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2015 Inductees    


 
Scott R. Flinn  1977

Football 

               Like many youth football players in Coatesville, Scott R. Flinn, a member of the Class of 1977, began playing football in the Coatesville Midget program. Unlike most others, he went on to become one of Coatesville High School’s all-time greats as a runner and defensive back. Flinn earned three varsity letters in football under Coach Al Black, gaining notoriety as a running back and fullback. He also was an outstanding defensive back and even started a game at quarterback.

          

     In his junior season, Scott led the Red Raiders in rushing and touchdowns, gaining 921 yards. Switching to fullback for his senior year, Flinn was a key to the Raiders’ 11-1 record and Ches-Mont League championship. He rushed for 1,079 yards and scored nine TDs, joining teammate running back Sherman Myers in the 1,000+ yards milestone.

              

 Flinn’s scholastic career stats include 2,148 rushing yards (third most in school history at the time) and an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. He scored 17 touchdowns, caught 12 passes, recovered three fumbles and intercepted four passes.

             

  Flinn was the recipient of the 1976 Valley Forge Chapter 1777 Military Order of the Purple Heart Outstanding Offensive Player in the Ches-Mont League. He was selected to participate in the 1977 Big 33 football game, starting for Pennsylvania as a defensive back and returning kickoffs.

              

 Scott also earned three varsity letters in baseball. He won the 1977 Leo “Spike” Atkinson Memorial Award as the outstanding baseball player at Coatesville. He played every position except catcher, led the team in batting average his senior season and was the ace of the pitching staff. He was Coatesville’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1977.

Flinn was a four-year letterman in football at Shippensburg State College where he earned a degree in geography. He lives in Honey Brook and works as a metallurgical chemical lab technician in the titanium industry.

Scott and his wife, Linda, have two children, Austin and Alexa.

              


Jeff Hoffman  1967

Basketball

               Many Coatesville boys’ basketball teams won Ches-Mont League championships by dominating visiting teams on the Red Raiders’ intimating home court at Scott High School. The last of those Scott High title teams was led by Jeff Hoffman, a guard on the 1966-67 league champions. After Jeff and his classmates graduated in 1967, Scott became an intermediate school, the new Coatesville Area Senior High School opened in the fall, and basketball history at Scott became legendary.

               Hoffman possessed an accurate long-range shot in the days before three-pointers were counted in scholastic basketball. Nonetheless, Jeff ranks 30th all-time in Red Raider boys’ scoring. Only six boys who played before or during Hoffman’s career totaled more points than Jeff. In 52 varsity games, Jeff scored 705 points, averaging 13.6 points per game. Jeff, as a sophomore, had the unusual distinction of scoring 30 points in a junior varsity game before being “called up” to the varsity squad and scoring 12 more for a one-day total of 42 points.

               Hoffman was a first-team all-Ches-Mont League selection as a senior. He received all-league honorable mention as a junior. Also, Jeff was a third-team all-District 1 honoree in 1967.

               In baseball, Hoffman played shortstop and was a valuable member of Coatesville’s powerful Ches-Mont League teams. In the summer he played for Coatesville’s American Legion baseball team.

               Following graduation from Scott, Jeff served as a medic in the U.S. Army, stationed in Texas and deployed for one year in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1970.

               Jeff was employed for 37 years by Royal Paper Co. He retired in 2004. He and his wife, Helen, live in Coatesville. They have a daughter, Shelley.  

     Sadly, Jeff passed away after a long illness, less than a week after being inducted.



                                                               James S. Brooks Jr. ’83 

Track & Field


               For many decades, Coatesville High School has achieved elite status in Pennsylvania in the sport of track and field. Among the most elite of any individual track and field student athlete from Coatesville is Jim Brooks Jr., a 1983 graduate of Coatesville High.

               As a distance runner, Brooks raced into the local and state record books during his senior year, winning three gold medals at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship meet. During one historic day of racing, Jim became the state champion in three events — the 800 meter, mile and two-mile races. He and George Holmes are the only Coatesville track and field athletes to win three gold medals at the PIAA meet in a single day.

               Jim qualified for the state championship by winning the same three events at the District 1 and Ches-Mont League meets. He established a District 1 record in the 800. Later, while competing in California at the Golden West Invitational meet in Sacramento, Jim’s time of 1:50.2 in the 800 was the fastest ever recorded by a Pennsylvania scholastic runner.

               Brooks received honorable mention as a National High School All-American.

               Jim attended the University of Virginia on a full scholarship and was a four-time letterman in cross country, outdoor and indoor track. He was on the cross country team that placed fifth in 1984 in the NCAA championship meet. He graduated in 1988.

               Jim has worked as a counseling professional for more than 20 years, providing services for at-risk individuals with mental health issues and disabilities. He lives in Pennsauken, NJ, and six children, Takia Brooks, an Air Force sergeant; Janesa Brooks, Jimmy Brooks, a track scholarship athlete at the University of Cincinnati; Jamir Brooks, Stephen Lane and Jacob Brooks.

  

 

                                                                            Glenn Woolard ’99

Baseball

               It’s no wonder that opposing batters probably never liked to face Glenn Woolard when he took the mound. Woolard was undefeated (8-0) as a pitcher during his junior season and recorded a Coatesville High all-time best of 11 victories in a season when he was a senior. During his two years on varsity, Woolard, a member of the Class of 1999, helped anchor an outstanding pitching staff that earned Coatesville consecutive District 1 Class AAAA titles and a trip to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship game in 1998.  

               Woolard’s 19-win career is third most all-time for the Red Raiders, trailing only two pitchers who logged more varsity seasons than Glenn. He is fourth in career strikeouts with 176 and his 1.49 career earned run average is the second lowest in Coatesville baseball history. In 1999, Glenn struck out 97 batters in 73 innings.

               When he wasn’t pitching, Glenn played center field, frequently batting in the cleanup spot. In two seasons, he slugged six homeruns. With Woolard on the team, Coatesville registered a phenomenal record of 45-7.

               After high school, Glenn became one the best pitchers in Kutztown University history. He was the 2002 Rawlings Division II Player of the Year and ABCA Pitcher of the Year. He was tied for the most pitching victories (28) ever at Kutztown and set university career records for innings pitched (255) and strikeouts (316).

               Glenn was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 10th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He pitched in the minor leagues until 2005 when he enlisted in the military. Veteran Woolard served three tours in Afghanistan. He was recently enrolled in the Police Academy.

               He and his wife, Lucie Rivera-Woolard, have two daughters, Adelina and Leah.  

 

 

                                                                                                 Kyle T. Dawson ’07  

Cross Country

               Kyle Dawson is one of the all-time great cross country athletes in Coatesville High School history. When he graduated in 2007 he was among the top runners in Pennsylvania. And he still hasn’t put away his running shoes! Kyle trained this year to compete in the Olympic trials for the 2016 world games.

               During Dawson’s senior year at Coatesville, he finished third overall in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) cross country championship meet. He led the Red Raiders to a team state gold medal with a record score of 26. Later, Coatesville finished in first place in team national competition in Oregon.

               At the PIAA track and field state meet in 2007, Kyle was fourth overall in the 3200-meter event with a time of 9:16.05. His fastest mark in the event is a school-record 9:07.2.

               Dawson is one of only five Keystone State runners to break 15 minutes in cross country. In his senior season, the Red Raiders were the undefeated Ches-Mont League champion and Kyle was the league’s Runner of the Year. He ran the anchor leg when Coatesville won the 2007 Penn Relays Championship of America distance medley relay event.

               Kyle competed for Penn State University where he was the Big Ten cross country Freshman of the Year and recorded the fourth best Penn State time in the 10,000 meters (28:55). In 2012, Kyle’s time in the 10,000 meters was  16th best in the NCAA. He was fourth in the event in the 2012 Big Ten outdoor championships.

               Dawson lives in Coatesville and races for Bryn Mawr Running Company. In 2012, he participated in a 10-man 1,000-mile relay that set a world record in 95 hours, three minutes.                             

 

 

                                                                            Tayvon L. Gray ’05

Track & Field

               State champion. Multiple district champion. Multiple Ches-Mont League champion. The list is long and impressive for track and field record setter Tayvon L. Gray, a 2005 graduate of Coatesville High.

               Tayvon is one of the best girls ever in discus and shot put at Coatesville High. She topped her great career with a 2004 state gold medal in discus (136-0.75), one week after her mark of 141-10.75 was the best in District 1.

               Competing for the District 1 champion Red Raiders in 2005, Tayvon was first in discus and second in shot put in the Ches-Mont League, first in discus (139-8) and second in shot put (40-5.25) in District 1, and second in discus (139-8) and third in shot put (40-10.25) in the state. In the 2005 state indoor meet, Gray was fourth in shot put.

               She was a four-time Ches-Mont League discus champ and two-time shot put champ (also placing second twice).

               Tayvon was named to numerous all-league, all-area and all-state teams. She was the 2005 Daily Local News co-Athlete of the Year, leading Coatesville to a District 1 title. In 2004, she placed third in the discus at the pretigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia and finished fifth in shot put (42-7.5) at the Nike Indoor Track & Field national championship. She ranked among the top 100 in discus in America in 2004.

               Tayvon is the eldest daughter of Clinton and Voncille Gray. She has a son, Braydin, and lives in Coatesville.

 

                                                                  Cinde Lou Sherota Spencer ’73

                                                                                     Swimming

               Cinde Lou Sherota Spencer was a record-setting swimmer and team co-captain at Coatesville High. She graduated in 1973 after earning three varsity letters — an injury as a freshman prevented her from earning a fourth letter. Cinde was a top freestyle racer in District 1 and at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class A competition.

               During her swimming career, Cinde set four individual school records and one relay team mark. Her record-setting performances included 50-yard freestyle (26.1), 50 butterfly (30.0), 100 freestyle (59.7) and 100 butterfly (1:12.0). She joined Kerry Franciscus, Patti Bartholomew and Patti Kenworthy on the 200 freestyle squad that set a Coatesville record (1:53.6).

               Cinde placed third in District 1 Class A in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle, then earned a sixth-place medal in the 50 freestyle at the PIAA championship meet.

               Competitive swimming for Cinde began when she was 5 years old as a member of the Chester Valley Swim Club, where she won numerous competitions against local swim clubs. In high school, she also played tennis during her junior and senior years, and participated in a variety of school activities, including Girls’ Varsity Club, WCHS-TV and Paint & Patch Club.

               Cinde and Daniel B. Spencer of Oxford were married in November 1977. They have three children, Shera, Kyley and Daniel, and four grandchildren, Rick-Rick, Makennah, Dominic and Rylan. She continues to enjoy swimming and she likes to garden and cook. She competed in YMCA Senior Masters events and was a pentathlon (five events) champion.

               Cinde is a retired professional server, working for many years at area restaurants.

 

                                                                              William Gaugler Jr.

“Mac” Stuber Memorial Award

Coach 

                      William “Bill” Gaugler Jr. began a long career of teaching and coaching in the Coatesville Area School District when he joined the faculty at Gordon Junior High School in 1954. His first coaching assignment was with 125-pound football team at Gordon. Bill assisted head coach William Kipp during the ninth grade team’s undefeated season.

               After graduating from Schwenksville High School in 1950, Gaugler studied at West Chester State College, earning a degree in 1954 and landing a job in Coatesville where he taught and coached students for several decades prior to his retirement.

               Bill was an assistant varsity football coach during Al Black’s successful tenure at Coatesville High. Bill said there were “no playoffs then, but those teams (in the early 1970s) were the best in the state.”

               When Coatesville’s new high school opened in 1967 and the former Scott High became Scott Intermediate, Gaugler became a Scott football and basketball coach. One of his coaching highlights at Scott came during the 1974-75 basketball season when he guided one of the two undefeated Scott boys’ basketball teams. The teams led by Bill and coach Dave Rode each posted 16-0 records that season.

               Another memorable coaching effort by Bill was achieved when he was the varsity baseball coach at Coatesville High. His squad won the Southern Division of the Ches-Mont League, eventually losing to Northern Division champion powerhouse Boyertown in the league title game.

               Gaugler played scholastic baseball and basketball and was the captain of Schwenksville’s baseball team for two years. He also played in the Perkiomen Valley and Coatesville Twilight adult baseball league.

               Bill lives in Coatesville and has three children, Deborah A. Denk, William Gaugler III and Michael F. Gaugler.

   Robert “Bob” L. Pearl ’35

Old Timers Award

Multiple Sports

               If an “athletes’ athlete” ever performed for Coatesville High, it may have been the late Robert “Bob” L. Pearl (1916-1998) in the 1930s. Bob, also known as “Reds,” not only participated in five sports in Coatesville, he was a star in each. Pearl’s accumulation of varsity letters — four each in football and basketball, three in track and one each in baseball and tennis — is extremely impressive.

               Pearl came from a family of outstanding athletes. His three older brothers excelled in sports and won many awards at Coatesville High in the early 20th century.

When he played, Bob was considered one of Coatesville’s all-time best guards in basketball. As a left end in football, he was named to the all-Chester County first team as a junior and senior.

               Pearl, a 1935 graduate, also excelled beyond the field of athletics. He was a Student Council member and served as the treasurer of his class for four years. He was president of the Varsity Club.

               Bob sustained an ankle injury playing baseball during his junior year. The injury didn’t prevent him from continuing his athletic career as a senior, but he reinjured his ankle, preventing him from receiving a potential college athletic scholarship. During recovery following one of his multiple subsequent surgeries, Bob met Marjorie Reed, a nurse, and eventually married her.

               Despite his permanent disability, Bob remained active in sports during his adult life. He was an outstanding golfer and once bowled a perfect game in a local league. He was active in the Coatesville YMCA, Coatesville Athletic Association, Washington Hose Co. and belonged to the First Baptist Church.

               Bob worked at Lukens Steel Co. for 34 years, retiring in 1979. His children are Ray Pearl of Lititz and Joan Jones of Arlington, Texas.

 

                                                                  1977 Boys’ Track & Field

                                                             PIAA Class AAA state champion

               “Fantastic. What a super way to end it.”

               That was the reaction of Coatesville High track and field coach Harry Lewis after the Red Raiders won the 1977 Class AAA team championship at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) meet at Shippensburg State College.

               The event that decided the state title was the mile relay, which the Coatesville foursome of Brinton Myers, Bill Boynes, Willie Alston and Greg Ellis won in a state-record time of 3:16.2. The Red Raiders had to win the race (Harrisburg’s squad was favored by many) in order to edge Pennsbury by one point (30-29) for the PIAA championship. The mile relay was the final event of the two-day meet.

               The mile relay wasn’t the only record-setting gold medal brought home by the Coatesville team. The two-mile relay team smashed the previous state mark by more than 4 seconds as Steve Hunter, Myers, Boynes and Sol Hunter were clocked in 7:44.3.

               Hunter placed third in the 880 (1:55.0) and Ellis finished fourth in the 440 to contribute valuable points to the Red Raiders’ team total.

               Coatesville also won the District 1 team championship in 1977 and, just like at the state meet, Myers, Boynes, Alston and Ellis needed to win the mile relay (3:21.0) to capture the district crown. District gold medals also were claimed by the two-mile relay team (7:58.2) and by Ellis in the 440 (49.98).