ANTONINI, ETTORE

ETTORE ANTONINI (Deceased)

Inducted: January 17, 1976 in Richmond, IN

Date of Birth: November 22, 1913 in Clinton, IN

High School Attended: Clinton                     Graduated: 1932

High School Honors: All-Wabash Valley 2 years; All-State 2 years.

College Attended: Indiana University            Graduated: 1936

College Honors: 3-year letterman playing end; All-State; All-Big Ten Conference; Merit All-American; played in East-West Shrine Game in California 1935; selected to play in All-Star Game in Chicago against Detroit Lions 1936; played in Cotton Bowl against the Chicago Bears 1936.

Professional Athletic Background: Drafted in the first ever National Football League draft held in Philadephia on February 8, 1936, by Chicago Bears; played with the first franchise of Cincinnati Bengals 1937.

Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach at Indiana University 1936-1937; assistant football coach at Muncie Central HS 1937-1944; head coach at Central 1945-1961 with record of 82-46-6; also, served as head wrestling and track coach at Central; retired from coaching in 1966.

Coaching Honors: Mythical State Championship 1945; Coach of the Year for North Central Conference 1945; won five North Central championships; NCC Coach of the Year 1953.

Outstanding Players Coached: Jim Nettles, All-State Back at Washington University and played in Rose Bowl; Dick Stillwagon, Glen Flowers, and Joe Dooley who played pro football with Philadelphia Eagles or LA Rams; all received state awards and were outstanding college players.

Special Recognition:  After 38 years teaching, retired in 1975.

Family:  Wife, Garrie (deceased)

Coach Antonini passed away November 1, 1976.

Antonini, Ettore