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SWVA Sports Podcast - Episode 15

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-SWVAGridiron doesn't have connections.  He is the connection! 

-Rick "Bear Dog" Blevins was a stud on the wrestling mat for Chilhowie.  Well, maybe he was a "steed".  He was whichever one is more impressive.

-Entertaining show, guys...Thanks

 

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5 hours ago, swva_havok_fan said:

I was denied my epic heel style promo!  I am sad.  Lol.  But now it needs to be cut on the Satan board instead anyway.  :D

Oh I did it. It was 19 minutes long. But i cut it out. It was all over the place and just didn’t flow and I don’t need that stuff out there when I’m about to go on my first ever real job search. 

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12 hours ago, Ryan4VT said:

Oh I did it. It was 19 minutes long. But i cut it out. It was all over the place and just didn’t flow and I don’t need that stuff out there when I’m about to go on my first ever real job search. 

Lmao!  Can I have the "unreleased" footage?

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43 minutes ago, Union_Fan said:

Thanks for the shout out @Ryan4VT. My daughter was pretty proud of the job she did getting those seats, LOL. Really enjoyed you and @BlueRazor cheering with us. And now that Spiderman has been unmasked, thanks again @SWVAgridiron, we appreciated you guys coming down and really enjoyed the horn. :)

No problem @Union_Fan! Even though we didn't get the outcome that we wanted, me and my father had a blast! Looking forward to making future trips to BSG! 

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Robert E. Lee is in Staunton. Wilson Memorial is in Fishersville about 5 miles east of Staunton on the other side of I-81. Riverheads is about 10 miles south of Staunton. You can see the school from I-81. It is not in Staunton, it is at Greenville although it is a Staunton post office address.

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Merrill Gainer also coached at Big Creek from 1948 to 1957. He also coached at Poca and Elkview in the Kanawha Valley.

1942  05-01-2  Poca
1943  08-01-0  Poca
      military service
1946  02-07-0  Elkview
1947  05-03-1  Elkview
1948  04-05-1  Big Creek
1949  05-04-0  Big Creek

1950  09-01-0  Big Creek
1951  08-02-0  Big Creek
1952  10-01-0  Big Creek
1953  08-01-1  Big Creek
1954  07-01-2  Big Creek
1955  09-00-0  Big Creek
1956  09-01-0  Big Creek
1957  10-00-0  Big Creek
1958           Big Creek suspeneded by the WVSSAC
1959  11-00-0  Bluefield

1960  10-00-0  Bluefield
1961  09-01-0  Bluefield
1962  11-00-0  Bluefield
1963  06-03-1  Bluefield
1964  09-01-0  Bluefield
1965  11-00-0  Bluefield
1966  09-01-0  Bluefield
1967  11-00-0  Bluefield
1968           not coaching
1969  02-05-2  Patrick Henry

1970  05-04-1  Patrick Henry
1971  07-03-0  Patrick Henry
1972  10-01-0  Patrick Henry
1973  13-00-0  Patrick Henry
1974  07-01-2  Patrick Henry
1975  07-02-0  Patrick Henry
1976  05-04-1  Patrick Henry
1977  03-05-2  Patrick Henry

Merril Gainer's winning percentrage in WV is .831.  No one has a better percentage with at least 100 games coached in WV.

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Thanks for sharing @Bluefield researcher.  

I just read where Merril Gainer coached both Glynn Carlock and Joel Hicks at Big Creek.  

Needless to say, the communities of Coalwood and War have produced some phenomenal people.

http://www.roanoke.com/webmin/other/coach-s-coach/article_46d5fe3e-b5bb-513c-8dc2-cd5bfaa3f053.html

 

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Merrill Gainer's legacy off the top of my head.  Joel Hicks did not graduate from Big Creek. He did not play for Merrill Gainer. He graduated from Richwood, WV. He did coach at Big Creek, Beckley and WVU (assistant) before Pulaski County

John Chmara - Bluefield - Fauquier (assistant coach)

Glynn Carlock - Graham (player and assistant coach under Gainer and Chmara)

Nick Colobro - Tazewell - Gate City (player)

Tim Sarver - Harrisonburg, Osbourn, Bath County (player)

Tom Farrell - Fauquier (played at Welch member of the 1963 undefeated team under Tony Colobro - assistant under Chmara)

Fred Simon - Bluefield (player and assistant coach under Chmara)

Dave Litz - Tazewell (player for Chmara)

Dave Rider - Tazewell (player at Big Creek)

JIm Hammond - Richlands (player at Big Creek)

Tom Buzzo - Liberty Bealeton - Brooke Point (player under Chmara)

John Lilly - Beckley, Shady Spring (player under Chmara)

Tony Palmer - Graham (player under Carlock)

Mario Poletti - Big Creek (player at Big Creek)

Carl Mams - Big Creek, George Wythe (assistant at Big Creek)

Jim Hickam - Pulaski High, Northside (player at Big Creek)

Barry Reed - Pocahontas and long time Coach and AD at Virginia High in other sports (played under Carlock)

Buster Large - J. I. Burton and current Bluefield basketball coach (played under Carlock)

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1 minute ago, Liam McPoyle said:

Holy Cow, @Bluefield researcher .  You're amazing.

Did all these coaches play for Merrill Gainer or were some assistant coaches?

 

They are either first or 2nd generation coaches. They either played for him, coached under him before coaching elsewhere or played for coaches that coached or played under him (2nd generation such as coach Palmer is).

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