Courtney Johnson Chuck Kroll will be remembered for his football career forever. At least thus far in Pennsylvania. On Oct. 18, the Highlands Ranch …
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Chuck Kroll will be remembered for his football career forever.
At least thus far in Pennsylvania.
On Oct. 18, the Highlands Ranch resident was inducted into the
Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in is
hometown of Scranton, Pa. The one-time defensive back and safety
has had a lengthy football career from player to coach.
Kroll was a three-year starter at Ithaca College. While at
Ithaca, he was named All-Conference two seasons, All East-Defensive
Back for the Small College Division and played in the Division III
national championship. He also played three years of lacrosse.
His coaching career began at Albany State University, where he
was the assistant football coach and head junior varsity baseball
coach. At Washington & Lee University, he was an assistant
football coach and the head baseball coach.
When he relocated to Colorado, he became an associate professor,
assistant football coach-defensive coordinator and assistant
lacrosse coach at the Colorado School of Mines. Most recently, he
coached his two daughters through the lacrosse program at South
Suburban Recreation Center. He has one daughter who now plays field
hockey at Colorado State University. His other daughter plays field
hockey and lacrosse at Mountain Vista High School.
In late June, a high school reporter who followed his career all
these years notified him he was chosen for the Eastern Pennsylvania
Sports Hall of Fame.
“He called me and told me that I had quite a few votes,” Kroll
said. “I told him that he had to be kidding. I am still
flabbergasted. The fact that people still remember me is a great
honor since I haven’t lived in the East for many years. My peers
elected me. They are the friends I played with and first started
Kroll grew up in Scranton in a football family. His father
played semi-professional ball when he returned from the war. He had
two uncles who also played, one of them an All-American at
Tennessee. With his older brother and some neighborhood friends,
Kroll would spend his weekends and time after school playing
“We would go down to a lot and play in the coal ashes and dirt,”
he said. “Any place we could make a field, we would play.”
Besides being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Kroll says the
most memorable experience of his career is his senior year of
college when the Bombers were undefeated. The team won the 1979
NCAA national championship Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl as well as the
Lambert Cup, presented to the top small-college program in the East
He credits the amazing support of his family, especially his
father, and the late Jim Butterfield, his coach at Ithaca, for his
ability to accomplish so much in sport and life.
“Coach Butterfield would kick my butt when I needed it or put
his arm around me when I needed that,” Kroll said. “He was a great
His mother and father only missed two games his entire career
and even went to see him coach.
“You can’t put a price tag on having the support of family and
friends,” he said.
He hopes his success proves to others that with heart and
dedication, one can go far.
“This award is all about my involvement in sports,” Kroll said.
“If it wasn’t for football, I would have probably never left
Scranton. Sports have been the vehicle for me to grow personally
and professionally and where I have created the best friendships.
For those that aren’t fortunate enough to make it to the
professional level, sports can be the vehicle to take you wherever
you want to go.”
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