I remember Coach Bob Arnzen, first as a student and then as a journalist. Coach Arnzen was always a competitor. Off the court, he would do anything for you that he could.
When I was a freshman in high school, I had gone to the altar servers’ training (partially to get out of gym class) but did not sign up to serve at Mass, because I was shy and afraid of making mistakes. Coach Arnzen called me into his office and got on my case for not taking my Catholic faith seriously and not being entirely truthful. It was maybe a 10-minute session, but it felt like an hour being chewed out by the right hand of God. Afterwards, Coach Arnzen did not say anything more about the incident, but I have remembered that.
I was not surprised with the letter from Jim Clay concerning Coach Arnzen. When Mr. Clay was the junior high school boys’ basketball coach in the Van Wert schools and the coach of one of the traveling basketball teams, I was the sports editor for the Times-Bulletin in the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Jim was always appreciative of any coverage that was given to the junior high team and for the traveling team and was always quick with a compliment. That’s the type of man he is.
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