Don Kotnik was an excellent golfer who played briefly on the PGA Tour, but the Barberton native found his real niche as one of the game's top teachers. Kotnik had been the coach of the University of Toledo golf team for 14 years and the head professional at the Toledo Country Club for 16 when he was inducted in 1988. He was certified as a PGA Master Professional in 1980, one of fewer than 40 pros in the country to have achieved that teaching status. Kotnik is recognized nationally for his teaching, particular to juniors. He has written a book and several magazine articles on the subject and has conducted seminars on how to teach juniors in more than 30 cities. He was inducted into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.