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Charles L. Shuman

This inductee has a simple approach to coaching. “It basically comes down to getting the kids to do what they are supposed to do,” Chuck Shuman said. He has done that consistently well in 27 years as an assistant football coach – the last 17 at Ellet High School – and especially as coach of the Ellet girls’ softball team since 1985. Under Shuman, Ellet has dominated City Series softball, winning eight league play-off championships in 13 years, including the last five in a row. Under Shuman, Ellet has won seven sectional championships, five district titles and three regional crowns. In 1995, Ellet made its first ever appearance in the state Final Four , falling to Springfield in the title game. The next year, Ellet turned the tables on the Spartans, winning the state championship on a 6-4 victory. It was the first softball championship by a City Series team and the first state team championship for Ellet High since 1944. Ellet was again a state semifinalist in 1997 as Shuman raised his overall record to 233 wins against 87 losses. Shuman was also a part of Ellet’s City Series football championship in 1989 as offensive coordinator. Shuman’s son, Kevin, quarterbacked Ellet to that title as the Shumans became what is believed to be the only father-son duo to quarterback a team to victory in the Thanksgiving Day title game. Chuck Shuman guided East to a 35-6 victory over Kenmore in the 1966 contest. Shuman is a member of the Luther D. Smith Hall of Fame at East.

Inducted 1997 | Coach