Friends of Coal Bowl Trophy Unveiled in Huntington

Aug. 23, 2006

HUNTINGTON - The "Governor's Trophy," which will serve as the traveling trophy for the Friends of Coal Bowl between Marshall and West Virginia, made its first public appearance Wednesday at a press conference at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The trophy consists of West Virginia materials from across the state and was hand crafted by West Virginia artisans. The Governor's Trophy features a glass football that encases coal. The football rests atop a glass pedestal on a carbon base.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin will present the trophy to the winning team following the series opener on September 2 in Morgantown. The traveling trophy will then be awarded each season to the winning team and be housed at that institution until the following year's game.

"We are delighted to offer a beautiful, classic trophy that highlights some of West Virginia's best materials and most talented artisans," West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney said. "A lot of people had a hand in making this outstanding trophy possible. We appreciate everyone who has contributed and we appreciate the interest that Governor Manchin has shown in wanting to see that a first-class trophy was designed. This game deserves something special, and we've provided it."

The trophy was designed by Rick Mogielski, senior vice president and creative director at Charles Ryan and Associated, an integrated marketing firm in Charleston.

Fenton Art Glass (Williamstown), Graftech (Clarksburg), Curry Brothers Monuments (Alum Creek), Kingston Mining, Co. (Scarbro), SGJ Minerals (Charleston), and Mountaineer Coal Creations (Amstead) were among the companies that contributed to the production of the trophy.

The Governor's Trophy, 100% West Virginian

Fenton Art Glass, Williamstown
Dave Fetty (Glassblower), Ken Moore (Project Coordinator), Denny Lumbastis (Production Manager), Stacy Williams (Decorating/Painting)

Glass Consultants
Boyd Miller (Glassblower), John DesMeules (Glass Dimensions), Martina Huson (Martina's Stained Glass Studio).

GrafTech, Clarksburg
Kipp Beaver (Project Coordinator) and Richard Ball (Carbon Base).

Curry Brothers Monuments, Alum Creek
Todd Curry (Laser Engraving)

Riverton Coal Production, Inc., Scarbro
Kingston Mining, Inc. - Randy Hansford (Coal for the Trophy)

SGJ Minerals, Charleston
(Pulverizing of Coal)

Mountaineer Coal Creations, Amstead
Robert Dickenson (Liquification of Coal and Insertion)

Casto Tile & Marble, Charleston
Bob Casto (Face Plate and Mounting)