Photo from WVU Athletic Site
A former Ohio prep athlete far removed has been honored with being named into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.
Don Nehlen a native of Canton, Ohio knows about Ohio High School Football. Playing the sport as a youth and then coaching at the high school level for many years Coach Nehlen never forgot what Ohio and Football was about.
Nehlen played his college football at Bowling Green. He was a quarterback who helped the team to a MAC Championship. After his playing days he headed to Mansfield High School for what would be the start of a great coaching career.
In 1958 Nehlen began with coaching Mansfield, he also served as head coach at Canton South and Canton McKinley High School. Coach Nehlen also coached at the college level as an assistant with Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Michigan. He was a head coach at the college level at Bowling Green and West Virginia University. Coach Nehlen retired after the 2000 season and finished his career with a record of 202-138-8. ( only 17 coaches in NCAA history have record 200 wins)
On Saturday he was named to the West Virginia University Hall of Fame. This honor is one of many the coach has received during his lifetime. Coach Nehlen had WVU teams in 13 bowls and 17 winning seasons. He coached 15 first team All-Americans, 82 all-conference players and 6 first team Academic All-Americans. 80 of his former players went on to play professional football. He received coach of the year honors from Kodak, AFCA, Boddy Dodd Award, Walter Camp, Scripps-Howard, Playboy, Woody Hayes Award, Joseph Sheehan Award and the 1993 Big East coach of the year.
This is not the first Hall of Fame for the coach. He's also a member of the Bowling Green University, Mid-American Conference and Gator Bowl halls of fame. The coach received his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green and his masters from Kent State.
Coach Nehlen recruited and coached many of Ohio's top players during his coaching career. OhioPrepScene congratulates Coach Nehlen for his outstanding career and receiving this honor.