Milo Sewards

Category
1997
About This Inductee

Milo is the youngest of seven children of Michael and Susan Sewards of Allentown, Pa. He attended Harrison-Morton Junior High School in the School District of the City of Allentown, Pa., where he received the Outstanding Athlete Award.

Milo graduated from Allentown High School in 1934 where he was a three-letter man in football, basketball, and baseball. He was a guard and captain of the basketball team, and played end on the football team. At Allentown Prep School, he captained the football, basketball, and baseball teams, and also won the Outstanding Athlete Cup.

Sewards spent one year at Pennsylvania Military College, where he won three varsity letters in the first term. Transferring to Muhlenberg College, he won three letters, and captained the basketball team in his sophomore year and played fullback on the football team. In his senior year, In September of 1940 he was appointed to the teaching staff at Allentown High School and served as Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Basketball Coach, and Assistant Football Coach under the legendary J. Birney Crum.

During the war years, Sewards enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Sampson Naval Training Station as Chief Specialist until being transferred to Union College, where he was Head Basketball Coach and Assistant Football Coach to later New York Giant’s legendary center Mel Hein.

Milo returned to Allentown High School in 1945 and organized the Varsity “A” Club. Milo was appointed Head Boys Basketball Coach at Allentown High School in July, 1950. His first year as coach the “Sewards Canaries” won the PIAA State Championship by defeating Farrel High School led by Julius McCoy 66-55.

During his twenty-four year tenure as Head Coach of the “Canaries” Allentown-Allen High School Boys Basketball teams won 9 East Penn League Championships, 4 District XI Championships, 1 Eastern Pennsylvania Championship, and 1 PIAA State Championship. Milo’s teams won 5 consecutive East Penn League Championships in a row and held a winning streak of 35 consecutive East Penn League victories from 1953 through 1957. Milo completed his coaching career in 1973-74 with his 408th victory and a .710 percent winning average. Milo was named Director of Athletics at Allen High School in 1974 and retired from Allen High School in 1982.

In 1977, Milo was inducted into the LARC Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1983, Milo was inducted into the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1985, he was inducted into the Allentown-Allen High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1989, the gymnasium in the William Allen Physical Education Center was renamed the J. Milo Sewards Gymnasium.

Milo Sewards has been married for 54 years to his college sweetheart, Althea Kuhns, and they have two sons and six grandchildren.