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Howard Sales Memorial


Former players To Memorialize Legendary Coach
Howard “The Hat” Sales

The Howard “The Hat” Sales Memorial will be dedicated Aug. 27.  The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a cookout behind the home stands at Mack Hummon Stadium, followed by the dedication ceremony at 6 p.m.  Longtime Oakwood Schools’ educator and former assistant coach Don Walls will emcee the presentation, which will include former Oakwood High School educator and assistant coach Joe Gural, legendary University of Dayton football coach Mike Kelly and Patsy Sales.

In addition to the presentation, a 204-page book honoring the legendary Oakwood coach, as well as commemorative hats and stickers will be available for purchase to benefit the Oakwood Athletic Boosters and mark this special occasion.

Sales’ former players, managers, trainers and coaches are invited to participate in a group picture following the ceremony.

We can't wait to see you there!

The Man

Howard Sales Portrait

Howard Sales was a coach, teacher and Athletic Director at Oakwood Junior High and High School from 1965 to 1995.  Coach Sales came to Oakwood in 1965 as a junior high and high school teacher of social studies, health and physical education. He was head football coach from 1968-1986 and with 112 wins was the winningest of any coach in school history. He served as the Athletic Director from 1988-1995. After retiring from Oakwood, he coached football at the University of Dayton from 1995 to 2005 and returned to OHS in 2006 as an assistant football coach.  In 1992, Coach Sales was elected President of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association; in 1994 was enshrined in the Ohio High School Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; inducted into the Sam Andrews Hall of Fame in 1998, the Oakwood Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association in 2014. He passed on Dec. 2, 2019 at the age of 86.

Howard Sales talks to player on the sidelines

The Hat

Coach Sales' impact as a teacher and coach remains long after his last players walked off the field.  Upon his passing, a group of former football players came together with the goal of commemorating his contribution to Oakwood football history.  In cooperation with Oakwood High School, Oakwood Alumni Association and the Oakwood Schools Foundation, the Howard Sales Memorial will be a tribute to a man who inspired his players and a motivating display for Lumberjack teams for decades to come.  The memorial will sit protected under the portico - a brick and limestone base with a bronzed hat in Coach’s memory - along with two plaques honoring the man.

The Hat

The Tradition

Howard Sales Memorial Rendering

The Howard “The Hat” Sales Memorial may mark the end of a legacy, but it is also the beginning of a new tradition.  As the Lumberjack football team exits the locker room, making its way to the field, players will touch “The Hat” for good luck and inspiration.

This new tradition is made possible through your generous donations.   The fundraising goal was $40,000.  Additional funds raised will go to produce a coffee table program booklet and to cover the costs of the dedication ceremony, scheduled for Aug. 27, 2021.


Howard Sales Plaque with photos

Donate to the Howard Sales Memorial

All donations to The Howard Sales Memorial will be processed by The Oakwood Schools Foundation/The Dayton Foundation. Donations may be made by check or online by clicking below. Securities may also be donated, To do so, please contact Tracie Boshears at The Dayton Foundation at 937-225-9967.  You will be redirected to The Dayton Foundation's website in order to make a secure online donation. For more information, please contact Oakwood Alumni Association Director Amanda Venable, 

Donate now to the howard sales memorial 


To donate by check, please make your check payable to The Oakwood Schools Foundation. In the memo portion of your check, please indicate fund #8499 (Sales Memorial).

Mail check to:
P.O. Box 351
Oakwood, Ohio 45409

*You will receive donation letters from The Oakwood Schools Foundation and The Dayton Foundation acknowledging your donation.

Thank you for your support!