Sports Hall of Fame

Holmes County Sports Hall of Fame announces 2017 class

Ron Zimmerman (left), Melissa Mohr-Brown and Rick Drushal

The Holmes County Sports Hall of Fame trustees have selected three people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the induction ceremony set for Oct. 7 at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event will be on sale at Rodhe’s IGA until Oct. 2. Prices are $20 for adults and $8 for children 3-11.

Ron Zimmerman

Ron Zimmerman’s coaching career at West Holmes High School began as an assistant track and field coach for the boys team in the spring of 1974. He became the head coach in 1984, ending his career in the spring of 1996 after 23 years in the sport. In addition to track and field, Zimmerman also coached cross country, starting the program in 1976 for the boys, 1983 for the girls and 1990 for the middle school, completing a total of 21 years in 1996.

For the 13 seasons that Zimmerman served as head coach of the boys track and field, the team finished first once and second six times in league competition. Over the 13 seasons he coached 20 district champions, one regional champion and 20 state qualifiers. Before the days of the top eight receiving All-Ohio status, he had two individuals earn All-Ohio by placing in the top six. Individual and relay teams set school records in 13 of the 16 events during his tenure with three school records still on the record boards. His dual meet record was 64-4-1. Zimmerman credits the other coaches, volunteers and parents but particularly the athletes who made these accomplishments occur.

Zimmerman’s tenure of 21 seasons as boys coach in cross country resulted in six championships and four second-place finishes in conference competition. He coached four conference champions and four athletes who finished runner-up. Twenty-seven individuals received all-conference status during his tenure. He sent two individuals to state competition with one individual earning All-Ohio status. When regional competition began in 1985, he had two teams qualify and sent individuals in all but two years. His dual meet record was 130-90. With the beginning of the girls cross country program, he had six girls earn All-Conference with two earning runner-up. He also sent at least one girl to regional competition each year until he handed the program over to another coach in 1990.

Though Zimmerman was named COY six times and once tabbed Coach of the Year by the Daily Record, what pleases him most are the number of athletes he worked with who became coaches. Nine former athletes have served as assistant track coaches at West Holmes with three becoming head track coach. Two individuals have been cross country coaches in other school districts, and one individual has operated a successful pole vault program in Ohio.

Zimmerman and his wife Claudia live in the Millersburg area and are eagerly awaiting the time when grandchildren begin the adventures of cross country and track and field.

 J. Richard Drushal, Jr.

Rick Drushal was a multi-sport standout for West Holmes High School, where he received multiple All-State honors in football, track and field, and basketball in addition to graduating as valedictorian of his class in 2003. Following his career at West Holmes, Drushal attended the College of Wooster, where he played four years of football and track and field for the Fighting Scots, graduating in 2007.

Over the course of his four years at West Holmes, he accumulated nine varsity athletic letters. On the gridiron Drushal played offensive and defensive tackle for coach Bob Maltarich and finished his career by being selected as a First Team All-State defensive tackle in 2002. Drushal also was selected to play in the 2003 Times Reporter All Star Game. In addition to being a four-year letter winner, Drushal led the WHHS track and field team in points scored in 2003 and capped his career with an eighth-place finish in the shot put at the OHSAA Div. II state meet. Drushal was voted Knight of the Year in 2003 for West Holmes High School in addition to being honored as the WHHS 2003 Holmes County Journal Male Athlete of the Year and Veterans of Foreign Wars Athlete of the Year for the Eastern District.

Upon joining the College of Wooster football program, Drushal was named the starting left tackle a week into the 2003 training camp and remained the starter at that position for a school-record 42 games. He was a three-time First Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference honoree and three-year All-American honoree. In addition to anchoring the line for Wooster’s first conference championship and playoff team in seven years, he was a two-year team captain and amassed a career 32-10 record (.762) from 2003-06. These 32 wins equal a College of Wooster team record for a four-year stretch.

Drushal was a First Team selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team and recipient of the prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship in 2006. In 2013 he was selected as a member of the NCAC’s 30th Anniversary Football All-Decade Team, and the team award for the Outstanding First Year Player was named in his honor. He graduated cum laude from the College of Wooster with degrees in math and computer science and was awarded the Foster Prize in Mathematics and received the William A. Galpin Award for General Excellence in College Work.

Following his football career at the College of Wooster, Drushal signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns and attended rookie minicamp in 2007 prior to being released from the team. In international competition, he represented the United States as a member of Team USA in the 2006 Aztec Bowl in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Additionally Drushal was a member of the United States inaugural national team that competed in and won the gold medal in the 2007 IFAF World Cup of American Football in Tokyo, Japan.

Drushal currently lives in San Jose, California, with his wife Anne and three children Thea, Tripp and Evie, where he works as a principal solution architect at Silicon Valley Data Science.

Melissa Mohr-Brown

Melissa Mohr-Brown was an athlete at West Holmes High School from 1997-2001. She earned four letters in volleyball, four letters in track and field, and three letters in basketball. She was a nine-time All-Ohioan in two sports.

In basketball during the 1997-98 season, Mohr-Brown led her team in steals. For the 1998-99 season, she had the team-best field goal percentage, was named best defensive player, led the team in scoring and was District 5 First Team Div. I and II. During the 1999-2000 season, she was the top rebounder and received special mention AP All-Eastern Team.

In track and field she was a six-time All-Ohioan and qualified for the state track meet all four years in various events. Mohr-Brown placed in at least one event at the state track meet in 1999 and 2000, and her best performance came in 2001 when she won silver medals in the 300-meter hurdles and 3200-meter relay. She also placed fifth in the 1600-meter relay. She was a five-time regional champion, a 12-time district champion, a five-time conference champion and a two-time conference track and field athlete of the year.

Upon graduation she held school records in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, 400-meters, 1600-meter relay, 3200-meter relay and high jump. Her records in the 300-meter hurdles, 1600-meter relay and high jump still stand today. Mohr-Brown holds numerous stadium and invitational records at various schools. She scored 1057.08 points during her high school track and field career.

In volleyball Mohr-Brown was a middle hitter and was First Team All-Ohio and was the Ohio Div. II Player of the Year in 2000. She earned first team All-Ohio in 1999 and honorable mention in 1998. She also earned First Team All-District and First Team All-Conference accolades in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Her team was a state semifinalist in 1999, and she was named The Daily Record Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000.

Mohr-Brown concluded her high school career being named the West Holmes High School Female Athlete of the Year and was selected as the Holmes County Journal Female Athlete of the Year in 2001. She also was the valedictorian of her graduating class.

After high school Mohr-Brown attended Bowling Green State University, where she received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball and majored in interior design. There she earned BGSU’s Rookie of the Year award in 2001, followed by Most Improved Player in 2003 and Best Teammate in 2004. Her senior year she captained the team and led the squad in total blocks and blocks per game and ranked second in total kills and kills per game. Upon graduation Mohr-Brown was ranked 12th all-time for career blocks and 11th all-time for career service aces in BGSU school history.

After college Mohr-Brown moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue her career in interior design. She has been a designer at several large commercial architecture and engineering firms including SSOE, HOK and DLR Group. In the spring of 2015, she and her husband put their careers on hold and set off to travel the world. Over the course of 18 months, they crossed the globe, visiting over 35 countries in five continents. After returning to the United States, the couple spent a few months exploring some cities and National Parks in the U.S. before settling in at Santa Barbara, California. They are both back to work and settling in to their new town on the central coast of California. You can read more about their travels at www.wegrantandmel.com.

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