1993 Hoover High graduate Josh Weber recently was inducted into the Mount Union M Club Sports Hall of Fame.
Weber, now a 6th grade teacher and football coach at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, shared with North Canton Patch some of his high school athletic highlights and how Hoover shaped who he became after graduation.
Name: Josh Weber
Family: Married to Hoover and Mount Union grad Jennifer; kids Reid, 16, Eli, 10, and Emma, 8
Hometown: North Canton
Education: Hoover 1993. Mount Union 1997, elementary education major.
North Canton Patch: Tell me about your athletic history at Hoover High School. I understand you excelled at basketball and football?
Josh Weber: I played basketball and football. I wouldn't really say I excelled at football as I was injured a good bit of my senior year. I was healthy for basketball season though and was a captain of the basketball team.
North Canton Patch: Where did you head to school after that? And what kinds of things did you accomplish?
Weber: I chose Mount Union College after looking seriously at Ohio Northern also. My visit to Mount Union and meeting the people there made my decision easy. I was very fortunate to start for three years. We won national championships my freshman and senior years. Overall our team was 50-3 during my four years there.
North Canton Patch: How do you think the athletic programs at Hoover prepared you for sports outside high school, or life in general?
Weber: I think the fact that Hoover had competitive sports programs meant that you had to push yourself to improve or be left behind.
North Canton Patch: How does someone earn a spot in the Mount Union M Club Sports Hall of Fame? Are there certain requirements to meet or is there a nomination process?
Weber: There is a nomination committee that is then reviewed by and voted on by a selection committee. This year it was a large class of eight members — three football players, three wrestlers, a soccer player and a runner.
North Canton Patch: What are your thoughts on your recent induction?
Weber: It was really quite an unexpected honor! When you play on good teams it is much easier to be recognized, I think. My accomplishments are in no small part due to having a lot of really good teams while I was there. It was special to have a lot of family and friends there.