Bill Seder Jr.
The career of Bill Seder, Jr. at Ashland High School earned him recognition in the classroom as well as on the playing field. Bill was on the honor roll as a sophomore, junior, and senior, was a member of the student council, Boys State representative and participated in the American Legion Scholarship Test. Bill participated in football, basketball, and tennis. In basketball he received 2 varsity letters and was named best defensive player of 1981/82 season. In tennis, he received 3 varsity letters and was Cardinal Conference Champion in 1980/81 and 1981/82.
The sport which Bill has been truly blessed both on and off the field is football. For Ashland High School, under Coach Dave Gray, Bill was a 3-year varsity letterman and received numerous awards, a few of which included MVP and Helmet award, best offensive and defensive back awards, Cardinal Conference, Mansfield News-Journal and Adidas All-Star Player of the Year awards, First Team All-Ohio Division I, both AP and UPI polls and was a participant in the North/South All Star Game in Massillon. Bill still holds record at AHS in most receptions in a single game, 16 for 244 yards; most catches in a career, 115; and most receiving yards of a career, 1596. Bill was also named Athlete of the Year and Mr. Football in 1982.
As Bill went on to play Division I football at Ohio University on full athletic scholarship, he earned 3 varsity letter and was 3-time MAC player of the week. Upon graduation, Bill stayed on at OU for two additional seasons as graduate assistant for football coach of wide receivers.
From OU, Bill went to Middletown Middies where he was Assistant Football Coach in charge of wide receivers for two years, as well as head Varsity Tennis Coach and Seventh Grad Basketball Coach, then on to Waynedale Golden Bears where his also beginning to leave his mark.
As Head Varsity Football Coach at Waynedale, Bill has a record of 59-28. He has won 4 league championships as well as Wayne County Athletic Coach of the Year 4 times, qualified for the State Football playoffs 3 times, won the Regional Championship and been in the Final Four twice, all in the last 8 years. Waynedale, rich in football tradition, has excelled under Bill as coach, and 14 players have earned All-Ohio status and this past season the team marked an impressive 12-1 record.
Just as Coach Gray strived to help his athletes further their education and have possible continued athletic participation, Bill does the same for his athletes.
Bill and his wife, Lisa, live in Apple Creek with their children Sean (12) and Kaley (9). He is currently Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Waynedale. Bill also serves on the Roy Bates Athletic/Academic Scholarship Selection Committee for Wayne County High School Seniors.
Nominator: Lisa Seder