Loughlin is named to Section VI Hall of Fame

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 August 2021 at 1:30 pm

Contributed Photo – John “Pinky” Loughlin

Longtime Medina High football coach and Athletic Director John “Pinky” Loughlin has been selected for induction into the Section VI Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021.

The announcement of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 was made by Section VI officials this morning.

Loughlin, who passed away in 2011, served as Medina varsity football coach for 24 years from 1955-1978 and as athletic director for many years.

His Mustangs football teams compiled a record of 135-50-7 including a total of 13 Niagara-Orleans League title seasons.

Under Loughln’s leadership the Mustangs claimed the N-O title outright eight times (1955, ’58, ’64, ’70, ’72. ’73, ’74, ’77) and shared the title five times (1957, ’59, ’61. ’62. ’63).

He also coached baseball and track and field and refereed both high school and college basketball.

In addition, during his years in Medina, Loughlin also served as a member of the Village Board, the Board of Education and was a founding member of the Armory Action Committee.

Jen Suhr will also be inducted

The new inductees also include Fredonia High graduate Jen Suhr who has captured both Olympic gold and silver medals in the pole vault. She won the gold at London in 2012 and the silver at Beijing in 2008.

A multi year U.S. champion who has been ranked No. 1 in the world, Suhr has also won gold and silver medals at the World Championships.

The Section VI Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is scheduled to be inducted in December.