TOLEDO — Former Mount Vernon High School football coach Chuck Stobart is back in the Buckeye State to receive a very special honor this evening. Stobart, who also coached the Toledo Rockets, will be inducted into the University of Toledo Varsity “T” Hall of Fame today.
Stobart, whose college coaching resume resembles more of a road map, coached at Toledo from 1977 through ’81, guiding the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference title and a victory at the California Bowl in his final season.
Before that, guided the Yellow Jackets from 1961 through ’64. He is probably best remembered by area fans for leading the team to its last undefeated season in 1963.
For Stobart, who was Central Buckeye League Coach of the Year that season, Mount Vernon holds fond memories, even before he ever coached here.
“At Ohio University, I played football and baseball,” said Stobart, who was the Bobcats quarterback. “Everytime we played Kent State in either football or baseball, we always stopped off at the Alcove. ... I always remember thinking, ‘Boy, this would be a great place to coach.’ I was always so impressed with that Main Street in Mount Vernon. It wasn’t hard for me to get interested in that (coaching) job, when it opened up.”
It was a marriage of great coaching with a motivated group of players that would bring great things to Mount Vernon.
“The superintendent took me out and showed me some of the junior high school players like Jimmy Byrd, Greg Kundrat, Randy Clements and a few of those guys,” said Stobart, “He said, ‘Here’s the future of our football program,’ and they were all in junior high, going into the eighth grade. I got with the junior high coach (Del Cornwell) and I told him the kind of football I wanted him to teach them and he did a great job with them.”