One of Stan’s last postings on Facebook:

Stan Wilker FB.jpg

(6-13-18) Major League Hall of Fame Baseball Manager Leo Durocher never had the chance to meet Stan Wilker:

‘Nice Guys Finish Last’

Wilker was both, a nice guy and a winner at Marion Local…as a coach and an Athletic Director, more important then that…he was a winner in life.

1973-74 Marion Local Yearbook

Stan Wilker 1973-74

Wilker started his career in high school sports when he first coached at Bradford (1972-73) before starting his run at Marion Local He started at Marion Local in 1973 as a teacher and a coach, later he would become the athletic director in 1979 until he stepped down in 2009. During his time as AD the Flyers would win 37 Midwest Athletic Conference championships and nine state titles  His accomplishment earned him a spot in the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. He is one of those who played an important part of the making the Midwest Athletic Conference one of the most respected conferences in Ohio.

Social media and newspapers were buzzing with thoughts about the loss of Wilker who passed away on Monday after a three month battle with cancer.

Besides being well liked, he was very respected by his piers those who knew him.

Tweets

  • @Jerry_Snodgrass (soon to be OHSAA Executive Director)
    We just lost a great man. Taught me so much about HS sports, the importance of community. Will be incredibly missed for so many reasons.
  • Eric Goodwin‏ @ColdwaterAD (Coldwater Athletic Director)
    Going to miss talking with and visiting with Stan Wilker greatly. Always great to talk with about anything. One of my mentors when I started as AD 20+ years ago. No one enjoyed life and watching sports more than Stan. Would do anything for anyone. We all lost a great one.
  • @CoachOtten (Coldwater Football Coach)
    On behalf of the CW football program our prayers go out to the Wilker and Marion Local family on the loss of a fine man in Stan Wilker. Dependable, positive, caring , competitive and respectful….Pure Mercer County Man. RIP Stan
  • @BrentNiekamp (Ft. Recovery Football Coach)
    One of the guys who helped make HS sports what it is in our area. Lots of prayers from the Fort.
  • @BillMenchhofer (has coached at several Mercer County schools)
    When I think about th MAC, it starts with the AD’s. Shake has been a pillar, role model for others to follow. Tim and Stan seem like they were AD’s forever. They will always be remembered that way. Thank You Shake!!!!!!!!!
  • @AnnaAthletics
    Deepest Sympathy to the Wilker Family and Marion Local school community. Such a genuine and friendly person…. always enjoyed his humor.
  • @FRCoachPatch (Ft. Recovery Girls Basketball Coach)
    Prayers to the Wilker Family and the Marion Local Community. The loss of a great person for HS Sports. Appreciated all he did for us over the years from attending summer basketball camps at Marion to playing in the Hanger.
  • @NBCardsBaseball
    Thoughts and prayers to the Wilker family from the New Bremen Baseball Program. Stan was a Great Educator and even Better Man. RIP Stan.

Other thoughts-

  • Tim Goodwin, Marion Local Football Coach (Dayton Daily News article)
    “He would do anything for you. Stan really took (his job) it to heart,” Goodwin said. “He’d change clothes and go out and get diamonds ready. He’d put his tie back on and do the administrative part. He was a unique guy.
  • Tim Buschur (Facebook) Tri Star Career Compact Executive Director
    Stan was a great person. Was a credit to the community. Will be greatly missed.
  • From a Press Pro Magazine Magazine story written by Sonny FulksRemembering Stan Wilker…. “I have no idea why this has happened,” he said upon finding out his illness back in March. And yet, Stan had the kind of spiritual awakening to accept that there’s very little that we’re meant to actually understand in this life. Then, he would just smile and say, “What do we do next?”

High school athletics could use more people like Stan Wilker, he set an example for those who  will follow in his footsteps. If anyone in high school sports needs to have a gym, stadium or field named or a MAC trophy in his honor…Stan Wilker does.

 

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