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James Tyree

One of the most gifted athletes in Baldwin-Wallace College history, James “Tiger” Tyree earned 10 varsity letters in football, wrestling and track. He was ineligible for baseball because this versatile athlete played two years in the Cleveland Indians farm system after graduating from Akron’s Ellet High School in 1949. At B-W he lettered four years in football, playing both offense and defense and leading the nation’s small college punters in 1953 with a 42.18 yard average per kick. In his junior year Tyree was B-W’s Most Valuable Player and received numerous other honors. He was elected team captain his senior year, but a knee injury kept him on the sidelines much of the season. As a wrestler he earned three letters with the injury curbing his activity as a senior. Tyree also won three tack letters while participating in the 100, 200 and 400-yard dashes, relay teams and the long jump. Following graduation, he coached football and track at Medina County’s Highland High School for one year, and spent 33 years at Stow High School coaching football, wrestling, basketball, soccer and track. His wrestlers compiled a 166-78 record with six state champions, 30 state qualifiers, five Metro Championships, five sectional championships and two district championships. His teams were third in the state on two separate occasions. The Summit County Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted Tyree in 1982 and he was named Stow Teacher of the Year in 1980.

Inducted 1994 | Baseball, Football, Track & Field, Coach, Wrestling