Man to induct new Hall of Fame class
by By Paul Adkins
MAN – It’s Hall of Fame Week this week at Man High School.
This year’s Man High School Athletic Hall of Fame class includes: Richard Daniels (Class of 1957); Gretchen Adkins Donahue (Class of 1962); Tim McCoy (Class of 1974); Kenneth Ray Ramsey Sr. (Class of 1975); Alex Terry (Class of 1982); John Keffer (Class of 1988); Joey Robinson (Class of 1994); and Chris Harvey (Class of 1999).
This year’s hall of fame class will be honored on Thursday with a golf outing and banquet. The golf outing is set to begin at 11 a.m. and will take place at the Triadelphia Country Club in Man. Registration is 10 a.m.
Then on Thursday night there will be a “meet and greet” at 6 p.m. at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse. The hall of fame dinner will then follow at 7 p.m.
The hall of fame inductees will also be honored before Friday night’s Man football home game against River View. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
There will be a hospitality tent for members and guests at the east end zone. There will be community recognition of the inductees at halftime.
The following are biographical sketches of the eight hall of fame inductees as provided by Man High School:
Richard Lee Daniels was born and raised at Lorado and graduated from MHS in 1957, where he excelled in football, basketball, track and baseball (he was known to bat cross-handed).
After graduation Richard joined the Navy where he also played and excelled in basketball and baseball, playing in the Great Lakes region, Pensacola, Fla., Camp Pendleton, Calif., Bethesda, Md., and in Vietnam.
In 1959, Richard was the captain of the U.S. Naval Hospital baseball team in Pensacola and in 1964 was the leading pitcher for the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
After leaving the Navy, Richard worked for Lowe’s, Inc., in Oak Hill, Beckley, Augusta, Ga. and Lakeland, Fla., where he retired in 1990.
Richard was the top salesman throughout his years with Lowe’s, winning many trips to Las Vegas, the Bahamas, France, England and Spain. His name was also inscribed on Jimmy Johnson Lowe’s NASCAR stock car as a veteran.
Richard married his high school sweetheart, Lillian Nelson. They have three children, six grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Richard passed away in October, 1996, but following in his footsteps were his two grandsons, Zach (Richard’s son), who played high school baseball and was ranked 46th in the nation as a catcher; and Steven (Kim’s son), who lettered in football and baseball in high school and played for the University of Florida Gators on a full football scholarship.
Gretchen Adkins Donahue
Gretchen Adkins Donahue graduated with honors from Man High School’s College Preparatory Curriculum in 1962.
She served as a varsity cheerleader for three years.
During her high school career, Gretchen was recognized for her academic achievements through her nomination and subsequent attendance at Rhododendron Girls’ State as an outstanding junior.
She was also selected to attend the state conference of Future Teachers of America and the Model UN.
In further recognition of her achievements, she received an award for Outstanding All-Around Senior by the Logan Kiwanis Club during graduation ceremonies.
During her senior year, Gretchen served as President of the Logan County Girl Scouts.
In the fall of 1962, Gretchen attended Marshall University from which she graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, teaching fields 7-12 in mathematics and physical education.
Following her freshman year, she was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society for first-year students. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority for which she served in the office of Vice-President. In her senior year, Gretchen campaigned and was elected by the student body as Senior Senator in Student Government. Also, she was a representative on the National Panhellenic Council.
Mrs. Donahue began her teaching career at Man Junior High and upon request then transferred to Man High School the next year. She then went on to teach at Man High School until her retirement after 34 years of service.
During her term as cheerleading coach at Man High School, Gretchen saw many successes with her teams. The squads won the Class AAA regional championship in 1989 and the Class AA regional championship in 1992. Both squads competed in the West Virginia state cheerleading competition.
The cheerleading squads attended many cheer camps, won grand championships and were invited to compete in national championships.
Members of Man High School cheerleading squads have cheered on the collegiate level at Marshall University, Concord University and West Virginia University.
Mrs. Donahue resides in Man with her husband of 45 years, Mike.
They are the parents of two sons — both graduates of West Virginia University, Jason (wife Janet) Donahue and Brian (wife Jessica) Donahue. They are grandparents to Jennifer Fusco, Janet West, Christian West, Jillian Donahue, Samuel Cash Donahue, and “Chief’” Logan Donahue.
A 1974 graduate of Man High School, Tim McCoy was a three-year lineman and wrestler for the Hillbillies and was nominated his senior year as All-State Honorable Mention and qualified for the state wrestling tournament.
After graduation, Tim continued to wrestle while at Marshall University. He joined the U.S. Air Force from 1975-79.
Upon his return from the Air Force, Tim attended SWVCC and then transferred to Marshall University, completing his Bachelor’s Degree.
He was an employee of Logan County Board of Education, where he coached football, weightlifting and two state power lifting teenage teams 1984-85 for the Hillbillies.
Changing school colors, he coached football, wrestling and weightlifting from 1986-90 at Logan High School.
After earning his Masters of Science degree at MU, Tim returned to Man High School as the athletic trainer for two years.
He then was employed as Logan County Director of Parks and Recreation and with Pressley Ridge Schools while continuing to coach youth and high school level sports.
Tim served as Executive Director for the Larry Joe Harless Community Center (2001-08) and Executive Director for the Chief Logan Recreation Center (2008-10).
Tim gave 24 years to the youth of Logan and Mingo counties through various sports and activities.
Tim is currently employed as manager of Canaan Land Farms in Jonesville, Va., and recently served as president of the Lee County Livestock Association.
He and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 32 years and have three children — Nena McCallister, Nick McCoy and Keri Ellen McCoy.
Kenneth Ray Ramsey Sr.
Kenneth Ramsey was a lifelong “Buffalo Creeker” and resided at Braeholm with his four brothers and four sisters.
As a 1975 graduate of Man High School, he excelled in both football and wrestling.
After graduation, Kenny began his career as a coal miner, where he did the challenging job as a roof bolter for 28 years.
During this time, Kenny became a father of five children — three boys, Brian King, Orlando King, and Kenneth Ramsey, and two daughters, Erica Harris and Sabrina Leper.
He also had two-step children, Candice Harrison and Seth Harrison. Kenny has 14 grandchildren and four step grandchildren. Throughout his children’s lives, he played an active role as coach and mentor in both the area midget and buddy leagues.
In 2008, Kenny Ray retired from the coal mines and began enjoying his retirement doing what he loved to do – cook.
He opened a store, E & E Carryout at Kistler. He traveled with his family and visited many of our beautiful states in America, but he never forgot the community he grew up in which he loved. Throughout his time on earth he befriended and touched many people.
Kenneth Ray Ramsey had a short, well-fought battle with cancer. He went to be with the Lord on October 9, 2012 at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C.
Alex Emmanuel Terry is the son of Sam and Demetrius Terry of Accoville.
A 1982 graduate of Man High School, Alex played varsity football and received All-Southern and All-State recognition. He also played in the Kiwanis Bowl and won post-game honors.
After graduation, Alex attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where he continued to play football while pursuing his education.
He was a four-year starter and earned the role of senior team captain. He graduated in 1986 with a degree in physical education.
Alex relocated to Miami and was immediately employed by Dade County Public Schools as a PE teacher and coach.
He has coached numerous professional football players, some of which were NFL first-round draft picks and all-pro players such as Duane Starks (Baltimore Ravens), Samari Rolle (Tennessee Titans), Terry Cousins (Carolina Panthers), Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals), Corey Liuget (San Diego Chargers), Adewale Ojomo (New York Giants) and Corey Lemonier (San Francisco 49ers). All of these men acclaim Terry as a great coach and father figure who was influential in finding their success at the college and pro level.
Alex is instrumental in conducting state and national football clinics, has coached numerous state track champions. He had the pleasure of coaching David Freeman (2008 Olympian) who is the current head cross country coach at the University of Southern California.
Alex is a member of the United Teachers of Dade and the American Football Coaches Association. His passion and drive for molding young minds is undeniable, hence his membership in the 5,000 Role Models program. Coach Terry is also a board member of Mentoring Valuable Protégés (MVP), an organization that is non-profit and located in Miami.
He is actively involved in progressing high school student-athletes into productive citizens. He is an important figure in the Miami community, taking the responsibility of guiding many young men and women in the right direction as a teacher, coach and mentor.
Alex is married to Harriet Jordan-Terry and has three children — Alique Terry, Asiah Brackett and Nesha Brown, as well as one grandchild, Amari Gunning, and resides in Miami.
John Kevin Keffer is a 1988 graduate of Man High School where he was a three-year letterman in football and basketball.
In basketball, John had a career average of 17.4 points per game.
He was the starting quarterback as a senior and co-captain of both the football and basketball teams.
After graduation, John attended West Virginia Tech and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, 1989-1993. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va., on the USS Charleston and the Aircraft Carrier USS America CV66. John served in both the Desert Storm and Desert Shield military campaigns.
John has been active in the Man area youth programs for many years and served as assistant coach for the Man High School football and basketball programs.
Today, John is an underground coal miner for Patriot Coal and has been married to Amy Mitchell Keffer for 23 years. They are parents of two children — Malorie, a 2009 MHS graduate who played softball where her team has back-to-back state championships in softball-2008-09. She is married to Trey Taylor. Their other child is son John Thomas Keffer, a sophomore at MHS, who plays football, basketball, and baseball for the Billies.
John and Amy are expecting their first grandchild, Lacie Kathryn, in October.
Joey Robinson, the son of Earl and Debra Robinson of Accoville, was a 1994 graduate of Man High School.
As a sophomore, he was selected to the all-area team and placed second at the nationals competition in the 165-pound class squat lift.
As a junior member of the Man football team, Joey was selected as the All-State Honorable Mention place kicker, wide receiver, and took second place in the 170-pound class squat lift at the nationals.
As a senior, Joey was selected team captain, was named Second-Team All-State at wide receiver and was also Third-Team All-State at place kicker.
In addition, he was named: Mountain State Athletic Conference Gold Division All-Conference; First-Team wide receiver; First-Team place kicker; team MVP; McDonald’s Player of the Week; and also took first place in the 175-pound class at the national weightlifting competition. He was also chosen to play in the North-South All-Star Game.
In his high school career, Joey was selected as “Player of the Week” six times; nominated to “Who’s Who”; a Man High School honor graduate; and was a member of the 1994 Marshall University team that won the Southern Conference championship.
The Chapmanville Little league, basketball league and midget league have also recognized him for his work and contributions.
Joey graduated from SWVCTC in 1996 with an associate degree in criminal justice.
In 1996, he began his career in law enforcement as a member of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department to serve civil process.
He was selected in 2003 to attend the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute.
Afterward, he was stationed in Lincoln County for one year, and then transferred to the Logan County detachment, where he worked for four years.
Joey was chosen by the West Virginia State Police to serve as the Governor’s Security Detail where he provides security for West Virginia’s governors, including former governor, Joe Manchin, and current governor, Earl Ray Tomblin.
Joey and his wife Tiffany were married in 1999. They reside in Chapmanville. Joey has three children, Bryce, Caden, and Chloe.
Chris Harvey, the son of Perry and Lona Harvey of Kistler, is a 1999 MHS graduate where he played football for three years, basketball and was a four-year letterman in baseball.
He was chosen twice as an all-state football player and once for state baseball.
Harvey went on to play football at the University of Miami where he received the Albert Bentley Award. He was a member of the Canes’ 2001 BCS National Championship team where he was the squad’s starting long snapper.
After graduation, Chris was a four-year letterman at Miami. The Canes were 46-4 overall in his four years.
During his time with the Canes, Miami was the 2000 Gator Bowl champions; the 2001 Sugar Bowl champions, the national runner-up in 2003 in the Fiesta Bowl; the 2002 Rose Bowl champions and national champions; and the 2004 Orange Bowl champions.
Chris won the Albert Bentley Award winner for most valuable walk-on prior to earning a full athletic scholarship to the team and is a member of the only FBS senior class to ever play in all four BCS bowl games. He started 33 games in a four-year span.
In 2004, Chris returned to Man where he was assistant football coach.
In 2005, he was assistant football coach at Glenville State College.
He returned to Man in 2006-07 where he was assistant football coach and head baseball coach.
From 2008-10, Chris took the job as the assistant strength/special teams quality control at Florida State University under legendary coach Bobby Bowden, as well as fellow West Virginians Jimbo Fisher and Rick Trickett.
In 2011, he became an assistant football coach at the University of North Alabama.
Chris is now the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Fairmont State University in Fairmont where he currently resides with his wife Lavana and their children, Brianna, 6, and Bailey, 3.
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