Greynolds Classic

Greynolds Classic

The K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic

Jack Greynolds

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to honor the memory of the late Jack Greynolds. The Classic supports youth fitness and stroke education programs through the work of the Lake Anna YMCA, the Barberton Parks Department, the Barberton City Schools and the Larry Bidlingmyer Memorial Bike Ride.

The Barberton Community Impact

The Greynolds Classic honors the late Jack Greynolds who died in 2005. He coached high school basketball for 29 seasons, the last 17 with the Barberton Magics. He retired in 1987 after suffering a stroke.

The Classic has provided a venue for many players to demonstrate their skills and most of all, over $162,000 has been donated to the community.

Proceeds from the Classic go to the Barberton Parks Department, the Lake Anna YMCA, the Barberton City Schools and the Larry Bidlingmyer Memorial Bike Ride for youth programs and equipment as well as stroke awareness education.

This program is making a difference in our community! We would like to invite you to help us continue to recognize what Jack Greynolds did for our school and community during his coaching tenure and to honor his true legacy, and the many life lessons he taught us.

Individual and corporate sponsorship packages are available for the Greynolds Classic.

The Classic promises to be an exciting high school event with great teams.

Contact Us:

Marty Bidlingmyer
Barberton City Schools
479 Norton Avenue
Barberton, OH 44203

Directions To Barberton High School

From the North:Take I-77 South to exit 136
(Rt. 21 toward Massillon), follow Rt. 21 and merge onto I-76 East/Rt. 224 East. Take exit 16 to Barber Road and turn right on Barber Road to Barberton High School. Turn left on Morgan St. for parking.

From the South:Take I-77 North to exit 122B (I-277 West/Rt. 224 West toward Barberton), follow Rt. 224, take exit 16 to Barber Road and turn right on Barber Road to Barberton High School. Turn left on Morgan St. for parking.

From the East:
Take I-76 West and take the exit to I-277 (toward Barberton), then the exit onto Rt. 224 West. Take exit 16 to Barber Road and turn right on Barber Road to Barberton High School.
Turn left on Morgan St. for parking.

From the West:Take I-76 East to exit 16 to Barber Road and turn right on Barber Road to Barberton High School. Turn left on Morgan St. for parking.

Recognizing a Stroke

Remember the 3 steps, STR. Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately a lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people don't recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three questions:
S - Ask the individual to SMILE.

T - Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently) ie. It is sunny out today.
R - Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
NOTE: Another sign of stroke is: Ask the person to stick out his/her tongue. If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other this is an indication of a stroke.

Barberton Mourns The Loss of Larry Bidlingmyer

Randy Broadwater, Herald Sports Editor

It’s going to be strange to be at the K. Jack Greynolds Classic at the end of this month, and not see a hustling Larry Bidlingmyer making sure everything is running smoothly and on schedule.

That’s because Bidlingmyer passed away Sunday night at the age of 60, leaving a long legacy of involvement in not only Barberton athletics, but in the Barberton community as well.

Bidlingmyer came to Barberton and was the 9th grade coach at Highland Junior High school before moving onto Rootstown High school, where he was the head football coach for the Rovers.He then returned to the Barberton City schools serving as an ssistant football coach for Rudy Sharkey. He then went on to a long tenure as Barberton High School’s athletic director until his retirement in 2000.

Bidlingmyer has been described as a visionary, and had a big hand in the design of Barberton’s athletic facilities, including the state of the art gym and the sports complex where the Magics baseball, softball, cross country and tennis teams play.

Even after retirement, Bidlingmyer was an integral part of the Barberton High School sports scene. One of his biggest jobs was helping to bring Ohio High School Athletic Association district and regional tournaments to the school and managing them. His crowning achievement though, and perhaps, the one he will be remembered for the most, was being the driving force behind the K. Jack Greynolds Classic, which has become the premier basketball showcase in Summit and it’s surrounding counties.

Bidlingmyer spearheaded the event to honor the legendary coach who was his good friend, and worked tirelessly to make it a reality, while attending to every detail from start to finish with his wife Marty by his side. He also helped in organizing the memorial to Greynolds which is outside the Lake Anna YMCA. Nothing could keep him from the dedication of the memorial, where he spoke with a hospital bracelet still on his wrist.

In the community, “Bid” as he was called by his friends, served on many committees and commissions and was active in the Magic City Kiwanis Club, the Barberton Community Foundation, the Barberton Beautification Committee’s Mum Festival steering committee, and the Parks and Recreation Commission. He also served on the selection committee for the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame, and was active in the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

Larry Bidlingmyer passed away December 7, 2008. A public memorial celebration was held in the gymnasium at the Lake Anna YMCA.

About Jack Greynolds

From the Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 28, 1999 and Jan. 15, 2005:
It was in 1969 that Jack Greynolds walked into Barberton High School as the new head basketball coach and announced, "I’m going to make Barberton a basketball town!" He stomped, he kicked and he ranted. He terrorized officials, jumped 5’6” players at center and wrote on the floor with chalk during timeouts.

He once said, “I’m a little like Bobby Knight on a small time scale.” But unlike Bobby Knight, who was trapped in his archaic principles, Coach Greynolds was always shifting, and always adjusting. He pressed some games, stalled some games and many games he would run. He knew what his players could take and how to push them. So he yelled at some, lectured others and left the others alone. Regardless, he always motivated!

“He didn’t teach plays, he taught you how to play basketball,” said his son, Jackie Greynolds who played for his dad on the 1982 State Runner-up Magics. He also taught his players responsibility, how to play as a team, how to build on your strengths, how to be successful, and how to be a man. His success can be attributed to his love of young people, his innovative knowledge and his constant study of the game.

During his 30 years as a high school coach, Greynolds coached at only two schools; Revere High School for 12 years and Barberton High School for 18. During this time his teams compiled a 549-121 record for an 82% winning average. He never had a losing season.

He introduced the full court press to the Akron area and spoke at many clinics about his defenses. He often said, “I can not give you a formula for success, but I can give one for failure – try to please everyone.”

Coach Greynolds’ teams won many league championships; 17 sectional tournaments, 6 district titles, 3 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles and a State Championship in 1976. He was named UPI State Coach of the Year in 1976 and 1977, State AP Coach of the Year and Prep Sport national Coach of the Year in 1977. He was selected Summit County Coach of the Year an unprecedented 5 times and named Dapper Dan Man of the Year in 1977. Greynolds has been inducted into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame, the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Akron Hall of Fame, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and was named a Distinguished Educator of the Year at Revere High School. In Barberton, the Industrial Arts gym was renamed Greynolds Gymnasium, the new Barberton High School basketball floor was named Greynolds Floor and the gymnasium at the Lake Anna YMCA Community Center will be named Greynolds Gymnasium. Jack Greynolds was named the Greatest High School Coach in Summit County in the last 50 years by the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame Committee and a vote of the public.

Coach Greynolds passed away January 14, 2005. Coach Greynolds will never be forgotten. This “Magic Legend” will live forever in the history of Barberton. Coach Greynolds, you most definitely made Barberton a basketball town!

Greynolds Monument Unveiled

Family and friends of former Barberton Magics Coach K. Jack Greynolds gathered outside the Lake Anna YMCA's Greynolds Gymnasium during Mum Fest to mark the unveiling of a monument to the legendary man. The YMCA sits on the sites of what was Barberton High School Industrial Arts building which housed the first Greynolds Gym.

"The theme of Mum Fest is Make a Little Magic," former assistant coach and teacher Bob Velloney said. "Well, Jack brought a lot of magic to Barberton. He described Jack Greynolds as more than a coach, a man who was also a great teacher. "His students learned in his classroom," Velloney said. "They learned a lot more than just basketball. They learned about life and they were much the better for the experience." Jack's son Jackie talked of growing up, watching the players his father was coaching and wanting to be like them and play for his father. Jackie did that, and went on to become a boys basketball coach himself, now at GlenOak. Playing for his father wasn't easy for him or any player. "On the floor he pushed you and he made you suck it up and be a man, and if you didn't, you didn't last," Jackie said, adding that players have told him it made them a better person. "He was unique," he said of his father. "He was a lot of different things." The monument to Jack Greynolds sits outside the new Greynolds Gymnasium, built as part of Lake Anna YMCA on the site of the previous gym, where the Barberton Magics, under Greynolds, won the school's only state basketball championship.

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