Residents of Winslow will gather Saturday, Dec. 10, in the new Winslow High School gymnasium to celebrate legendary Bulldog football coach Emil Nasser’s 90th birthday.
It will undoubtedly be a huge celebration because Nasser is one of the most revered men in the northern Arizona town having coached the Bulldogs from 1947 until his retirement at the end of the 1981 season.
During his tenure at WHS, Nasser compiled a sterling 234-90 record, winning 16 conference titles and three state championships — 1948, 1949 and 1964.
The Arizona Coaches Association and the National Coaches Association have both inducted Nasser into their Halls of Fame.
Following his retirement from coaching, the high school’s football stadium was renamed in Nasser’s honor.
In addition to coaching football at WHS, Nasser also coached track, baseball and basketball, and served a stint as athletic director.
His track teams won several conference titles and were second in the state twice.
He and his former sidekick Doc Wright helped found the cross-country program at WHS.
When not coaching, Nasser was a popular sports official in football, basketball and baseball and was for several years the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Northern Arizona Commissioner.
Nasser turned out numerous football standouts at a school in which a huge majority of the male students choose to play the sport.
Some of his standouts eventually returned to WHS to teach and coach including girls basketball coach Don Petranovich and current baseball coach Art Griffith.
Crannie Hysong, who graduated with the class of 1961, became a top-notch football and track coach in the Valley. He married his WHS sweetheart Susie (Nichols) and the two had a son who became an Olympic gold medal winner in the pole vault.
Nasser also ran the town swimming pool for decades and is credited as being the man who taught hundreds of the town’s youth to swim.
WHS alumni also remember Nasser as a dedicated PE teacher who took a sincere interest in their well-being.
Outdoor sale on Saturday
The inaugural Let’s Talk Fishin’ Outdoorsman’s Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Senior Center on Main Street.
Among the items available for purchase will be hunting, guns and ammunition from Lock N Load, archery equipment from Chasin’ a Dream, talk from the Let’s Talk Fishin’ radio show and individual vendors selling other new and used outdoor gear.
Organizers say the event is an indoor yard sale and individuals are welcome to sign up for a table.
For more information, call Tracy Purtee at (928) 978-3659.
Meet at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Monument Peak trailhead for a three-mile, easy hike.
Dress warmly, bring flashlights and water.