First Greenville High School hall of fame class announced


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 6:45 pm on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hall of Fame criteria

To be honored with induction in Greenville High School’s Hall of Fame, nominees must meet at least three of the following criteria:

• Outstanding athletic achievement

•Individual recognition and honors (all-conference, area, state, etc.)

• Overcoming special circumstances or other inspirational achievement

• Contributions to the team’s success or overall athletic program’s success.

• Good character

• Good standing as a student-athlete

• Positive contribution to the community

• Athletes will NOT be eligible for induction until 10 years after graduation from high school unless special circumstances are present.

• Other individual inductees (coaches, administrators, etc.) will have immediate eligibility once they are done coaching at GHS

• Teams will be eligible for induction five years after the completion of their exceptional season.

 

GREENVILLE — Greenville High School will begin to honor individual players, teams, coaches, administrators and community members involved with their athletic programs with a new hall of fame.

On Sept. 7, the third game of the season, nine individuals and one team will be honored as the inaugural class of the Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Discussion for a hall of fame has been taking place for many years and now Greenville will join many other schools in honoring its athletic history.

“We’ve talked for many years about starting a hall of fame,” committee member Jeff Day said. “Brian (Zdanowski) put a committee together two or three years ago that formally met and started putting some things together. When the school bond passed we knew this was the best time for this to come to fruition.”

The Hall of Fame committee consists of nine members. All but one (athletic director Brian Zdanowski) was born and raised in Greenville.

Other committee members include Steve Day (community member), Tom Hallock (teacher/coach), Alex Kemp (community member), Danielle Palmer (athletic assistant), Tim O’Brien (teacher/coach), Roger Shenefield (community member) and Mary Beth Taylor (assistant principal).

More than 40 individuals or teams were recommended for induction. Not all the names met criteria (see side box) for nomination. Most of those not meeting criteria were because they are still coaching/teaching or have not been graduated from school long enough.

“We had an extensive list of about 45 names,” Day said. “From that we narrowed the list down to 10. Subsequent classes will be smaller, maybe between four to six inductions.

Those inducted for the 2012 class include the 1945 football team, Bill Cook (athlete/coach), Dick Diehl (coach), Ty Hallock (athlete), Walter Jaehnig (contributor), Paul Jorgensen (athlete), Stan Kemp (athlete/contributor), Jim Lincoln (athlete), Leo Marshall (contributor) and Frank Stankey (coach).

Zdanowski said the first class was a tough one to decide on.

“We wanted the first class to be special,” he said. “We have other nominees that are very well deserving and more than likely will get in. We didn’t want to induct too many and we feel 10 worked out well.”

Members will be inducted with a ceremony during halftime of the second home game against Middleville Thornapple Kellogg. They will receive a plaque with a second plaque reserved for a viewing location that is yet to be determined.

“We wanted to have some place to acknowledge our athletic history and those that have contributed above and beyond and for the exceptional athletes,” Zdanowski said. “I think we have an idea of what we want. We talked about the press box, but that isn’t open year round. The pillars were mentioned (at Legacy Field entrance), but that isn’t quite enough room, so we have another idea where we can put the plaques of those honored.”

Nomination forms for future hall of fame classes will be available online. The committee is hoping for more nominations from community members