In a ten-year span of coaching basketball at Savannah, Bill Tegtmeier developed a dynasty in the cage sport that can never be broken. During the years 1948-49 to 1957-58 the Sailors won five Ashland County League championships and were runners-up four times. The county tournament that followed the league season to determine who would advance to the state tournament, saw the Tegtmeier coached Sailors victories seven times, the last six in consecutive years.
Savannah won two sectional crowns, one district, and one regional game, missing the state finals by 3 seconds and one point on Midvale’s final shot. Bill compiled a record of 178 wins and only 49 losses.
It is significant to note that two of Tegtmeier’s players are members of the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame. Larry Huston went on to star at Ohio State and Larry Aulger at Ashland University. At the time of his retirement, both players wrote letters thanking him for his coaching and teaching them the values of a clean, moral, spiritual life.
Bill also coached winning baseball teams, having won county, sectional and district crowns and advancing to regional play. Although there was no actual track team, he took players to county track meets where they ran in their baseball spikes.
A graduate of Congress High School, he played both basketball and baseball. Being one of nine children, Bill had to work his way through college, which included jobs at Cedar Point, U.S. Steel and Aluminum companies in Cleveland. He matriculated at Capital University, where serving as team manager four years, he absorbed the coaching skills and philosophy of Coach Bill Bernlohr. Tegtmeier then served a three-year stint in the Navy, followed by two years of teaching and coaching Ansonia High School before coming to Savannah in 1948. He retired from Crestview High School in 1980 where he had helped in the formation of the teachers’ association and served as president.
Known by friends, fellow teachers, school administrators, and students as a caring and helpful individual, Bill was active in community, church, and educational groups. His wife Lois was a Capital University schoolmate and a fellow teacher. Their family consists of Linda Fenton, Lima; Terry, who lives in Bolivar and is a cardiologist in Canton; Tim, who is comptroller at Wooster College, and Todd, a fourth year medical student at the University of Cincinnati. The couple have six grandchildren.
The Tegtmeiers spend their winters in Cape Coral, FL and summer in Savannah.
Nominator: Dr. Larry Huston