The Ross and Bob McHenry Award honors Ross and Bob's dedication to athletics and to Parkersburg High School. The prize is designed to provide an award to a player on the Parkersburg High School football team who demonstrates team leadership.
Work ethic, commitment, and loyalty - these are just a few words that come to mind when people think of Ross McHenry. As an athlete, coach and community leader, his impact on the Mid-Ohio Valley was significant. Ross attended Parkersburg High School and was the first Parkersburg High School football player to be named to West Virginia's All-State Team for three consecutive years. After graduation, he attended West Virginia University, where he was recognized as an outstanding offensive and defensive lineman. Playing for the Mountaineers, he lettered all four years. In his senior year, Ross was named team captain and was an All-East selection representing West Virginia University in the East-West Shrine All Star Game played in San Francisco, California. Later, he became line coach for the Mountaineers for two years and head coach for the Parkersburg Big Reds for seven years.
Ross supported the Parkersburg High School and West Virginia University football programs throughout his life, with as much loyalty and dedication as he exhibited in his playing and coaching careers. At one of the Parkersburg High School homecoming parades, he was named Marshall, and West Virginia University honored him as the Most Loyal Mountaineer.
Bob McHenry was a 1959 graduate of Parkersburg High School and also a graduate of West Virginia University. His career included work for Sears Roebuck and United Bank's Trust Department, and he was the owner of ReMax Properties of the Valley. Bob was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Parkersburg Rotary Club, and he was president of the board of the Parkersburg YMCA and was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Allohak Council. Bob passed away in November 2008 and is survived by his wife Paula, their children Bryen and Amy, and two grandsons.