E. Donald (Don) Ault passed away Thursday, February 25 in his sleep. He was 91.
He was born July 17, 1929 in Bellaire OH, son of the late Opal Parr Ault and Elmer Ault.
Don was the football coach for Bellaire High School after graduating from West Liberty State College, where he was captain of the football team in 1949 & 1950 on undefeated teams. His BHS 1966 team went undefeated, setting records and culminating in him being named Ohio High School Coach of the Year.
From Bellaire he coached a year at Marshall University. He then went to Bethany College as the Asst. Head Football Coach, becoming Head Coach and leading the Bisons to an undefeated and untied season in 1980, and becoming the first-ever Bethany College team to play in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
After leaving Bethany he became Head Coach at Slippery Rock University where he revived a dormant program and was named Coach of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Surviving are his children Debbie Ault (of Wheeling) and Don Ault, nieces and nephews and many former players from his teams at Bellaire High, Bethany College and Slippery Rock University.
Per the family’s wishes, no formal services will be held at this time.