The Genoa High School athletic department honored six men, one woman and a championship team last week for their past athletic achievements.
Bob Warring (class of 1927), Bob Brinkman (1961), Larry Kozak (1969), Pat Dunn (1980), Mike Kaylor (1991), Kelly Lindesmith (2001), and longtime teacher and coach Dave Miller joined 53 other Genoa legends in the school’s athletic hall of fame.
The 1975 football team, which finished 10-0, garnered the most attention, becoming the first football team to be inducted into the hall. Thirty-three players, coaches and staff members from the team attended an award’s banquet inside the school’s auditorium and received awards.
“We were the No. 1 team in the state on defense as far as I’m concerned,” said Jim Firestone, the team’s coach and a Genoa legend himself.
The Comets limited opponents to 32 combined points in 1975, recording six shutouts along the way.
Lindesmith, now the youngest member of the hall, thanked her parents, teammates and past coaches in a brief speech. During her record-setting basketball career, she earned first team all-SLL honors four times and all-Ohio honors twice. She went on to play college ball at Tiffin University.
Known for his heroics on the baseball diamond, Dunn pitched his way into the record books during his glory days at Genoa. A two-time first team all-league selection and 1980 all-state choice, Dunn set five benchmarks, many of which still stand, including career complete games (17), career strikeouts (212) and RBIs in a game (8).
Kaylor also made a name for himself on the diamond, but he was better known for his bone-jarring tackles on the gridiron. A standout linebacker in the late 80s and early 90s, the three-year letterman and all-state pick provided diehard Comets fans with plenty of thrills.
A two-time all-league and all-Ohio selection, Kozak became just the second member from his class to be inducted into the hall of fame, and Brinkman became the first from the class of 1961.
Warring became the first athlete from the 1920s to be enshrined. The track star was inducted posthumously.
Miller, a teacher for 44 years, received a rousing ovation inside the school’s auditorium for his many contributions to the district.
There wasn’t much that Miller didn’t do in his four-plus decades at the school.
He served as senior class advisor for 41 years; boys track coach for 41 years; Key Club advisor for 40 years; varsity club advisor for 26 years; boys cross country coach, 23 years; athletic director for 17 years; bowling coach for 12 years; and indoor track coach for six.
Miller led five teams to top-five finishes in the state and amassed a 247-56 cross country dual meet record.