On Monday night I was invited to speak in front of some former coaches and players from Huber Heights Wayne High School. The meeting was held at the Frickers in Huber Heights, and while at this meeting I learned about a special group that many of the past players are building.
The Wayne Football Alumni Club has been in the works for sometime. Tonight saw players going back into the 60's up to 2002 in attendance. Huber Heights Wayne's football program started in 1956, its first coach was Neal Frame. Coach Frame coached for 10 years at Wayne with an overall record of 44 - 38 from 1956 - 1965, tonight several of his past players were at the meeting as he spoke about the birth of Warrior Football and how the game was then.
Coach Frame has a great memory about the past, and you could hear the passion in his voice talking about his former teams and players he still remembers. Today Coach Frame still follows Wayne Football and high school football in the Dayton area. I can tell you this man knows his football and loves talking about it.
Another speaker on the night was current Head Coach Jay Minton. Coach Minton spoke about this years team and his seniors who will be heading off to college next fall. The Warriors will have 7 - 8 seniors playing college football at some level next fall. He also updated them on several of his past players and how they were doing. Will Allen ( 2000 ) (Ohio State) was named to another All-American team while Larry Turner (2000) (Eastern Kentucky) and Jeff Berk (2000) (West Virginia) have also received honors this past season. Class of 2002 Sean Pugh (Western Kentucky) was also home for the holidays and learned about the group while at the meeting.
The one person getting the most talk was Eric Dixon (1988) (USC), as you can guess, everyone wanted his take on the BCS and if USC was given a bad hand. He told everyone that USC can win at least a share, and talked about the last time USC beat Michigan in a Rose Bowl, he was a Trojan. I spoke with Eric about recruiting and how recruiting was in the late 80's as compared to now. Eric spoke about camps, how important they are now in the recruiting process as compared to when he was being recruited. I will be talking more with Eric about recruiting in a future story.
The group also spoke about holding a fish fry in March, and what they would like to do in helping the Warrior Football program reach a new level. They spoke about getting more former players involved with the group, and making it the best Alumni group around.
I spoke about doing the Warrior games over the internet and how they could help in making our Warrior broadcast even better. I would like to thank the group for inviting me, I had a great time and enjoyed talking football with them.
If you are a former Wayne player, the Wayne Football Alumni Group is looking for you. They are working on having as many former players involved with the past, present and future of Warrior Football. To learn more about the group you can contact Head Coach Jay Minton at the high school or E-mail OPS and we can pass your information on.