SAM KELLEY (Deceased)
Inducted: January 15, 1977 in Richmond, IN
High School Attended: Boonville Graduated: 1927
High School Honors: 4 varsity letters in football, 3 in basketball, and 3 in track; All-State in football; Sectional Champion in both 440 and low hurdles; named Best Tackler in football.
College Attended: Oakland City College Graduated: 1931
College Honors: 4 varsity letters in football; captain junior and senior years; listed in Spaulding Year Book with the outstanding quarterbacks in the country and mentioned on the All-State Team in 1928; 1 track letter and, as a freshman, placed in the 880 in the Little State meet at DePauw University.
Coaching Experience: Coached football at Princeton HS 2 years, Alexandria HS 1 year, and Indianapolis Howe HS 14 years, with an overall record of 83-51; started the football programs at Alexandria and Howe.
Coaching Honors: The new Howe football stadium was named Samuel T. Kelley Field.
Special Recognition: Served as athletic director at Howe 1943-1974; mayor of Indianapolis declared June 5, 1974, as "Sam Kelley Day;" originator and director of Hoosier Relays at Indiana University 1948-1970; served as a high school and intercollegiate football official 1931-1956; for over 15 years started IHSAA Sectional and Regional Track meets; started the IHSAA State Cross Country meet four years and the State IHSAA Track Meet one year.
Coach Kelley passed away July 31, 1996.