CHARLES A. McCONNELL (Deceased)
Inducted: January 15, 1977 in Richmond, IN
High School Attended: Francisco Graduated: 1918
High School Honors: Played basketball 4 years (only sport available); Scholastic Honor Roll.
Columbia University MA 1935
College Honors: Played football one year, basketball 2 years, and baseball 4 years; baseball captain 1925; senior reporter of Collegian; athletic editor of Mirror; Mu Tau Kappa fraternity; Glee Club and College Quartet.
Coaching Experience: Coached football 30 years, basketball 28 years, baseball 26 years, and track 7 years; high schools included Patoka 1922-1924, Oakland City 1925-1927, Princeton 1927-1935, New Albany 1935-1945, and Logansport 1945-1955; introduced football at Oakland City in 1925; after two years listed on Tri-State Little Ten; Princeton team won 45 games, tied 6 of 74, and in 1932 after an undefeated season, was honored as Southern Indiana Mythical Champions; retired from coaching 1955.
Coaching Honors: Shared in successful football programs at New Albany and Logansport; staff member at request of Noble Kizer for Purdue Football Clinic in 1933; staff member for two 2 week clinics for football and basketball at Oakland City College 1934 and 1935.
Special Recognition: Committee member in organizing SIAC Conference and president of conference 1944; president of the Indiana High School Coaches Association 1945 and 1946; 25 years officiating football and basketball for high schools and colleges, including Evansville City Championship series and 1943 Mythical State Champs; Oakland City College Alumnus of Year 1974; athletic director 32 years; served as vice-principal and Coordinator of Activities at Richmond Senior High School 1955-1966; member of Kiwanis Club 40 years with perfect attendance for 32 years; served on Board of Directors of Indiana Football Hall of Fame and was a past-president; established a scholarship trust through the Hall of Fame for graduating scholar-athletes from Indiana high schools who intended to play football at the college level; inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1977.
Coach McConnell passed away April 1, 1985.