Ken Newlon was Head Boys Basketball Coach for 34 years. His overall record was 527 – 227, winning nine District Championships and two Regional Championships. His career started at Stone Creek High School where he worked 7 years and continued at Strasburg High School (2 years). He spent the next twenty years as the Head Coach of Canton Lincoln, including two trips to state tournaments in the 1960’s, and five years as the Head Coach of Canton McKinley. He won 68 tournament games at Lincoln and McKinley.
He graduated from Grafton High School in West Virginia, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State College and his Master’s degree from West Virginia University. More impressive than his career as a high school coach was Newlon’s service record. He was a decorated World War II veteran as a tail gunner on a B-17 in his late teens. Newlon flew 27 missions over Germany. The tail gunner’s primary responsibility was to protect the rear of the B-17 with two .50 caliber machine guns.
Coach Newlon earned the State Coach of the Year in 1980-81 and coached the North-South All-Star Game in 1967. He had two undefeated regular season teams (Strasburg 1955-56 and Canton McKinley in 1980-81). In 2010, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame with Lenny Wilkens and Gordon Gund. Newlon has also earned the Lincoln Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and J. Babe Stearn Community Center Hall of Fame Award in 2011. Coach Newlon died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the age of 86.