(1936 – 2010)

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SPORT | Football, Basketball, Minor Baseballolf

POSITION | Coach, Official

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2011

Builders

Dziadura, Gene

Gene, was a much-loved teacher, coach, official, and friend to all who came in contact with him during and beyond his 35-year teaching career at Chatham Collegiate Institute. He is best known as the scout who helped develop Fergie Jenkins and then signed him to a Philadelphia Phillies contract in 1962. However, there is more to Gene Dziadura than that. He was an all-round athlete as he grew up in Windsor and played baseball in the Chicago Cubs minor league system until he was sidelined by back problems. He became a teacher, started at CCI in 1959, and took his love of sports to coaching and officiating.

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Gene, was a much-loved teacher, coach, official, and friend to all who came in contact with him during and beyond his 35-year teaching career at Chatham Collegiate Institute. He is best known as the scout who helped develop Fergie Jenkins and then signed him to a Philadelphia Phillies contract in 1962. However, there is more to Gene Dziadura than that. He was an all-round athlete as he grew up in Windsor and played baseball in the Chicago Cubs minor league system until he was sidelined by back problems. He became a teacher, started at CCI in 1959, and took his love of sports to coaching and officiating.

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
At Chatham Collegiate

Coached football for 28 years and is credited with resurrecting the sport at the school after it was disbanded in the early ‘60s because of a fatality

Won one SWOSSA championship

Coached basketball for 10 years ‒ coached track and field for 3 years coached tennis for 5 years

Organized academic and sports awards program which were adopted by other schools



In the Community

For several years refereed high school basketball and high school football

For 3 years coached in Chatham Minor Hockey

For 5 years coached in Chatham Minor Baseball

1959-1976 ‒ was area scout for Philadelphia Phillies ‒ gave baseball clinics to Western Counties Baseball League Coaches ‒ organized tryout camps for local players, bringing in other scouts to watch and evaluate

In 1990s was a baseball instructor for Louisville Slugger out of Wallaceburg


Throughout his life, Gene continued to compete and excel at various sports. From 1970 to 1985, he played Slo-Pitch at the local and provincial level winning an Ontario Championships with the Sports Mart team. He played old-timer hockey. He won a mixed doubles tennis title at the Wheels Racquet Club and a golf championship at Maple City Country Club.



Gene died in November of 2010 at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.