Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
Ashland County Sports
Hall of Fame

Stan SteinerTrustee Achievement Award

Stan Steiner

Stan was born in Ashland and grew up in the Nankin area. He graduated from Mapleton High School in 1964. He played basketball at Ruggles-Troy High School and Mapleton High School. 

Stan attended nursing school. Leaving school in 1966, he went into the Army where he was an operating room specialist receiving a commendation for graduating first in his class. He was stationed in Japan for two years. 

After leaving the Army, Stan joined the Highway Patrol in 1969. He graduated from the Highway Patrol Academy as a member of the eighty-fifth academy class. He served twenty-four years in the Highway Patrol. In 1979 he was named Trooper of the Year at the Ashland Post. In 1980 he was named State Trooper of the Year. 

Starting in 1977, he began umpiring local baseball and softball. In the high school ranks his umpiring assignments included those by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, which included the regional tournament level. He umpired for the NCAA at the mid-east regionals Division III softball. He also did many state and regional tournaments for the Amateur Softball Association of America including two national tournament assignments. His biggest assignment was for the U.S. Olympics Committee in 1986. He was chosen as one of the six ASA umpires nationally to work the Olympics Festival in Houston, Texas, where he did men’s fast pitch softball. In 1987 he did limited umpiring when he noticed that he could not move as well as necessary to call a game even when he was only forty-one years old. In 1988, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and never umpired again. 

He did keep his hand in sports by managing two men’s fast pitch softball teams with a record of 52 wins and 35 losses. However, he soon found it necessary to leave the managing ranks. He had become a member of the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame committee where he assisted in fund raising projects and also helped organize the Hall of Fame parades for a number of years. 

Stan now spends much of his time working on computer-based projects. Among the organizations he belongs to is “People Living with Parkinson’s,” where he serves as a member of the research committee. The PLWP is a national internet support and advocacy group for Parkinson’s Diseases.  

Stan has been married thirty-two years to the former Dian Lacy of Nova. They have three grown children, Gretchen Lively of Columbus, Mike of Savannah and Ben of Ashland. They have three grandchildren. 

Both Stan and Diane are active in the Nankin Federated Church, both having served in various capacities. 

Nominator: Stan Steiner’s Family

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