Paul Cooley

Paul Cooley
Paul Cooley
b. 1935


Year Inducted

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article by Scott Kindberg originally appeared in The Post-Journal on January 23, 2017.

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, then the photograph that appeared in the Dunkirk Observer on June 5, 1991 told quite a story.

Surrounded by members of his team, Cassadaga Valley Central School softball coach Paul Cooley was captured extending his right arm toward the heavens, his hand holding the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C Far West Regional plaque. The hardware was presented to Cooley after his team defeated previously unbeaten Sidney of Section V, 7-5, at Lackawanna's Ron Jaworski Stadium, vaulting the Lady Cougars into the state final four for the first time.

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