Tweedie, Cole named to Delaware League Coaches Hall of Fame
By Julia Green
Two local coaches were inducted into the Delaware League Coaches Hall of Fame on Friday. Andes Central School’s Dale Cole and Margaretville’s Ron Tweedie were two of five area coaches to receive the honor this year.
Cole is the fourth Andes coach to receive the honor, joining the ranks of fellow former Andes coaches Red Johns, Gordon Krick and Charlie Smith as inductees into the hall of fame. In eight years as a baseball coach for the Mountaineers, Cole compiled an impressive 92-28 record. Andes baseball teams clinched four Mountain Division titles with Cole at the helm and came in first or second place every year he coached. In 1986, the Mountaineers tallied 14 consecutive wins before falling in the Section IV Class D final.
In addition to his time on the baseball diamond, Cole logged quite a few hours on the basketball court, leading four JV and four varsity basketball teams. Cole’s varsity squads tallied a 55-41 overall record under his leadership and clinched the Mountain Division title in 1984.
Cole lives in Andes with his wife, Susan.
Tweedie began his relationship with Margaretville Central School as a student, rising from the pack as a standout athlete during his time in a Blue Devils’ uniform. A 1966 Margaretville graduate, Tweedie extended his contribution to MCS athletics in the fall of 1976, when he returned to join the teaching and coaching ranks.
Tweedie joined the Margaretville faculty as a middle school reading teacher before becoming a physical education teacher and athletic director in the fall of 1990 – a position he held until his retirement in January of 2007.
During his more than 30 years at MCS, Tweedie coached modified boys’ soccer, modified boys’ and girls’ basketball, JV boys’ basketball and varsity track. In addition, he served as the Delaware League Modified Sports chairperson and as a Section IV representative.
Tweedie joins fellow Margaretville coaching alumni Al Nelson, Rich Harty and Pete Palen in the Delaware League Coaches Hall of Fame.
Tweedie and his wife, Kathy, live in Margaretville.