PIKE, O. EARL

O. EARL PIKE (Deceased)

Inducted: April 5, 1976 in Terre Haute, IN

Date of Birth: August 21, 1898 near Plainfield, IN

High School Attended: Plainfield                    Graduated: 1918

High School Honors: Played basketball 4 years; Sectional Champs 1918; Senior Class President.

College Attended: Franklin College                Graduated: 1922

College Honors: Played football 4 years; received Will B. Nelp Scholarship and Athletic Award 1922; played basketball 4 years, serving as team captain 1922; All-State 1921-1922; played baseball 4 years, serving as captain 1922; participated in track 2 years.

Professional Athletic Background: Played semi-pro football 1 year, semi-pro baseball 6 years, and semi-pro basketball 2 years.

Coaching Experience: Coached all sports at Clinton HS 1922-1923, with football record of 4-2-2; football coach at Terre Haute Garfield HS 1923-1946, with record of 75-51-14; total career points at Clinton and Garfield of 1,761, with opponents having 1,224; also coached basketball, baseball, and track.

Coaching Honors: Wabash Valley Association Champs 1935; many Wabash Valley and Indiana State honors by team players.

Outstanding Players Coached: John Magnabosco, Clinton and IU, high school and BSU football coach; Kyle Anderson, Chicago, AD and coach; Hugh Mendenhall, Chicago, high school coach; Del Humphrey, ISU, manufacturer of football protection equipment; Richard Wiemer, West Point; Pete Varda, Notre Dame, high school coach; Dick Guyer, Butler, high school and assistant coach at Butler; George Van Bibber, Purdue, coach at Leigh; Dr. Paul Humphrey, Purdue and pro football; and, Andy Grant, Purdue.

Special Recognition: Served as Assistant Superintendent of Terre Haute schools after retiring from teaching and coaching in 1946.

Coach Pike passed away December 3, 1988.