The Centerville High School Athletic Office is pleased to announce three new members will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 11th at 5:30 PM in the school’s Central Theater. The induction ceremony is free and open to the public for anyone wishing to attend. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game that evening against Trotwood at approximately 8:15 PM in the main gymnasium. The members of the class of 2017 are Justin Kronauge (2006), David George (1996), and Jim Staley (21 Seasons as Head Boys Basketball Coach).
Justin Kronauge is a 2006 graduate of Centerville High School where he starred in the boys’ tennis program as a freshman and sophomore. During both of those seasons, he played #1 singles and won the State Championship in 2004 as a sophomore which helped propel the team to a third place finish at the state tournament. He was first team all-area, first team all-state and a 2004 High School All-American. After his sophomore year, he had to give up playing for the school team to focus on his junior tennis. During that time, he was ranked the #1 junior in the Midwest two years in the 12 and under, 14 and under and 18 and under age groups. In 2004, he was ranked as the #1 junior in the country in the 18 and under age group. He won the National 18’s Singles Title in 2004 and the National 18’s doubles title in 2005. He graduated with Honors from Centerville High School in 2006 and accepted a full scholarship to The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Justin was named the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a two time All-American in singles and doubles. He made it to the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in both singles and doubles. He was a finalist with OSU in the NCAA team tournament and also in the NCAA National Indoor Tournament. Justin holds the record for most wins in singles and is second in doubles in OSU history and is ranked 9th in all of NCAA tennis for career wins. He was a three-time unanimous All-Big Ten first team selection, a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. During his four years at Ohio State from 2007-2010, the Buckeyes never lost a regular season match and helped continue what ended up as a 200 match home winning streak which was finally snapped in the 2015 season. He helped lead the Buckeyes to the #1 ranking in the country during the 2009 season. Upon graduating from Ohio State with a degree in finance in 2010, Justin accepted a job as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes where he still coaches today and has helped guide the team to the regular season Big Ten Championship for six consecutive years and the Big Ten Tournament Championship four of the last six years. During his time as a coach with the program, the Buckeyes have compiled an overall record of 192-23. While playing, his teams went 136-8 which means he is responsible as a player and coach for over 300 wins. In 2012 and 2014, Justin was named the ITA Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year and in 2015 was elevated by the Buckeyes to the position of Associate Head Coach. This past summer, Justin was also inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
David George is a 1996 graduate of Centerville High School where he starred in both the football and boys basketball programs. David earned three varsity letters in football and two in basketball. As a running back, David was named second team All-WOL, Special Mention Dayton Daily News All-Area and Honorable Mention AP Southwest Ohio All District as a junior. As a senior, David was named team captain and switched to quarterback for the first three games of the season. In the fourth game, he switched back to running back and went over 1,000 yards rushing which led to him being named the WOL Offensive Back of the Year and First Team All-Ohio. He held the single game rushing record of 232 yards until it was broken during the 1998 season. He was named to and played in the North/South Area All-Star Game and was also a recipient of the prestigious Sonny Unger Award. Upon graduation, David went on to play fullback for the Dayton Flyers where he earned three varsity letters. He was second team All-PFL as a junior and senior and was named as UD’s Most Valuable Player as a senior. He was also named Honorable Mention on Football Gazette’s NCAA 1-AA Mid-Major All-American Team. Legendary Dayton Coach Mike Kelly described David as “the best blocking back on the squad. He is the reason our tailbacks have gained over 1,000 yards two years in succession. He’s our only offensive player on special teams. I have said all along that he’s our most valuable player and if I had a vote, I’d vote for him.” David’s love for football still shines today as an Assistant Coach in the Wee Elks program. In June of 2012, he was named “Hottest Dad in America” on the NBC Today Show.
Jim Staley was the head coach of the Centerville boys’ basketball team from 1991-2012 during which time he compiled an impressive record of 326 wins and 158 losses. His basketball philosophy started with a commitment to develop your own talent to the fullest. His teams were built on defense, shot selection and free throw shooting. He believed you could negate speed with strength, talent with preparation and build a basketball tradition with a foundation of outworking your opponent. Before Jim took over the program, the Elks had never won a league or sectional title and had enjoyed only seven winning seasons over 35 years. His teams went on to win six league titles, including the first in school history, nine sectional titles, four district titles and were two-time regional finalists. During one unbelievable stretch, the Elks were a District finalist eight consecutive years and nine out of ten. He was twice named District 15 Coach of the Year and was the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2008. He was the recipient of the Agonis Club Sportsmanship, Integrity, Character and Achievement Award in 2005 and received the Bob Arnzen Award in 2012. He was an inaugural member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Honor in 2011. He coached the North-South All-Star Game in 2003 and the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game in 2002. During his coaching career, he won 13 League Coach of the Year Awards and his 540 career wins rank him third all-time in Southwest Ohio history behind only Joe Petrocelli and Paul Walker. He was a 35-year member of District 15 and served as President for two years and Director for seven years. Prior to coming to Centerville, Jim was the head coach at Wilmington High School for five years where he compiled a 66-33 record and had two undefeated league championships. From there, he went to Trotwood-Madison as the head coach for ten years where he compiled a record of 148-79. While at Trotwood, he led the Rams to five league championships, five sectional championships and one district championship. Jim and his wife, Susie, have four children and two grandchildren. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach at Middletown High School.