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Published: Tuesday, 11/18/2003

Citizen suggests honors for Rossford coaches

The Rossford Board of Education will consider naming two high school athletic facilities after retired coaches next month after giving the proposal a first reading last night.

Based on a citizen's suggestion, board member Joseph Minarcin, Jr., proposed last night that either the gymnasium inside the George G. Wolf Field House, or the basketball floor within, be named in honor of Joe Stalma, the high school's basketball coach from 1966 until 1984. Mr. Minarcin also proposed that the football field or stadium be named after Don Jackson and Tom Ferguson, Rossford's football coaches from 1961 through 1978 and 1979 through 2002, respectively.

“These are three outstanding individuals,” Mr. Minarcin said afterward. “They've all done great things for the district — brought a lot of kids through life.”

Michael Spahr, board president, said public comments about the proposal would be welcomed at the board's next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 15 in Glenwood Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the school board beforehand, Mr. Spahr said.

Mr. Stalma's basketball teams had a combined 288-102 record, won nine consecutive Northern Lakes League titles, and made two trips to the state semifinals in their class, including an un|successful championship game. Mr. Jackson's football teams had a combined 99-64-5 record, with five league championships, while Mr. Ferguson had a record of 113-128-3 and three league titles.

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