HIGH SCHOOLS Chaney inducts pair onto Wall
Anthony Floyd and Ed Matey will be recognized tonight.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jim Mullally, athletic director at Chaney High, said the school's Wall of Fame is very unusual to the area. It includes Chaney coaches, NFL greats and a Heisman Trophy winner.
Anthony Floyd and Edward Matey, the newest members for the Wall of Fame, will be honored during ceremonies at halftime of tonight's boys basketball game against Niles.
"At Chaney High, I would walk by the Wall of Fame and wondered what it would be like to be up there among some of the greatest athletes in the history of the school," said Floyd. "It will be an honor to be on the Chaney Wall with good athletes and good people."
Floyd was a varsity football, basketball and track performer at Chaney for coaches Red Angelo, Mullally and Frank Kovach.
"Coach Angelo was straight forward. He told you what the coaches expected from you," said Floyd.
"He ran his program well ... taught that hard work would be beneficial in reaching goals and helpful when going to college."
Playing three years of varsity basketball for Mullally, Floyd said, "We were undersized, but Coach Mullally made the most out of the kind players we had. We had a 20-3 record my senior year."
Floyd was a state qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 300 hurdles, 4x100 and 4x400 relays at Chaney for Kovach.
"Coach Kovach didn't just go with the norm, he had a good style of coaching that helped us a lot," said Floyd.
At the University of Louisville, Floyd led the nation with a school-record 10 interceptions as a free safety.
A 5-foot-10, 200-pound athlete, Floyd has been a defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts the past two years. He played in 10 games for the Colts last year and started twice.
Successful football coach
Matey led Chaney to eight City series titles. He coached five future NFL players and three All-Americans.
"Its overwhelming me that I am going to have my picture on the Wall of Fame at Chaney," said Matey, who has had a remarkable career as a Chaney athlete, teacher, coach, athletic director and principal.
One of only four football coaches in the history of Chaney, Matey led the Cowboys from 1971-86, which included the school's first undefeated season (10-0 in 1974) and longest winning streak (16 in a row from 1974-75).
"I've been lucky to have had a fantastic experience at Chaney. To be there surrounded by good coaches, athletes and many relationships developed over the years. I wouldn't change anything," said Matey.
Retired now, he said, "I made great career choices. Chaney is a great place to be at. I enjoyed all the people that I met and knew there and still do."