STANLEY "STAN" KLIMCZAK (Deceased)
Inducted: August 15, 1980 in La Porte, IN
Date of Birth: November 6, 1922 in South Bend, IN
High School Attended: South Bend Central Catholic Graduated: 1942
High School Honors: Played 4 years as tackle; received a scholarship to University of Cincinnati.
Served in Army 1942-1946 where he played baseball and football.
College Attended: University of Cincinnati Graduated: 1950
College Honors: Played end and tackle; 4-year letterman/3-year starter; team posted record of 25-15-1; played in Sun Bowl 1947 and Glass Bowl 1949; 2-year letterman in baseball.
Coaching Experience: Was line coach for Cincinnati Withrow HS in 1950; coached the University of Cincinnati freshman team to a 2-year record of 7-1-1; was assistant coach at La Porte HS 1953-1956; head coach at La Porte HS 1957-1976, with record of 107-72-8; team shared the Northern Indiana Conference title in 1960 and 1962; 1962 team was number 3 in the state.
Coaching Honors: Referred to as the "Finest Line Coach in the State;" famous for the trap play up the middle; turned out 8 backs who rushed for over 1,000 yards in a single season; five players voted MVP of Northern Indiana Conference; 39 players named as NIC All-Conference selections; retired in 1976, but could not resist the call and returned as assistant coach at La Porte HS.
Outstanding Players Coached: Carl Fischer 1960; Jerry Saffell 1962; Larry Tobar 1966; Al Szawara 1972; Dave Birkholz 1975.
Coach Klimczak passed away December 21, 1992.