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VIDEO: Hometown Hero Dan Pride

Coach Dan Pride was an integral part of Webb's Athletics Department for 20 years, coaching football, basketball, and softball. He is fondly remembered by hundreds of alumni whose lives he impacted on and off the field. When he retired from Webb in 2008, he returned to his hometown of Ironton, Ohio. He is now featured the film "Hometown Hero" by fellow Ironton High School teacher Travis Kleinman. 

About his time in Claremont, Coach has countless favorite memories. “It was a great experience. I got so many opportunities because of Webb. I never imagined hiking the Grand Canyon, kayaking the Colorado River and climbing Mt. Baldy. I met many great people and made so many friends there with students and faculty.”


Kleinman, who produced the film, shared these comments: “It was a fun process. When COVID-19 hit, I contacted Dan, who works at our school, to do the narration for a short film titled, ‘My Name is Tanks.’ The video is from the perspective of our historical high school football stadium, which was once the home to the semi-professional Ironton Tanks (now Detroit Lions). Dan was absolutely amazing for the part and when some of his friends previewed the film, they asked if I would consider making a documentary on him.

"I’ve always thought a lot of Dan and when I spent time learning about the details of his story, I knew we had to do so. At that point, I started searching for video footage. Dan told me that nothing existed, so I had some ideas of using stock footage, but surprisingly I found a few things. I first found about four games from 1959 when he played for Ironton on 16mm. Of course, no one had a projector, so I ordered one, made some repairs, and was thrilled with what I had found. In fact, I have even more now, so I may update the film with better highlights. We just knew that we wanted to share his story.”
 
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