Old Timers induct Condo and Evans
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Old Timers Hall of Fame
Charles H. Evans Sr.
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Chuck Condo and Charles H. Evans Sr. are the newest inductees into the Old Timers Hall of Fame.

The two will be among the local sports figures honored at a banquet March 14 at the Museum Center at Five Points.

The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Cleveland Recreation Department.

Also being honored on March 14 will be Avery Johnson Sr., Dale Woodard, Ray Haulk and Earl Rowan.

Charles H. Evans Sr.,

basketball

Evans was born in Cleveland and attended College Hill School from first through 12th grades. He graduated with honors in May 1959. He was the president of his junior class and the vice president of his senior class.

He was a member of the high school basketball team for four years. During his junior and senior years, he was the starting center, and the team only lost one game.

Seven days after graduation, Evans joined the United States Army. He served for 28 years and nine months with two tours in Korea and two tours in Vietnam.

During his military service, he was awarded many awards, which included two Bronze Stars, two Distinguished Service medals, a Vietnam Campaign Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal. He retired in 1987 with the rank of sergeant major.

Evans worked in the space program at Marshall Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for 18 years. as a contract senior engineer.

He was involved with support operations with space shuttle launches and building and operating the space station. He retired in September 2005.

Now his hobbies are doing “honey-do’s,” playing with grandkids and great-grandkids, gardening, bowling and playing golf.

Evans graduated from Athens State College with bachelor of science in management of technology in March 1992.

Chuck Condo, coach

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, Condo played basketball and football at Fairfield High School. After high school, he attended Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he worked under Tip Smith, Dwain Farmer and Buddy Cate.

After graduation, he became men’s basketball coach and assistant football coach at Madisonville High School. Two years later, he came to Cleveland High School to serve as men’s basketball coach and assistant freshmen football coach for Bill Talley.

He was head boys’ basketball coach at CHS for 17 years.

Condo retired from coaching in 1985 in order to spend more time with family and pursue other goals.

Years later, Coach Ray Grant asked him to assist as freshmen basketball coach, and he happily welcomed the opportunity.

After Grant joined the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee, Condo continued with CHS basketball as the varsity assistant. He has served in this capacity alongside head coaches Bruce Slatten, Aaron Green and Jason McCowan.

During his 45-year tenure at CHS, Condo served as a math and algebra instructor. He has had the opportunity to coach other CHS sports as well. He founded the cross-country program at CHS.

Additionally, he was part of the football coaching staff for six years. He was also the tennis coach for nine years.

In addition, Condo took in the responsibility of managing Tinsley Pool for the first 12 years of its existence.

This 2014 season marks Condo’s 47th year coaching basketball in some capacity.

Last May, with the help of Vincent Yarbrough, the former CHS and University of Tennessee star player and a second-round 2002 NBA draft pick for the Denver Nuggets, Condo founded the Fast Break Basketball Club. This nonprofit club exists to train and develop players from second grade through high school in basketball fundamentals.

Condo has been married to Linda Buttram Condo of Athens for 47 years. They are members of Wesley Memorial Church. They are the parents of three grown children: Blake Condo, Amanda Condo Bradbury and Zane Condo. They have six grandchildren and are expecting new ones this year.