Coach Asher made lasting impression

To the Editor:

I was sorry to hear of the recent death of Charles “Chuck” Asher. To me and my teammates from his first football team at Piqua Central, he was simply “Coach” Asher.

He came into town and into our lives in the summer of 1964. We seniors were hungry for a new leader as we were coming off our junior year with the sting of a losing season still fresh in our minds. We were looking for a leader, someone who could challenge us and make us into the team we knew we could be. Coach Asher was like a fresh breeze, though a tornado would be the better description. Beginning with our first summer workouts, we realized he was just what we were looking for and needed. He led the calisthenics and pushed us to be the best we could be.

By the time we entered the season and the wins piled up, we were a proud, confident and highly disciplined group. We won the Miami Valley League championship, we conquered Troy 20-0 and finished 9-1 following a hard-fought yet bitter loss in our finale to Xenia. The memory of that game, which was showcased as the game of the week in the Miami Valley, still resonates with a tinge of regret since we narrowly missed a perfect season.

Coach Asher was named the 1964 Coach of the Year because of his efforts in Piqua. Although he went onto other successes, especially later with Lehman Catholic High, I and my teammates will always know that we were the first to be molded by him.

My condolences go out to his family and friends in the Piqua area. And I, though sorry I had not seen Coach in several years, will always be thankful he came into my life and challenged me to be the best possible player and teammate I could be. His lessons and influence have served me well. And I will always be thankful to him for his influence and for making my senior year of football at Piqua Central one filled with cherished memories.

— Dennis Plank, PHS Class of 1965

Hudson, Ohio