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Harry Kidder was named head coach of the St. Mary Crusaders in 1945. After a lapse of 15 years, he was chosen as the man to “put the Crusaders back on the athletic map.” And he did just that. He amassed a remarkable record during his 13-year career coaching the Blue and Gold.

In addition to coaching every sport, Coach Kidder was also a teacher at St. Mary from 1945 to 1959. Coach Kidder met the challenge of re-establishing the athletic program at St. Mary after World War II. He also guided the construction of the new football stadium where he led the Crusaders to competition with many larger city schools. Harry enjoyed a long and illustrious teaching and coaching career in the Akron area.

His family created the Harry C. Kidder Memorial Scholarship at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in celebration of his life and work.


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