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Legendary Coaches To Speak In Paden City

By Staff | Oct 14, 2009

College Football Hall of Fame Coach and former West Virginia University Mountaineer Head Football Coach Don Nehlen will join former Marshall University Thundering Herd Coach, Bob Pruett, for an evening with the Legends of West Virginia Football on Monday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Bob Burton Gymnasium at Paden City High School.

The event is free and the entire public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. The special speaking engagement is sponsored by the Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the College Hall of Fame, the Paden City Foundation, Inc., and the Paden City High School Athletic Department.

PCHS Athletic Director Fred King states, “This will be an exciting evening in Paden City and a great chance to hear two well-respected coaches and entertaining speakers.”

Paden City Foundation president, Rodney McWilliams added, “We are encouraging everyone to come and listen to these fine gentlemen. It is an event the entire family can enjoy and there is no admission fee. This kind of opportunity doesn’t happen often, so we are very excited to have them with us for the evening.”

The gentlemen are expected to speak on a myriad of topics and may use this event to kick off some exciting new proposals that affect high school athletics in West Virginia and maybe neighboring states. Event organizers plan to open the doors to the gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Mike Dunlap, representing the Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation, will be on hand to speak about the role the foundation plays in West Virginia and also discuss their scholarship program.

When asked about the upcoming visit he commented, “Paden City High School, its athletes, faculty, and the community are the flagship of pride in small towns across West Virginia. The Football Foundation is proud to join PCHS to help in advancing its football program and make its athletes available for our scholarship program. When I visited Paden City for a game, I was moved by the pride and hospitality of this small town. I felt like a Wildcat.”

The Paden City Foundation has a long history of support for the public schools in Paden City as well as many other community endeavors in its service area which includes Wetzel and Tyler counties. Each year, nearly 20 graduating seniors from Paden City High School, Tyler Consolidated High School, and Magnolia High School receive scholarships through the Paden City Foundation. These scholarships are made possible through the generous giving of many donors. Other community efforts benefited by the PCF include the William E. Ford Park, the athletic and music departments at PCHS, the public library, and the PC Volunteer Fire Company. One very visible project of the PCF is the Paden City Museum and Cultural Center on Main Street.

For more information about the Paden City Foundation, write to Paden City Foundation, P.O. Box 233, Paden City, WV 26159.