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2018 Inductees Athletic HOF

Dick Fisher
Richard Fisher

As president of the Avondale Booster Club for eight years, Dick helped shape a partnership between school and community that is still the standard today. By example he moved others to join together to work toward common goals that would enrich the lives of Avondale students and families for years to follow. With resolve, he emphasized the importance of advancing the Avondale Athletic program while safeguarding capacity to serve diversity in student interest and aptitude.

His message was clear - athletic programs exist for all students and they must have parent and community support to sustain. Dick was also a founding member of the Avondale Education Foundation.

Dick Smith
Dick Smith

Graduating from Avondale in 1960, Dick was on the Varsity football team for three years, earning League MVP (1959), All-League (2 years), All South Oakland County (2 years), All-County (2 years), All-State, and Avondale Scholarship Program (2 years). In addition, he was on the Varsity basketball team for three years, earning All-League (2 years), All South Oakland Country (2 years), All-County and All-State. He also played three years on the Varsity baseball team and three years on the Varsity track team. He played in a High School All-Star Game at Wisner Stadium and went on to be a college athlete, playing for Central Michigan University, Northwood Institute and Soo Tech. 

During his college athletic career he held many starting positions and received recognition including being named Captain and MVP at Northwood Institute. Dick went on to become a teacher and coach in the Madison District Public Schools. He continued to mentor and lead young athletes as Coordinator and State Board Member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Devon Hind
Devon Hind

Graduating from AHS in 1973, Devon was a 3-sport athlete, on the track team, cross country team and basketball team. He took 2nd Place in the State Cross Country Meet in his senior year, 1st Place in the State Outdoor 2 Mile, also in his senior year, and set a 2 Mile AHS record of 9:17.6 in 1973 - the record still stands. At Jackson Community College, he placed 2nd in the NJCAA Cross Country National Meet; 1st Place at the Indoor Nationals (2 mile); 2nd Place at the Indoor Nationals (1 Mile); was a Co-MVP of the Indoor Nationals; and placed 4th in the Outdoor Nationals (3 Mile).

Devon attended the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and was a 5-time All-SEC taking 3rd Place in the Indoor Mile, 2nd Place in the Outdoor Steeplechase, 2nd Place in the Outdoor Mile, 4th Place in the Outdoor 3 Mile and 6th Place in Cross Country. His time in the Steeplechase is still in the top 10 (8:48.5). Accepting a high school teaching position, he was also the Coach for Boys and Girls Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track. Devon's teams have earned 35 State Varsity Team titles, 29 State Runner Up titles, 47 State Championship Relay Team titles, and 2 National Championship titles in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay. In addition, 134 individuals became State Champions under his coaching. In 2013, he was Indoor National Coach of the Year.

Chuck Nurek

Chuck graduated from Avondale High School in 1958, having played Varsity basketball and football and receiving an All-State Football Honorable Mention. Following graduation, he received his BS in Education from Northwest Missouri State University and his Master of Science in Education from Eastern University. He also played semi-pro football with the Pontiac Firebirds. Chuck began his teaching career in the Pontiac School District but moved to Avondale in 1967 where he was the P.E. and Health teacher. A year later he accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Director until 1978. He was appointed the district's Athletic Administrator in 1978 and served until 1999. From 1997-1999 he was also the K-12 P.E. Curriculum Coordinator, Avondale School District. 

Named MIAAA Region 8 Athletic Administrator of the Year (1991); Oakland County Athletics Association, Athletic Director of the Year (1996); and Michigan Athletic Director of the Year (1999), Chuck also received an MIAAA State Award of Merit and recently, the MHSAA Forsythe Award (2017).  In 2012, the Avondale School District named the indoor sports facility the "Chuck Nurek Field House" in his honor. In addition to the many awards he received, Chuck also demonstrated commitment to the development of programming and leadership around the county and state to the benefit of student athletes everywhere through participating in developing a coaching education program and the manual "Elements of Effective Administration".

Dan Avery

Dan graduated from AHS in 1972 as a 3-sport Varsity player. On the Varsity football team for three years, Dan was named All-Conference, All-County and All-State and served as the team's Captain in 1971. He played three years on the Varsity basketball team, serving as the Team Captain in 1972 and being recognized as All-Conference, All-County and All-State. He was also All-Conference, All-County and Team Captain (1972) during his three years on the Varsity baseball team. Dan received Avondale's R. Grant Graham Award in his senior year, honoring his athletic achievements. 

After graduation he attended Western Michigan University where he played Varsity football and for seventeen years he coached many youth baseball, softball and basketball teams.
Dick Reddaway
Dick Reddaway

A natural athlete, Dick graduated from AHS in 1965. He was a 3-year starter on the Varsity football team where he served as Co-Captain and was named to the All-Oakland A Conference roster. As a Varsity baseball player, Dick was a 3-year starter and Co-Captain of the team. He was also named a baseball All-State, All-County and All Oakland A Conference athlete. 

He played for the Auburn Heights Boys Club Summer League, leading his team to the 1964 Class D State Championship. Dick was voted Senior Class President and also served as the Varsity Club President. He was selected as a Boys State Representative and attended the summer program designed for high school students with an aptitude for leadership. Dick received a baseball scholarship to the University of Southern Colorado.

Jim McDonald
Jim McDonald

As a member of the AHS Class of 1961, Jim was a four sport Varsity player. On the Varsity football team for three years, he was named All-League (1960), All-County (1960), Oakland A Football League MVP and Team MVP (1960). In his senior year, he was also named Team Captain and scored 15 touchdowns. Jim played two years on the Varsity basketball team, serving as Captain (senior year) and receiving All-League and All-County in 1960. He was also the Varsity Basketball Team MVP. Rounding out his four sports, Jim was on the Varsity baseball team for three years and on the Varsity track team for two years. 

His commitment on the field was matched by his commitment to the City of Auburn Heights (Hills) as he served on the City Council for 24 years and served as the city's Mayor for 12 years.

Duane McLaughlin
Duane McLaughlin

Graduating form Avondale High School in 1968, Duane played for three years on the Varsity football team as a two-way starter. Named to the All-State 1st Team in his senior year, he was a stand-out among athletes across the state. 

Reaching the pinnacle of achievement in defensive play, he was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year in the State of Michigan. After graduation, his football achievements continued he became a starter for Michigan State University as Defensive Tackle.

Rick Brewere
Rick Brewer

As head coach of the AHS Varsity football team for 18 years, Rick achieved an unmatched record of 128 victories and 41 defeats. 

Under his leadership, Avondale teams qualified for the State Playoffs in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990. He led the 1988 team to become State Region 3 Champions and the 1990 team to become a State Region 4 Finalist. Rick was honored as Coach of the year 5 times; the Detroit News Metro North Coach of the Year 2 times; and the Michigan High School Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year 4 times.  

His documented successes are matched by countless stories from athletes inspired by his strong work ethic and dedication to the success of the individual players as well as the team. Touching hundred of athletes throughout career, he held high expectations and undaunted belief in the abilities of those willing to work to reach their potential. 

Understanding the power of a strong athletic program and knowing its impact on the players and the community, he never wavered in his commitment to establish a legacy of excellence and achievement that is the standard for coaches who follow in his footsteps.

Dick Bye

Dick was an accomplished athlete prior to beginning his teaching and coaching career in 1952 at Brimley HS and then at Richmond HS. He came to Avondale in 1955 to coach basketball, football and track. As the Varsity basketball coach, he led his teams to four conference championships and was named the Oakland County Basketball Coach of the Year in 1956. 
Earning his M. A., Education from the University of Michigan in 1959, Dick became the Avondale School District Athletic Director in 1964, building and leading the program for 11 years. 

Serving twice as President, Oakland B Conference of Athletic Directors, Dick never lost focus of the reach of a strong high school athletic program. He understood the role athletic involvement plays in the healthy growth of students as athletes, team members and community members. He also knew that investing time, money and resources into an athletic program was an investment in the future of our young people. 

He never stopped advocating for expansion and improvement of Avondale facilities and programming, initiating projects that would enhance the athletic experience not only for the athletes but for the entire Avondale community. Following his untimely death in 1975, and validating the impact of Dick's service to the District, the Avondale BOE voted to name the high school athletic complex in his memory. Designated the "Dick By Field" in 2011, the complex honors the man know as "Mr. Avondale". Dick was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Northern Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
Dennis Acker
Dennis Acker

Dennis graduated from Avondale High School in 1964. He was on the Varsity football team for three years. He was Team Captain in his senior year and was named to the All-County team and was a leader in county-wide scoring. Dennis was also on the Varsity basketball team, serving as Team Captain in his junior year and earning Co-MVP distinction. On the Varsity baseball team for four years, he was a pitcher and 3rd basemen. Dennis was President of his senior class and President of the "A" Club. He was also selected for the National Honor Society and served on the Avondale High School Student Council. After high school, Dennis went on to play football at Western Michigan University.
1972 CCX Team

Avondale High School 1972 Boys Cross Country Team

With a record of 22-0, the team, consisting of Jory Bowen, Jon Call, Jay Graham, Devon Hind, Larry Krause, Tony Luttrell and Mike Stouffer and coached by Barry Davis, captured the first State Championship in Avondale High School history when they were crowned 1972 Cross Country State Champions.  The team captured two League titles and two Regional titles and had four All-State Athletes (Jon Call, Jay Graham, Devon Hind and Tony Luttrell). They were also the winners of the "1972 Meet of Champions", competing against teams from Class A, B, C, and D. In 1971, the team was named State Runner Up with a record of
21 - 1.

1981 Girls Track Team

Avondale High School 1981 Girls Track Team
The team, comprised of team captains Kathy Kaehler, Sandi Rohe (Carter), Lissa Stohler (Green), and Jean Tingley (D'Alimonte), with team members Anne Bortner (Brown), Marie Brown, Kassandra Buckhaulter (Mack), Paula Buckhaulter, Tania Cargill (Carter), Margaret Cifani (O'Donnell), Debbie Crager (Todd), Kamala Cummings, Maria Dubbs, Chris Durkin ( Berlinski), Norine Durkin, Laura Gawal, Gretchen Hagerman,Llnda Hagerman, Jody Harker (Spurlin), Sarah Harless (Myers), Julie Hefferman, Lynette Hipple, Terri Kuney, Joan LaRose (Pilarski), Carol Latulippe (Yandrofski), Rebecca Lee (Hein), Gayle Leitch (Davis), Brenda Ponte (Jiral), Sherry Roberts, Louise Schlegelmann, Shawn Shepard, Sue St. Onge, Tere Stouffer, Dori Sullivan (Courtney), Sandy Thomas, Nancy Thacker and Sherry Wilder and coached by Rick Snede, Don Wold, Richard Collins and Ken Glupker was named NOAC League Tournament Champions (League Championships in 13 different events). In addition, the team placed 2nd at Regionals with five Regional Champions and eight State Qualifiers; took 1st Place in the Oakland County Meet of Class B, C, and D Divisions; took 4th Place at the Class B State Meet with the 400m Relay Team of Kassandra Buckhaulter, Paula Buckhaulter, Kathy Kaehler and Jean Tingley crowned State Champions, the 800m Relay Team placing 2nd and taking 4th place in the Discus. In addition, five members of the team, Kassandra Buckhaulter, Paula Buckhaulter, Kathy Kaehler, Sandi Rohe and Jean Tingley were named All-State. Of no surprise, as of 2018, three individual AHS records and three AHS relay records set in 1981 still stand.

Avondale High School 1960
"I am going to close by saying life is short, it is oh so sweet. There are a lot of people that we meet as we walk through these hallowed halls, but the things that mean the most are the friendships that you meet and take along with you."

Walter Payton
Hall of Fame Induction Speech