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William McGee

Following in the footsteps of a legend is not an easy task, but Bill McGee did it successfully and he went on to create a legend of his own at his alma mater Garfield High School. McGee took over the football reins from his former coach, the legendary Dan "Babe" Flossie, who retired in 1976. For the next 26 years, McGee-coached teams became the scourge of the City Series with the Rams winning 16 city titles while compiling an enviable record of 191 wins, 83 losses and four ties. Actually, his coaching experience at Garfield encompassed 36 years, going back to 1966 when he was a volunteer assistant defensive coach under Flossie. In addition to the city championships, McGee's teams at Garfield reached the state playoffs in 1983 and '89, with the '83 team a Division I runner-up. Through the years, McGee coached city and county all-star teams six times. As head coach he directed the Ohio North All-Stars to a 26-0 victory over the Ohio South All-Stars in the classic's 50th Anniversary in 1995. Three years stand out on McGee's resume---1983, 1994 and 2001. In 1983 he was named Ohio Co-Coach of the Year for Triple A schools by UPI and the AP named him Co-Coach of the Year for Northeast Ohio Inland. Then his peers honored him as Summit County Coach of the Year. He was again named Summit County Coach of the Year in '94, as well as Akron City Series Coach of the Year and the Cleveland Plain Dealer selected McGee as Coach of the Year for Summit, Portage and Medina counties. In 2001 he was presented the Caraboolad Coach of the Year Award. The award is named after the late Hoban football coach, Clem Caraboolad, who was known for his dedication to his work and family, kindness to others and for his ability to motivate students in both the classroom and athletics. The Beacon Journal presents the award each year to a coach in Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage or Wayne counties who exemplifies these characteristics. McGee retired from the coaching ranks as well as his teaching duties in English at Garfield this past spring.

Inducted 2002 | Coach