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2016 Inductees

Vince Belnome ’06


            It’s easy to learn about infielder Vince Belnome’s baseball career at Coatesville High School. He’s a hit in the Red Raiders record book where his name appears at the top of nearly every career and seasonal offensive statistic.

            A 2006 graduate of Coatesville High, Belnome went on to star on the Division 1 level in college, and played in the Major Leagues in 2015, getting a hit for the Tampa Bay Rays in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

            A multiple first-team All-Ches-Mont League honoree, Vince earned three varsity letters in baseball for the Red Raiders and is Coatesville’s all-time leader with a .490 career batting average. Also, Vince is Coatesville’s career leader in runs scored (96) and doubles (30). He is second overall in hits (103) and runs batted in (76) and fourth in homeruns (12).

            During his senior season, shortstop Belnome’s batting average was .557, second best all-time (Dan Newton hit .602 in 1999). Vince’s .500 batting average as a junior is fourth best on Coatesville’s all-time list. In 2006, he amassed 44 hits (third best ever) and scored a record 46 runs while blasting nine homers and driving in 34 runs (fourth best overall). In addition, he had a school-record 14 doubles.

            Vince attended West Virginia University on a baseball scholarship. As a junior in 2009 he was named to the All-America team.

            Belnome was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League draft. He worked his way up through the minor leagues before being traded in December 2012 to Tampa Bay. While playing for the Durham Bulls in Class AAA, Vince was called up to the big leagues for a brief appearance in 2015. He later signed with the New York Mets.

            Vince and his wife Abby live in Coatesville and He enjoys hunting and fishing,

Charlie Hicks ’65

Track & Field

            Charlie Hicks starred for the Red Raiders in track and field as a sprinter for three years and played varsity football. He graduated from Scott High in 1965.

            Charlie was the Spiked Shoe 50-yard dash champion, setting a record that stands more than 50 years later. He won the Meet of Champions 60-yard dash, qualifying him for the National Indoor Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City where he got off to a bad start in his race but recovered to place third.

            Charlie ran a leg on the Ches-Mont League champion 440 and mile relay teams for three seasons. He was the league’s winner of the 100-yard and 220-yard races and placed fourth in the 220 at the state championship meet at Penn State University, where he also ran on the record-setting state champion mile relay team.

            In the fall of 1964 the Red Raiders won the Ches-Mont League football championship for the first time in many years. A huge reason for the team’s success was running back and defensive standout Hicks, a two-way first-team all-Ches-Mont League selection. Charlie was a three-year varsity football player. As a senior, he was among the leaders in Pennsylvania in rushing yardage, touchdowns and interceptions. In his sophomore season, Charlie was a starter in Coatesville’s backfield with senior Paul Hudson, a Red Raider multi-sport legend who went on to play football at Ohio State University. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News honored Hicks as a first-team all-area player on offense and defense.

            In 1965, Hicks received the Hugh “Butch” McDevitt Award presented by the Daily Local News to the most outstanding Ches-Mont League athlete.

            Hicks attended Morehead State University on a full scholarship for football and track. After graduation he became a football coach at Germantown High School in Philadelphia, where he was the first African-American football coach to win the Public League title. His teams won a school-record 13 consecutive games.

            Charlie resides in Philadelphia.



    Joe Bugar ’66


            The golfing standard established by Joe Bugar in the 1960s continues at Coatesville High School decades after his short life ended while in service to our nation.

            Joseph Edward “Joe” Bugar, Jr. was a 1966 graduate of Scott High School where he earned four varsity letters as one of the top young golfers in the area. In 1963 — when ninth grade students in Coatesville were still in junior high school — Joe made the varsity golf team, playing under coach Mike Hemlock, who said after one of Joe’s victories, “I expected Joe to do well, but not that well.”

            After an outstanding ninth grade year, Joe became the No. 1 man on the Red Raider golf team as a sophomore. Against Hershey, the top-ranked team in the state in 1964, Joe recorded a 69 on a par 66 course.

            Coatesville won the Ches-Mont League championship during Joe’s junior year in 1965, finishing undefeated. Bugar won all but two of his matches that season.

            In his senior season, Joe became Coatesville’s first individual Ches-Mont League champion.

            Joe enlisted in the Army during an era of controversy and turmoil in America. He became a corporal in the 9th Infantry Division’s Co. B, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment. He was 20 years old when he was killed in combat in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. He was awarded two Purple Heart medals, a Bronze Star and other combat and service medals and ribbons. Joe’s name appears on the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., on Panel W19, Line 77.        

Kaleena Gray ’08

Track & Field

                        When talking about discus and shot put, you could say that record-setting  Kaleena Gray far out-distanced most competition during her four years on the track and field team. A member of the Class of 2008 at Coatesville Area Senior High, Kaleena was a multiple Ches-Mont League winner in the discus and shot put and was a top performer for four years at District 1 and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championships.

            Kaleena won four consecutive Ches-Mont League titles in the shot put and was league champion in discus for three years in a row.

            As a senior, Kaleena won the league title in discus (141 feet, 3 inches) and shot put (43 feet, 101/2 inches). She placed second in those events in District 1, and was third in the state in discus and fifth in shot put. Her performance earned her recognition as 2008 Co-Athlete of the Year by the Daily Local News. She also received second team All-Southeastern Girls Track and Field honors.

            Kaleena holds the Red Raiders indoor and outdoor shot put records and several invitational meet shot put records.

            In discus as a sophomore, Kaleena was second in District 1 and fifth in the state. In shot put, she was fifth in the district and fourth in the PIAA.

            In discus as a junior, she was third in District 1 and fifth in the state. In shot put, Kaleena finished fourth in the district and the state.

            Indoors, Kaleena won medals numerous times at Chester County and PIAA competitions throughout her scholastic career.

            After high school, Kaleena’s throwing career continued at Norfolk State University in Virginia where she was a member of the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 indoor MEAC championship teams. She won the individual MEAC discus title in 2011.

            Kaleena is the mother of three children, Elijah, Saryah and Orien. She resides in Coatesville and plans to continue her education at Cheyney University.



Rich Saylor


            Former Coatesville Area School District teacher and administrator Rich Saylor coached the Red Raiders boys’ soccer team for 15 seasons (1973-1987), compiling an overall record of 116-103-18. In 1979, under Saylor’s guidance the Red Raiders won the Ches-Mont League championship, finishing the season 11-3-3 and outscoring their competition 43-13. Saylor’s team won a school-record 15 games in 1983, scored a school-record 70 goals in 19 games in 1983, and yielded only eight goals in 15 games in 1978.

            Saylor was named Ches-Mont League Coach of the Year in 1979. Many of his players received all-league honors, including Dave Domsohn who was All-State and later became a collegiate All-America player.

            Saylor was involved in scholastic athletics and education for many years. He graduated in 1968 from Octorara Area High School, where he was a star on the soccer, basketball and track teams. At West Chester University, he played soccer for four seasons and was the team captain his senior season. In college, Rich served as an athletic trainer for three years for the men’s basketball team coached by Coatesville High Sports Hall of Fame member Walter Funk. In 2005, Saylor was inducted into the Octorara High School Sports Hall of Fame.

            After receiving his degree from West Chester, Rich joined the faculty at Scott Intermediate in Coatesville, where he taught earth science, health and physical education from 1972 to 1982. In addition to coaching soccer during his teaching tenure, Rich was an athletic trainer (1973-1980), coached ninth grade girls’ basketball (1974) and was assistant varsity track coach (1974-1980)

            From 1983 to 1988, Rich was the assistant principal at Coatesville High School, and worked until 2007 as the principal at the Chester County Intermediate Unit’s Picking and Brandywine Career & Technical high schools.        

            Rich resides in the Coatesville Area School District.



Davida J. Phillips ’06


            Davida Phillips was a four-year varsity tennis player at Coatesville where she was the team’s No. 1 player and MVP each year she played.

            A 2006 graduate, Davida was a senior when she became the first Coatesville girl to win a Ches-Mont League tennis championship. She advanced to the second round of the District 1 tournament. As a senior, she posted a record of 14-4 and earned first-team All-Area honors.

            In addition to being the tennis team captain, Davida also captained the cheerleading squad, and she was a member of the Ches-Mont and District 1 championship girls’ track and field team.

            During her scholastic career, Davida — through her commitment to practice and hard work — is credited with being one reason for the creation of the area’s first private indoor year-round tennis training program. That program led to the formation of the Coatesville Tennis School, an inexpensive program for juniors that trained Coatesville student tennis players throughout the year.

            After graduation, Davida played Division 3 college tennis for four seasons at Gwynedd-Mercy University. She played in NCAA tournaments in Virginia as a junior and in California as a senior.

            In high school, Davida balanced participation in sports with dance, which she started doing at the age of 3. Professionally, she is a member of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team dance squad and has traveled throughout the world with the Sixers, including two trips to China and visits to the Great Wall. She participated in Allen Iverson’s retirement ceremony and tributes to Wilt Chamberlain, Darryl Dawkins and Julius Irving.

            Davida works in banking in Philadelphia.





Ron Artis ’64


            In three seasons on the varsity basketball team at Scott High School, Ron Artis was very accustomed to winning. Coatesville’s record during Ron’s scholastic career from 1961 to 1964 was a remarkable 53-4 — or nearly 93 percent! Two of the losses in games in which Ron played were to 1963 state champion and 1964 state runner-up Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

            Artis, who graduated in 1964, is the 21st leading scorer in Coatesville basketball history with 774 points. He averaged 20.1 points per game as a senior and was named first-team All-Ches-Mont League for the 1963-64 season.

            As a junior, Artis teamed with Red Raiders scoring legend Hubie Marshall to lead Coatesville to a record of 23-1 and a Ches-Mont League championship. Ron averaged 9.5 points per game, pouring in 229 points for the season.

            In Ron’s senior year, the Red Raiders posted a record of 23-3 and won another league title. He was the team’s top scorer with 523 points.

            Ron played seven varsity games as a sophomore and never lost a game while playing on the junior varsity team.

            Artis is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He lives in Richmond, VA, and has four children.

Mallory Lyons ’10


            Mallory Lyons achieved excellence in the classroom and on the softball diamond at Coatesville High School. An All-Southeastern Pennsylvania, All-Area, All-Ches-Mont League shortstop who posted a .403 career batting average, the 2010 graduate ranked 20th in her class with a 4.2 GPA, earning her a combined athletic-academic scholarship to Bucknell University.

            Mallory played varsity softball for four years for the Red Raiders, mostly as a shortstop (she played second base and third base early in her career). A team captain as a junior and senior, she was a key player in the 2010 team that advanced deep into the District 1 AAAA playoffs and earned a spot in the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) tournament, advancing further than any Coatesville softball squad in the previous 25 years. “We played our last game on graduation day (June 10, 2010) and lost a heartbreaker 2-1. I barely made it to graduation on time. It was a magical season that I’ll always cherish,” Mallory said.

            Besides being a great hitter, Mallory was an awesome defensive player, posting a .977 fielding average in high school. She was first-team all-league as a junior and senior, second team as a sophomore, and won awards as Coatesville’s best defensive player as a senior and best offensive player as a junior.

            During her freshman and sophomore years, she played on Coatesville’s basketball teams.

            In the summer months Mallory played on local travel softball teams. At Bucknell, she started on the softball team three out of the four years she played, leading the team in various offensive categories and receiving Patriot League All-Academic honors as a sophomore.

            Mallory graduated from Bucknell in 2014. She double majored in political science and philosophy and minored in economics. She lives in Fairfax, VA, and works in Washington, DC, as a senior logistics coordinator.



CJ Gray ’06


            Clinton J. “CJ” Gray, Jr. was an All-State running back who amassed 5,828 yards rushing and scored 58 touchdowns in a memorable three-year career at Coatesville High School. In terms of total yardage carrying the football for the Red Raiders, he is the all-time leader.

            CJ set the Red Raiders record for most yards gained on the ground in a single season — twice! In 2003, he ran for 1,798 yards as a sophomore, breaking Tony Miller’s 1990 record of 1,705. Then, the following season in his junior year, CJ covered 2,213 yards on 250 carries, averaging an astounding 8.8 yards per carry. He scored 26 touchdowns.

            Gray won the Jeff McWilliams Award as Coatesville’s top offensive back three years in a row. He was first-team All-Ches-Mont League three times and was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2004.

            In his senior year, Gray earned first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Philadelphia Inquirer honors and Associated Press first-team Class AAAA all-state recognition. CJ earned second team PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) All-State honors and Associated Press Class AAAA special team recognition in 2004.

            He ranks seventh on Pennsylvania all-time leading rushers list.

            In 2005, CJ was named All-Eastern Pennsylvania first-team running back and received the 2006 Valor Bowl award as the North squad’s best offensive player. He was honored with the Maxwell Club mini awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

            CJ also was an impressive sprinter on Coatesville’s track and field team. In 2003 he was the Ches-Mont League 100-meter champion. In 2004 he finished fourth in the 100-meter race at the PIAA state indoor track championship, running a school record time of 10.68. CJ, whose track events also included the 200-meter race and the 4x100 relay, ran in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia two years

            CJ lives in Coatesville and is employed at Omega Flex in Exton. He has three children, CeAsia, Caiden and Chanel.   


Norm Smith

‘Mac” Stuber Memorial Award


            During his professional educational career in the Coatesville Area School District, it was easy to find Norm Smith. If he wasn’t in a gymnasium teaching health and physical education, he was probably on a court or a ballfield coaching middle school student athletes. And if you missed him during the school day, you could find him on many evenings selling tickets to games or operating game clocks, or on summer days at local sports camps, and at community events. For 33 years, Norm taught “gym class” at Gordon Middle School. He also was a special education teacher for a year. Norm retired in 2003.

            Smith is a 1965 graduate of Scott High School where he played baseball for three years and basketball as a sophomore. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from West Chester State College in 1969 and a Master’s degree from West Chester in 1976. While in college, Norm played baseball as a freshman and sophomore and was on the cross country team as a sophomore.

            Norm’s middle school coaching career spanned decades and included boys’ and girls’ teams. He coached eighth grade baseball for 20 years and eighth grade basketball for 34 years. He even coached eighth grade wrestling for one season. The seventh grade soccer team was under Norm’s guidance for eight years, and the seventh grade girls’ basketball team was coached by him for 15 seasons.

            Of note was Smith’s 1993 undefeated Gordon baseball team that posted 10 wins. One of the key players he coached was Hall of Fame member Lance Ziegler.

         Norm was the faculty manager at Gordon for 20 years. He frequently operated game clocks at high school basketball, hockey, soccer and football games. He worked at Coatesville’s baseball camp for 10 years and helped organize charitable events, including Jump Rope for Heart and volleyball for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

            Today, Norm is still pretty easy to find. Look for him swinging golf clubs on area courses or swinging a bat in a senior softball game.


Herb Pearl ’24

Old Timers Award

Multiple Sports

                        Herbert E. “Herb” Pearl was one of four brothers who excelled in sports at Coatesville High School in the early part of the 20th century. Herb was a 1924 graduate and earned varsity letters in football and basketball for four seasons. In football, he played on the Coatesville team with his brothers, Ross and Walter “Woops” Pearl, and was a member of the undefeated 1922 squad coached by legendary Vic Emanuel.

            After high school, Herb played football at Wenonah Military Academy in New Jersey. He lettered in football and basketball as a freshman at Temple University before attending West Chester Teachers College where he continued to play football and basketball for three years. He was a captain of the West Chester teams that won Pennsylvania championships.

            Herb became the director of athletics at Smyrna High School in Delaware after earning his college degree. From 1937 to 1942 he was the head coach of all major sports teams at Williamson Trade School. The baseball team was undefeated for four years and the basketball team registered one undefeated season.

            In 1942 during World War II, Pearl was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. For two years he was an athletic officer and director of physical training and was the basketball coach of the Flying Kellys.

            Herb eventually became the basketball coach at West Chester High School and guided his teams to many championships.

            He was on a semi-professional basketball team from Coatesville that played in the Penn/Del league.

            Herb married the former Mary Slack, who taught special education at Coatesville High School for many years.


Walter L. “Woops” Pearl ’22

Old Timers Award

Multiple Sports

                        Walter L. “Woops” Pearl was a three-sport star athlete at Coatesville High School in the early 1920s, earning 12 varsity letters — four each in track, baseball and football. He and his brothers, Ross and Herb, played together on championship teams at various times. Captain of Coatesville’s undefeated football team in his senior year, Walter played in the backfield of a single-wing formation. “Woops” was a member of the Coatesville Class of 1922.

            Walter and Herb were coached in football by “Punk” Berryman, an All-America player at Penn State University, and then Pennsylvania and Coatesville High School sports Hall of Fame member Vic Emanuel. “Woops” and Herb played every minute of every football game for two years.

            After high school, Walter attended Wenonah Military Academy in New Jersey for a year before enrolling in Staunton Military Academy in Virginia, where he played football, baseball and basketball. A story published in the Coatesville Record newspaper about Walter playing at Staunton stated, “Walter played fullback and played it well. While on the offense he was a jack of all trades — running and passing. He threw a wicked ball... Too much cannot be said for Pearl, for he played a wonderful game...”

            “Woops” also attended Penn State and the University of Maryland. At Penn State he met Katherine Stewart and married her in 1936. She was the head dietician at Coatesville Hospital for nearly 20 years. They had three children, Eleanor, James and Mary.

            Later in life, “Woops” and his brothers thought scholastic athletes had become a little kinder over the years because, in their days, “when the home team lost a game, the visitors were chased out of town.”

            Walter was a life member of Washington Hose  company and belonged to Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church. He and his brother Ross helped establish the Coatesville YMCA’s Camp Chesapeake in Maryland. Walter was a contract mail messenger at the Coatesville Post Office from 1944 until his death in an auto accident in 1969.


Coatesville High School Softball Team ’75

Special Team Recognition

            One pitch away from a state title...

            Coatesville was leading Parkland 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the PIAA state championship softball game. One more pitch to get one more out was all the Red Raiders coached by Joy Renfrew needed to win the state crown in 1975. But Parkland rallied. A couple of batters reached base and then three consecutive hits chased home three runs at Serreira Field in Topton near Kutztown. Coatesville’s girls lost 4-3 and settled for second best in Pennsylvania. The setback ended a brilliant season in which the Red Raiders posted a record of 15-3 and won the District 1 title.

            Pitcher Debbie Marshall took the loss in the state title game, ending her outstanding scholastic career that included a no-hitter in the 1975 district semi-final contest against Interboro. She was the winning pitching in a 6-5 victory over North Penn in the District 1 championship game.

            The season opened with the Raiders losing twice, snapping a 25-game Coatesville winning streak dating back to 1972. But Coatesville regrouped and went on another tear, taking a 15-game winning streak into the state championship contest.

            In addition to Marshall, key players for Coatesville in 1975 were outfielders Becky Davis, Rose Ann Labiak and Gwen Patton, catcher Mary Lou Ahern,  first baseman Amanda Baker, second baseman Denise Kulinich, third baseman Jody Colyer and shortstop Lisa Curry.