28 February 2012
I moved to
In 1987, I began a friendship that has lasted until today. As I got to know Chris Stahl, I learned that his grandfather had been a “coach” at
Floyd Stahl was (at different times) Head Baseball Coach, Assistant football coach, Head Basketball Coach, Head Golf Coach, and Asst. Athletic Director at Ohio State. He is also a member of the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame. He was also Head Baseball and Basketball Coach at
This left an impression on me; a man with so many accomplishments who could talk about himself for hours and chose to talk about his former players and where they lived, what professions they had chosen, and how his advice had helped them in their lives. Then I knew what “being a Buckeye” truly meant. I saw first hand how much this man meant to people at his funeral in 1996. There were Mayors, former and current coaches, Heisman winners and former players who had come to pay their respects. They all talked about how Coach Stahl helped them in their personal lives and preached education and family. It was my honor and privilege to know this man and to have received some small amount of his wisdom.
I will always remember him playing a round of golf with my friend and I at the Gahanna Golf course well into his 90’s and absolutely killing the ball off the tee and talking about his life and giving us the benefit of his advice.