Erik Speed will always be remembered as one of Chagrin’s finest wrestlers. Possessed with superior strength, quickness and all-around skills, he often made a tough sport look effortless. He earned four varsity letters, qualifying three times for the Division II State Meet. As a senior he placed 2nd in the state. As a junior he finished 5th. Erik’s high school career record was 96-23-1. In 1985 he was named to Mat Magazine’s High School All-American 2nd-team. He was on the magazine’s Academic All-American 1st team. He won two regional championships and twice he was his team’s MVP. As a senior he was All Chagrin Valley Conference 1st-team. He was a winner at the East-West All Star Meet. Erik earned a scholarship to Cornell University where he became a varsity letterman.
Jon’s leadership and athletic skills helped his teams win several championships during his years at Chagrin Falls High School. He excelled in baseball, football and basketball, and was a team captain in each sport. In baseball he was 1st-team All-Conference during his junior and senior years. He was selected to the Plain Dealer’s All-Greater Cleveland Team and Dream Team. Leading his team to a Chagrin Valley Conference Championship as a senior, he won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. In football he was All-Conference and won the Golden Helmet Award for the Greater Cleveland Area. In 1980 Jon’s basketball team won league, sectional and district titles. He was chosen for the All-District Tourney Team. He played professional baseball for two years in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Ken was an outstanding all-around athlete at Chagrin Falls High School. He earned nine varsity letters. In football he was a 3-year letterman and co-captain of his team as a senior. During his junior and senior years he was his team’s leading scorer in basketball. Ken was selected as Most Valuable Player of the District Basketball Tournament in 1951. He was also a top performer in track and field, placing in the discus at the District Meet in 1951. He was a successful coach during his long career in education. He coached football, basketball, track and tennis.
Eric won many races and awards as a track and cross country standout at Chagrin Falls High School. His last race was his best. As a senior in track he won a state championship in the 1600 meters. Earlier that season he established new Chagrin Valley Conference records in the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters. In his final cross country season Eric was selected as the CVC’s Most Valuable Player. He placed 12th in the State Cross Country Meet. At Indiana University he ran three years varsity cross country and three years indoor/outdoor track and field.
This esteemed English teacher also distinguished himself as a coach and athletic director at Chagrin Falls High School. As varsity baseball coach for 18 years, Lenny’s teams compiled a 217-152 record. Six times he was named Chagrin Valley Conference Coach of the Year. In 1980 he was Geauga County Coach of the Year. For 20 years he was an assistant football coach, helping develop some of the finest athletes in the school’s history. During his 12-year tenure as athletic director, the athletic program grew to house 24 varsity teams. Four teams won state championships and three were state runners-up. Individual athletes excelled at state and national levels. Lenny has overseen 28 league championships in 11 sports.
This splendid all-around athlete continued to dominate the competition at the collegiate level. While at Chagrin Falls High School, Stacey earned nine varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. She was captain of her volleyball and basketball teams. In volleyball she was 1st-team All League, 1st-team All-District and 2nd-team All-County. At Baldwin-Wallace College she starred in volleyball. In 1991 she was named 1st-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and earned Most Valuable Player honors. Stacey was captain of her team and received the Coach’s Award in 1991. In 1992 she was selected as her college’s Outstanding Senior Female Athlete.
Glenn was an integral part of some of Chagrin’s most successful cross country and track teams. In track he established a new school record (4:27.1) in the mile. He placed 2nd in the mile at the State Meet in 1972. Glenn was the league champ in the mile when his 1971 track team won the Chagrin Valley Conference Championship. He helped spark the cross country team to a state title in 1971 and a state runner-up finish in 1970. He placed 4th in the State Cross Country Meet in 1971. Glenn continued his winning ways at Lakeland Community College. His 1972 team finished 14-0 in dual meets and placed in the top 10 at the National Junior College Championships.