The family of a prominent former Stow-Munroe Falls High School coach can add one more recognition to James G. "Coach" Tyree's list of accolades.
School officials are dedicating the high school gymnasium to the memory of Mr. Tyree by naming it in his honor Dec. 14 prior to the start of the 7:30 p.m. varsity basketball game against Cuyahoga Falls.
Mr. Tyree died Feb. 12, 2011. He was 79.
The gym is being dedicated in Mr. Tyree's memory for the former coach's everlasting impact on students and coaches during his time with SMF schools.
Mr. Tyree, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Ellet High School in Akron, moved to Stow in 1960.
For over 33 years, he was a teacher and coach at Stow High School and for more than 30 years was the manager of Munroe Falls Metro Parks. Mr. Tyree spent much of his time the past 22 years as the manager at the Silver Lake Boathouse.
Some of Mr. Tyree's numerous recognitions include being inducted in the Stow High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Stow High School Faculty Wall of Fame, both the Summit County Athletic and Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Halls of Fame, Ellet Football Hall of Fame and Baldwin Wallace University Athletic Hall of Fame.