Number RetirementsFour to have Jerseys numbers retired at Lima Senior High School
The Lima City Schools Athletic Board of Control is pleased to announce the jersey retirements of the following four individuals:
John McCullough - #24 – Boys Basketball – LSH class of 1975 – averaged 15.8 points per game. Played for the University of Oklahoma, being named the Big 8 Conference MVP And All-American – currently 11th on Oklahoma all time scoring list. Drafted in the 4th round in 1979 by the Kansas City Kings, played for the Phoenix Suns 1980-82. Played Basketball in Europe. Currently the Head Women’s Coach at Oklahoma Baptist University – since 2000. He is the only player in Lima Senior History to play professional basketball.
Gary Moeller - #32 – Football – LSH class of 1959 –Played linebacker, offensive end and returned punts for the football team, also played basketball and baseball for the Spartans. Played Linebacker for the Ohio State University 1961-63 under Woody Hayes. After graduation began his coaching career at Bellefontaine High School and two years later join the Miami of Ohio Staff under Bo Schembechler. In 1969, Gary followed Bo to the University of Michigan, becoming the Defensive Coordinator. He left the University of Michigan to become the Head Coach at the University of Illinois for three years. He returned to the University of Michigan as the offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach. From 1990 – 1994 he served as the Head Coach of the University of Michigan. He has also coached professionally in Cincinnati, Detroit, Jacksonville and Chicago.
Joe Morrison #1 – Football – Lima South High School 1955 – Played quarterback as a freshman on the Lima South High School football team earning 4 varsity letters. He also earned 3 Varsity letters in basketball and baseball. After High School, Morrison attended the University of Cincinnati earning All- Missouri Valley Conference honors twice. He was drafted by the New York Giants playing
professionally from 1959 – 1972. He still holds the Giants team record for 395 catches. In 1972, his Giants Jersey number 40 was retired. He coached at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of New Mexico and University of South Carolina – all without being an assistant coach. In 1984 he was named the National Coach of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation. He died suddenly in 1989 at the age of 51 from congestive heart failure.
William “Bill” Sharp #7 – Baseball – Lima Senior High School 1968- the only player in Lima Senior history to play professional baseball. He was drafted in 1971, a second round pick and 25th player taken overall by the Chicago White Sox- ahead of players George Brett and Mike Schmidt. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on May 8, 1975 and played for them until a knee injury on September 17, 1976. Bill played for The Ohio State University and was an All- American during his Junior year for the Buckeyes. In High School, he was all state his senior year and was the MVP of the Ohio High School Baseball All Star game.
Details of each jersey retirement ceremony will be released at a future time.