At halftime of tonight’s boys basketball game vs. Pendleton Heights, the Greenfield-Central Athletic Hall of fame will induct its two newest honorees: Gary Pence, and four members of the Casto family (Gary, Jackie, Matt and Jason).
Perhaps no one has been quite as involved or worn as many hats as Gary Pence when it comes to Greenfield-Central athletics.
Pence started out in the mid-1970s as a coach on the football team, aiding the Cougars to the 1975 Class 2A state finals game, which took place at G-C.
Four years later, Pence tutored the school’s first individual state champion as wrestler Terry Edon took home the state title at 155 pounds.
Pence referred to those two instances as his coaching highlights.
“When I first got to (G-C), it was a real exciting time to be there,” explained Pence, who also coached tennis at G-C. “They were great experiences.”
Over the years, Pence was a volunteer youth coach for multiple sports, and started the high school’s weightlifting program in 1977.
Though he gave up coaching five years ago, Pence still has dozens of former students he still keeps in touch with.
“I’ve watched them grow up, and now they have kids,” he said. “They still call me ‘coach.’ We’re pretty close.”
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