Zanesville City Schools announces its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees.
Seven people have been named:.Tim Coffey, Trafford Dick, Clarence "Pee Wee" Jones, Tom Lyall, Stanley Morse, Norris Schneider and John Simpson.
The addition of these seven people will raise the Hall of Fame membership to 38.
The ZCS Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognize outstanding accomplishoments, honor or recogntion in athletics, business, fine arts, education and service to school or community through academics.
This year’s class will be inducted on Saturday May 14 th at a special ceremony at Zanesville High School.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s inductees:
Tim Coffey (Class of 1957)
? A student member of Distributive Education Clubs of America during his days at ZHS, Tim went
on to serve the group in many roles as an adult, eventually retiring from the national office as its
Director of Corporate Development. He won the state DECA public speaking event in 1957 and
competed in the national event. After graduating Ohio State, Tim went on to serve as DECA
advisor at Wilmington, Sycamore and Madeira high schools while earning a Master’s degree at
Xavier University. He became state DECA advisor for Ohio and then state DECA supervisor in
South Carolina, during which time he was elected to the DECA Inc. board of directors. Tim then
joined the national for two decades. He was presented an honorary life membership, the
highest award presented by DECA Inc.
Trafford Dick (Class of 1944)
? A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Trafford served Zanesville City Schools for 38
years, culminating his career in education as the district’s superintendent from 1980 to 1984.
After graduating Lash High School in just three years, and then Muskingum University in three
years, Trafford began his teaching career at Sheridan School in 1948. He taught briefly at Wilson
School and then moved to McIntire Elementary before becoming principal of both McIntire and
McKinley elementaries in 1960. He also served as Elementary Supervisor, Director of Elementary
Programs and Assistant Superintendent before becoming Superintendent. Trafford was also
busy in his private life. A longtime football and basketball official, he was inducted into the Ohio
High School Officials Hall of Fame in 1997. Following his retirement from Zanesville City Schools,
he served Muskingum Area Technical College (now Zane State College) as its Director of
Foundations, raising money for student scholarships. Trafford has also been inducted into the
Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame and was winner of the 1984 Bob and Delores Hope
Award. He is also a member of the Shinnick Trust Board of Directors (scholarships) and the
Genesis Hospital Community Board.
Clarence “Pee Wee” Jones (Class of 1959)
? A three?sport athlete at ZHS, Clarence made his mark as a professional baseball player and,
later, a hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians. He played for the Phillies,
Dodgers, Cubs and Reds organizations, making his Major League debut with Chicago in 1967,
playing in 53 games, and a few more then next season. The Reds released Clarence after the
1969 season to pursue playing opportunities in Japan. From 1970 to 1977, he was one of the
most prolific home run hitters there. In 1974, he became the first American to win a home run
title in Japan, and won the title again in 1975. He completed his career in Japan with 246 homers
in 961 games. Clarence retired after one more season playing in Mexico, having hit 459 home
runs in 2,171 pro games over 19 seasons. After a few years out of the game, he was hired as a
hitting coach in the Braves organization and had a brief stint with the parent club in 1985. He
became the team’s full?time coach in 1988 and served through 1998, one of the most successful
eras in Braves history, which included one World Series title. He then worked with the Indians
from 1999 to 2001 in the same capacity.
Tom Lyall (Class of 1964)
? A former Blue Devils football quarterback, Tom has made his mark in banking and community
leadership. He began his career with Century National Bank (formerly Mutual Federal Savings
Bank) in 1971 and steadily rose through the ranks. Tom has served as Century’s president and
chief executive officer since 1998, and has sat on its Board of Directors since 1980. Among his
many current community activities are the Bethesda Care System Board, chairmanship of the
Downtown Zanesville Master Plan Committee, the Muskingum County Community Foundation
board, the Muskingum County Transportation Improvement District board, the Ohio University?
Zanesville Regional Coordinating Council, and the Zanesville?Muskingum County Chamber of
Commerce board. Tom has also served as a past campaign chair and board member for the
United Way of Muskingum, Perry & Morgan Counties and was a founding board member of the
Zanesville?Muskingum County Port Authority. For his efforts, he has been given the Cole &
Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Way and the Bob Beam Award by the
Muskingum County Community Foundation.
Stanley Morse (Class of 1949)
? As a young and dedicated trombonist, Stanley put Zanesville on the map by winning a number of
talent contests across the Midwest even before he graduated from Lash High School. Utilizing a
“triple?tongue” technique, he won contests sponsored by the Phillip Morris Tobacco Co. and
Horace Heidt, of “Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights” fame. Stanley was also once offered a
spot with the Duke Ellington Band, but turned it down in keeping with the ideals and morals he
learned from his parents, the Rev. & Mrs. G.W. Morse. After graduating ZHS, Stanley attended
Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where he earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education.
He worked as a high school band teacher in Detroit before using his talents as a director and
arranger for several groups. Stanley served Trinity Gospel Temple in Canton as its
Minister/Director of Music for more than 25 years. He continues to arrange, compose, direct
and perform both regionally and across the U.S.
? A native of Lowell, Ohio, Norris came to Zanesville High School in 1921 to teach English. With
the exception of a one?year leave of absence to write one of his many works, he remained on
the ZHS faculty for the next 42 years. Norris graduated from Belpre High School and first
attended Marietta College before earning a degree from Ohio State. Among his many influences
at ZHS was the selection of the school’s alma mater, advising the yearbook and starting the
school newspaper. Perhaps more than anything, Norris was also known as a prolific writer,
especially of local history. His sabbatical during the 1949?50 school year was to complete Y
Bridge City: the Story of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio, the most definitive historical
work of the area. Norris also wrote feature articles and short columns on local history for The
Columbus Dispatch, The Zanesville News and – for more than 40 years – The Times Recorder. In
addition, he wrote some four dozen books and pamphlets on the history of Southeastern Ohio.
He was also instrumental in establishing the National Road/Zane Grey Museum. Among his
many awards are the 1984 Bob & Delores Hope Award, the 1987 Secrest Award for the Arts, an
honorary life membership by the Ohio Historical Society and an honorary Doctor of Laws from
Muskingum University. Norris died in 1993, just 15 days short of his 95th birthday.
John Simpson (Class of 1968)
? A prodigious athlete at both ZHS and the University of Pittsburgh, John has gone on to a
successful career in media and management. He made his mark first in sports, earning multiple
letters in football, basketball and track for the Blue Devils. In his senior year, he was All?Ohio in
football, a starter on a three?loss basketball team that reached the regional tournament and
also Zanesville’s first individual state champion when he won the shot put title with a schoolrecord
toss of 61 feet, 7 inches that still stands today. He was also an excellent student,
graduating 18th in a class of more than 400. John went on to Pitt on a full football scholarship,
earning three letters and eventually becoming the school’s first African?American team captain.
He also found time to win two letters in track and two more in baseball. After earning a
bachelor’s degree in political science, John went began his professional career with 20 years at
NCR Corporation, holding several top management positions, including National Sales Manager
at NCR’s Power Systems Group. His media experience began as an on?air personality at WHIZ
Radio and TV in Zanesville. John is currently a partner in Strategic Management Consultants LLC
in Lake Mary, Fla., director of marketing and memberships for the National Black Golf Hall of
Fame, and is co?founder of Central Florida Black Family Today, a magazine with a circulation of
more than 20,000.