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2013 Inductees

Gene Burnite '47

Founders Award

               “When playing Downingtown in 1946, I was chosen Player of the Week by Coatesville’s coaching staff. I was awarded in the locker room the game ball which was used to beat Downingtown 27-0. The awarded ball is still sitting on my desk at home.”

—Gene Burnite, Class of 1947

          Gene won three varsity letters in football for the Red Raiders and was the acting captain of the team during his senior year. As a junior and a senior, he was named first team All-County on offense and defense.

          Gene’s love of scholastic athletics and the community in which he was raised led him and Marty Flynn to co-found the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. For their dedication and tireless efforts, Marty and Gene are being honored.

          Gene is a retiree of Philadelphia Electric Co. and an Army veteran who served in Germany during the Korean War as a tank operator and mechanic. He has been extremely active in various church and civic organizations for many years.

          A resident of West Brandywine, Gene and his wife, the former Janet Pike, have been married for 57 years. They have three daughters, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

          Gene has been a member of the Methodist Church in Coatesville for 57 years and the Methodist Men for many years. He has served as a Youth Group parent volunteer, was president of the trustees, and is an usher. He is a life member of Wagontown Fire Co., belongs to the Downingtown VFW Post and is a member of Brandywine Hospital’s Senior Circle.

          Gene has been serving Meals on Wheels for 23 years and is past chairman of the Coatesville Area Senior Center’s property and finance committee. He is a fan of college and Philadelphia pro sports and NASCAR.

 

Martin “Marty” F. Flynn '48     

Founders Award

          Marty Flynn was a three-sport star athlete for Coatesville High, winning 10 varsity letters, including four in baseball and three each in football and basketball. He graduated in 1948.

          In his senior year he was co-captain of the football and baseball teams, and captain of the basketball squad. He was chosen as Best Male in Athletics at Coatesville during his senior year.

          After high school, Marty attended West Point Prep School (New York Military Academy, Corn-wall on the Hudson). After two years at NYMA, he received a scholarship for football and transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park.

          Marty’s love of scholastic athletics and the community in which he was raised led him and Gene Burnite to co-found the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. For their dedication and tireless efforts, Marty and Gene are being honored.

          Marty retired in 1990 from Philadelphia Electric Co. where he worked 40 years as a clerical supervisor. He was trustee of the Beneficial Association and was second vice president of the PECO Quarter Century Club. Marty lives in Coatesville.

 

 

Matthew “Matt” D. Lapp ‘01

Cross Country

          Matthew “Matt” D. Lapp was a three-sport star at Coatesville High who won seven medals in state championship competition and 14 District 1 medals in cross country, swimming and track. His excellence in cross country has earned him election into the Coatesville High Sports Hall of Fame.

          As a sophomore in 1998, Matt placed 24th in the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) Class AAA state championship meet, leading the Red Raiders to an overall fifth place finish in the team competition. Two years later, Lapp finished 10th at the state meet, pacing Coatesville to its first cross country Class AAA state championship.

          As member of the Coatesville High Class of 2001 and ranked fifth academically, Matt was honored as the top Scholar Athlete of his class. He was named All-America in swimming as a member Coatesville’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams in 1999 and 2000 and was a Scholastic All-America honoree during his senior year. He was all-state in the 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay events in 1998, and was all-state in cross country in 2000.

          Matt was the individual winner in cross country and Coatesville was the Ches-Mont League champion in 2000. He won the league’s 3200-meter event in track in 2001.

          Lapp holds the Coatesville swimming record in the 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and formerly held school records in the 100 breaststroke in swimming and 3200-meter run in track.

          Lapp competed in cross country and track at the University of Tennessee. He was co-captain of the Tennessee cross country team in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and was co-captain of the track team in 2005. He represented the University of Tennessee on the Southeast Conference Athletics Board in 2005 and is on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for 2003-2006. He was named H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar Athlete at Tennessee in 2006.

          An active Coatesville civic volunteer, Lapp graduated from Life University College of Chiropractic and opened Salus Chiropractic Studio in Thorndale. Dr. Lapp resides in Downingtown.

            

                      

  Sharon L. Boyd ‘78

  Softball

          Coatesville High School’s 1978 Most Outstanding Female Athlete Sharon Boyd was a three-sport captain who later lettered in softball for four years at Shippensburg University where she was an All-America Division III player.

          Sharon starred in field hockey, basketball and softball at Coatesville, receiving eight varsity letters, including four as a softball player. She was a catcher and was first-team All Ches-Mont League in 1978, batting .431 and leading the Red Raiders in bases on balls and stolen bases. She hit .333 in 1976. In her freshman year, Coatesville won the District 1 championship.

          Sharon received All Ches-Mont League honorable mention in field hockey in her senior year and was the leading rebounder on the Coatesville basketball team as a senior.

          She earned a Bachelor’s degree on Social Work at Shippensburg where she was a softball pitcher whose impressive career record was 26-8 with a 1.16 earned run average. She compiled a 17-2 record in 1982, establishing a single-season school record for wins with an earned run average of 0.92 while pitching five shutouts. Shippensburg placed second in the 1982 AIAW (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) Division III national tournament.

          In 1997, Sharon was inducted into the Shippensburg University Sports Hall of Fame.

          A resident of Coatesville, Sharon enjoys hiking and backpacking and has covered more than 600 miles on the Appalachian Trail.

          She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University and earned a certificate in secondary school counseling. Sharon has worked in the field of child welfare for most of her professional career, and as a guidance counselor/director.

 

                                                                  Ryan Primanti ‘96

                                                                         Baseball

          Coatesville Red Raider second baseman Ryan Primanti earned four varsity letters as a starter in baseball while playing on four Ches-Mont League championship teams. A 1996 graduate of Coatesville High, Ryan is among the Raiders’ career leaders in batting average (.360), hits (73), runs scored, homeruns (9) and runs batted in (53). He was team captain as a senior when he won the Leo “Spike” Atkinson Award. He was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1994 and 1996.

          Primanti received All Ches-Mont League and All-Area honors for three consecutive seasons. He played in the Carpenter Cup tournament as a junior and was a member of the Redmen team in the West Chester Adult Baseball League during the summers of his sophomore, junior and senior years.

          Ryan was a three-sport star at Coatesville, earning 10 varsity letters. He also played soccer and football and was the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year for the Red Raiders in 1996, along with receiving the Butch McDevitt Award from the Daily Local News as the area’s Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.

          Captain of the soccer team as a senior, Primanti played the position of striker and was a three-year starter. As a senior he received All Ches-Mont League honorable mention.

          In football for Coatesville, Ryan was a three-time letter winner as a placekicker/punter and set many school records, including longest field goal (48 yards), most career field goals (15), most field goals in a season (6) and most kicking points in a career. The Red Raiders were Ches-Mont League champs when Primanti was a sophomore. He earned all-league honors three times, all-area recognition as a junior and senior, and was All Southeastern Pennsylvania in 1995.

          Ryan’s athletic career continued after high school. He was a placekicker for Penn State University for four seasons and in 2000 received All Big Ten Conference honorable mention.

          Ryan joins his older brothers, Rick (soccer 2010) and Marc (soccer 2009), in the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame.

          Ryan lives in Chester Springs. He and his wife, Juliet, have four children, Cael, Meryn, Kane and Emery.

 

                                                       Theresa “Terri” Johnson-Lynch ‘93

                                                                         Basketball

          In her sophomore season in basketball, Terri Johnson joined the Lady Raiders’ 1,000-point club. Had she not been sidelined most of the 1992-1993 season due to a health issue, the 5-foot 7-inch court star may have doubled that total. Nonetheless, she finished her stellar basketball career in 1993 by amassing 1643 points as a four-year starter and four-time All Ches-Mont, All District 1 and All-State honoree.

          When Terri played, Coatesville’s girls’ basketball team was dominant, a powerhouse each year in the Ches-Mont League and in district and PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) tournament competition.

          As a freshman, Terri achieved the rare accomplishment of being a varsity starting player, averaging about 22 points a game, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. She scored about 20 points per game as a sophomore, 15 as a junior, and 19 during her senior season. In her junior year, Terri recorded about seven assists per game.

          She was honored in Who’s Who in Sports for high school basketball and received numerous Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Playing awards. She won a gold medal as a member of the Keystone Games basketball team in 1992 and participated in AAU basketball from 1990 to 1992. She was invited to participate in the Junior Olympics in 1992.

          In 1991 and 1993, Terri competed in track for Coatesville.

          Terri attended Lock Haven University where she was the basketball Player of the Year in 1997. She has studied at Immaculata University and has majored in organizational dynamics and human performance management. She is employed by West Chester Gastrointestinal Associates.

          Terri has coached AAU basketball and has volunteered in youth baseball in Caln Little League. She and her husband, Arnold Lynch, Jr., have four children, Alex, Kyle, Sequoyah and Takiyah.

 

                                                     Martin “Marty” Lewis Eggleston ‘85

                                                                       Basketball

               From All Ches-Mont League to scholastic All-America, Marty Eggleston was a giant on the basketball court for the Coatesville Red Raiders. Following his stellar high school career, Marty, who was a member of the Class of 1985,  went on to play at Kutztown University — along with Red Raider teammates Jody McMillan and Butch Hills —and then professionally for 11 years. He has been a civic leader as an adult, serving two terms on the Coatesville City Council, holding the offices of president and vice president.

          In high school, Eggleston averaged 14.3 points per game and scored more than 1,000 points for the Red Raiders. In addition, he grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds. He was named his team’s most valuable player in 1984. Marty is known for a career in which he was — unofficially — Coatesville High’s all-time dunk leader. He was honored six times as the Ches-Mont League basketball Player of the Week and was a first-team All Ches-Mont selection during his senior year. Other honors he won for the 1984-85 season included Street & Smith All-American, McDonald’s All-American and he was chosen to play in the prestigious Dapper Dan Roundball Classic.

          In 1985, Marty was named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.

          After scoring more than 1,000 points at Kutztown, where he was the university’s all-time leading rebounder, Eggleston was inducted into the Kutztown University Hall of Fame in 1999.

          Marty played professional basketball in the United States and abroad. He has coached youth basketball in Switzerland and Poland and was a founder of Rim Rockers International Basketball Academy, a player developmental organization.

          Eggleston is the head men’s basketball coach at Lorain County, Ohio, Community College. He is married to Lanette Eggleston, a Division I All-America player at Cleveland State University and a former pro player. They have five children, Amber, Tori, Janee, Jedda and Jordan, and two grandchildren.

 

                                                           Rosalyn “Lyn” A. Greenlee

                                                                        Coach

                                                      Swimming, Cross Country, Track

          Lyn Greenlee is among the pioneers in Coatesville and Pennsylvania in girls’ scholastic athletics. She began her teaching career in Coatesville at Scott High in the late 1960s, where she was an assistant field hockey coach for two years and coached the girls’ swimming team at the Coatesville YMCA in the city.

          When Coatesville’s new high school opened in the fall of 1967, Lyn continued to coach swimming. One of the girls she mentored, Cindy Sherota, placed sixth in the state in the 50-freestyle, “the highlight of my coaching” in swimming, according to Lyn.

          Lyn started the girls’ cross country program in Coatesville with the assistance of boys’ coach and Hall of Fame member Bill Renfrew. Coatesville’s girls were three-time Ches-Mont League cross country champions under Lyn’s guidance.

          When girls were invited to participate in the prestigious Coatesville Steel City Cross Country Invitational, Coatesville’s Terry Brown, coached by Greenlee, won the event. As a PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) board member, Lyn was instrumental in establishing the first state championship for girls held at Penn State University.

          The girls’ track and field teams in Coatesville can trace their roots to the efforts of Greenlee and Jean Burns. As head coach, Lyn’s teams were multiple winners of the Ches-Mont League championship.

          Lyn also began the first ninth-grade softball team under Hall of Fame coach Joy Renfrew. And, in the summertime, she headed “Huff and Puff,” a cross country training camp.

          In addition to teaching and coaching, Lyn coordinated the Coatesville Dolphins synchronized swimming club for four years. The organization produced two synchronized swimming shows.

          Lyn co-sponsored the Coatesville Bible Club for 22 years.

          She currently resides in New Holland.

 

 

                                                                      Kevin M. Hunt ‘79

                                                                             Football

          Kevin Hunt, Class of 1979, was a fearsome fullback and linebacker for the Red Raiders, establishing a single-season Coatesville High rushing record. During his senior season in the fall of 1978, Hunt blasted through enemy defenses for 1,471 yards rushing, surpassing the mark of 1,371 yards previously held by running back and fellow Hall of Fame member Abel Joe. Kevin scored 19 touchdowns and 116 points while leading the Red Raiders to a 9-1 record and second place in the Ches-Mont League. He was elected co-captain of the team as a senior.

          Hunt’s football prowess was demonstrated on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He was a first-team all-league selection at fullback and linebacker and was named the Ches-Mont League Most Valuable Player during his senior year. He was honored as an all-area linebacker and was a third team all-state selection as a linebacker. Kevin was selected to play in the exclusive Big 33 football for Pennsylvania.

          During his junior year, Coatesville posted an 8-2 record as co-champion of the Ches-Mont League. Hunt was a first-team all-league selection that season.

          Kevin was the captain and starting third baseman of the Red Raiders baseball team in his senior year, leading Coatesville in homeruns and runs batted in when it won the Ches-Mont League championship. He won first team All Ches-Mont League honors.

          He was President of his high school class and was a speaker at Commencement.

          Hunt played college baseball in California as a freshman prior to transferring to Geneva College from which he graduated. For the past 26 years, the Rev. Kevin Hunt has been senior pastor at Trinity United Bible Church in Coatesville. He has served on the boards of numerous local civic and educational organizations.

               Kevin and his wife, Lynette Marie, live in Coatesville and have three children and four grandchildren.

 

 Donald “Cy” Wilson ‘53

Old Timers Award

Football, Basketball, Baseball

          Cy Wilson’s athletic fetes in three sports at Coatesville High are of legendary proportion. A 1953 graduate, his size (6-1, 215 pounds) and ability as a football fullback and defensive end earned him a full scholarship to the University of Miami. He also was a starter on the 1952 Red Raider basketball team that played for a state championship, and he batted .447 in baseball during his senior season.

          Wilson was a bruising runner and pass catcher in football. He kicked the team’s extra points and in his senior season was the first player in 12 years to boot a field goal for Coatesville. He was so good in football as a youngster that he was promoted in the eighth grade while attending St. Cecilia’s School to play for Coatesville High. Following his senior season, Cy was the first Coatesville player in 10 years to be selected to the All-Suburban Philadelphia team. He received All-State honorable mention.

          Prior to choosing Miami, where he played one year before being drafted into the Army, Cy was recruited by Syracuse, Temple, Villanova and other colleges to play football. While in the service, Cy played two years for the champion Wiesbaden Flacks, receiving honorable mention and later first-team honors as an end on offense and defense.

          Cy lives in the Coatesville Area School District.

        

 

                                                              Peter J. Marciniszyn ‘43

                                                                  Old Timers Award

                                                                        Football 

          Coatesville High School’s remarkable record in football in the early 1940s can be attributed to a number of Sports Hall of Fame members, including the newest inductee from that era, Pete Marciniszyn, a two-way end and co-captain of the 1942 Chester County championship squad.

          Pete played for three seasons. He received first-team All-County, All-Suburban and All-Scholastic honors in 1942 and earned All-State honorable mention in 1942.

          Following his resignation, legendary football coach Ted Dailey named an all-star team of players he coached during eight seasons. Pete was Dailey’s choice as left end.

          Like other scholar-athletes during the World War II years, Marciniszyn enlisted in the service before graduating. He joined the Navy two months before commencement and was stationed in the Pacific Theater until the war ended. He received his high school diploma in the mail.

          After the war, Pete, who continued to live in Coatesville and celebrated his 89th birthday in September, got a job at Lukens Steel Co. He worked in the machine shop for about 40 years before retiring.

          Pete and his wife, Adeline, who knew each other in high school, got married after the war. They have three children, Louis and David Marciniszyn and Louise Marciniszyn-Wanstall; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

          For many years, Pete was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and now belongs to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, both in Coatesville. He is the son of Polish immigrates who met and were married in the United States. He is a member of the Polish American Citizens Club, where he was a bartender for a number of years, and he belonged to the American Legion.

 

Quentin L. Deidrick

“Mac” Stuber Memorial Award

Coach 

          Quentin Deidrick taught and coached in the Coatesville Area School District for more than 30 years. He was an inspiration and positive influence on countless young student athletes, coaching various sports in junior high and high school. He led his football and track and field teams at Gordon Junior High — where he taught physical education and health — to a number of undefeated seasons.

          As a youth, Deidrick was a three-sport champion high school athlete in Wyomissing. He eventually attended Franklin and Marshall Academy and Penn State University where he played football and set many records in track and field. He was training in decathlon for the Olympics when World War II interrupted his education and athletic career.

          During the war, Deidrick served in the 4th Infantry Division and was in the first wave of American soldiers landing on Utah Beach in France on D-Day on June 6, 1944.

            After the war, Deidrick completed his education at West Chester State College, earning a degree in teaching.

          He and his wife, Ardel, had a son, Craig.

          Born in October 1918 in Horseheads, NY, Mr. Deidrick died in May 2004 at the VA Medical Center in Elsmere, DE. He was 85.

         

1952 Scott High School Track & Field team

Special Team Recognition

   The undefeated 1952 Scott High School track and field team won District 1 and Pennsylvania Class A championships for the first time in school history.

    Led by Coatesville High Sports Hall of Fame members Arthur Pollard and Rod Perry, and coached by Hall of Famers Walt Funk and Quentin Diedrick, the Red Raiders captured the school’s first Pennsylvania Class A track and field championship on a cold and rainy day at Penn State University.

   In addition to the state title, the undefeated Red Raiders were District 1 champions and place first in the Lower Merion and Lebanon Relays.

   Pollard and Perry were scholastic track stars with world class ability.

   Pollard was a Pennsylvania gold medalist, winning the 100-yard dash (10.7) despite suffering a pulled muscle during the state meet time trails.  He set a Chester County record in the 100 (9.7) and was District 1 champion. Pollard tried out for the U.S. Olympic team that competed in Helsinki in 1952.  His fastest 100-yard time was just .3 of a second off the world record.

   Perry won a state medal in the 120-yard high hurdles (15.3) and was third in the low hurdles.  The mile relay team of Bill Grier, Maitland Harvey, Cliff Reeves and Bill Baxter finished first in the state in 3:41. Jim Lopp was forth in the high jump and Moses Clark fifth in the mile run.

  In addition, Perry and fellow Hal of Famer Lopp were on the Red Raiders basketball team that played in the Class A state championship game in 1952.  That team was also coached by Walt Funk.

  Members of the ’52 track and field the included Leo Whalen, Dick Young, Maitland Harvey, Lafayette Long, Ulysses Jacks, Dick Patterson, Joe Bennett, Artie Ash, Pat Hurley, Bill Baxter, Richard Walker, William Grier, Al Tucker, Haywood Cannon, Jim Villabrandt, Tom DiPietrantonio, Carl Pollard, Jack McCarter, Clifford Reeves, Rod Perry, Art Pollard, Jim Lopp, and Clyde Perry.

  Also Clarence Smith, Bill Mayo, Art Morrison, Richard McCarraher, John Miller, George Miller, Malcolm Harvey, Robert Marshall, Moses Clark, Gil Dantzler and Harvey Gist, Manager.