Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Benjamin Logan’s Hall of Fame is set to grow Friday night as two former athletes and a highly successful coach will be inducted during a ceremony prior to the school’s home boys basketball game.
Matt Stahl, David Nease and Bob Fawcett will be honored at approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday. The induction ceremony will be conducted between the junior varsity and varsity basketball contests against Indian Lake.
Stahl, a 2005 graduate, is one of the most decorated wrestlers in Ben Logan history. He placed sixth at the Division II state tournament as a senior and was a three-time district placer.
He won a Central Buckeye Conference title in 2004 and was a district runner-up in 2005. He also won all of his matches at the Ohio Duals in 2005, helping his team to a fifth-place finish.
Stahl ranks third all-time at Ben Logan in wins (149), third in winning percentage (82 percent), first in takedowns (476) and first in escapes (195). He also holds the single-season takedown record with 150.
A winner of 11 varsity letters, Stahl competed in football and track and field as well. He won the Raider Award for the football team in 2005 and was a regional placer on the 3,200 relay team in 2005.
Stahl graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2009. He is presently an Airman in the United States Navy and resides at the NTTC Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss.
A 1982 graduate, Nease enjoyed a stellar baseball career for the Raiders.
He was the 1982 West Central Ohio Conference player of the year and was part of WCOC championship teams in 1980 and 1982. He was a three-time all-conference selection.
A standout pitcher, he had a career record of 12-3. That included a 5-0 mark in 1982. He is sixth all-time in career wins for Ben Logan.
He also was a strong hitter, leading the team in batting average three seasons. He ranks eighth all-time in the Raiders’ record book in career batting average (.397) and fourth in single-season batting average (.526).
The Raiders had a record of 51-25 while Nease was a member of the baseball squad.
Nease also played football and collected five varsity letters during his prep sports career.
Currently, he resides near Bellefontaine with his wife Hollie. They have three children: Danielle, Leanna and David Andrew. They also have one granddaughter, Nina. He is employed by Wittenberg University as a craft superintendent.
Joining Stahl and Nease as new inductees is Fawcett, who had an outstanding run as the school’s volleyball coach. He coached the Raiders’ volleyball squad from 1988 until 1995 and again from 1997 until 2004.
Under Fawcett’s guidance, the Raiders won the Division II district championship in 2004 and finished as a regional runner-up.
Fawcett’s teams also won three sectional titles and five league championships.
He was the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Division II coach of the year in 2004 and was a three-time winner of the District 9 coach of the year award.
Fawcett had the opportunity to coach his daughter, Nicole, who went on to win a pair of national titles at Penn State and was the national player of the year as a senior.
In addition to coaching volleyball, Fawcett was an assistant coach for the girls basketball team for five years. During that time, he was part of a district championship team in 1990 and a league championship in 1992. He coached the junior varsity squad to a perfect 20-0 record during the 1991-92 season.
Fawcett has also served as an assistant coach for the softball, track and field and baseball teams at Ben Logan.
A veteran of the United States Army, Fawcett is currently in his 26th year of teaching special education at Ben Logan High School and lives in Zanesfield with his wife Kim. His daughter Nicole is a member of the USA women’s national volleyball team and currently plays professionally in Korea. His son, Joe is a graduate student at the University of Detroit and is the athletic trainer for the men’s lacrosse team.