"A good coach will make his players see what they can be, rather than what they are now."
-Ara Parasheghian

This year, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association is proud to honor four of our outstanding UAHS athletic coaches: Neal Billman, Pete Corey, Dick Fryman, and Dale Hartney.

Each of these exemplary coaches had a profound effect on their student athletes both in the classroom and in the athletic venue. Their inspiration and example has left a permanent impression on the alumni who were fortunate to have played on a team under these great coaches' leadership. The UA Alumni Association says., "Thank you!" to four of the leading coaches in Upper Arlington High Schools' long history of athletic excellence.


Coach Neal Billman graduated from The Ohio State University in 1963 and earned his Masters Degree in 1970. He became Head Football Coach at Jones Junior High, leading the team to a 14-0 record. He then moved to UAHS as the Head Line Coach, and worked with Coach Marv Moorehead to achieve 3 State Championships and a 48-1 record.

From 1970 - 1977, Mr. Billman became Head Football Coach at Gahanna Lincoln High School, coaching that team to a record of 62 -12, earning 5 OCC championships. Under his leadership the team enjoyed 3 undefeated seasons, with a 25-game winning streak.

Coach Billman was named the Citizen-Journal Coach of the Year in 1973 and was honored as the Central Ohio District Coach of the Year in 1972, 1973, and 1977. He was the Dispatch Coach of the Decade for the 1970s and earned the Woody Hayes Sideliners Award in 1973.

Other honors include: Ohio South All Star Coach (1973); Ohio High School Hall of Fame (1992); Gahanna Lincoln Hall of Fame (1994); and President of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (1975).

Coach Billman was Vice President of State Savings Bank from 1978 - 1998. He lives on Quarry Island in Northern Michigan from May to October, and in Boca Grande, Florida from November to May. He has three children and ten grandchildren. His wife, Kay, passed away in October, 2014.

Congratulations to Coach Neal Billman on a stellar career as a football coach, and as an accomplished businessman and devoted family man!


Coach Pete Corey graduated from Wittenberg College in 1952 and was drafted into the U.S. Army.

In 1954, he attended The Ohio State University, earning an MA degree. In the fall of 1955 he landed a job with Upper Arlington High School as a social studies teacher and assistant coach of baseball and football.

In 1970 Mr. Corey became the head football coach, eventually retiring in that position seventeen years later.

He followed this by coaching football at Bishop Ready for five years and worked as a carpenter for four years.

Finally he returned to UA football as defensive coordinator for six seasons and then retired in 2001.

In that year Coach Corey was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame, having been an official for fifty-three years.

In 2009 he was inducted into the Ohio Football Coaches' Hall of Fame. In February of 2016, he was honored by the Golden Bear Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Corey He is the proud father of three daughters who all graduated from UA, and he has six grand children and three great grand children.


Coach Dick Fryman began his career at Upper Arlington High School in 1965 as a biology teacher. He continued in that role until 1970, when he became the UAHS Athletic Director, a position he held from 1970 until 1986. Coach Fryman was also an assistant football coach for five years.

He was the Head Wrestling Coach for seven years, leading the team to a state runner-up title.

Coach Fryman is well known and celebrated as the UAHS Head Tennis Coach for twenty years, and during that time he led the tennis team to an incredible 18 state championships. His team record was 350 wins, 27 losses.

During his life, Coach Fryman has earned a great deal of recognition for his accomplishments. He was named the OWU Outstanding Senior Athlete is 1957. He also received the Ohio University Green and White Club recognition of his outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics.

In 1977, Coach Fryman was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Hall of Fame and was named the Central District Athletic Director of the Year.

In 1983, Coach Fryman was named the Ohio Athletic Director of the Year. In December, 1985 he was the recipient of the National Federation Citation, and in 1986, he was inducted into the Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

In 1989, Coach Fryman was inducted into the Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.

Upon retirement from teaching and coaching, Mr. Fryman was a marketing representative for State Savings Bank and for Truck One & Able in Newark for several years. He has been married to his wife, Ann for 56 years, and they have three children (Dave, 53, Amy, 50, and Lib, 47) and three grandchildren.


Coach Dale Hartney graduated from Ohio University, where he was a varsity cross country and track runner. He transferred to The Ohio State University in 1963 and graduated in 1965.

He began his teaching and coaching career as an 8th grade American History and 9th grade World History teacher at Hastings Junior High School.

While at Hastings, he coached Girls' Basketball from 1971 - 1975 and Track and Field from 1970 - 1975.

At UAHS, Mr. Hartney taught American History, AP American History, AP American Government, AP European History, AP American Studies (with Randy Pfeifer), and Adjusted American History. In all, Mr. Hartney taught for 40 years, from 1965 - 2005.

From 1977 - 2012, Coach Hartney was the Boys' Cross Country Coach, boasting 5 individual and 11 team State Meet qualifiers. He was also the Girls' Cross Country Coach from 1985 - 2012.

The girls' team celebrated team state championships in 1985, 1986, and 1990, and had 8 individual and 20 team State Meet qualifiers.

Coach Hartney also coached Boys' Track and Field from 1978 - 2012, with 33 individual and relay teams state meet qualifiers.

Under his coaching from 1978 - 2012, the Girls' Track and Field Team had 43 individual and relay team state meet qualiers.

Coach Hartney also coached Girls JV Basketball from 1992 - 1995 and Hastings Girls Basketball from 1971 - 1975.

Coach Hartney has been married to his wife, Diane Clark Hartney, for 50 years. He has one daughter, Erin '80, who is a teacher in Indiana. She and her husband, Daniel Layden, have two daughters, Lydia and Anna.

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