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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Mo Tipton...Hall of Famer...again.

I've been sitting on this for over a month because I didn't want it getting buried in all the winter sports items. Now that things are a little slower in terms of day to day news, I figured it's as good a time as any.

Orrville coaching legend Morris "Mo" Tipton has been nominated and accepted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association's (OHSFCA) Hall of Fame.
He will be inducted on Friday June 18th at the OHSFCA banquet in the Columbus suburb of Easton. This is also the night before the Big33 Ohio vs. Pennsylvania All-Star football game to be held in Hershey, PA, featuring Orrville senior Chase Hoobler.

Mo was nominated by former Orrville assistant Gary Hutt, who has coached at Timken, McKinley and with Mo at Coventry as well.  He submitted a letter to the OHSFCA highlighting Mo's accomplishments and asking that he be considered for induction.

I was able to confirm the nomination by contacting Matt Bartley, assistant coach at Xenia High School and web site administrator for the OHSFCA.

Coach Hutt put together a wonderful recap of Mo's accomplishments, records and awards he's received over his long & successful career.

Two things I didn't know from reading Coach Hutt's nomination letter.

1.  Mo was the first wrestling coach in Orrville history.  Posting a 44-4 record in 4 years.

2.  He was the Class AA district wrestling tournament coordinator for 20 years (1966-86)...and the Class AA & AAA Regional tournament director for 12 years (1974-86).

So there you go....I'll pass on more information about the event if I'm able to find out anything.

Congrats to Mo.  It's long overdue.  The Akron Ellet Hall of Fame (2008), the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame (1986), the Orrville Hall of Fame (1997) and now the OHSFCA Hall of Fame.

He joins other local coaching greats Keith Schrock (Smithville), Bob McFarland (Wooster) and Orrville alum & former Tipton assistant Keith Wakefield (Massillon Perry) in the Hall.

For my original article on Mo, first published in January of 2009, with much more detail on his career, click here.

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