Elks News · Class of 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Announced

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 Friday, February 9th at 5:30 PM in the school’s Central Theatre. 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 Fairmont at approximately 8:15 PM in the main gymnasium. The members of the class of 2017 are Jenny Forster (2006), Lindsey (Coulles) Furnas (2003), and Ron Ullery (Head Football Coach/Athletic Director).

Jenny Forster is a 2006 graduate of Centerville High School where she starred in the girls’ swimming program all four years. During her time at CHS, Jenny advanced to the state championship meet all four years helping the team to the 2004 state championship. She also won individual state titles in the 200-meter individual medley in 2004, 2005 and 2006, the 100-meter backstroke in 2005 and the 100-meter freestyle in 2006. In 2005, she was selected as the OHSAA Division I State Swimmer of the Year. She was also the Lady Elks team MVP all four years and still holds three school records. She was a four-year All-American in over 20 events and also won the prestigious Rae Burick Women in Sports Award in 2006. Following her illustrious high school career, Jenny went on to swim at The University of Arizona, where she was a member of the 2008 National Championship Team. She was All-Academic First Team Pac-10, All-American and a 2009-2010 team captain. She still has the 4th best time in the 200 backstroke and the second best time in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley in Arizona school history.

Lindsey Coulles Furnas is a 2003 graduate of Centerville High School where she starred in the girls’ bowling program. In 2002, she was the Ohio Individual State Champion and helped lead the Lady Elks to the state team championship as well. While at Centerville, she was also involved in the softball, golf and basketball programs. Upon graduation from Centerville, she went on to bowl collegiately for Morehead State University for three years and then finished her collegiate career at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She was a four-time USBC Collegiate All-American and was voted as the most valuable player at the 2006USBC Intercollegiate National Team Championships. She was also recognized by the Bowling Writers Association of America at their National Intercollegiate Banquet in 2005, 2006 and 2008. On top of this, she was also a two-time member of the Team USA Junior Team and was the recipient of four gold, three silver and one bronze medal while representing the United States in international competitions. Lindsey still actively bowls today and holds numerous national records. Her high average was a 230 over 75 games and her highest three-game series was an 846. She has bowled 13 800 or higher series in her illustrious career.

Ron Ullery was the varsity football head coach from 2000-2013 during which time he compiled an impressive record of 107 wins and 45 losses. He also served as the Athletic Director from 2000-2012. Ron was a standout athlete in high school at Brookville where he earned ten varsity letters and was voted as the team MVP in both football and baseball. He was All-SWBL in football, basketball and baseball and was also a team captain in all three as well. In 2005, he was inducted into the Brookville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Following high school, he went to Bowling Green State University where he earned two varsity letters in baseball as a catcher and a career batting average of over .300. As the head football coach, he was voted by his peers as GWOC Coach of the Year five times. In addition to his head coaching duties, Ron was a member of the varsity staff beginning in 1980 and was involved in 421 career wins. He was a part of 20 conference championships, 14 playoff teams and the 1991 state runner-ups. While offensive coordinator from 1986-1999, the Elks averaged 332 yards and 27 points per game. After becoming head coach, but staying in charge of the offense, the Elks averaged 357 yards and 27 points per game. During his career, he coached 69 players who went on to play Division I college football, including 12 Ohio State Buckeyes. He also coached 25 all-Ohio players and nine who went on to play in the National Football League. He scheduled the first ever games with out-of-state opponents and took the team to Naples, Florida in 2013 where thy won one of the most thrilling games in school history against a Florida powerhouse. He also initiated Staff Appreciation Night which is now celebrated by almost every sport at Centerville High School. As the Athletic Director, Ron rewrote the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct, initiated the study table program still in effect today. Started the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame and wrote the first Coach’s Handbook to name just a few of his accomplishments. He is still actively coaching today as the offensive line coach at Springboro High School.