Inaugural class to be inducted into Greenville Hall of Fame (Gallery)

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 12:10 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Frank Stankey, former physical education teacher and coach at Greenville High School, waves to the crowd Friday Sept. 7 after being inducted into the inaugural hall of fame class at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — Greenville High School has long and rich athletic history.

Tonight, 10 inductees, ranging from individuals to teams will be inducted in the inaugural class of the Greenville High School Athletic  Hall of Fame. Together they will represent some of the finest athletes, coaches and contributors in Greenville history.

The induction ceremony will take place during halftime of tonight’s football game between the Yellow Jackets and Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Legacy Field.

Prior to the game, there will be a dinner for family and friends of the inductees. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last until game time.

“There will be mingling and a chance for everyone to get to know each other,” Greenville athletic director Brian Zdanowski said. “Tim O’Brien will say a few words about the committee selection process. Everything will be done by 7 so they can get into the game.”

Each of the inductees will sit in reserved seats near the band in the south end zone. The ceremony will take place following the marching band’s halftime performance.

Each of the inductees will receive a varsity letter with the words Hall of Fame embroidered on it, a medal and case and a lifetime pass to all home Greenville athletic events, except MHSAA tournament events.

In the near future, each inductee will receive a plaque that will be displayed on a wall near the entrance of Legacy Field for all to see.

“The plaque will have their name on it and some basic information about what they have done to deserve the honor,” Zdanowski said.

In the future, three to five new inductees will enter the Hall of Fame depending on the circumstances.

“It’s the first year we are doing it. We will do it every year and see what can be tweaked, if anything to make the experience better,” Zdanowski said. “It’s been a real positive so far.”

Information on the selection process and how to nominate potential members will be included in the game program. Information also will include how to make a donation that will go toward the honorary wall.

The Hall of Fame will include individual players, teams, coaches, administrators and people that have impacted athletic programs in positive ways in Greenville.

The inaugural class will include athletes William Cook (also as coach), Ty Hallock, Paul Jorgensen, Stan Kemp (also as contributor) and Jim Lincoln; coaches, Dick Diehl and Frank Stankey; contributors, Walter Jaehnig and Leo Marshall and the 1945 football team.


2012 Hall of Fame Inductees



Ty Hallock

Graduated: 1989

Sports: Track and field, football and basketball.

Honors: All-conference in football and basketball, All-state special mention football.

Notes: Played football at Michigan State. Played in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, Chicago and Jacksonville.


Paul Jorgensen

Graduated: 1971

Sports: Track and field, football and basketball.

Honors: All-conference in all three sports, state champion in the 120-meter high hurdles and second in the 180 low hurdles.

Notes: Played quarterback at Western Michigan University.


Stan Kemp

Graduated: 1963

Sports: Football, basketball and golf.

Notes: Punter at University of Michigan and member of the 1965 Rose Bowl Champions. Officiated in high school, Big Ten and NFL. Coached varsity football at Greenville in the early 1990s and was a supporter of Greenville and community athletics.


Jim Lincoln

Graduated: 1951

Sports: Track and field, football and basketball.

Honors: All-conference in track and football. State champion in the High Hurdles. Held school records in track and field and stiil holds the 1951 record for long jump 21-8 3/8.

Notes: Competed at Michigan State in track.




William Cook

Graduated: 1953

Sports: Track and field, football and basketball.

Honors: All-conference in track and football. State champion in the High Hurdles.

Notes: One of the organizers to help build the first track at Greenville and track meet official for 30 years.





Notes: Undefeated and un-scored upon with a record of 7-0-1. They outscored their opponents 155-0 and were coached by John Heinzleman.

Representing: Darold Weber (represented by Jack Weber), Fred Stillwell, Robert Phillips, Dan Dibble, Terry Highfield, Jack Bailey, Berwin Bow, Jerry Fisher, Morris Garlick, Don Johnson (represented by his wife Mary Johnson) and Einer Jorgensen (represented by his son Paul, daughters Pam, Sue and Debbie).




Frank Stankey

Graduated: Wayland High School, 1960.

Notes: Physical education teacher and coach. Coached baseball for 29 years (1962-1995). His teams won 11 conference titles, three district titles and one regional titie. Compiled a career record of 456-238-3. Also coached wrestling (1966-1972).

Honors: Inducted in the MHSBCA Hall of Fame in 1996 and had the Greenville varsity baseball field named in his honor.


Dick Diehl

Graduated: Mason High School, 1943.

Notes: Math teacher at Greenville for 35 years. Coached varsity football, track and field, JV football and basketball. Athletic director for 10 years.




Leo Marshall

Graduated: Union High School, 1949.

Notes: Greenville High School and Middle School track and field official for over 40 years. Was instrumental in fundraising and building the first track at Greenville.


Walter Jaehnig

Graduated: Hancock High School, 1930.

Notes: Managing editor, reporter and sports editor for the Greenville Daily News (1943-1983). People still speak of his accurate and fair sports reporting. Served on the school board (1953-1962).

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