Coach Hohenstein Receives Community Service Award
Coach Ralph Hohenstein is the recipient of the 2021 Community Service Award presented annually by the Clyde Business and Professional Association (Clyde BPA).
He received the award, a crystal eagle, at the Clydescope Economic Development Corporation and Clyde BPA lunch meeting. The event took place at Copper Whale Winery on March 17. The award surprised him, but he noted that he was curious why his son, Bob, had asked him about his history with Clyde Schools.
Ralph Hohenstein was presented with his award by Katelyn Clapp, former President of BPA and Chair of the Board of Clydescope. She said the man known in the community as “Coach” made a huge impact by volunteering, which became his identity. He taught eighth grade science, coached sports, including golf, to generations of students in the Clyde-Green Springs School District. Clapp also acknowledged the support provided by his 58-year-old wife, Elsie.
Coach grew up in Springfield and graduated in 1963 from Ohio Northern University. It has long been rumored that in 1963 he accidentally traveled to Clyde for a job interview for a teaching position, but the opening was actually in Kalida, Ohio.
He didn’t know he was in the wrong school until he had an interview. Clyde needed a science teacher and offered him the job. For the next 37 years, he taught eighth grade physical education and health and coached various sports in the district.
During his freshman year, Hohenstein coached the Sandusky Bay championship freshman basketball team and he also served as the Fliers’ assistant football coach from 1963 to 1965, sometimes driving the school bus to games. Training continued throughout Hohenstein’s long career, he had SBC champions, section and district championships, and state qualifiers. He ran the Hohenstein driving school from 1973 to 1981.
For 52 years, Coach led the Future Stars Golf League at Green Hills Golf Course for youngsters aged 6-18. Last summer, more than 100 young people took part.
Coach is known for his Christianity and is very active in the First Missionary Church. “He feels his greatest accomplishment was having the opportunity to speak to young people about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” said his son, Bob Hohenstein.
The coach still has students who call him to thank him for his help when they were unlucky or to thank him for his support. Coach and Elsie are the parents of Bob, Paul and Ann.
The Clyde BPA annually honors a person who uses their time and talent to serve the community.
Over lunch, former Clyde Mayor Scott Black received a plaque for his years as a member of the Clydescope committee.
Clyde Community Grant funds have also been awarded to two companies: $5,000 to the Blue Collar Bistro for renovation costs of its new building, and $4,539.50 to Sandco Industries for the transformation of the old office building. of Mary Beth Fiser in confectionery.
Guest speakers were State Senator Bill Reineke, who said Ohio was in good financial shape, and Sandusky County Commissioner Scott Miller.
A few more items
• The 10th Annual Pantry Pizza Party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Communion Hall of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 147 W. Forest. St. Pizza will be provided by local businesses, along with raffle items and door prizes. It’s an independent fundraiser, raising nearly $3,000 and over 2,000 donated items for the pantry over the past nine years.
• The Clyde FFA Ag sales team is in first place in Ohio and the members are heading to the national competition. Team members include Ryleigh Satterlee (39th place overall), Curstin Hackenburg (13th place overall), Katrice Hackenburg (3rd place overall) and Kristopher Bonnigson (1st place overall).
Jeanette Liebold Ricker writes about Clyde and Green Springs. Contact her at 419-547-8177 or by email at [email protected]