Don Nehlen, the Canton Lincoln High School grad who went from Stark County high school coach to the College Football Hall of Fame, will speak at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
The famed luncheon club, in its landmark 50th season, continues to be held at Tozzi's on 12th, 4210 12th St. NW, Canton. Lunch is served starting at 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 12:10 p.m., concluding at 1 p.m.
Nehlen served as the head football coach at Canton South and McKinley High Schools and Bowling Green and West Virginia Universities.
No stranger to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, Nehlen is among the few speakers who have more than a dozen appearances here over the years.
Nehlen, who turns 77 New Year's Day, was head football coach at Bowling Green State University (1968–1976) and at West Virginia University (1980–2000).
When he retired from coaching college football in 2001his career record was 202–128–8 and he was the 17th winningest coach in college football history.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and formerly served as a president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Nehlen played quarterback at Bowling Green (1955–1957) and led the team to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1956.
He began his coaching career in 1958 at Mansfield Senior High School and then served as head coach at Canton South High School and Canton McKinley High School. Nelsen was later an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and the University of Michigan.
Since his retirement from coaching, Nehlen has been a spokesman for the coal industry.
Nehlen published a book titled Don Nehlen's Tales from the West Virginia Sideline, an autobiographical account recalling his 21-year tenure as the head football coach at West Virginia.
The cost of the luncheon club memberships remain the same as last year at $35, and the membership includes a year's free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in addition to admissions to all athletic contests at Malone University and Walsh University .
The price of the Monday meals also remains the same, $12 for members and $22 for non-member guests of members. It is the sixth straight year the luncheon costs have stayed the same.
The club's future speakers include:
Sam Bourquin, Sports Director of radio station WHBC, Nov. 5; Larry Kehres, head football coach at Mount Union University, Nov. 12; Mike and Sharon Hargrove, the former Cleveland Indians manager and wife, Nov. 19; Dan Ross, Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner, Nov. 26; and Dirk Hayhurst, author and former major league pitcher, Dec.3.
club also continues to provide all members of the U. S. Armed Forces
home on leave and in uniform free weekly admissions. The club meets on
Mondays from now through mid-May of 2013, when the annual golf outing
and dinner conclude the season's sessions.