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CPS employees inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (Posted 12/11/15)
Congratulations to Jerome Sally, Ben Loeb, and John Henage on their recent induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Jerome Sally is a former Mizzou Tiger and NFL nose tackle who played in the National Football League for seven seasons for the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, and Kansas City Chiefs. He has worked for the Columbia Public School District sine the early 1990s, serving as an assistant coach and strength coach for the Hickman High School football program, and is now assistant principal at Hickman. At Mizzou, Sally helped anchor perennially tough Tiger defenses that keyed Mizzou to four consecutive bowl games from 1978-1981. He lettered his final three seasons in Columbia, when Mizzou had a combined record of 23-13, including two bowl game victories. He finished with a career-high 78 tackles as a senior in 1981 and earned the Associated Press' National Lineman of the Week award against 9th-ranked Mississippi State, as he registered a career-high 15 tackles (12 solo). Sally played for the New York Giants for five of his seven NFL seasons, helping coach Bill Parcells rebuild the team into a winner and, in 1986, played a key role in the Giants' Super Bowl-winning season.
A longtime tennis coach at both Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools in Columbia, Ben Loeb has earned 946 dual meet victories and 12 state championships in 26 years. He has coached Rock Bridge High School since 1994. In that time, his girls' teams have won seven state titles (1999, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015), while the Rock Bridge boys' teams have won four state titles (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012). At Hickman High School (1989-1994) the boys' team won state in 1994. Combined, his teams have reached the state semifinals 29 times. A graduate of Clayton High School and the University of Missouri, Loeb also coached at the University of Missouri from 1986-1988.
John Henage was 149-70-2 in 20 seasons (1977 to 1997) at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, winning the Class 3 state title in 1977 and placing second in Class 4 in both 1992 and 1993. His overall .678 winning percentage was recently among the top 20. Named the Missouri Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1993, Henage retired in 2001 after 24 years in Columbia Public Schools, having also spent 18 years as athletic director of Rock Bridge High School. Henage also coached St. Joseph Central and Orchard Farm high schools, where in the role of athletic director he expanded the department with the addition of new sports such as softball.