Four elected into Greenville Athletic HOF

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 1:16 pm on Friday, September 20, 2013

2012 Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Leo Marshall, left, and Paul Jorgensen stand in front of the Hall of Fame wall. The wall was donated by John and Linda Stafford and features plaques of each honoree.

GREENVILLE — Tonight at Legacy Field in Greenville, four individuals will be inducted into the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame.

The second class features coaches Dave Hannah, Kent Ingles and Larry Taylor and doctor Robert E. Rice.

Ceremonies take place during tonight’s home football game against Byron Center. Greenville will be looking to continue its momentum from last week’s 42-38 victory over Thornapple Kellogg.

The 2012 class included William Cook, Richard “Dick” Diehl, Ty Hallock, Walter Jaehnig, Paul Jorgensen, Stan Kemp, Jim Lincoln, Leo Marshall, Frank Stankey and the 1945 football team.

“We didn’t artificially set a number. We had an idea and just let the conversation take it to where we were at,” Greenville athletic director Zdanowski said of the selection process. “Last year, we wanted to have a few more than we normally will have because it was the first time.”

A dinner will take place prior to the game tonight at 5:30 p.m. Awards will presented during the dinner with the official introductions taking place at halftime.

“If it is anything like last year there will be lots of stories, which is always fun,” Zdanowski said.

Hannah, a 1961 graduate of Mason County Central, coached softball from 1977 to 1986 and again from 1998 to 2001. His teams won four consecutive conference titles (1981-84) and went undefeated in 1983 until a loss in regionals. They won two district titles in 1982 and 1983. Hannah taught at Greenville from 1964 to 1998.

Ingles, a 1965 graduate of Galien, coached softball, football, track, tennis and basketball. Ingles is best known as coach of the Greenville basketball team, a job he did for 25 years from 1978 to 2002. He is currently the varsity basketball coach at Big Rapids.

Ingles won three conference titles and two district titles during his time at Greenville and has won more than 600 basketball games in his career. Ingles taught for 33 years.

Taylor, a 1956 graduate of Fenton, coached basketball, track and field, cross country and tennis. He coached track (1970-1988) and won four conference titles and was regional runner-up twice. As basketball coach, he won four conference and district titles. His 1971-72 team went 19-1 with its only loss in regionals. Taylor also won four girls cross country titles.

Taylor has been an Michigan High School Athletic Association athletic official for 46 years and taught at Greenville from 1967 to 1991.

Dr. Rice, a 1937 graduate of Mount Pleasant, served as Greenville’s team physician for 34 years from 1946 to 1980. Rice graduated from the University of Michigan and was a ship doctor in the Navy during World War II.

Dr. Rice is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and three children.

“It’s a great class,” Zdanowski said. “They are all outstanding individuals and gave a lot to the district.”

Zdanowski said the number of nominations are on the rise.

“We are getting a lot of nominations now,” Zdanowski said. “Before, being new, we had a few here and there. Now, we are getting a lot, which is nice.”

Kickoff for tonight’s game is at 7 p.m.

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