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From the Greatest Generation came one of Stark County greatest high school basketball coaches.
Coaching great Ken Newlon dies
In 1956, he was hired at Lincoln, and Newlon won 17 games in each of his first two seasons. In his third season, Lincoln was 20 4 and made it to the regionals.
Newlon retired from coaching at 55. He was the head coach at McKinley when the Bulldogs were upset by Wadsworth in the regional finals. McKinley, led by Omega Seamaster 300m Wrist
great thing about coaching is that a person has a tremendous impact on you, good or bad, and in my case it was good, Stokes said. were like a family. Newlon, and his late wife of 56 years Betty, had three sons and a daughter. Ken Newlon died in 1973. In addition to Bob, he is survived by son Roy and daughter, Linda Pfeiffer.
He made it to the state tournament with Lincoln in 1961 62 with a 21 4 record. The Lions went back to the state tournament in 1966 67.
The tail gunner primary responsibility was to protect the rear of the B 17 with two .50 caliber machine guns.
future Ohio State stars Ronnie Stokes and Troy Taylor, was ranked No. 1 in the state that year after winning 25 straight.
Of Newlon 227 losses, many of them came at his first head coaching job. In 1947 he was hired at Stone Creek High School in Tuscarawas County. He went 77 80 in seven seasons, which is where more than a third of his losses came. He then went to Strasburg where he went 47 5 in two years and made it to a regional tournament.
active coach. He still ranks 26th in all time wins.
were a couple of kids named Gary Grant and Anthony Robinson coming up, Bob Newlon said.
was absolutely larger than life, said his son Bob Newlon, who followed his father into a career of coaching and teaching. a little bit biased, but I don know if there is anyone more well respected in this area in coaching than my dad.
that game? I still live it, Bob Newlon said. remember the missed layup and how quickly they got the ball down and scored. It was a very difficult time for him. He been to Columbus a couple times with Lincoln. This was his best chance.
went from a guy viewed as the enemy because when he was at Lincoln he had success against McKinley, to a guy who was cherished, current McKinley athletic director Greg Malone said. was a challenging situation when he came to McKinley, but it was something he responded to in the same professional manner he approached everything. . The biggest testimony to Kenny is the loyalty and affection from his former players, from the guys who played on his earliest Lincoln teams to his final McKinley teams. It isn just as a coach, either, but as a man as well. Stokes said some of the best times in his life was playing for Newlon at McKinley.
too many people know that about dad, Bob Newlon said. was something he never talked about or publicized. He was 16 years old serving in the Air Force. In 1987, Newlon was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was among the nine men in the inaugural class. In 2010, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame with Lenny Wilkens and Gordon Gund.
dad was the last of that group, Newlon said.
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was able to do that immediately, Bob Newlon said.
I can win (a state title) with these players, I guess it was never intended to be, Newlon said after the loss.
Ken Newlon died Wednesday at the age of 86 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was surrounded by his three surviving children at the time of his death.
More impressive than his career as a high school coach was Newlon service record. He was a decorated World War II veteran as a tail gunner on a B 17 in his late teens. Newlon flew 27 missions over Germany.
Two days later, he retired.
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was a devoted family man, Bob Newlon said. loved his children and he loved his wife. He was always there for us. He did his thing and he came home. He was a private man. He was not boisterous. He didn seek the limelight. He didn really like it, but as successful as he was, that was a part of the deal. He was ethical and moral.
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In 1976, Canton City consolidated its four high schools into two, with McKinley and Timken remaining. Newlon became McKinley head coach and had the difficult task of blending former rival city players into teammates.
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The hall of fame coach spent 25 years coaching basketball in Canton City Schools, most of them at Lincoln and finishing his career at McKinley. He won 68 tournament games at Lincoln and McKinley. His 34 year coaching career brought 527 wins and 227 losses, including two trips to state tournaments with Lincoln in the 1960s.
taught and coached basketball in a simple, but effective way. He was a patient coach. He is the second legendary Canton City coach to die in the last five months. Former Timken coach Fred Harold passed away in December.
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