Inducted: July 9, 2006 in Muncie, IN
Date of Birth:
High School Attended: Plymouth, IN Graduated: 1946
High School Honors: 3-sport athlete; 8 varsity letters, including 2 years in football; led team in scoring and rushing senior year; was All-Conference in football.
College Attended: Ball State University Graduated: 1950
Indiana University MA 1956
College Honors: 3-sport athlete; lettered 4 years in football; led team in rushing and touchdowns all 4 years; 14 TDs in senior year; 30 career TDs remained BSU record for more than 30 years; established record for most points in one season (84) and career (156); led Indiana colleges in scoring and named to All-State Team; senior year was halfback for only undefeated and untied football team in BSU history; junior year tied for second in state in scoring with 11 TDs.
Coaching Experience: Plymouth High School assistant football coach 1950 until drafted into Army; returned to Plymouth as assistant coach 1952-1955; coached undefeated junior high football team 1953; head football coach at Plymouth 1956-1958, with a 14-2-1 record; assistant and offensive backfield coach at Ball State University 1958-1970; offensive coordinator in charge of recruiting in football for 9 years.
Coaching Honors: 1965 Ball State team was undefeated and played in the Grantland Rice Bowl, which ended in a tied game with Tennessee State.
Outstanding Players Coached: Bill Nixon at Plymouth, and halfbacks Jim Todd and Amos Van Pelt, who became professionals in NFL.
Special Recognition: Played football for 2 years while in Army (1950-1952) as starting halfback at Ft. Knox for the undefeated team and led the team in scoring; team was 2nd Army Champions in football; Assistant Athletic Director for BSU from 1970-1982; charter member of Ball State University Hall of Fame; Indiana Angel Award; taught golf at the United States Golf Academy 1988-1994; received Bill Shuman Outstanding Volunteer Award; presented Key to the City of Muncie in 1988 for his outstanding dedication to the church, Ball State, and citizens of Muncie; President of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International for 12 years.
(Updated December 2010)