BILL "IRON" LYNCH  (Deceased)

Inducted: August 1, 1998 in South Bend, IN  (Posthumously)

Date of Birth: January 25, 1924 in Decatur, IN

High School Attended: Decatur                  Graduated: 1944

High School Honors: Received letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track in all four years; one of Decatur's all-time athletes.

College Attended: Ball State University        Graduated: 1949

College Honors: Lettered in football all four years.

Coaching Experience: Coached for Knightstown 1949-1952; Columbus HS 1952-1954; New Carlisle HS 1955, starting the program there, with a 73-38-5 record; New Carlisle was then consolidated into New Prairie HS where he coached 1968-1970.

Coaching Honors: Ball State University's Coach of the Year in 1960; career record of 90-51-7.

Outstanding Players Coached: Bill Doba, Frank O'Shea, Don Rush, John Bingaman, Tim Brown, Brule Nickerson, Harry Toleman, and Gene Janski.

Special Recognition: Served four years in Army during WW II; member of the Community Church, Lions Club, La Porte Yacht Club, and Hill and Dales Men's Service Organization; named the Lions Club Man of the Year in 1982; the New Carlisle Historical Museum created a section displaying his memorabilia; after retiring from teaching, served on New Carlisle Town Board and as Police Commissioner from 1987 until his illness; at his request, upon his death his ashes were spread on the "old" New Carlisle football field where he had been the only coach the school had known.

Family: Wife, Patricia Ann; daughters, Lee Ann, Sara Jane, and Susan Kay.

Coach Lynch passed away September 30, 1993.