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George Auten

If longevity means success, Auten would rank number one as his coaching career spans 43 years at Ellet High School. He served as the Orangemen’s head track coach from 1958 to 1993. While Ellet was in the Metro League, his teams won two championships. His teams were always competitive and his 1983 squad won the Akron City Series track championship. In 1968, Auten inaugurated the Orange Bowl Relays which have been run annually since then. He was honored by the Akron Track Officials for his long tenure in the sport. Auten also coached the Ellet cross country team for eight years. But George was not content to just concentrate on track and cross country---he served as an assistant football coach under five different head coaches---Ed Kirkpatrick, Joe Burks, Ray Baker, Bill McClain and Joe Yost--with his service spanning 35 years. Coach Yost had these words to say about Auten. “George is truly a man of extreme kindness and sincerity. He’s committed to kids, whether it’s a first string All-City player or a kid who is a fourth stringer and never gets an opportunity to play.” He finally retired from coaching after the 1999 football season---yet George was not done with athletics as he retained his athletic director position, a post he held since 1982 and still holds currently. To show the respect the Ellet community has for Auten, the track that surrounds the football field is named The George E. Auten Track & Field and this fall the entire sport’s facilities were named The George E. Auten Sport’s Complex, a tribute to Auten’s long service to the Ellet Orangemen. In 1992, the Buchtel High and University of Akron graduate received the prestigious Clem Caraboolad Award, presented to an outstanding teacher, coach and citizen of our community. George and his wife reside in Akron.

Inducted 2005 | Coach