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2012 Inductees 



Becky Layfield 1973


Mac Stuber Memorial award

   Student, athlete, teacher, counselor, coach, trainer-Becky Layfield has been a longtime familiar and important fixture amoung Coatesville Area School District classrooms and locker rooms, dedicating her professional career to local education and athletics. Becky, a 1973 graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School, is in her 35th year as an athletic trainer for the school district.

   As a cash student, Layfield played guard on the varsity basketball team and earned four varsity letters in softball, playing first base and outfield. The Red Raiders were undefeated in softball during Layfield’s senior season Under Hall of Fame coach Joy Renfrew.

   Becky graduated from West Chester University and obtained national certification in athletic training in May of 1977. After working one year for the Chester County juvenile probation department, Becky became the Coatesville elementary school physicial education teacher in 1978 and began her tenure as an athletic trainer. In 1980, she became Renfrew's assistant softball coach prior to serving as head coach from 1986 to 1990.

   Layfield earned a Masters degree in secondary guidance 1992. She was a guidance counselor at South Brandywine Middle School before transferring to the high school campus in 1996. In 1987, Pennsylvania instituted the ability for athletic trainers to gain licensure in the Commonwealth. In November 1987, Becky was among the first trainers to become licensed.



Pete "Sonny" Gracia 1972


   A first-team all Ches-Mont league selection who was also named "Outstanding Senior" basketball player in 1972, Pete "Sonny" Gracia was a three sport star at Coatesville Senior High School.  He earned nine varsity letters, competing in basketball, cross country and track. Gracia, who resides in Downingtown, was a two-year starter for the Red Raiders hoops squad. A highlight of his Scholastic court career came during his senior year on a team he co-captain that won the Ches-Mont league championship by defeating Pottstown three consecutive games. Sonny was the point guard for the Red Raiders who finished third in the district 1 tournament.

   Gracia also started for the league champions as a junior.  The Red Raiders were runner-up in district 1.

   Sonny played basketball at Shippensburg University and was the starting point guard during his freshman and sophomore years.

   Also Coatesville, Sonny was co-captain and winner of four varsity letters and cross-country. As a freshman, while only 14 years old he competed in the Steel City Invitational meet. He placed 10th in the Ches-Mont league championship race as a Junior.

   In track, Gracia earned three the varsity letters. Coatesville was Ches-Mont league champions each season Sonny participated. He was a member of the two-mile relay team in his senior year that placed second in the league, second in District 1 ans second at the state championship meet, where the relay team set a school record with a time of 7.5 4- 20 seconds faster than previous mark. Sonny also competed in the half-mile and one-mile individual races in track.


Chris Tobelmann 1985


   Chris Tobelmann was a three sport star at Coatesville Area Senior High School, earning eight varsity letters, including four in softball, where she received first-team all Ches-Mont league honors during her senior year in 1985. In four years of softball at Coatesville, Tobelmann struck out just 3 times in 225 regular-season plate appearances.

   As a senior, Tobelmann led the team in doubles, triples and home runs, including a grand slam in the district 1 playoffs. She stole 21 bases, which was an all-time high in Coatesville softball.

   Chris was a second-team all Ches Mont selection as a Junior and batted .408, while being named the team's most valuable player. Her five hits a single game as a sophomore tied a team record, and Tobelmann batted .513 as a freshman while committing only one error.

   Tobelmann was a goalie on the field hockey team and was named defensive player of the year as a junior and a senior. The 146 saves she recorded as a senior established a school record. In all, she was credited six field hockey records for Coatesville. In her junior year, Chris made 81 saves in goal and received the Coaches Award.

   Tobelmann, who lives in Downingtown, earned three varsity letters in basketball and was a co-captain in 1985. She played point guard. Chris was named Most Athletic Female in her class.

   Following graduation from Coatesville High, Tobelmann played one season as a second baseman for West Chester University and two years on the semi-pro West Chester Crickets travel softball team. She is the only woman to have played in the Lukens Softball League and continues to participate in the Downingtown Co-ed league where she has been a player on many championship teams.

   Tobelmann works as an award-winning real estate agent with Century 21 Alliance.


Gavin "Scoty" Beam 1982


   At the end of Gavin Scot Beams wresting career at Coatesville Area Senior High School, he was the Red Raiders all-time victory leader on the mats, posting 77 wins. The triumphs he recorded prior to graduating in 1982 came as one of the top competitors in District 1 and Southeast Pennsylvania.

   In 1980, Scott was a 98 pound weight class regional champion and qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state tournament.

   Here's a look at beams Scholastic wrestling accomplishments:

1979-District 1 qualifier(98 pounds): third-place in Sectionals.

1980- Sectional Champion, Third-place in district 1(98 pounds); South East regional champion and state qualifier.

1981- Second Place Sectional, District 1 champion (112 pound); fourth-place Southeast region.

Also beam won the upper Merion invitational Christmas tournaments 98 pound division in 1980 and 1981 and was runner-up in 1982.

Scot lives in Parkesburg as an is employed by Chester County Aviation in Coatesville.



Clint Seace 1994


   All Ches-Mont league and all Pennsylvania linebacker Clint Seace was a dominant defensive specialist who led the Coatesville Area Senior High School Red Raiders to league championships 1991, 1992 in 1993. In his Junior year, Coatesville won the district 1 football championship.

   Clint graduated from Coatesville in 1994 and later played for Penn State University. His coach at Coatesville was Jack helm.

   Seace’s scholastic linebacker prowess earned him a long list of awards on the local, state and national levels. In 1993, Clint was named as linebacker on the blue chip All-American and Reebok All-American teams. He played in the 1994 All-American bowl and was co-captain for Pennsylvania in the big 33 game. In 1994 Chester County Purple Heart award was presented to Seace.

   After his senior season, Seace was named Ches-Mont league most valuable player. He was first-team all-state linebacker and received the Maxwell club's Jim Henry award. Clint was the 1993 Ches-Mont league linebacker and lineman of the year.

Penn State University gave Seace a full scholarship to play football. He played linebacker on the victorious 1995 Rose Bowl and 1996 Outback Bowl teams, and was a defensive end on the winning 1997 Fiesta Bowl team and was a fullback on the squad that played in the 1998 citrus bowl.

Seace lives in Virginia.


Aja Anderson 1996


   Scholastic All-American guard Aja Anderson was a scoring machine who, as a sophomore in 1994, played a key role in Coatesville Area Senior High Schools class AAA A state championship season. She led the lady Raiders in scoring with 537 points was tops on the team in assists and steals. During its run to the PIAA a basketball title behind Aja, Coatesville won the Ches-Mont League and District 1 crowns. Aja and teammate Courtney Joseph were named Daily Local News Girls Basketball Co-Athletes of the year. In addition, Anderson was selected second-team All Southeast Pennsylvania and received All-American honors.

   As a freshman, left-handed Anderson averaged 10 points and six rebounds a game. Coatesville won the Ches Mont League championship.

   As a junior, Aja was first in scoring for the lady Raiders and entered the exclusive “1000 Points Club” early in the season. She sank 28 three-point shots while pacing Coatesville to his third consecutive league title and another District 1 championship. She scored personal high 40 points in a game against Unionville and was voted guard of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Aja also received all-Area and All Ches-Mont league first-team honors while being named a USA Today All-American player.

   In her senior year, Anderson averaged 22 points per game and surpassed the 2000 point plateau for her career, finishing second all-time among Coatesville girls behind Hall of Famer Lynn Rawls. In 1996, Anderson was named PIAA a class AAAA, Scholastic Girls Basketball Coaching Association and Daily Local News Player of the Year. She was selected to play in the Round Ball All-Star Classic, was named to the USA Junior National Team and played for championship team USA (8-0) in the 1996 World Youth Tournament in Milwaukee.

   At Kilgore Junior college in Texas, Aja, who earned an Associate Degree in art, was Texas Eastern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.

   Anderson lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she owns the V’JAB’s Beauty and Fashions.



Ed Kovatch 1982


   Right-handed pitcher Ed Kovatch recorded 25 wins on the mound for the Coatesville Area Senior High School baseball squad, striking and more than 150 batters in his four-year varsity career tossing two no-hitters as a sophomore and leading the Ches- Mont league home runs in 1981.

   Kovatch is a 1982 graduate of Coatesville High. His baseball skills as a Red Raider earned him a full scholarship to Temple University where he was a four-year starting pitcher. In college, Ed’s pitching record was 21–10 and he was named to the all American 10 conference team in 1984 and 1985.Temple won the conference in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and competed in the NCAA regional tournaments in 1983 and 1984. Kovatch was tops in the Atlantic 10 in wins and strikeouts in his senior season.

   Kovatch was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in June 1986 and played minor league baseball, finishing his professional career with a 5-2 record and a 1.99 earned run average.

   Locally, Ed played amateur baseball in the West Chester Adult Baseball League for 21 years. He also played in the Coatesville Twilight League. In West Chester, Kovatch was a two-time batting champion, 13 time All-Star and is and the 400 Hit Club in the 100+ Home Run Club.

   Kovatch lives in Glenmoore.


Larry W. Lewis 1971


  Larry W Lewis was one of the top hurdlers in the state. During his high school career at Coatesville and was the Pennsylvania interscholastic athletic Association PIAA runner-up in the 120 – yard high hurdles in the 180 – yard low hurdles in 1970. A 1971 graduate of Coatesville area senior high school, Lewis also was a star basketball player who later competed for the University of Pennsylvania on the court and on the track.

   During his junior and senior years at Coatesville, Larry was the Ches-Mont league champion in the low and high hurdles. He was the district 1 low hurdles champion and high hurdles runner-up in 1970.

   As a senior, Lewis was named "Outstanding Male Athlete" at CASH in basketball, he won most valuable player in first-team all Ches-Mont league honors.

   Lewis continued his athletic career at Penn. The Quakers-with Lewis as a starter-made it to the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA basketball tournaments when he was a junior. In 1972, Larry was voted "Outstanding Freshman of the Year" in track at Penn. The following year he was IC4A champion in the 120 high hurdles and was a member of Penn’s United States record setting shuttle hurdle relay team.

   After college, Larry graduated from the Pennsylvania State police Academy. He retired in 2003 after a 25 year career as a state trooper that included 15 years as a member of the Elite Executive Service Detail assigned to protecting Pennsylvania governors and their families, including governors Casey, Ridge Schweiker and Rendell.

   A Coatesville resident, Larry is the husband of Terri Louise Lewis.


Kenneth H. Mateer 1923

Old Timers Award Football and Basketball

   The late Ken Mateer, born in 1903 pictured in his football uniform as a Coatesville High School senior gridiron Captain - Was an outstanding five sport Scholastic star the Steel City. His unique abilities in football, basketball, swimming, baseball and track garnered him the designation of "greatest athlete to ever play for Coatesville High School," an honor bestowed on Mateer in 1963 by the Daily Local News newspaper in West Chester.

   As the 1922 football captain, Mateer headed a Coatesville team that  went undefeated under coach Vic Emanuel (also a 2012 inductee into the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame). The accomplishments of Mateer and his teammates were unmatched in Coatesville football history until the 1943 red Raiders finished unbeaten.

   In year of basketball when the winning teams often scored fewer than 40 points a game, Mateer poured an astounding 54 points in a victory against Parkesburg High School. The achievement still stands in Coatesville as the most points ever scored any single basketball game.

   Besides football, Mateer was also Captain of the Coatesville High School basketball and baseball squads.



D. Victor “Vic” Emanuel

Old Timers Award Coach

   Ninety years ago-in 1922-in an autumn season before there was a Ches-Mont league and when the National Football League was in its infancy, Coatesville High School fielded a gridiron squad that could not be beaten. The Coatesville boys edged Phoenixville high school 13 – 12 the last game of the season to finish undefeated.

   Coatesville was coached by legendary Pennsylvania sports Hall of Fame member D. Victor “Vic” Emanuel. Coach Emanuel (1896-1969) had a notable athletic and Scholastic coaching career that included playing football with Knute Rockne of Notre Dame fame and Jim Thorpe.

   The 1922 Red and Black team outscored its opponents 197-20. Coatesville the not have another undefeated season football until 1943. Besides guiding Coatesville's unbeaten football team, Emanuel also coach the schools track and field athletes. He taught mechanical drawing, math and science. He coached in Coatesville on to 1930, then returned to his roots in Harrisburg, where he coached football at William Penn High School for the next 33 years.

   The following is from an interview with Emanuel that was published in 1989. In the daily local news in West Chester:

   "During World War I, I played ball with the USA ambulance corps pro team. In those days the big pro teams are always look for players and one of the coaches from Massillon, Ohio, saw me playing and asked me if I would get who I am play with his team.

    Our coach said since we might all get hurt or killed in the war, we would do well to have some fun before were taken into any war zones. So, he left four players go out to Massillon. I played one end and Knute Rockne played the other end. We beat Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs 9 – 6 on three field goals, and they beat us in another game."

   Emanuel played football at Harrisburg Tech High School and graduated from Gettysburg College, where he was a football team Captain. He played professionally in 1923 and 1924 with the Pottsville Maroons.




                         1952 Scott High School Basketball team

District 1 Champions, Eastern Pennsylvania Champions, 2nd place Pennsylvania championship

(From left) Joe Smith, Mickey Zazo, Bob Nafe, Marty Randler, Ockie Pollard, Cy Wilson, Bubbles Lopp, Don Pryor, Ron brown, Rod Perry, Ernie Bryant. Walt Funk was head coach.

   The passing of more than six decades has failed to dim fond recollections.  The 1951-52 Scott High School basketball team remains the talk of the town when each hoops campaign rolls around!  Subsequent editions of the red raiders won more games in a season, compiled more consecutive victories and attained loftier heights for their school.  However, the ’52 red and black squad coached by 2001 Hall of Famer inductee Walt Funk and his assistant, Mac Simpson, continues to occupy a place of honor in the memories of long-time Coatesville fans.

   First year coach Funk’s team won 23 games and lost four, including 14 consecutive wins.  The fabulous Red Raiders of 1952 advanced to the PIAA Class A championship game, falling 63-55 to powerhouse Farrell High.  The game was played in front of 8,300 fans in Penn’s Palestra in Philadelphia.  Eastern Pennsylvania titlist Coatesville beat Catattuqua 61-53 at the Hershey Arena to earn a spot in the state finals.

   The Red Raiders defeated rival Pottstown 54-50 to win the Ches-Mont League crown, the school’s first since 1946-47, and earn a spot in the tough District 1 tournament.  Coatesville downed Radnor 65-54 and Bristol 66-49, than knocked off Chester 55-51 to win the school’s first district crown. Next, Coatesville beat Swoyerville 51-38 in the eastern Pennsylvania semi-final game.