Jon F. Chew

Inducted 2006

Jon Chew began his teaching and coaching career at Baylor in 1974 at age 24, two months after he was diagnosed with cancer and given only six months to live. He passed away in 1990 while still in service to Baylor.

In his 15 years at the school, Coach Chew coached tennis, wrestling, and track. He guided his 1986 cross country team to the first TSSAA State Championship, the first cross country title in school history and the first cross-country championship earned by a team outside of Nashville and Knoxville areas. His dual meeting percentage record was above .900 and, in a four-year-stretch, his cross-country teams won an unprecedented 110 dual meets in a row. His 1985 cross-country team took second, and his 1986 team, third, in state championships.

While battling his own health problems, Coach Chew successfully motivated his athletes to achieve their best in sports and life. He called his runners "Chew's Chosen Few," and his team members were encouraged to believe in themselves as well as their teammates. All seniors were selected to serve as captains, regardless of ability.

He brought many innovations to coaching, including the development of a formula that allowed runners to know at each quarter mile whether they were on pace to reach their training goal. He introduced the stationary bicycle into the training routine and instituted August workouts to ready runners for the season. Under his leadership, Baylor's cross-country team never lost to McCallie in a dual meet and won the city and region championships four consecutive years

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