BY JEFF FALK
Charlie Middleton didn’t seek the spotlight. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t like people.
Or that he wasn’t a good coach. Or that he didn’t touch lives. Or that he didn’t make an impact.
In fact, it was nothing short of amazing what Middleton was able to accomplish behind the scenes.
On Friday, April 19th, Middleton passed away at home surrounded by his family. He died of complications of cancer at the age of 81.
Middleton was a husband, a father and a friend. But in the world of Lebanon County sports, he will always be remembered as a coach, in the purest sense of the concept.
Middlton coached girls’ basketball at many spots around the county for many years, mostly as a developmental assistant on the lower levels. He will be rememberd most for his work with the Lebanon Catholic girls’ basketball’s Catholic Youth Organization seventh- and eighth-grade programs at the former St. Mary’s/Our Lady of the Valley school in Lebanon.
“I think he enjoyed teaching younger kids who didn’t know how to play basketball,” said Patti Hower, who coached along side Middleton at the CYO level before becoming Lebanon Catholic’s head varsity coach. “He enjoyed teaching the fundamentals.
“He taught those girls we had on the (19)92 and (19)95 state championship teams,” continued Hower. “When they moved up to the high school level, they had a good solid base.”
For a period of 15 seasons from 1977 to 1992, Middleton worked with Lebanon Catholic’s up-and-coming players at St. Mary’s/Our Lady of the Valley. During those years, Middleton developed a certain rapport with Hower, more because of a similarity in ideaologies than some sort of directive.