By David Fong
TROY — The Troy High School Athletics Hall of Fame wants to leave no stone unturned in its quest to find the top athletes, coaches and supporters in the stories history of Trojan athletics.
And it’s looking for the community’s help in doing so.
The hall of fame selection committee is actively seeking nominations from the community. Nomination forms are available at the Troy High School Athletic Office and the Lincoln Community Center. Once someone has been nominated, the selection committee keeps those nominations on file for future votes.
Nominations for the next class are being accepted through the first week of April.
While the selection committee currently has a pool of candidates from which to select for its next several classes, hall of fame chairman John Terwilliger said they always are looking to grow that pool and find deserving nominees who may not yet have been nominated.
“We want this to be perceived as a community function,” hall of fame chairman John Terwilliger said. “The community is the lifeblood of our organization. We rely on the community to supply us with worthy candidates. This isn’t just a group of people sitting in a room throwing out names. The names we pick from are the names submitted to us by the community.”
The inaugural Troy High School Athletics Hall of Fame class was inducted in the fall of 2013. There were 10 members in that first class. There have been three classes (each with five members) inducted since that first class. Traditionally, each hall of fame class is honored before the first home football game of the season with a reception to follow the next day.
Of the 25 current inductees in the hall of fame, 20 saw their high school coaching or athletic careers end in the 1960s or later. Terwilliger said the selection committee would like to see more candidates from the 1950s or earlier nominated.
“It’s very concerning to us that we are not seeing many nominees from the 1930s, 40s and 50s,” he said. “That’s where we are really relying on the community to help us out with nominations. As we all get older, we worry some of the accomplishments of those athletes may be lost. We don’t want to see that happen.”
Finally, Terwilliger said the hall of fame is looking for Trojan athletics memorabilia to add to the hall of fame display, which sits outside the Trojan Activity Center.
“This could be anything related to Troy athletics — it doesn’t have to necessarily be related to a hall of fame member,” Terwilliger said. “We’ll take anything. If your mom was a cheerleader at Troy and you have an old megaphone sitting around, we’d love to have it.”
Anyone wishing to donate Troy sports memorabilia can contact Terwilliger at 339-2113 or Troy-Miami County Public Library Local History Archivist Patrick Kennedy at 335-4082.
Current Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame members include:
Class of 2013
Kris Dielman (football), Bob Ferguson (football), Ryan Brewer (football), Gordon Bell (football), Tom Myers (football), Tom Vaughn (football), Randy Walker (football), Max Urick (football), Brooks Hall (basketball) and Kami Mathews (swimming).
Class of 2014
Heath Murray (baseball), Mike Lyons (gymnastics), Levi Fox (cross country, track and field), Leslie “Prep” Wells (football) and Carlton Kazmaier (coaching).
Class of 2015
Matt Terwilliger (basketball), Bussie Favorite (football), Beth Greulich Coduti (volleyball), Todd Darbyshire (wrestling) and Jeff Brown (football and baseball).
Class of 2016
Holly Rhoades Saylor (soccer, basketball, softball), Julie Reel Niles (basketball), Corky Valentine (baseball), Kees Scarff (football, baseball) and Mark Elliott (baseball).
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