2004 Inductees

Dick Algire graduated from CHS in 1996. Dick lettered three years in Football and Basketball and four years in Baseball. Dick recieved All-League honors for two years in Football and for three years in Baseball. He was named Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1996.

Dick went on to letter in Baseball at Ohio State for one year and three years at the University of Tennessee/Martin. Dick was the MVP on the 1971 UTM team that was their only team to make the NCAA playoffs. He holds their RBI record for 84 RBIs in 44 games in 1971. Dick made All-Conference for thee years and has a career batting average of .360.

Dick is one of the many successful CHS athletes that has gone into coaching after playing. He coached the CHS Freshman Baseball team as an assistant for a year and as a head coach for three years. Dick has served as a JV Assistant and Varsity Assistant coach in Baseball for four years. Dick also coached basketball at St. Joseph School for five years and, with wife Debbie, started the St. Joseph soccer league. Dick has coached swimming and gymnastics at the Shelby YMCA and has been a certified USS Swim Official for seven years.


Doug Bruce graduated from CHS in 1985 with eight varsity letters under his belt. Doug was a four-year letterman in Football, and earned two varsity letters in both Basketball and Track. He also played baseball. In 1983, Doug was selected First Team Offense and Defense to the Mid-Ohio Conference in football. In 1984, Doug received the following honors for football: Team Co-Captain; the C.L. Duffner Sr. Sportsmanship Award; First Team Offense and Defense- Mid-Ohio Conference; First Team- North Central Ohio Football Coaches Association; Ohio Northwest District First Team All-Star; All-Ohio Second Team, AP; and, All-Ohio First Team, UPI.

Doug then attended Baldwin Wallace College where he was a three year letterman in football. Doug currently assists with coaching duties for the Crestline Little League and the Crestline Junior Football program.


Bob Fisher graduated from Crestline High School in 1959. He played four years of Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Bob earned three letters in Football and two each in Basketball and Baseball. Bob received All- League First Team honors in Football in 1957 for the Tight End position. In 1958, he again received All-League First Team honors in Football at the Defensive Back position. Bob was a member of the 1957/58 CHS Basketball team, which is widely considered to be Crestline’s best Basketball team. They compiled a 21-2 record and were the District Runners-up. Teammates included other Crestline Hall of Fame members Joe Gottfried, Nik Pry, and Bill Wood.

After graduating from Morehead State, Bob began a coaching career that has lasted over 35 years. He has coached Basketball, Football, and Track. Bob has been at Swanton High School since 1976 and has compiled the following resume: over 300 wins in Basketball; league Championships- six in Basketball and three in Track; Sectional Championships- six in Basketball and one in Track; District Championships- two in Basketball and one in Track; named Coach of the Year in Basketball in District 7 and District 8; Northwest Ohio Athletic League Coach of the Year in Basketball.


Jimmy Johnson graduated from Crestline High School in 1949. He earned three Varsity letters in Football and two in Basketball. In Football, Jimmy received All-Northern Ohio League honors three years in a row, 1946- 1948, for outstanding play at the guard position. He was the only Sophomore to make All-NOL. His Junior year he was All-Ohio Honorable Mention. Jimmy played on tough football teams coached by Merle Hutson and his teammates included other Crestline Hall of Fame members Don Gehrisch, Don Stover, and Robert Sand. In 1947, although Crestline did not win the league title, these four players were all named All-NOL.


Coach Bob Miller attended Bellefontaine High School and played Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track. He once earned five varsity letters in one year. Last year, he was inducted to the Bellefontaine High School Hall of Fame. Bob attended Bowling Green State University where he lettered in Football and lettered in Tennis four years. He made All Mid-American Conference one year. Bob recently was awarded the Bowling Green Alumni Community Award. Bob came to Crestline in 1960 and began a teaching and coaching career that would last through 1990.

He began by coaching Football at Junior High from 1960 to 1965. He also served as an assisstant Football coach for Freshman and the Varsity from 1960 to 1970. He started the Boys Tennis program in 1967 which he coached until 1985 with a record of 304 wins/88 losses. In 1973 he helped start the Girls Tennis program which he then coached from 1978 to 1984 with a record of 103 wins/21 losses. Bob was named Class A Coach of the Year in 1969 and 1971. In 1971 he coached the first boys tennis player from Crawford County to play in the State tournament and in 1981, the first girl to do the same. In 1987, Bob was inducted into the Ohio Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and in 1996, he was inducted into the Lakewood Racket Club Hall of Fame. Bob also served as Athletic Director at CHS for seven years and assisted the committee that built the Richard A. Miller Tennis Courts at the High School. Bob was appointed to the Northwest Ohio Athletic Board of Directors from 1972 to 1977. He was on the Ohio Tennis Coaches Executive Board of Directors for fifteen years, two years as Vice President. Bob serves as a speaker and instructor for the Crestline Tennis Clinics and has done so for five years. He is still an avid CHS sports fan and can often be seen at Tennis matches and other sporting events.


Shelley Milliron graduated from Crestline High School in 1986. Shelley was a multi-sport athlete lettering in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball. She earned three letters in Basketball and in 1986 broke the school record for nine assists in a game. Shelley lettered four years in Volleyball and Softball. In Volleyball, the 1985 team set records in Sets-94%, Receptions-85%, and Passes-85%; the 1986 team set the Blocks record at 442; and Shelley was named to the First Team MOC for four years. In Softball, the 1986 team had a record of 26-5; her pitching record was 25-3; she had to top ERA at .99; and, Most Strikeouts at 171. Shelley was named to the First Team MOC for four years in Softball and in 1986 made First Team All-Northwest District, First Team All- Ohio, and was Senior Athlete of the Year.

After graduating from CHS, Shelley attended Baldwin Wallace College where she was the starting pitcher for the Lady Yellowjackets softball team. In 1988, she received Second Team honors in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Shelley is married and has two sons and lives off the coast of Panama on an island. She is a certified personal trainer and enjoys helping people live in more physical, healthy lifestyle.


Nancy Poole graduated from CHS in 1973. Nancy was a multi-sport athlete lettering in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Tennis, and Track. She earned four letters each in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball; one letter each in Tennis and Track. She received MVP honors at a County Track Meet in Bucyrus her junior year. Nancy was a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduating from CHS, Nancy attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina. There she participated in a variety of sports. She made All-League teams in Basketball and Softball at Inter-City Baptist High School in Allen Park, Michigan for 27 years. In Basketball, she has led her teams to seven District Championships. In Softball, her teams hold eight District and two Regional Championships.


Coach Jon Smith graduated from CHS in 1971. He played three years of Football where he started all three as a defensive back and two years as a running back. He played two years varsity Basketball and three years varsity Baseball. In 1968 and 1970 the Bulldog Football team was the Johnny Appleseed Conference Champions. Jon was named All-JAC in football his senior year and was named All-JAC for two years in baseball. Jon attended Findley College where he played Varsity Baseball for two years. After graduation, Jon returned to teach and coach in Crestline.

Jon coached JV Baseball and was an assistant Varsity Basketball coach for 14 years. Jon was the Head Baseball Coach at CHS from 1995 through 2001. He compiled a record of 108-65-1 and two NCC Championships. His teams also won five Sectionals and were District runners-up four times. And, Jon returned to CHS Baseball this season as Assistant Coach. Jon has also coached Football at CHS as an assistant for 27 years. He has been Defensive Coordinator since 2000. During this time, the Bulldogs have been Mid Ohio Conference Champs in 1978, ’79, ’80, ’87, ’88, and NCC Champs in 1993, 1996, and 2000. The Bulldogs had undefeated seasons in 1978 and 1996 and went to the playoffs in 1993, 1996, and 2000. Jon has been a member of the Crestline Athletic Boosters for 27 years and a member of the District 9 Baseball Coaches Association for 23 years. Jon has also volunteered as a coach for the Junior High Football team and the Junior Olympics.


Tom Ulmer graduated from CHS in 1991. He earned two varsity letters in Basketball, three in Football, and four in Track. In Track, Tom was a member of the 1989, 4 x 400m relay team that set a school record and was a two-time Regional Finalist. In Football, Tom set a record for single game rushing (270 yds) and was the North Central Ohio Defensive Back of the Year in 1991. He was MOC Honorable Mention his junior year and NCC Outstanding Senior Athelete in 1991. Tom received an Ohio Silver Certificate his junior year and an Ohio Gold Certificate his senior year for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Tom attended the US Air Force Academy where he played Football and in 1992 played in the Liberty Bowl against Mississippi. Tom was a four-time Western Athletic Conference Academic Athlete and was honored in Who’s Who. Tom graduated with honors from the Air Force Academy in the top 3% of his class. Tom served as the Running Back Coach at the Air Force Academy for one year for the JV team.

Tom continues his athletic adventures in the Air Force where he was on the third place team in the all military “Wilderness Challenge”, a multi-sport, two-day, race. He has been three-time captain for his base Championship Volleyball Team, currently at Elmendorf, AFB, where he was named Pilot of the Year for 2003.


Bill Wood graduated from Crestline High School in 1958. Bill was class president in 1954/55. Bill lettered in Baseball for one year and in Basketball for four years. In 1958, the CHS basketball team set a school record by winning 21 straight games, going 21-2 on the season. The team was also the District Runner-Up. Bill scored 41 points in one game against Willard that season and is widely regarded, along with teammate Joe Gottfried, as “the best pair of guards in school history.”

Bill went on to play basketball in the US Air Force for two years and for seven years in the AAU. Bill also served as president and as coach for the Pine Lake (Wash.) Baseball League for four years. He also coached in a soccer league for six years. Currently, Bill enjoys playing golf and shuffleboard in Florida.


Janelle (Stanek) Wyant graduated from Crestline High School in 1993. Janelle was a multi-sport letter winner in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. She earned four letters each in Basketball and Track and three in Volleyball.

Janelle set the following records at CHS: Track- High Jump at 5’3″; Volleyball- most kills in a match and serve%; Basketball- most rebounds in a game, season, and free-throw%. Janelle earned the following honors: Ohio All-State Academic Team-1993; Track- First Team NCC, 1992 and 1993, First Place High Jump at Crawford County and NCC Meets in 1992 and 1993; Volleyball- Second Team NCC, Ontario All-Star Match in 1992; Basketball- Second Team All-NCC and Second Team All-Crawford in 1991/92; First Team All-NCC, First Team All-Crawford County, First Team News Journal in 1992/93, MVP-Division IV, First Team District 6, Second Team All-Northwest District, North/South All-Star Game and Honorable Mention All-State in 1992/93.

After graduating from CHS Janelle attended Bluffton College. There she earned four letters in Volleyball, was named Most Improved Player in 1993, and Female Athlete of the Year in 1996/97. She also is the record holder for number of blocks in a Match, Season, and Career. After graduation, Janelle began her coaching career at Clearfork High School where she was Freshman Basketball Coach for two years and Varsity Volleyball Coach for three years. Janelle then went to Lexington High School to coach JV Volleyball for three years before becoming the current Varsity Volleyball coach in 2003.

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