The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

October 31, 2012

Ashtabula County HOF Series: No reason to feel Coy

Former Geneva great was always involved in one sport or another

Kids in Tim Coy’s generation didn’t always have the best of equipment to play sports with.

If a baseball lost its cover, they adapted, covering it with black friction tape. If a bat started to splinter (this was pre-aluminum bat times), they drove in a few well-placed nails.

They played whichever sport was in season — baseball in the spring and summer, football in the autumn and basketball in the winter. That’s just the way it was, and in their minds, how it should be.

Coy, who will be inducted into the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club’s Hall of Fame on Dec. 10, remembers those days fondly.

“We always played baseball in my neighborhood,” he said. “We played whatever was in season, every day. Neighborhood parents put in a field on North Myers Road (in Geneva Township). My cousins lived next door and my sister, Candy, was one of the better players. My dad passed away when I was 4, but there was always someone to take me to my Little League or minor-league games. I played for Pruden’s Chicks.”

Coy pitched and played first base. With family finances tight, he couldn’t afford a first baseman’s mitt, so coaches Tom Koehler and Al Graper chipped in and bought him one.

In football season, those kids played at Kiwanis Park and Carraher Field in Geneva. The Geneva Midget Football League had been formed and usually pitted four teams against each other each Saturday morning.

For some reason, the Geneva school district didn’t have junior high football teams, as Coy remembers, so his first school football began when he was a freshman. He played tight end and defensive end on Geneva teams under legendary head coach Bob Herpy and Koehler, the defensive coordinator.

“They were real good guys,” Coy said.

“In my senior year (the 1972 season), we did real well. We lost one game, the last game of the season to a Cleveland team. I think we won all four years against Ashtabula. That was big. I played offense, defense and special teams, never came off the field.”

The Eagles had great players at the time, players like running back Don Craine, quarterback Randy Carter, who later went to Yale and place-kicked for the Elis, Robert Perkins, John Askew and Jeff Mohrman. Coy recalls once in the final-game loss, Carter complaining to a referee.

“The ref said, ‘We play big-time football in Cleveland. We’ll call the game,’” Coy recalls.

“They were a great group of guys that I went to high school with, really good athletes.”

Coy himself stood out as a receiver. Though he doesn’t recall how many catches he made, he did set the school record, which lasted about 25 years.

“We didn’t throw as much then as they do now,” Coy said. “I thought that was pretty good.”

Coy has taken college business classes from time to time, he never attended college on a full-time basis. Instead, after graduation, he played minor-league baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization for a year.

“My brother had been in Texas a little while, so then I moved out there and hung out with him,” he said. “I got tired of Texas after a while and I thought Colorado looked like a cool place, so I loaded my car. I decided to run a construction company, so I had a job when I came here with $50 in my pocket and some things in my car.”

As it happened, the first person he met upon reaching his destination would eventually become his wife.

Knowing one person in Colorado, Kay Chapman, who had been a cheerleader at Geneva and graduated a year later than Coy (1974), he looked her up when he first arrived. But her roommate, Valerie, answered the door.

“She was younger that I was,” Coy said. “I said, ‘I just stopped by to say hi.’ I kept asking her out.

“She was a native of Colorado, who was a gymnast in high school and got a full ride (scholarship) to Arizona State. When I met her, she was a Denver Bronco cheerleader and was working for a modern dance company in Dallas. She flew back and forth.”

His first years in Colorado, Coy ran a construction company as superintendent. The company moved to Colorado Springs and did business with the government, building on five military bases near there. First, though, he took classes and seminars in preparation for the job. The company built such things as chapels, hangars and theaters for the Air Force and renovated buildings.

It was always Coy’s intention to own his own company, though. About 15 years ago, that became a reality when he formed a company called Riverwood Homes of Colorado.

“I subcontract everything out,” Coy said. “I manage the jobs and my wife does all the bills. We build up to five houses a year. They’re all high-end homes. I start next week on one that will go for about $2 million. We just finished two that are about $600,000.”

Tim and Valerie have been married for 31 years. They have three children. The oldest, Adam, 25, is a third-year medical student now at Emery University in Atlanta and a graduate of the University of Colorado. Adam played football, basketball and hockey in high school and is now a triathlete.

Tim calls Alex, 21, his “free-spirit son.”

A junior at Western State in Dennison, Colorado, where he is studying psychology, Alex “found his niche in climbing,” according to Tim. “It’s scary sometimes, but he does real well in school. I think he’s going to start taking business classes.”

The Coys’ youngest child, Amanda, is a senior at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo., just north of the Air Force Academy, where the Coys live.

Coy is glad that he played organized sports in high school.

“High school sports is a really positive experience,” he said. “It prepares you for life.”

Coy himself is still active in outdoor sports, including mountain biking, fly fishing and backpacking.

“I still run and work out every morning,” he said. “I lead an active life.”

Larick, a retired Star Beacon sports writer, is a freelance writer from Geneva.

Click here to subscribe to The Star Beacon print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Star Beacon replica edition.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Complete performance

    It has taken a while for the Grand Valley Mustangs to put it all together on the softball diamond this season. Wednesday afternoon, the Mustangs did just that, combining a superb pitching effort by Katie Paskey with a tight defense and opportune offense to smother the Maplewood Rockets, 8-1, in Northeastern Athletic Conference action.

    April 24, 2014

  • Pirates sail past Eagles

    The seniors on the Perry softball team wanted to talk with coach Frank Rico. They had some ideas for how their coach could help the Pirates. Rico was receptive of the players’ thoughts. It didn’t hurt that the Pirates were right on the mark in their assessments.

    April 24, 2014

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Years of wonder, indeed...

    The recent effort that appeared in this space last week about things yours truly did while growing up that prompted several replies, which were also published as a followup, brought one more into my inbox the other day.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thompson breaks own vaulting mark

    Geneva pole vaulter Ally Thompson is competing mostly with herself in the early going. She claimed a major victory in that category in toppling her own Ashtabula County record in the Eagles’ victories over Lakeside and Harvey at Spire on Wednesday.

    April 24, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    SOFTBALL
    NAC
    Grand Valley 8, Maplewood 1
    at Grand Valley

    April 24, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    THURSDAY, APRIL 24
    Baseball

    Ledgemont at Grand Valley (4:30)
    Campbell at Edgewood (5)
    Lordstown at PV (4:30)
    Riverside at Perry (7:30)
    Champion at Jefferson (5)

    April 24, 2014

  • Tribe bests Royals

    The top of the Cleveland lineup has been starting to hit. If that continues, it will bode very well for the team.

    April 24, 2014

  • BB1 Walk on the wild side

    Going into the bottom of the third inning Tuesday, things were looking pretty good for the Madison Blue Streaks at Edgewood.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Peck A Rich Kelly column: Rick Peck... his legacy born at CLA

    We all leave a legacy of our persona as we pass from this world to whatever the future holds for us.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • BB2 Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Edgewood 14, Madison 3
    at Higgins Field, Edgewood

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video