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Bernard Tilley

Wheelersburg High School
Alumni Hall of Fame Biography

Bernard Tilley

Bernie was an outstanding high school cross country and track athlete. He still holds the Wheelersburg High School record in the 800 meter run. During his senior year he was named to the 1st Team All State Cross Country team in the fall of 1972. He followed that phenomenal recognition with an outstanding spring track season in 1973 that culminated by being crowned the Class AA state champion in the mile and named to the All State track team.

Bernie’s successful cross country and track career led to a college scholarship at the University of Rio Grande. During his college years he collected All District and All Conference awards. He was named Rio Grande’s athlete of the year his sophomore, junior and senior year and still holds the 1500 meter, the mile and the 800 meter school records. Bernie’s family and friends are most proud of him being named an Honorable Mention All American Cross Country athlete during the fall of his senior year and 1st Team All American in Track during the spring. His jersey has been retired and he has been inducted into the University of Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame.

Community Activities/Organizations
Youth Minister and Pastor, Local Churches, 25 years
Salem Road United Methodist Church, Pastor, current

Ohio 1st Team All State Cross Country Team, 1972
Ohio Class AA State Champion, Track and Field, Mile, 1973
Ohio 1st Team All State Track and Field, 1973
University Of Rio Grande Athlete of the Year, 1975, 1976, 1977
Honorable Mention All-American Cross Country, 1976
All-American, 1st Team Track and Field, 1977
University of Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame

Work Experience
Northwest Local School District
New Boston Local School District
Minford Local School District

University of Rio Grande, Bachelor of Science, Education, 1977