The Centerville High School Athletic Hall of Fame grew by three on Friday night with the 2020 induction ceremony. The Elks welcomed John McEldowney, Cara Eichenlaub Tomallo and Rolland Young to the Hall of Fame.
John McEldowney is a 1965 graduate of Centerville High School where he starred in the baseball and basketball programs. He earned three varsity letters in each sport.
In boys’ basketball, he became the first player in CHS history to break the 1,000-point mark for his career that stood until 2002 before Ben Rhoda finally broke it. He set the new single game scoring record of 36, prior to the inception of the three-point line, which stood until 2001. Following his sophomore season in 1963, he earned Honorable Mention all-Dayton Suburban League honors. He followed that up with all-league honors in 1964 and 1965 when he was team captain both seasons. He also made the Journal Herald “All Greater Dayton” team in 196 and 1965 and was honorable mention all-Southern Ohio. He was also the Dayton Daily News Coaches all-Greater Dayton Player of the Year in 1965. John led the Elks in scoring in 1963, 1964 and 1965.
In baseball, John helped lead the team to a league championship in 1963. Just like basketball, he was a team captain for baseball in 1965.
Upon graduation, John attended the University of Dayton where he majored in marketing. Following his time at UD, he worked as a Divisional Vice President over the Mortgage Lending Operation in Dayton for National City Mortgage. He retired from there is 2006 following a 25-year career.
Now retired, John currently lives in Columbus with his wife of 27 years, Kathy. They have six children, Janet, Jason, Mandy, Jonathan, Jenny and Stephanie. They are also the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren.
Cara Eichenlaub Tomallo is a 1990 graduate of Centerville High School where she starred in the soccer and track programs.
Known as one of the fiercest competitors to ever play at Centerville, Cara graduated from Centerville High School holding the record for most goals scored in a season. According to legendary Elks coach Don Skelton, “she is still the second leading goal scorer in CHS history. She is one of the best and hardest workers to have ever played for me.” Cara made the all-WOL team following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She made the all-area team following her junior and senior years and was selected by the media as the Dayton Player of the Year following her senior season in 1989. She added to her honors by not only making the all-Ohio first team, but also the all-Midwest United States first team as well.
Upon her graduation from Centerville High School, Cara accepted a full scholarship to play soccer at George Washington University, a Division 1 program in our nation’s capital where she would start all four years. During her senior season she was named 1st Team all – Atlantic 10 and was named to the Atlantic 10 All Tournament team. Cara was voted team captain and Most Valuable Player by her teammates and coaches.
Cara currently resides in Westerville, Ohio with her husband, Mark, a 2008 CHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, and their children, Kate (19) and Paige (16). She works as a school psychologist in Columbus City Schools and coaches soccer at Worthington Christian High School.
Rolland Young spent 39 years as a math teacher at Centerville High School prior to his retirement in October of 2007. During his career, he spent 22 years as a coach in the boys’ golf program. He was an assistant coach the first six seasons and the head varsity coach the final sixteen. He was a member of the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association for all 22 seasons and was the Southwest Representative to the OHSGCA Executive Board for eleven seasons from 1996-2006.
Throughout his 22-year coaching career, he had 21 seasons with a winning record in head-to-head competition. At the JV level, he compiled a career record of 89-38 and went 196-64 at the varsity level. He finished his career with a head-to head record of 285-102. In tournaments at the varsity level, he went 2,122-845. His teams were Western Ohio League runners-up six times before finally breaking through and winning the title in 2000. From there, they would go on to dominate the Greater Western Ohio Conference and win the league title every year under his direction from 2001-2007. They won the OHSAA Sectional title six times and were runners-up five times. They qualified for the district tournament 15 times and were runners-up twice and District Champions in 2002 and 2006. They qualified to the state tournament five times and finished 12th in 1997, 9th in 1999, 3rd in 2001, state runner-up in 2002 and 3rd once again in 2006. He also coached one individual state qualifier in 2000 who wound up finishing in fifth place.
He coached five all-state players over the years and sent numerous student-athletes on to play at the collegiate level. Two of his former players are card-carrying members of the PGA.
Now retired, Rolland currently resides in Bellbrook with his wife of 50 years, Kathy. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Searcy and Donna Bidlack and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren. In his free time, Rolland enjoys playing golf with friends, traveling, spending time with family and friends and enjoying quiet time on Lake Shawnee.