville, Greg played football for coach Al Black and was selected as a first-team all-Ches-Mont League and first-team all-State guard. He was a football team co-captain during his senior year and received the Daily Local News "Butch" McDevitt Award for football. Besides Duke University, Greg was offered scholarships to play football at the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University. Also, he received a U.S. Senate appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy. Greg was a member of Ches-Mont League championship football, basketball and track and field teams. He was named in 1980 to the first-team all-Ches Mont basketball squad. When he was a junior, Greg was a starter for basketball coach Chuck Carroll’s league and District 1 championship squad. In 1980, under basketball coach Ross Kershey, Greg earned first-team all-league honors. In track and field, Greg was a member of the Ches-Mont champion mile relay team. He was coached by Harry Lewis.

 

 

 

Keenan Coleman 1994

Track

Keenan Jermaine Coleman was a nationally ranked Pennsylvania state champion in the high jump and triple jump. He graduated from Coatesville Area Senior High School in 1994. Keenan was the husband of Nakia Turner Coleman and the father of five children. He died on Aug. 28, 2011. In his senior year, Keenan, who also played on the Red Raiders’ football and basketball teams, was crowned Pennsylvania Class AAA high jump and triple jump champion. He cleared the high jump bar at six feet 10 inches and leaped 49 feet, seven and one quarter inches in the triple jump at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship meet. His high jump mark was the third best in the United States. During his junior and senior track and field seasons, Keenan was the high jump gold medalist at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. In 1994, he placed first in the Meet of Champions and the Colonial Relays, and finished third in the high jump and fourth in the triple jump at the Golden West Invitational track and field competition. He was featured in an interview broadcast on the television series "Scholastic Sports America." Keenan attended Essex Community College in Baltimore where he set a school record in the high jump with a mark of seven feet four inches. As an adult, Keenan worked as a volunteer in youth recreational and sports programs. In addition to raising his children, he enjoyed watching sports on television, especially boxing, fishing, track and field, basketball, football and baseball. He enjoyed attending Red Raiders basketball and football games. Besides his wife, Nakia, Keenan is survived by his children — Anthony, Autumn, Brianna, Kristen and Keenan, Jr.

 

 

 

 Justin Donato 2000

Swimming

Justin Donato was a record-setting state champion swimmer at Coatesville Area Senior High School. A member of the Class of 2000, individual and relay record sheset as a member of the Red Raiders’ boys’ swimming team still stand —more than a decade later! Justin’s personal records were recorded in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley events. The relay marks he holds came as a member of Coatesville’s 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle squads. During his memorable scholastic career from 1996 to 2000, Justin earned an impressive 10 medals at Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championship meets, including two gold medals. In 2000, he was the Pennsylvania Class AAA champion in the 200 freestyle and won a gold medal as a member of the Red Raiders’ 200 freestyle relay team. Also during his senior year, he was a silver medalist in the 100 freestyle and received a bronze medal as a member of the 400 free stylerelay team. He continued his swimming career at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and was the swimming team captain during his senior year.

 

 

 

 Patsy LaPorte

Mac Stuber Award

 

   Patrick J. "Patsy" LaPorte, 2011 recipient of the "Mac" Stuber Award,was born in Coatesville in 1918 and attended Coatesville schools. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as an Army paratrooper sergeant. After the war he worked at several jobs before being hired by the Coatesville school district. Working as the superintendent of the district’s Scott Field was Patsy’s true calling. He kept the facility in top shape for many years despite limited resources. Scott Field was Patsy’s kingdom. He was in charge there and he let people know when their behavior or actions violated the rules he set. Scott Field was secure when Patsy was there. Student athletes and their coaches benefited from Patsy’s caring generosity. He supported all sports in Coatesville and helped in any way he could. His many acts of kindness and giving are too numerous to mention individually. However, one of his trademarks was his bag of candy. Patsy believed no one should ever be hungry, so attended sporting events carrying a shopping bag full of candy and dispensed treats to everyone. At his own expense he provided food and meals for many athletic teams. Patsy was involved in community sports, too. He was president of the Coatesville Babe Ruth baseball league and umpired for many years in the adult Coatesville Slow-Pitch Softball League. Patsy retired from the school district due to illness in 1987 and died in August 1988. He was 69. While his personality may have seemed rough and straightforward to some, he was considered honest and dedicated by all. People who knew and worked with Patsy described him as concerned, caring and giving, the type of person that schools and communities need butseldom have working for them. Patsy was one of a kind. Coatesville residents were very lucky to have him in their lives.

 

 Albert "Bat" Mammarella 1942

Football

Albert "Bat" Mammarella earned three varsity letters as a two-way lineman in football. He was captain of the Scott High School squad during his senior season in 1941, playing for Coatesville High Sports Hall of Fame coach Ted Dailey. The Red Raiders lost only once during Bat’s senior season — to Phoenixville — and were only scored upon by one other team(West Chester) while recording eight victories and scoring 191 points. Bat was named to the 1941 all-Chester County High School team. Bat received a scholarship to play football for the University of Miami. During the summer and early fall of 1942 he practiced with the Miami team but chose to give up his college career for his country, enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served on LST-337 and participated in invasions in Sicily, Salerno and Normandy. After his discharge from the service in 1946, Bat returned to Coatesville and went to work for Lukens Steel Co. for 41 years. He was a trustee for United Steelworkers Local 1165. Bat is a lifelong resident of Coatesville and is a proud member of Our Lady of the Rosary parish. He is a member of the Brandywine Area YMCA where he and other "old timers" meet three times a week for physical activity and fellowship. Bat enjoys dining out and playing cards on Saturday night with his family. Bat and his wife, Nicolina, who died in 2009, were married for 59 years. They have two sons, James and Eric, and a daughter, Jean

 

 

 

 Kieraah Marlow 2004

Basketball

  When Kieraah Marlow graduated in 2004 from Coatesville Area Senior High School, she was the school’s all-time (girls and boys) basketball scoring leader — pouring in 2,413 points during a four-year all-star varsity career. After highschool, Kieraah played for Georgetown University and graduated in 2008. She played professionally in Finland and Peru. Ky’s impressive scoring ability began during her freshman season at Coatesville when she averaged 20 points per game. As a sophomore, she scored 21 points per game and averaged 22 and 25 points per game, respectively, in her junior and senior seasons. Ky led the Red Raiders to two Ches-Mont League championships and a District 1 title in 2004. She was a first-team all-Ches-Mont League selection four times and was a first-team all-state honoree in her senior year. Ky was a three-time Tipoff Tournament Most Valuable Player. At Georgetown University, Ky earned all-Big East Conference recognition twice and honorable mention once. She won multiple Rookie of the Week and Big East Honor Roll awards. She was captain of the Hoyas during her junior and senior years and was named the team most valuable player each year she played. She scored 1,549 points in college and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds. Ky tried out for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics franchise andeventually played professionally three years in Finland and one season in Lima, Peru. In Finland, she was her team’s leading scorer in 2008, tallying 23 points per game which was third best in the league. She was named the MVP of her team and was selected to the all-Import Team. While playing in Peru, Ky was the MVP of her first-place squad in 2010, averaging 21 points and nine rebounds per game. Ky is playing basketball professionally in Iceland.

 

  

 Steve McCarter 1978

Basketball

 

 

Steven Clinton McCarter was the all-time leading scorer in basketball for Coatesville Area Senior High when he graduated in 1978. His 1,304 points surpassed the previous mark set at Coatesville 15 years earlier by Hubie Marshal (1,243). McCarter’s career scoring record stood for 10 years until it wasbroken by Victor Ford (1,481) in 1988. Steve McCarter was 41 years old when he died on Nov. 19, 2001. When he was a sophomore in 1976, Steve was the first 10th grade player to be named Player of the Year by the Daily Local News. He was named to the all-Ches-Mont League team and the Daily Local News all-area team. He repeated those all-star selections during his junior and senior years at Coatesville. Steve averaged 18.8 points and 12 rebounds per game during his senior year, including a personal best of 29 points in a single game. In 1978, Steve and his teammates were the first Red Raiders basketball team since 1952 to advance to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state tournament. Special honors he received for his performance as a senior included selection to play in a preliminary game prior to the McDonald’s All-America game at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. He was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer all-Area team and was an honorable mention all-State honoree.Steve attended college at Miami Dade University in Florida and later worked for his family’s business.

 

 

 

 Vic Pollack 1943

Football

He wore number 43 as a college player and in ’43 running back Vic Pollock led the Scott High School football team to an undefeated record of 10-0. Ted Dailey, who coached the 1943 squad before leaving Coatesville to accept a coaching position at Syracuse University, said Pollock "could start for any major college football team in the country. "He called Vic one the greatest players he coached. During Coatesville’s remarkable 1943 season, Vic was the leading scorer in the Suburban III League. While colleges knocked on Vic’sdoor seeking his gridiron capabilities, America was fighting in the South Pacific and in Europe in World War II and Vic, like countless young men his age, chose to postpone his education in order to serve his country. Football for Vic had to wait until the war was over.After the war and his discharge from military service, Vic began his post-high school education at Kiski Prep. Interest in him to play college football renewed with offers coming from Notre Dame, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pennsylvania. Vic chose to play at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he became a football star again as a running back in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Later in life, Vic became an excellent golfer. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.Vic Pollock died on Aug. 5, 2006.

 

 

 

Sharon Taylor 1962

Softball/Field Hockey 

 

Sharon E. Taylor, director of athletics at Lock Haven University, earned nine varsity letters — three each in field hockey, basketball and softbal land received the Edgar S. Garman Award as the top female athlete in the Class of 1962 at Scott High School. She was captain of the field hockey team in her senior year, led the basketball team in scoring for two seasons, and was the starting softbal lpitcher for three years. She has been the Lock Haven athletic director since 1987 and is the"winningest" coach ever in any sport at Lock Haven, compiling a field hockey record of 333-96-27 while capturing six national AIAW and NCAA championships from 1981 through 1995. Her teams appeared in 10 additional NCAA championship/regional tournaments and seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship games. Sharon was named national or conference Coach of the Year seven times. Sharon earned a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Lock Haven State College in 1966 and a Master’s degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1971. From 1966 to 1972, she taught physical education at Susquehanna University and coached field hockey, tennis and basketball teams. She became the head field hockey coach at Lock Haven in 1972 and was a professor of health, physical education and recreation until she was appointed athletic director. She also coached Lock Haven lacrosse (1974-1979) teams and has a career record of 39-20-2, winning national USWLADivision II and PSAC conference championships. Sharon was the president of the U.S. Field Hockey Association (USFHA) from 2001 to 2006 and served on the U.S. Olympic Committee (1987-2000). She was a USFHA executive committee director (1967-2006) and was head of the U.S.A. Delegations: Federation Internationale de Hockey (2001-2006) and the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations (1979). Sharon was president of 240-member Eastern College Athletic Conference (1989-1990) and was vice president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (1978-1981). She was consultant on President’s Commission on Olympic Sports during the administration of President Gerald Ford in 1976.

 

 

 Lance Ziegler 1997

Baseball

A power hitter and right-handed pitcher, Lance Ziegler earned four varsity letters in baseball while playing on four Ches-Mont League championship teams for Coatesville Area Senior High School. He graduated in 1997 and received a scholarship to play baseball at Brevard College in North Carolina where he pitched in the 1998 Junior College World Series and was named to the all-tournament team. At Coatesville, Lance’s impressive offensive statistics include 284 plate appearances and 88 hits. He had 34 extra-base hits and 12 homeruns while batting in 77 runs and scoring 77 runs. On the mound,Lance recorded 18 victories with a career earned run average of 1.97. He struck out 196 batters in 162 innings. During his senior season, Lance was named Ches-Mont League, Daily Local News and Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year. He also received all-Area player honors in 1996 and was selected to the all-Ches-Mont team for three consecutive seasons. Brevard College finished third in the nation with Lance on the hill. His career record was 16-9 with a 2.49 ERA. An injury cut short Lance’s college career, but following surgery and rehabilitation, Lance resumed playing baseball in the West Chester Adult Baseball League. Most recently, he was the winning pitcher in the 2009 league championship game. Lance is the son of Red Raiders baseball coach Harold Ziegler (Class of1967) and has been a volunteer pitching coach for Coatesville for the past 11 years. He has coached local American Legion baseball teams on two age levels and currently is the manager of the Jays youth travel team and is a manager and board member in the Coatesville Area Little League. Lance and his wife, Jenn, reside in Sadsbury Township with thei rchildren, Trey, Haley, Brooke and Peyton

 

 

 

1943 Football Team

Special Recognition 

With only one senior starter, the Scott High football team was undefeated in 1943, winning 10 games and the Chester County championship. Dating back to 1903, the ’43 squad coached by Ted Dailey, was only the fourth — and the first since 1922 — in the school’s gridiron history to go unbeaten. Included in its 10 wins were six shutouts. The Red Raiders were ledby the powerful running of VicPollock (a 2011 Hall of Fame inductee) and Gene Patton (Hall of Fame, 2000), outscoring opponents 207-26. The most points yielded in agame was seven — to Tredyffrin-Easttown and to the Alumni Servicemen. Although throwing occasionally to ends Nick DePedro (Hall of Fame,2007) and Dom Bartone, sophomore quarterback Ellis Gomez relied heavily on the running of 153-pound Pollock and 165-pound Patton and the blocking of linemen George Taylor, Frank DiObilda (Hall of Fame, 2009), Bill Michnuk and Ralph Flamminio. Coatesville football was in its heyday under the guidance of Coach Dailey — going 27-3 in a three-year span. The 1942 team registered a 9-1 record and the 1944 team was 8-2 despite being severely depleted of returning star players from the ’43 squad who enlisted in the service during the height of World War II. Dailey, a University of Pittsburgh all-America player, left Coatesville to become a coach at Syracuse University in 1948 after compiling a record of 61-23-4 in the Steel City, including a winning streak of 18 games. In 1943 the Red Raiders relied on basic off-tackle and end run players, including two specialties — one for Patton and one for Pollock. Fullback Pollock’s play was a "spinner" over guard while Patton’s was a "skintackle reverse" off the fullback" spinner." On defense, Coatesville employed criss-crossing and stunting —common techniques today, but extremely innovative in the early 1940s. They were moves that the players said they developed and employed on their own.