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2014 Inductees 

 

                                                                                                                     Warren L. Stackhouse, III

                                                                                                                         "Mac” Stuber Memorial Award

                                                                                                              Coach

               Warren Stackhouse began a teaching and coaching career in the Coatesville Area School District in 1971. That career spanned 35 years until his retirement in 2004 and included many teams and a variety of sports for boys and girls.

               Warren is a 1964 graduate of Frankford High School in Philadelphia where he lettered in baseball, football and swimming. He earned a degree in 1969 from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) in West Virginia, playing varsity baseball for two seasons. He received a Master’s degree from West Chester University.

               In 1971, Warren came to Coatesville to teach health and coach the football team’s offensive line and inside linebackers under the direction of Coatesville Area Senior High School Sports Hall of Fame head coach Al Black. In 1975, he moved to the ninth grade level at Scott Intermediate to coach offensive backs, receivers and linebackers. He worked with fellow coach and teacher Len Frampton at Scott before both were called up to assist with the varsity squad. After the 1995 season, Stackhouse stepped down from football in order to coach his sons, Luke and Mark, in baseball and soccer.

               Besides Black, head football coaches Warren worked with include Mike Rissell, Richard Como, Mike Dominick and Jack Helm.

               In the summer of 1974, Warren worked as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the City of Coatesville at Ash Park pool and was an assistant coach for the Coatesville American Legion baseball team.

               From 1974 to 1978, Warren assisted coach Mike Randler with the boys’ swimming team at Coatesville High and assisted girls’ swimming team coach Nancy Peltz in 1982. He also coached baseball (1976-1991), serving as head coach in 1986 and 1987. He coached a year of eighth grade baseball at Gordon Middle School in order to give players an opportunity to have a team.

               Warren’s teaching duties included areas of wellness and fitness along with strength training. He volunteers at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center and is active in Olivet United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Jean, live in the Parkesburg area.

 

                                                                                                                     Joseph A. Arasin ’62

                                                                                                                                             Golf

               When Scott High School first offered golf as a team sport in 1960, sophomore Joe Arasin signed up. During that season — and for the two seasons that followed — Joe never lost an individual match, compiling a very impressive 27-0-2 overall record, including a match play victory during his senior year over the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state champion.

               A 1962 graduate of Scott High, Arasin captained the team during his junior and senior years, leading the Red Raiders to a 23-5-1 record during his career. The 1962 squad won the Ches-Mont League championship with a 7-0 record.

               Individually, Joe qualified for the PIAA state golf championship tournament three consecutive years, placing fifth in Pennsylvania in 1962. Also that year, he shot a closing round 70 to win the District 1 individual title.

               While Arasin scored low on the golf course, he scored very high in the classrooms at Coatesville. Ranking second academically in the Class of ’62, Joe was President of the National Honor Society and won the prestigious Lukens Steel Company scholarship upon graduation. In 1961, he received the Franklin and Marshall Alumni Award as the top-ranked student in his class.

               Arasin graduated from Penn State University in 1966 with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He played two years of golf at Penn State starting in 1964, going undefeated with a 7-0 record and leading the Nittany Lions to a 12-0 mark and the Eastern Intercollegiate Golf Association (EIGA) championship. Overall at Penn State, Joe’s record was 12-3. He was on the Athletic Honor Roll and became a member of the Tau Beta Pi Association, the oldest engineering society in the United States for high academic achievement among engineering students. He also was a member of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical and computer engineering honor society.

               Arasin is married and lives in Paoli. He has two children. Still golfing, he has won two club championships at General Washington Country Club. Joe retired after a 30-year career at IBM where he worked as a system engineer.

 

William “Bill” Boynes, Jr. ’77

    Track & Field

Bill's sister Linda accepted the award in his behalf

               William “Bill” Boynes lived a brief life, but he left an enduring mark in the Coatesville High School athletic record books as a track and field champion. A 1977 graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High, Bill lost his life at the age of 18 in a construction company accident only about four months after graduating. Today, the boys’ track and field award presented annually at Coatesville’s commencement is named in his honor.

               In the spring of 1977, Bill and the Red Raiders track and field team celebrated a historic season winning the state championship. Boynes was a member of the Class AAA gold medal record-setting one-mile and two-mile relay teams. In the mile relay race, Bill joined Brinton Myers, Willie Alston and Greg Ellis to win in a time of 3:16.2. In the two-mile relay, he raced to gold with Steve Hunter, Myers and Solomon Hunter in 7:44.3.

               Bill was the oldest of six siblings and developed a love of running while participating in a summer track program under the direction of local legend “Pop” Ransom. Bill’s accomplishments in track and field weren’t limited to running. He also threw the javelin, surpassing the 200-foot mark and winning first place in Section I of the 40th annual Chester County Track and Field Relay championship at West Chester State College during his senior year.

               Boynes served briefly in the United States Armed Forces after graduation before receiving an honorable discharge.  

              

Samantha Morrison ’02

                                                                                                                                               Softball

               Samantha Morrison was a four-year varsity starter for the Coatesville Area Senior High School softball team, graduating in 2002. She received first-team All Ches-Mont League honors and Daily Local News first-team All-Area recognition each year she played for Coatesville.

               During her scholastic career, Samantha was successful on 71 out of 81 stolen base attempts, including 19 out of 20 attempts as a sophomore and 14 out of 18 as a junior. She batted .426 in 2000 and .439 in 2001 and was the Most Valuable Player of the team each of those seasons.

               Other awards for softball she received included 2001 Greater Philadelphia’s Top Players and 2002 first-team All Suburban.

               Samantha played Division I softball for the University of Hartford and was Hartford’s starting center fielder for four seasons. She holds Hartford softball records for most stolen bases and triples.

               Samantha lives in Phoenixville.

Kelly O’Connell Liartis ’02

                                                                                                                                  Cross Country

               Kelly O’Connell Liartis is a three-time Ches-Mont League girls’ cross country champion and was among the top runners in Pennsylvania during a four-year varsity career at Coatesville Area Senior High. She graduated in 2002.

               Kelly was a member of the Red Raiders teams that won the Steel City Invitational meet and Ches-Mont League championships during her freshman year. That team placed third in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championship.

               Individually, Kelly placed 42nd in the PIAA state championship as a sophomore, eighth as a junior and third as a senior. Also in her senior season, Kelly won the prestigious Steel City Invitational meet hosted by Coatesville High.

               Her running career continued in college at the University of Pittsburgh, from which she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In 2011, she earned a degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, MSN. Kelly was a member of Pitt’s cross country and track teams.

               Kelly and her husband, Nikolai Liartis, live in Pittsburgh. She is employed by Veterans Healthcare System and works as a nurse manager of an observation unit and pre-operative area.

Rob Robertson ’02

                                                                                                                    Cross Country

               One of Pennsylvania’s top distance runners in his scholastic career, Rob Robertson placed seventh in the 2000 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) meet to lead the Red Raiders to the boys’ Class AAA cross country state championship. And placed third in the 2001 PIAA State Championship meet. A member of the Class of 2002 at Coatesville Area Senior High School, Rob won Ches-Mont League and District 1 cross country titles in his senior year and became the first — and only — Red Raider boy to win the prestigious Coatesville Steel City Invitational cross country championship.

               Robertson received numerous varsity letters in cross country and track and field, and he was dominate in indoor track.

               In addition to the state team championship, Rob led Coatesville to three Ches-Mont League titles. He won all of his league races in 2001, setting four course records, and registered seven invitational meet victories. He was a two-time all-state cross country runner, placing seventh in the state as a junior, second in the Mid-East Championship as a senior, and recording the fastest 5K (15:21) time in Pennsylvania in 2001.

               Indoors and outdoors, Rob was all-state in 2002. Indoors, he was Chester County Mile champ. He was second in the state in the 3000 meters (8:40), setting a school record with the sixth fastest time in the nation. In 2001, he was ninth in the state in the 3000 meters.

               Outdoors, Rob was the District 1 champion in 2002 in the two-mile (9:14) race, setting a school record. He was a two-time Ches-Mont League mile- and two-mile champion.

               Recipient of the Daily Local News “Butch” McDevitt Award in 2002, Rob received a scholarship to race at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a three-year varsity member of the university’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams and competed at the USA Junior Championship in 2003.

               Rob is employed by Arcelor Mittal USA as an account manager in sales and marketing in Chicago.

 

Amber White ’06

                                                                                                                                         Basketball

               A career total of 2,529 points sets Amber White apart from any other girl or boy to have played basketball for Coatesville High. She is Coatesville’s all-time leading scorer, averaging 21.7 points per game during a four-year scholastic career that concluded in 2006. However, scoring was not the only part of her game that made Amber a star. She amassed 1,004 assists, recorded 606 steals (averaging six per game) and hauled in 491 rebounds.

               White received numerous honors for her accomplishments during her senior season. She was named Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year, Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year and was a Street & Smith All-American (an honor she also earned as a junior fifth-team selection and honorable mention selection as a freshman and sophomore).

               Amber was the Daily Local News Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Coatesville Tip Off Tournament for three consecutive years. She was among the top juniors in the nation on a USA Today list and played in the USA Youth Development Festival in 2005, scoring 8.4 points per game.

               Amber played at North Carolina State University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. At NC State, Amber scored 940 points and recorded 335 rebounds, 304 assists and 195 steals. Her free throw percentage (74%) is sixth high all-time at NC State. She earned Player of the Week honors twice in the Atlantic Coast Conference and scored a career-high 29 points in an ACC championship game against Creighton.

               Amber has played basketball professionally in Puerto Rico and still plays semi-professionally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

               Amber works for the City of Raleigh, N.C., where she lives. She is a part-time personal skills trainer and a coach for a basketball club she founded and owns.       

     

 

Steven “Steve” M. Rutherford ’85

                                                                                                                                             Swimming

               Steve Rutherford is a record-holding  District 1 champion diver for Coatesville Area Senior High School. A 1985 Coatesville graduate, Steve placed fourth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championship competition was a senior. In addition, he finished seventh in the 1985 YMCA national diving event.

               Rutherford was an honor student at Coatesville and used his academic and athletic accomplishments to launch an impressive career as a SEAL officer in the U.S. Navy. Steve graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 where he was a varsity diver for four years, qualifying for All-America twice. He became a Navy commander and earned two Master of Science degrees during a 22-year military career, retiring from the Navy in 2011. His Master’s degrees are in Physics and Nation Resource Strategy.

               As a Navy SEAL commander, Steve led, trained and conducted combat counter-terrorist/insurgency missions in nearly every region of the world, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His combat leadership successes with foreign and domestic forces are numerous and commendable.

               Steve earned many certifications as a Navy SEAL. He is a qualified expert in small-caliber weapon systems, explosives, parachuting, combat swimmer (open and closed circuit diving) and communications equipment.

               Steve lives in Tampa, Fla., where he is president of Tampa Energy Solutions. His company installs solar energy systems throughout Florida and elsewhere worldwide.

 

                                                                 “Ronnie” L. Moore ’61

                                                                                                                                          Baseball

               Ronnie Moore was Scott High School’s starting second baseman in every game for three consecutive seasons, earning three varsity letters and leading the team with a .417 batting average (15 hits in 36 at bats) as a sophomore. Overall, Moore was in Coatesville’s starting lineup for 48 consecutive games. The Red Raiders were champions of the Ches-Mont League during Ron’s junior and senior years. He graduated in 1961.

               Described as one of the finest middle infielders in Coatesville’s baseball history, the Red Raiders were 36-12 during Moore’s scholastic career.

               As a senior, Ron became the starting quarterback on Coatesville’s football team and scored two touchdowns, including the only TD in a 7-0 win over Conshohocken High.

               During the summer while in high school, Ron was captain of Coatesville’s American Legion baseball team and played in the Pennsylvania East-West All-Star game. He also later played in local adult baseball and fast-pitch softball leagues. Following graduation, Moore was the starting second baseman for three seasons at West Chester State College where he was a captain.

               Moore became a U.S. Navy officer after graduating from Officer’s Candidate School. He served as an ensign aboard the cruiser USS Providence during the war in Vietnam. During breaks from combat assignments he was the captain of the ship’s softball team that played many games along the coast in Asia.

               Moore and the former Wynann Slack of Coatesville were married in Japan and later were transferred to Orlando, Fla., where Ron went to graduate school at Rollins College. After his enlistment in the Navy, Moore became a personnel director with a company in Raleigh, N.C., where he currently resides after retiring from his own company, Food Masters, Inc.

               Ron and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.

  

Wallace “Wally” H. Dering, Jr.  ’56

                                                                                                                            Old Timers Award

                                                                                                    Swimming

               Wally Dering learned to swim in the City of Coatesville’s Ash Park outdoor pool and in the Coatesville YMCA’s small indoor pool. He taught himself to swim really fast.

               Wally had no formal racing training, learning to become a speedy freestyle swimmer by observing and copying other competitors’ styles. His dedication and perseverance earned Dering a pair of individual state titles at the 1956 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) swimming championship at Penn State University. Wally won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.9 seconds and captured the 100-yard freestyle in 53.7 seconds. With Dering leading the way, the Red Raiders placed second in the state team competition behind powerhouse York High.

               For his accomplishments as a senior in 1956, Dering was named to the All America Interscholastic Swimming Team as a freestyler. He swam for Scott High for three years. As a sophomore he was placed 10th in the state in the 50-yard freestyle and swam on the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay team. He was fourth in the state in the 200-yard freestyle as a junior and swam on the state runnerup 200-yard freestyle relay team.

               Wally received a scholarship to swim at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. However, he contracted mononucleosis in late 1956 and early 1957 and again in November 1957, resulting in damage to his liver and spleen. He was advised to give up competitive swimming and eventually resigned his scholarship.

               Dering worked at Lukens Steel Co. from May 1959 to December 1961 when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He chose electronics as his field of study in the Air Force and spent three years working in the communication center at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas. After his discharge, Wally earned a degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, attending night classes for 10 years while working for IBM. He became a field manager for IBM and moved in Dallas in 1978.

               Dering retired in 2002 after a 37-year professional career. He and his wife live in Bedford, Texas. They have four children. Wally stays active by swimming and playing golf.

 

William Michael “Mike” Logue ’57

                                                                                                                                Old Timers Award

                                                                                             Track and Football

               Mike Logue was a record-setting two-sport star at Scott High, graduating in 1957. He excelled in football and in two field events — pole vault and javelin — on the track team.

               Mike set Scott High records in the pole vault and javelin during his senior year. He placed second in the javelin at the Ches-Mont League championship meet and then won the District 1 title and tied for second in the pole vault with a school record height. He was the lone Red Raider to qualify for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship at Penn State University in 1957, where he placed sixth in the javelin event and set a school record.

               Mike was a first-team All Ches-Mont League honoree in football during his senior year. He earned honorable mention on the All-Greater Philadelphia team. In addition, he received the Bertha E. and Horace L. Funk Memorial Award at graduation as the Outstanding Senior on the track team.

               Among Mike’s track coaches in school were Coatesville Area High School Sports Hall of Fame inductees Walter Funk and Quentin Deidrick.

               Mike served in the U.S. Army for three years, continuing his football career in France as a captain playing offense and defense for the La Rochelle Rams.

               Logue is retired and lives with his son, Eric, in the Coatesville area. He is an original committee member of the Coatesville Area High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Dick Denithorne ’54

                                                                                                                                 Old Timers Award

                                                                                                      Basketball

               It has been about six decades since Dick Denithorne dominated Coatesville’s basketball courts, yet his per game scoring average as a senior still ranks sixth among the school’s all-time single-season leaders. Denithorne, a member of the Class of 1954 at Scott High, scored 20.8 points a game as a senior while totaling 487 points. He was a first-team All Ches-Mont League selection.

               Overall, Denithorne, who played three years of basketball at Coatesville, scored 613 points in 48 games. He ranks 50th among all Red Raiders scorers. Coatesville compiled a record of 34 wins and 14 losses while Denithorne was a member of the team.

 

Coatesville High School Track & Field Team ’74

                                                                                                                        Special Team Recognition

               The Red Raiders boys’ track and field team won the 1974 Class A state championship, capturing five gold medals at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) meet at Penn State University. George Holmes was the brightest of Coatesville’s many stars, winning the 100- and 220-yard races and the 120 high hurdles. Dave Lapp was state champ in the 880 (1:53.9) race while Linwood Alston, Ron Hunt, Ely James and Doug Lewis combined for gold in the 880 relay (1:29.5). It was the first time since 1958 that a school took home five first-place medals at the PIAA meet. Coatesville (35 points) nearly doubled the total number of points scored by runner up Norristown High.

               The champion Raiders, coached by Ross Kershey, were among the state’s best in other events at the PIAA meet. Hunt finished fourth in the 100-yard sprint that Holmes won. Lapp, Hunt, Glenn Phillips and Lewis made up the mile relay team that placed third. Lewis finished sixth in the 330 hurdles.

               The 1974 track and field team also succeeded on other levels — winning the Ches-Mont League and District 1 championships. Coatesville dominated the league meet and edged Norristown for the district title. Holmes won three District 1 races. He equalled the district record in the 120 hurdles, tied the state record in the 220 and won the 100. Also, he was runner up in the 330 hurdles. Lapp tied the district record in the 880 and placed fourth in the mile run. Gerald McGibboney, Alston, James and Lewis were second in the 880 relay. Lewis, Phillips, Lapp and Hunt teamed for second place in the mile relay. Hunt was fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 440. Larry Rudolph finished third in the discus.

               Holmes, Lapp, Lewis, Hunt, McGibboney and Kershey are members of the Coatesville Area High School Sports Hall of Fame.