Clarence "Coy" Hill (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1974
Born: April 27, 1927 Negaunee, MI
Died: May 13, 2012 Ishpeming, MI
Coy started his competitive career at the age of ten on the local hills in Ishpeming, Michigan. As the years progressed he developed into one of this country’s outstanding ski jumpers, competing in many tournaments throughout the United States. During the 1950s he was consistently the longest jumper in most tournaments, as well as an outstanding stylist. In 1952 he won the U.S. National Class “A” Championship at Salisbury, Connecticut and set a new hill record of 203 feet.
He also competed successfully internationally. His outstanding performances in Europe include being a member of a three-man team to Austria, in 1953, as a guest of the Austrian Ski Association. At the Kulm's Ski Flying Hill he made a jump of 327 feet.
As a ski sport builder, he gave unswerving dedication and devotion. His tireless physical efforts, year after year, at Suicide Hill and mentoring of the Ishpeming Ski Club were a source of motivation and inspiration to all members of the ski-jumping community.