Alden Clark Cearfoss
Who brought honor to Baker University through his athletic and academic achievements, service to his country during the Korean War, and outstanding record as a coach and educator.
Raised in Centropolis, Kan., and graduated from Appanoose High School in 1946. Two-time state Class B scoring leader in basketball with 21.3 and 20.7 points per game in junior and senior seasons. Those teams finished with a combined record of 38-8 and won league, league tournament and district tournament titles. Served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1946 to 1948.
Enrolled at Baker in 1948. Nicknamed “Black Knight”. Started on Baker’s basketball team and was selected all-conference honorable mention in first season, but dislocated right shoulder — an injury that never healed properly. Played sophomore and junior seasons with shoulder brace and knee injury. Lettered all three seasons. Was a member of Zeta Chi fraternity and sophomore class secretary. Graduated in 1952 with degree in physical education. Attended graduate school at the University of Kansas. Returned to Appanoose High School to teach and coach basketball. His teams were 130-87, and won five league championships and five league tournaments. Left coaching and became district manager at Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. Then served as commissioner of finance in Ottawa before returning to teach and coach boys basketball at Central Heights High School in 1972.
Led Central Heights teams to a 158-68 record and three league titles in 11 years. Later coached the girls team and conducted instructional camps for youngsters until the time of his death. The Central Heights Gymnasium is named in his memory. His 23-year career coaching record was 307-171. Cearfoss and his wife, Betty, have two daughters, Lynda and Diane.