Vikings News · Biographies of the Hoover Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018


North Canton Hoover High School Athletic Director, Tim Walker, is pleased to announce the 2018 Athletic HOF details. The inductees will be announced at halftime of the home football game on Friday, September 7, 2018 at North Canton Memorial Stadium. The Induction Dinner and Program will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at North Canton Hoover High School.  Contact Hoover Athletic Office at 330-497-5660 for dinner reservations or write a check to Hoover High School ($30.00 each) & mail to Hoover Athletics, 525 7th St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720.  Deadline is August 31, 2018. The following individuals/organizations will be recognized for their significant contributions to one or more athletic programs at Hoover High School.

Randy Chambers – Randy Chambers is a 1978 graduate of Hoover High School where he was a standout diver. Chambers grew up very active in swimming, but soon found his way to the springboard where he would win numerous awards throughout his high school and college career. After finishing 27th at the OHSAA meet in 1976, Chambers would go on to finish 10th in the state his junior year. Then during his senior campaign in 1978, Randy won the State Championship and was named All-Ohio and an All-American. Chambers would then go on to Florida State University on a diving scholarship where he was a four-year letterman and team captain in 1982. Randy’s success garnered him the 1981 Diver of the Year award at FSU. Following graduation from FSU, Chambers has continued staying active by competing in triathlons. Randy and his wife reside in Reno, Nevada, where he works as an Operations Director at Westbridge Insurance Network.

Ed Glass – Coach Ed Glass came to North Canton City Schools in 1981 where he completed the final 15 years of his career. As a football coach at Hoover, Coach Glass posted an overall record of 107-54 and 75-30 in the Federal League. Six of Glass’s teams were Federal League champions as well as state playoff qualifiers. While under his command, the 1984 Hoover Vikings advanced to the Division I state championship before falling to Toledo St. Francis de Sales. Glass would then lead his 1986 team to the OHSAA final four in Division II. Throughout his playing and coaching career, Coach Glass’s accomplishments were recognized by inductions in the following hall of fames: Mount Union M-Club (1997), Alliance HS Athletic Hall of Fame (1999), Ohio HS Football Coaches Hall of Fame (2005), North Canton Hoover HS Hall of Distinction (2011), and Warren Sports Hall of Fame (2014).

 

Karen (Lesh) Phillips –  Karen (Lesh) Phillips is a 1993 graduate of Hoover High School. Karen had an outstanding diving career at Hoover being named All-Ohio for all four years of High School. Lesh placed 6th in the state as freshman, 7th as a sophomore and then won back to back State Championships in 1992 and 1993. In addition to many state and local awards, Lesh was named an All-American for her performance in ‘92 & ’93. Following Hoover, Karen attended Wright State on a diving scholarship and won multiple Horizon League championships and still holds school records at WSU. Her success at Wright State led to Karen being named the 1997 Female Athlete of the Year at Wright State. She also experienced great success outside of the pool being named an Academic All-American all four years while earning her degree in Criminal Justice. Although Karen has had numerous athletic achievements, her most fulfilling achievement was returning to school and earning her RN degree at age 39.  She now lives in Medina, Ohio, and is a supervisor for a skilled nursing facility.

 

Jud Logan – Jud Logan is a 1977 graduate of North Canton Hoover High School. During his time as a Viking, Logan lettered three times in track and field and two times in football. Logan was a member of the 1975 and 1976 Federal League Champion football teams. As a track and field athlete, Logan set the school record in the discus with a throw of 171’11”, a record which still stands today. Following his time at Hoover, Logan went on to Kent State University and then had a stellar career in international competition. Jud Logan is a four-time U.S. Olympic team member while also competing in the Pan-Am Games, the Goodwill Games and the World Championships. Jud served as a team captain on the 1992 Olympic team. Logan is currently in his 14th year as the head track and field coach at Ashland University where he has coached multiple All-Americans and National Champions and has received numerous coaching accolades.

 Dale Stevens – Dr. Dale Stevens is a 1960 graduate of Hoover High School. As a Hoover student-athlete, Stevens earned eleven varsity letters between his participation in football, basketball, and baseball. While Stevens garnered several awards during his Hoover career, one of the most significant was being named All-Ohio in baseball as a senior. After Hoover, a scholarship led Dale to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, where injury curtailed his football play after one year, but he lettered three times in baseball. Because of his accomplishments as a baseball player, Dale was inducted into the Greater Stark County Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Following graduation from Colgate, he entered The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and received a DDS degree with honors in 1969.  Wishing to expand his horizons, Stevens was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force for a one-year dental internship, which ballooned into a twenty-five-year career. He retired from the Air Force in 1994 at the rank of Colonel, and finished his dental career in private practice in Tucson, Arizona.

Mark Stevens – Dr. Mark Stevens is a 1966 graduate of North Canton Hoover High School. During his time at Hoover, Stevens led the Vikings on both the football field and the baseball field. Mark played offensive guard and linebacker on the football team where he lettered three years. Stevens was also a four-year letterman on the Hoover baseball team where he played catcher. Following his time at Hoover, Stevens went on to play football at Indiana University where during his sophomore year, Indiana made its only Rose Bowl appearance in school history. Mark was not only a member of the football team, he graduated from Indiana University with honors, was a member of Phi Betta Kappa, and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for excellence in academics and athletics. Stevens continued his education at the Ohio State College of Medicine specializing in orthopedics. Prior to his retirement, Stevens practiced medicine at Ortho Indy for 34 years spending countless hours on the sidelines of college and professional teams. Mark and his wife now reside in Indiana and although he was raised in Northeast Ohio, he cheers on the Boston Celtics where his son Brad is the head coach.

 

Sideliners – Composed of volunteer community members, the Hoover Sideliners have played a significant role in the lives of Hoover students for the past 60 years. Established in 1958 and in continuous service ever since, the Sideliners’ purpose “to serve the kids” has been the organization’s guiding light for generations. This volunteer organization has been primarily funded by donations from North Canton residents and businesses. Over the past 60 years this organization has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to support academics, arts and athletics at North Canton Hoover High School as well as volunteering countless hours. This honor recognizes all of those who have volunteered and donated their time and money to “serve the kids” of North Canton Hoover High School through the Sideliners.