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Thomas Thatcher

Inducted in 2012


Picture of Thomas Thatcher Thomas Thatcher (deceased)-Sulphur Springs (Col. Crawford) High School. In fifteen years of coaching Sulphur Springs basketball, Tom never had a losing season. He set a Crawford County record of four straight tournament championships. His teams won five championships. In 1956, his team won 26 straight games and lost their last game by one point to a team they defeated during the regular season. This team was ranked second in Ohio when there were only two divisions. Tomís team scored over 100 points in six regular season games. They are still in the top ten of all Ohio teams for points scored! Tom coached Jake Striker who played for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. He also coached two outstanding track athletes, Herb Light and Arvin Striker. Herb tied the state record of 9.9 seconds in the 100 yard dash and Arvin came in fourth in the high hurdles. Tom also coached the 1956 Crawford County Volleyball championship team and Demont Sponsellor, who was elected to the Heidelberg Hall of Fame in basketball and baseball. Tom played and received two letters in baseball at Bowling Green University. He also played football and basketball for BGSU. Tom was president of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association from 1962-1964.

Tom was from Van Wert county and was married to Helen Schell. They had one son, Thomas. Tom was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After leaving the Navy, Tom went on to Bowling Green State University where he did his undergrad and post-graduate work in education. Tom was hired at Sulphur Springs in 1946 and served there as an educator and superintendent until 1961 and then retired in 1974 as the superintendent of Buckeye Central.

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