Coach Henry Stolly spoke at the Kiwanis meeting about the Boy’s Basketball Program at Bellefontaine High School. Coach Henry thanked the Kiwanis Club for our Community involvement, said he loved to speak at Kiwanis because one of his mentors in high school was Ron Stewart who served as the Club Secretary for many years (1966-1994). Coach Henry started his Teaching career in 1991, came to Bellefontaine in 1998, and has enjoyed teaching and coaching in this system.
On Friday the Chiefs were home against Stebbins and honored the 1973 BB team that won Sectionals, Districts, Regional, and went to State, losing in the semi-final round. Gloria's Tumbling also performed and the Northeastern Elementary Students sang the National Anthem to open the game.
Coach Henry said he sees his job as teaching first, and that coaching is a form of teaching in being a role model, and influencing the team as you teach them. Coach had several role models when he was young. One of them our community lost in 2006 - Willard Glen Collins. Coach Collins started at Lincoln High School in Toledo in 1959 as Varsity and JV Coach. The next year Coach Collins was at Toledo Rogers as their high school coach. 11 years later Coach Collins took the job at Bellefontaine High School and the rest is history. Coach Collins molded the lives of many young men in our community. A second role model for Coach Henry was John Wooden from UCLA. One of the quotes that Coach Henry uses is “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
Coach shared about the Basketball Program in Bellefontaine starting in the third and fourth grades, the fifth and sixth grade program through the Bellefontaine Park & Recreations, seventh and eighth grade through Bellefontaine Middle School, and the Freshman. JV, and High School programs. Coach Henry is active in all levels to help know the students as they come up. The Bellefontaine BB Program teaches the Foundations: Education, Discipline, Teamwork, Commitment, and Citizenship. The Goal: A Chieftain is a classy student athlete who brings pride and recognition to his school, family and himself. He is a team player who makes personal sacrifices for the good of the group. He is tough and able to work through difficult physical and mental situations and perform at a consistently high level.
We are fortunate to have such a great coaching staff in Bellefontaine that teaches Valuable Experiences through Athletics. Kiwanis thanks Coaches Henry Stolly, Jason Calton, Mark Brunswick, Dave Gump, Michael Vetorino, and Robert Rogan.
Next week Kiwanians we will hear from Jim Donnelly, Director of the Logan Co. United Way, as he talks about the latest campaign.