As most football and basketball coaches will tell you,
while the glamour players get all the attention and headlines, itís
the guys who do the work battling it out in the trenches and down in
the paint that lead to the success or failure of a team. Chad
Coffman represents one of those guys whose blue collar work ethic
and determined effort equated to victories for the Midview Middies.
Chad was a two-year starter in both sports for Midview.
On the football squad, Chad was a tremendous two way tackle for the
Middies. He was part of a Midview squad that shared a Lakeland
Conference championship his junior season, and went 7-3 his senior
year. Coffman, along with previous MAHOF inductee Joe Staysniak,
were bookend offensive tackles for head coach Jim Bollenbacher and
provided a devastating tandem. Following that senior season, Coffman
was 2nd Team All Lakeland Conference, and Honorable Mention All
On the basketball hardwood, Coffman was a physical
presence in the paint for the Middies. In his senior season, Chad
averaged just shy of a double-double, scoring nearly nine points per
game, while grabbing 10 rebounds per contest. That team finished up
with a 14-7 mark.
With his size and dominance on the line in football
clearly evident, numerous Division 1 offers were offered Coffman,
and he elected to continue his career on the gridiron at Kent State
University. Chad was a two-year letterman for the Golden Flashes,
where he started for two seasons at offensive tackle. But Chad was
not just doing the work in the trenches at Kent, he was also
excelling in the classroom, as he was an Academic All-Mid American
Following his playing days and college career, Chad
returned to the Lorain County area, teaching and coaching at Elyria,
and has since moved into various administrative positions including
a time at his alma mater. Coffman is currently the principal at
Parma Senior High School.
Chad and his wife Vicki are the proud parents of four
children, daughters Kearsten, Kara and Justine, and a son Joey.
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