KODBA, JOSEPH S.

JOSEPH S. KODBA (Deceased)

Inducted: August 11, 1990 in South Bend, IN

Date of Birth: February 27, 1922 in Yugoslavia

High School Attended: South Bend Washington                        Graduated: 1941

High School Honors: 3-year starter at center; coached by Bernie Witucki; won All-Eastern Division North Conference, All-Twin City, and All-State honors.

College Attended: Butler University 2 years 
                          Purdue University              Graduated: 1947

                          Purdue University MS                          1949

College Honors: Was All-State 1942 as a center at Butler; served in military 1943-1944, then enrolled at Purdue; played center, sharing MVP honors with a teammate 1945; had second most minutes played 1945; selected by one Indianapolis newspaper to its All-State Team 1945; captain for PU-IU game 1946; played in Blue-Gray game in Montgomery, AL, and College All-Star game in 1947 against Chicago Bears, one of the few games ever won by the collegians (16-0).

Professional Athletic Background: Signed with Buffalo Bills in 1947 and traded to Baltimore Colts in 1948; gave up pro football after a knee operation; later was head line coach for Michiana Hawks Professional Football Team in Buchanan, MI, 1970.

Coaching Experience: Head football coach at Fort Wayne North Side HS 1948; backfield coach at Niagra University, NY, 1949-1950; assistant line coach at University of Buffalo, NY, 1951; head football coach at Newberry, MI, HS 1952; assistant football coach at South Bend Riley HS 1953-1956; assistant football coach at South Bend Central HS 1967-1970.

Special Recognition: Served in pupil personnel department of South Bend Community School Corporation for 14 years; total of 35 years in education, retiring in 1984.

Family: Wife, Jeanne; children, Joe, Jr. and Leslie.

Coach Kodba passed away September 7, 2005.