A physical education instructor and administrator in Cleveland area schools from 1954 until the present, she has held many positions of responsibility with the AAU and in U.S. Olympic activities. Has served on National AAU Women’s Track and Field Committee since 1957, was National AAU Women’s Track and Field Rules Committee Chairman in 1963-64, U.S. Women’s Track and Field Manager for the 1959 and 1975 Pan American Games and U.S. Olympic Manager for the 1968 Women’s Track and Field Team.
Coach of Case Tech and Case Western Reserve University athletic teams from 1927 through 1967. Tutored track, football, basketball, tennis, swimming and wrestling teams at various times. Won greatest fame as wrestling coach, a sport he started at Case in 1927. Was president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 1952.
Aquatics chairman of the Lake Erie AAU from 1969 through 1978, he has been responsible for bringing numerous major aquatics programs to Cleveland, among them at least five national diving championships, two national synchronized swimming championships, and a national swimming championship.
An outstanding football player at West tech from 1921-23 and later an amateur basketball league star in Muny competition, he later became a highly successful coach of girls’ amateur basketball teams, winning 18 championships between 1927 and 1938.
Worked for many years to provide opportunities and competition for black bowlers. Formed the Cleveland Bowlers group in the 1930s with 40 members. Now known as the Cleveland Bowling Senate, it currently numbers more than 3,000 bowlers in its membership. Also helped found the National Bowling Association which currently has over 35,000 members. Was the first African American to be elected to American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, in 1978.
An outstanding boxing coach and trainer for 20 years, he developed many topnotch amateurs who went on to win Cleveland Golden Gloves titles, National Golden Gloves, and National AAU Boxing titles. Helped organize Cleveland Amateur Boxing Trainers Association and was its first president.
Head golf professional at The Cleveland Club (later The Country Club) and a top player of his day, he collaborated with Coburn Haskell in the invention of the rubber-cored golf ball. This ball is still used today in modified form.
One of the nation’s most successful high school wrestling coaches during long career at Maple Heights High School. Won ten Ohio state team championships and was runner-up eight times. Was winner of National Coach of the Year Award presented by National High School Coaches Association. Charter member of Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame and winner of National Helms Foundation Hall of Fame Award.
Active at many levels in a variety of sports activities during his life, with emphasis on gymnastics. Received Helms Foundation Hall of Fame Award in 1961 for his contributions to that sport. Served as director of physical education at East Tech from 1913-1930 and chief of playgrounds and community centers for Cleveland Board of Education from 1930-53.
An amateur golfer, businessman and inventor, he was the co-inventor of the rubber-cored golf ball, patented in 1899. It was this ball which revolutionized the game of golf and is still used today in modified form.
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