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Teena Magoulias-Shafer
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2005 Individual Award Winner


She moved from cheerleading sponsor to coach in 1976-77 as the Centralia Junior High School opened. For the next 29 years, Magoulias-Shafer coached four different girls’ sports at CJHS. 

From 1977 through 1984, she marked up two SIJHSAA state titles (1981, 1982) and one runner-up finish (1979) as basketball coach with a total record of 82-16. She says CJHS has the best junior high gym in Southern Illinois.

As softball coach (1978 through 2004, with exception of 1984 maternity leave), Magoulias-Shafer totaled 287 wins against 125 losses. Her teams placed in the final four (SIJHSAA) on 12 occasions with a state title in 1978 (undefeated), and second place finishes in 1988 and 1989. Third place trophies were taken in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1986, and 2001.

Fourth places were garnered in 1993, 1996, and 2003.

Magoulias-Shafer had no assistant coaches in either sport for the first few years. Later one assistant was the late Mel Rutledge who devoloped a string of highly-successful pitchers for the Tigerettes. One such hurler was Centralia Hall of Fame inductee, Angela Mick (1997).

She coached girls’ track for seven seasons (1999 through 2005) taking five teams to State. The 2002 team with the record-breaking discus thrower, Jasmine Matthews, took fourth place. She also coached volleyball for two years, but this was dropped as it was not sanctioned by the SIJHSAA and was in conflict with basketball. 

There were no scholastic girls’ sports as she was growing up, so Magoulias-Shafer honed her skills through the excellent Centralia Recreation Department with Howard Cooksey as Director and Fay Vaccaro as City League Softball Coach. Through these experiences, she knew early on that she wanted a career that involved sports and athletics.

In the summer months away from CJHS, she coached soccer, softball and little league baseball.  While proud to be an inductee into the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame, Magoulias-Shafer is equally proud to   have been a part of so many children’s lives doing something she loved.



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