Harold “Tubby” Gaverick, a football linebacker and baseball catcher for the Beavers from 1958-60, transferred to Bluffton from the University of Illinois.
He had to sit out a year before he could play. During that year he served as a football student coach and scouted next weeks opponents. He was elected football co-captain both years he played, and earned all conference recognition both years in football, and in baseball his senior year.
The Lima news article, “BC Blasts Defiance for 20th MOL Win” said, “Gaverick intercepted two passes and joined in practically every tackle, establishing himself as clearly the best defensive player on the field.”
The father of three sons, he was very active in coaching all youth league sports.
After graduation with a degree in business, Gaverick joined State Farm Insurance, was an agent, agency manager and director of education and training. He taught insurance classes at Lakeland Community College and life insurance classes for the National Association of Life Insurance.
He served eight years on Mentor School Board and is the only board member to receive the Mentor Teacher Association’s “Friend of Education” award.
Gaverick retired in 2006 and he and his wife Nola moved to Goodyear, Ariz.