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On May 24, 2017, Perry lost not only a great football coach, but a great man as well. Coach
Winkhart was born April 4, 1932 and grew up in Navarre, Ohio and was a three sport
standout at Navarre High School. He was heavily recruited by Woody Hayes, who was the
head coach at Miami Of Ohio at the time. He started at defensive back for two years for
then Miami head coach Ara Paresghian. Coach Winkhart began his teaching and coaching
carrer in Richmond, Indiana, but returned to Stark County soon to help his college
roommate Jerry Wampfler, who was the head coach of the Panthers at that time. Coach
Winkhart left Perry to take the head coaching job at Sandy Valley High School in 1962. He
returned to take the head coaching position at Perry in 1965.
In just 3 seasons he turned the Panther program around winning the school's first Federal
League Title in 1967, then guided the Panthers to their first undefeated season in 1969
finishing 13th in the final AP football poll. Coach Winkhart was selected the Stark County
Coach Of The Year after the 69 season. His 1970 team won a third league title and his
teams from 1969-1972 won 35 and lost 5. He finished his career at Perry after the 1976
season, but built a winning program that was in the running for the Federal League title
almost every season. He compiled a 74-43-2 record at Perry.
Following his coaching career he became the Athletic Director and an Assistant Principal at
Perry. He then moved on to Fairless High School as Principal, then a year later became
their Superintendent. In 1988 Coach Winkhart became the Superintendent of R.G. Drage
Vocational School and retired from Drage in 1992. After a very short retirement, he
accepted the interim Superintendents job at Louisville High School. Coach Winkhart was
elected to the Perry Board Of Education and after a year resigned to accept the
Superintendents position at Perry. After 40 years in education Coach Winkhart retired for
good, but did coach for 10 more years in the Jackson Youth Football League, coaching both
his grandsons. Coach Winkhart served on the Creating Perry Recreation Committee to
raise funds for the Perry track/soccer complex. He received a Lifetime Achievement
Award In Education from the Stark County Board Of Education and in 2011 was inducted
into the Perry Athletic Hall Of Fame.
Coach Winkhart loved to golf and did so in the Larry Kelly League at Tam O' Shanter Golf
Course up until recently.
Coach Winkhart became very close to the players from the 69-72 era over the last 10
years and met a group from those teams for breakfast 4-5 times a year during this time, the
last being on April 29th. Coach Winkhart will be dearly missed and we wish his wife Beth,
her family and son Tom and his family our deepest sympathy. God Bless Coach Winkhart
and may God Bless his soul.
|TV/RADIO SCHEDULE FOR 2017
WHBC 1480 Radio Game Of The Week: WHBC Streaming Game Of The Week
10/6 Green at Perry 9/1 Perry at Central Catholic
10/27 GlenOak at Perry 9/22 Walsh Jesuit at Perry
WHBC TV Replay Game Of The Week
9/15 Perry at Jackson
10/20 McKinley at Perry
BIG TIME SPORTS TV GAME OF THE WEEK
9/1 Perry at Central Catholic
9/29 Perry at Hoover
10/27 GlenOak at Perry
|IN MEMORY OF HEAD COACH TOM WINKHART
HEAD COACH OF THE PANTHERS 1965-1976