Coalgate Athletic Hall of Fame




The 2015 Alumni/Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet ticket drive will start on Monday, April 20 with the banquet taking place on Saturday, May 23, at the Fair Barn at 5 p.m. The banquet this year will combine the alumni and Hall of Fame together and is certain to be quite a treat for all former “Wildcats”.

All tickets will be sold out of the Superintendent’s office. We encourage you to stop by and purchase your tickets and the cost will be $20. If you are paying by check, please make it out to Coalgate Athletic Hall of Fame. To order your tickets by mail send to:

Coalgate Public Schools

Superintendent’s Office

PO Box 368

Coalgate, OK 74538

We ask that you purchase your tickets by May 13 in order that we can have a head count for the caterer. You may still buy tickets after that date, but if one waits to purchase on the night of the banquet we cannot guarantee that a Rib-eye steak will be available.

The banquet is supported by contributions to the Hall of Fame and we ask that you consider making a donation. This is a tax-deductible donation and for every $50 that you gift, you will receive one ticket to the banquet.

The 2015 Hall of Fame class consists of Dr. Joe Leone 1950, Roger Samuels 1954, Phillip Cody 1969, Jeff Mixon 1971, and Gina Corsini 1976, and the 1957-58 Girls Basketball team.

If you have any questions, you may call these members of the Hall of Fame selection committee Steve Hudson 817-228-7627, Trent Bourland 405-406-8635, Melva Thomas 580-927-0736, or Bill Wilson 580-927-5298.


Class of 2015

Dr. Joe Leone, class of '50 (basketball coach '56-'60)

Roger Samuels, class of '54

Phillip Cody, class of '69

Jeff Mixon, class of '71

Gina Corsini, class of '76

1958 Girls Basketball, State Semifinals (24-7)


Class of 2014

Jack Ward, class of ’43

Ernest Paul Fanning, class of ’48

Coach Donald Mike Mayer, class of ’59 (football coach '65-'78)

Elvin Sweeten, class of ’60

Joe Avanzini, class of ’73

2004 Class 2A State Champion, Girls Track Team



The Hall of Fame designation is awarded to an individual and/or team who meet the qualifications outlined below in the following three categories:

All nominees must have a minimum of 10 years separation from high school graduation before being eligible.

  1. Athletic Player at Coalgate HS and/or had an excellent college career as a player
  2. Coaching at Coalgate HS or graduate of Coalgate with Distinguished Coaching Career
  3. Meritorious Achievement for Coalgate HS athletics

Athletic Player

Any candidate for receipt of the Hall of Fame designation in the category of outstanding player must meet the following three (3) criteria:

  1. Is a graduate of Coalgate HS or played at least 1 year of Varsity Athletics for Coalgate
  2. Excelled in athletics at Coalgate HS and/or during his or her athletic career after leaving Coalgate to such a degree that the individual distinguished himself or herself as an exceptional athlete and made a positive impact on the team or in the sport participated
  3. Receipt of the Award would bring honor and respect to Coalgate HS at the time of the individual’s induction


Any candidate for receipt of the Hall of Fame designation in the category of coaching must meet three (3) of the following four (4) criteria.

  1. Must be a current or former head coach, assistant coach, or athletic administrator at Coalgate HS for a minimum of 5 years
  2. The candidate must have graduated from Coalgate HS to qualify
  3. The candidate must have excelled in the profession of coaching at the HS, college, and or professional level in his or her chosen field of coaching
  4. Receipt of the Award would bring honor and respect to Coalgate HS at the time of the individual’s induction

Meritorious Achievement

Any candidate for Receipt of the Hall of Fame designation in the category of meritorious achievement must meet the following three (3) criteria:

  1. The designation is awarded to an individual who has made a remarkable and long-lasting impact upon Coalgate HS and its athletic program through a minimum of 5 years of service.
  2. The areas recognized as significant are that of volunteering their time, giving extraordinary encouragement to athletes of Coalgate HS, and their unselfish monetary contributions.
  3. Receipt of the Award would bring honor and respect to Coalgate HS at the time of the individual’s induction.

Procedural Rules for Awards

No member of the selection committee is eligible for election into the Hall of Fame while serving in that capacity. The committee will receive nominations until October 31st of each year. The committee will then do the research on the nominees past contributions and will determine the top 25 candidates in an evaluation process using a variety of resources. The seven (7)-member committee will each rank the candidates 1 thru 20 and the top four (4) individuals from any category and the top team may gain admittance into the Hall of Fame. Voting by the selection committee shall be by written ballot and votes recorded. Each year a maximum of four (4) living individuals and one (1) outstanding team will be recognized and inducted into the Hall of Fame. After the initial induction year, the individual members selected to the Hall of Fame will be given lifetime status to vote for future inductees as well as the selection committee.

Hall of Fame Banquet

The inductees will be introduced to the media by February of each year. The banquet to honor the inductees will be held in Coalgate, on the Saturday proceeding Memorial Day Weekend. Details of the location and program will be announced in March of each year.

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