No matter if they win or lose, Radnor High School’s basketball team will celebrate after its Friday, Feb. 3 home game against Strath Haven High School to honor a school district and community sports icon – Ellis Charles Dwyer.
Announced in a Radnor School District news release, the ceremony will be held following the 7 p.m. game in the gymnasium, which will be named after Dwyer, who died in 2005.
A 1998 inductee of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Dwyer coached Radnor High School basketball from 1943 to 1974, leading it to a record of 524-232, 12 league championships and seven district titles, as well as coaching the team to reach eastern finals five times and the state final once.
Dwyer, an all-level math teacher in the district, was also a three-letter athlete in baseball, football and lacrosse all four years at his alma mater, at Washington College in Maryland. He also was inducted at the college’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame in 1990.
Victories and losses aside, Dwyer had a profound impact on his athletes beyond their abilities on the basketball court.
“One of Mr. Dwyer’s favorite sayings was ‘Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are’,” Ralph Gray said in the release.
Gray, a Radnor High class of 1964 graduate and a member of the Alumni Association sponsoring the event, was inspired by Dwyer to play football at Radnor, and basketball for the summer Radnor Basketball League, created by the late and beloved coach.
Gray, as well several alumni who credit Dwyer for instilling them great personal and professional values, will speak at the event, which includes a reception after the ceremony that will be held in the Radnor High School Hall of Fame Room.
Attendees are also encouraged to go to the Alumni Association’s post-reception gathering at the Italian American Club at 301 W. Wayne Ave.
“My life was molded into one of selfless service that I am proud to say he was responsible for,” Radnor class of 1951 graduate R. David Heller said in the release. “He truly cared about people.”