RICHARD M. DODSON
Inducted: June 27, 2003 in South Bend, IN
High School Attended: Bremen, IN Graduated: 1965
High School Honors: Played football for Don Bunge and was MVP 1964; team captain football 1964; MVP baseball.
College Attended: Indiana State University Graduated: 1969
Coaching Experience: First coached at Wakarusa MS 1969; coached Northwood freshman teams 1970-1971; Northwood varsity assistant coach under Jim Andrews for next 20 years; became head coach at Northwood in 1992; as head coach, 169-50 record, a 77.1 win percentage; total of 40 years coaching football at Northwood; retired after the 2008 season.
Coaching Honors: 2009 North All-Star head coach; 1994 North All-Star coach; 1993 and 2005 South Bend Tribune Jim Andrews Memorial Coach of the Year Award; Region 2 3A Coach of the Year 1992, 1993, 1996-2001, 2003, 2005, 2008; Bloomington Herald-Times 2005 3A Coach of the Year; won 7 NLC Conference Championships; 10 Sectional Championships, 7 Regional Championships, 4 Semi-State Championships, 3 runner-up State Finalists, and 1 State Championship in 2005; 29 consecutive NLC wins and 39 consecutive regular season wins 1992-1997; 1994 team ranked #1 in final poll.
Outstanding Players Coached: Todd Sheets - Northwestern University and Chicago Bears; North All-Stars - Trevor Andrew, Brad Baker, Nate Andrew, Wes Dodson, Justin Hershberger, Aaron Huber, Charles Roeder, Willy Will, David Mishler, Darren Lengacher, Ryan Burkhart, Chase Estepp, Josh Lechlitner, Skyler Titus, and Brandon Williams.
Special Recognition: Honored to be coached by Hall of Fame coach, Don Bunge; to have been an assistant to Hall of Fame coach, Jim Andrews; to have worked with Hall of Fame team doctor, Dr. Robert Abel; and to have coached Hall of Fame player, Todd Sheets; received the Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Moose Krause Contributions to Amateur Football Award in 2006.
Family: Wife, Sheri; children, Trent, Wes, Darin; step-children, Trevor, Nate, Kelli; grandchildren, Quinn, Collin, Vivianna, and Truman.