UAHS Athletic Hall of Fame to welcome 8 inductees in 2019

The Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome six former student-athletes and two retired coaches who have made outstanding contributions to the impressive history of the school’s athletic program.

The third class of inductees was announced during the Senior Night Game on Friday, October 19 at Marv Moorehead Stadium. These individuals will be recognized in January at the high school.

The 2019 inductees are:

Dudley Beaver, who is best-known as the girls varsity basketball coach for 20 years. He led the team to a Division I state championship in 1988. In addition, he also held coaching roles in varsity softball, varsity baseball and varsity boys basketball, and served as an athletic trainer. 

Denny Dicke (Class of 1969), who was a running back on the state championship football teams in 1967 and 1968 and won three individual state championships in track, first as a sophomore in 1967 in the 440-yard dash and again as a senior in 1969 in the 220-meter and 440-yard events. He was a Track & Field All-American, ranked third in the nation, in 1969 and went on to receive similar recognition at the NCAA level as a track athlete at Rice University in Houston.  His UAHS records in the 440-yard (47.3 seconds) and 220-yard  (21.7 seconds) remain unbroken today.

Elaine Ferritto (Class of 2003), who won state championships in swimming and water polo at the high school. As a swimmer, she won an individual state championship in 2002 and a team state championship in 2003. She won state championships in water polo in 2001 and 2003. She set multiple school and state records in swimming as well as the National Public High School record in the 200 medley relay. She went on to swim for the University of Texas, earning individual honors, Big XII team championships (2003-2006) and Olympic Trial qualifying times in 2004 and 2008.

Dick Fryman, who was a longtime coach and athletic director at the high school. He began his career there in 1965 as a biology teacher and went on to become the athletic director, a position he held from 1970 to 1986. As the head tennis coach for 20 years, he led the team to an incredible 18 state championships and an overall record of 350-27. He was also the head wrestling coach for seven years, leading the team to a state runner-up title. Fryman was named Ohio Athletic Director of the Year in 1983 and was inducted into the national Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989.

Terry Gilmore (Class of 1975), who was a premier player in the inaugural years of Upper Arlington High School’s legendary lacrosse program. He was a leading scorer for the Golden Bears in 1973, 1974 and 1975 — scoring 16 points in one game. Gilmore earned All-Midwest honors during his time at the high school and went on to be a leading scorer in lacrosse for The Ohio State University, where his scoring records still stand. After college, Gilmore was integral in developing lacrosse programs in California and Texas. He passed away this past year.

Doug Goodsell (Class of 1951), who was a varsity athlete in football, basketball and track for all four of his years at the high school. He became the high school’s first All-American athlete in football in 1950. His record of scoring six touchdowns in a single game still stands at the high school. Goodsell went on to be recruited by Woody Hayes and played for Ohio State, first as a running back and later as a standout linebacker. He passed away in November of 2015.

Abby Johnston (Class of 2008), who was a state championship diver at the high school. Johnston won state titles in 1-meter diving in 2005 and 2007 and was a runner-up in 2006. Johnston went on to compete the 2012 Olympic Games in London, winning a silver medal in synchronized 3-meter diving. She is also a seven-time senior national champion for Team USA and the first NCAA champion diver for Duke University, winning the 2011 title in 3-meter diving. 

Fred “Curly” Morrison (Class of 1945), who was a leading scorer for the Upper Arlington High School football team. He went on to play for The Ohio State University from 1947 to 1949. In his final year, he led Ohio State to a victory over Michigan and an invitation to the Rose Bowl, where he ran for 119 yards and was named MVP. After graduation, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears through 1953 and for the Cleveland Browns from 1954 to 1956. His NFL career encompassed 84 games, with a total of 2,420 yards rushing, 578 carries and 14 career touchdowns.

Based on nominations submitted by community members, alumni and staff, the inductees were selected by a committee of former student athletes, community members, coaches and high-school and district administrators. 

The inductees, or family members representing them, will be introduced between the girls varsity basketball game and boys varsity basketball games against Marysville on January 4. The girls basketball game begins at 6 p.m. A reception open to the public in the first floor of the Learning Center at Upper High School will precede the game at 5 p.m. 

The Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame is continuing to honor achievements of the 142 state championship teams, all automatically entered into the Hall of Champions within the Hall of Fame. The reception in January will recognize the state championship teams from 1970 through 1979.

Learn more about the eligibility guidelines and submit a nomination for the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame at www.uaschools.org/uahsathletics.

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