Marion “Shine” Zody
Marion Zody has dedicated his life to athletics. As a high school and college athlete, coach, athletic director, and referee, “Shine” Zody has placed a deep commitment to serving young people and fellow coaches.
Marion graduated from Perryville High School in 1954. He earned thirteen varsity letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball.
The name Zody was not only a local legend, but also recognized in the state and on the national level for his outstanding high school athletic records. He was the leading scorer in six-man football in Ohio and in the nation as a senior. In basketball, he was named to several local honors as well as second team All-Ohio as a senior and honorable mention as a junior. He pitched a no-hitter in baseball and participated in the state track meet in the shot and discus.
Marion pursued a degree at Ashland College and his athletic talents again were noticed across the county. He earned 13 varsity letters for the Eagles. He excelled in football with All-League honors for four years and he earned All-Ohio and led the nation in punting for small colleges as a senior.
Because of his outstanding football career at Ashland, he had a pro tryout with the New York Titans and the London Lords.
Zody began his teaching and coaching career at Wellington High School in 1958 where he coached three sports. In 1960, he became head football coach at Shreve for three years. He also was head baseball coach, assistant basketball and track coach, and also served as athletic director.
In 1963, “Shine” found his “home” at Triway High School. He served as head football coach for three seasons and also coached basketball. He was appointed athletic director in 1979 and just retired from that responsibility this fall.
Coach Zody also found time to serve as assistant football coach at Ashland College for two years and Wooster College for nine seasons.
With twenty-eight years of teaching everything from physical education to industrial arts and touching the lives of thousands of athletes, “Shine” Zody has established himself as an outstanding teacher and dedicated coach.
Marion and his wife had three sons. He and his family reside in Wooster, Ohio.
Nominator: Kate Thornburg
Presenter: Pat Edwards