2016 Avon Athletic Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the newest members of the Avon Athletic Hall of Fame inducted September 10.


Jennifer Schafer Parker – Class of 1990

Jennifer Schafer Parker – Class of 1990

Jennifer was a four year letter winner in cross country and track. She was the Lorain County Champion in the 1600 and 3200 meters. She was part of three league championship teams and in 1988, Jennifer was the state runner up in the 3200 meters. She currently holds the school record in the 3200 meter (11:30), and also held the cross country record (19:30) for 19 years. Jennifer continued her cross country and track career at Baldwin Wallace where she placed 8th nationally in the 5000 meters and was the 1992 OAC champion in cross country. Jennifer and her family reside in Avon. She is a teacher in the Clearview School District.


Susan Hollars Holbrook – Class of 1992


Susan Hollars Holbrook – Class of 1992

Sue was a standout in volleyball, basketball and softball where she earned 9 varsity letters. She was named All Ohio in both softball and basketball. In 1992, she played in the North- South All Star Basketball game in Columbus. Sue was named Senior Athlete of the year. She was part of 3 district championship basketball teams which won 20 games each of those years. She was also part of a district champion volleyball team and a district runner up softball team. Sue and her family reside in Avon. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is a math teacher and coach at Avon Middle School.




Zack Mitchell – Class of 1997

Zack Mitchell – Class of 1997

Zack was a 3 year varsity letter winner in both Football and Track. He was a named to the All County Football team 3 years and was All Ohio his senior year. Zack was the first Avon Football player to win the Golden Helmet in 1995. He was also named Plain Dealer, Morning Journal and Division V Defensive Player of the Year. During Zack’s senior year, he led the Eagles to a 12-1 record and a State Final 4 appearance. That year he had over 2,000 yards rushing and 130 tackles. Zack and his family live in Avon where he is the owner of Westland Heating and Cooling

Frankie Smitek Award


Coach Dale Eaton (1972-2002)

The Frankie Smitek Award has been established by the Avon Sports Hall of Fame committee to recognize individuals whose actions, accomplishments, demeanor and positive manner have supported athletics in Avon. The committee sought to honor Frankie, who was a committed member of the community, who had a remarkable appreciation for the athletes of Avon and was a true “Super Fan.”

Coach Dale Eaton

For 30 years (1972-2002), Coach Dale Eaton spent his life dedicated to Avon Athletics. Coach Eaton coached football, basketball and baseball. His true love was baseball. Coach Eaton was known to spend most of his time working to improve the baseball facility. His hard work has made Avon’s baseball field one of the best fields in the area. Many of his colleagues say, “Coach Eaton was all about the kids.” He volunteered his time to run a basketball league for kids who got cut from 7th-8th grade teams so they could still play. Coach Eaton has left a lasting legacy. His love of Avon and the students he coached and taught will live on forever.

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