NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– On August 22, 2018 we had to say goodbye to a beloved coach, husband and friend. Carl Koker was 85 years old when he passed away at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman, OH. He was born on October 9th, 1932 in Bazetta, OH and graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1950.
While teaching he was also a football coach when he accepted a job at Marshall University in their football program. On November 14th, 1970, a devastating plane crash carrying the football team, coaching staff, football supporters and families while returning from a game. The plane crashed on landing into the Huntington Airport, killing everyone on board. Carl and another coach were on their way back from a scouting trip when they had heard the news.
A couple years later he started coaching again in a semi-professional league for a year before accepting his job at Westminster College as an Assistant Football Coach. He coached for 24 years at the college and while he was there the team had won six National NAIA Division II Championships. He retired from coaching in 2000.
Outside of coaching and teaching he was a part of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, the Ohio Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Trumbull County Retired Teachers Association. He was inducted into the Westminster College Towering Titan Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2000 and the Niles McKinley Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014.