By George Belden
Portage Sports Contributor
The Windham High School Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors once again this month, as the HOF Committee has selected two athletes, two coaches and one administrator for enshrinement.
The Windham Hall of Fame has been inducting new members since 1995 and the HOF will include 111 members following the 2023 ceremony, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 22, between the Windham boys basketball team’s JV and varsity games.
Here is a look at this year’s inductees.
Class of 1972
A former Homecoming Queen and cheerleader, she returned to Windham in the mid-1980’s as cheerleader coach. Kiser elevated her squads to winners in competitions around the state during her 30-year tenure, retiring only in 2017.
Several hundred cheerleaders honed their athleticism and self-confidence under her supervision.
Boys basketball coach
Kamada has been called the “forgotten giant of Windham coaches,” but during a four-year span in the early 1970’s, he built one of the strongest basketball programs in the state, which he passed on to fellow Hall of Famer Marty Hill when he left Windham. Kamada’s Bombers won three consecutive Portage County League titles, and his phenomenal 84 percent winning percentage from 1971-1975 ranks as one of the highest in Ohio during that era.
Teacher and administrator
Pozsgai spent his entire teaching career in Windham. He came to Windham in 1984, and was an assistant coach on two Bombers football playoff teams.
Taking the helm of the baseball program, he guided Windham to two consecutive Portage County League championships in 1986 and 1987. He also served as the assistant to basketball coach Marty Hill for several decades. In the early 2000’s, he became athletic director and oversaw Bombers athletics during the transition to the Portage Trail Conference.
Class of 2007
Jacobson earned All-Conference honors as the quarterback on Hall of Fame coach Joe Baum’s gridders, but it was on the basketball court that his 6-foot-4 presence was felt.
His junior year, he led the Bombers to the Final Four in Columbus, and as a senior,
his phenomenal 67 percent shooting percentage garnered accolades as the Portage Trail Conference Player of the Year and Second Team All-Ohio.
Class of 2017
Bombers athletics have seldom seen anyone to equal her achievements over the course of her career: First team All-Conference twice in volleyball, Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Player of the Year for Division IV her senior year, earning simultaneous letters in the spring sports of track and softball, being the first female to suit up and play for the Windham Bombers football team, and graduating having finished her freshman year at Kent State while in high school.
We are so proud of our school system and all the things they accomplish for a small school!
Congratulations to all the recipients . Bomber Proud 😊👍