Chris Gibson Athletic Hall of Fame
Mr. Chris Gibson with his wife, 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
We are very honored to introduce our newest athletic hall of fame induction, Chris Gibson. Mr. Gibson is a 1972 graduate of Portsmouth West High School. He is also a graduate of Graceland College in Iowa.

While at PWHS, he played football, earning a letter there for those years. He was the starting quarterback. He was named to the Southern Ohio Conference All Conference 1st Team. He also was a basketball and baseball standout for the Senators.

 Mr. Gibson played football and baseball at Graceland College where he was a 4-year letterman in both baseball and football. As quarterback, he led his football team to their first ever bowl appearance and was named MVP his senior season. He was also a member of the Heart of America All- Star Team. In addition, to his very impressive football season, he was an all-district baseball player for two years.

 Mr. Gibson spent 30 years as a teacher at West. He has had a positive influence on literally hundreds of students and athletes.

 He coached in some capacity most of this Career-Some of his accomplishments include:

  • 22 years as a football coach-7 years’ head coach-Several SOC playoffs
  • Multiple SOC Championships as a head football coach
  • Named District Coach of the year
  • He also was assistant baseball coach

The Washington-Nile Local School District is honored to induct Chris Gibson into our 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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As a high school athlete Bud was a three year starter in varsity basketball. He was chosen as a SOC All-Star and Scioto County League All Star in both his junior and senior years. He was the second leading scorer in the area his senior year, averaging 23 points per game.

In baseball, he started and caught every game during his four year varsity career. He helped lead West to both the SOC and Scioto County League championships his senior year.

Bud returned to West in 1968 as a teacher and coach. He coached junior high and freshman football, varsity basketball, varsity baseball, and varsity golf.  He coached from 1968 until 1979. Bud is the only coach in the history of Washington-Nile Local School District to win SOC Championships in three different sports: Basketball 1973, Baseball 1977, and Gold 1974-75.  The 1973 Basketball Team was also Scioto County League Champions. His team won several Sectional tournaments. Bud was named SOC Coach of the Year in 1973.

Bud became assistant principal at West in 1979 and was named principal a year and a half later. During his years at West he was elected to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southeast District Board. He also served on the Ohio State Athletic Association State Board of Control. Also during this time he was co-founder (along with Earl Thomas Conley) of the Earl Thomas Conley Scholarship.

Bud left West in 1993 to become superintendent at Union Scioto Local School District in Ross County. He accepted a superintendent’s position at Eastern Local in Pike County from which he retired in 1999.

In 1997 Bus was named outstanding administrator in the Southeast District by the Ohio School Board Association.

The induction ceremony was held before the West/Coal Grove Football game with Mr. Asa Jewett and his family and Mr. Paul Farley’s wife and son receiving their award. 

2015 Inductee Mr. Paul Farley

Mr. Farley spent a large part of his seventy-six years dedicating his time and energy to the athletic program at Portsmouth West Schools. While in high school Paul was a four year letterman in football, basketball, and golf. He was also a two year letterman in baseball.

In 1962 Paul started his coaching career. He started out coaching pee-wee football and assisting Tom Swain with the high school team. Paul devoted the next 48 years of his life to the Senators, football program. Always known for his words of encouragement and excitement for the game, Paul was always the coach that kids leaned on when they had a question or needed advice. Paul has touched thousands of player’s lives throughout his career. The Washington-Nile Local School District appreciates all of his dedication towards the programs of our district.


Mr. Paul Farley's wife and son receive the award in honor of Paul.


2015 Inductee Asa Jewett

Asa Jewett is a 1998 graduate of Portsmouth West High School. He was a leader on the basketball court for the Senators.

Graduating West High in 1998, Asa Jewett led the way toward many wins for the Senator basketball team during his career here. His many records and awards are a testament to his athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and being a true team player.


The following are 1997-1998 season totals.

• Scored 387 points-19.3 per game

• High single game score was 33 points

• Asa pulled down 260 rebounds an average 13.0 per game (High for individual game 21)

• Averaged 2.1 assists per game

• Asa had 123 blocks for the 97-98 season, which is 6.1 per game. (high for individual 14 blocks)

• Shot 63.3% from the field

• Shot 70.4% from the free throw line

• Asa had 6 triple doubles during the 97-98 season and 17 double/doubles for the season.

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Donald Staggs inducted into 2014 Hall of Fame

Former West coach and teacher, Donald Staggs, is the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee. From 1954-1962, he worked with the Senator football team, first as an assistant coach under coach Monk Everling and then as head coach from 1960 through 1962.

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2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Jerome Barker

Jerome Barker earned nine varsity letters at Portsmouth West High School from 1972 through 1976 in football, baseball, and basketball. In addition to being named Captain of his teams and receiving numerous school athletic awards, he received scholastic honors and was elected President of his Senior Class. In 1976 Barker received the John Mitchell Memorial Award and Doc Singleton Sportsmanship Award. In football, Barker received post season award honors in the Southern Ohio Conference as the Lineman of the Year in 1975 and was named to the 1st Team All District and 2nd Team All State as a Defensive Lineman in 1975. in basketball, Barker was named the 2nd Team All Conference Team for the 1975-1976 seasons. Barker was 1st Team All Conference for both the 1975 and 1976 baseball seasons.

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Glenn "Rocky" Nelson was a graduate of Portsmouth West High School in 1942. After graduation Rocky was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was regarded as one of the greatest sluggers ever to play in the International League. As a rookie in 1948, he helped the Rochester Red Wings qualify for the Governor's Cup playoffs. From 1953-1955, while playing for the Montreal Royals, Nelson led the International League once in batting average (1955), twice in homeruns (1954, 1955), and twice in RBI's (1953, 1955). He would win two triple crowns. In 1958, Nelson was voted International League Most Valuable Player.

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