RENN, TOM

TOM RENN

Inducted: June 4, 2006 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth: November 17, 1957 in Gary, IN

High School Attended: Lowell, IN                   Graduated: 1976

High School Honors: 3-year varsity football letterman 1973-1975; 1974 - All-Area, All-Conference; 1975 - All-State, All-Area, All-Conference, Calumet Region rushing and scoring leader; 1976 - Calumet Region Offensive Player of the Year, selected Top 100 Running Backs in Nation by Popular Sports Magazine, Scholastic Coach All-American; running back for North in 1976 North-South All-Star Game; received 4-year football scholarship to U of I; 4-year varsity wrestling letterman; State Champion 167 lbs. 1975; State Runner-up 177 lbs. 1976; career record of 88-6; 3-year varsity track letterman 1973-1975 in the 100 and 220 dash, 880-yard and mile relays.

College Attended: University of Iowa              Graduated: 1981

Indiana University Northwest MS 1987

College Honors: Three-year football varsity letterman 1976, 1977, 1979; career ending knee injury 1978.

Coaching Experience: Varsity assistant football coach at Lowell HS 1981-1988 and Valparaiso HS 1989-2013; varsity assistant wrestling coach at Lowell 1981-1988, Valparaiso 1989-1995, with head coaching duties 2002-2004, and assistant at Crown Point HS 2006-2010; also served as assistant track coach at Lowell 1981-1984, then head coach 1985-1988.

Coaching Honors: 2001 5A State Runner-up in football; 2009 Team Wrestling State Champions.

Outstanding Players Coached: Valparaiso - Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame and Chicago Cubs; Scott Volk and Mike Dorrulla, Ball State University; Jason Renn, Purdue University; Matt Handlon, Yale; Don Clark, Air Force; Crown Point - Jason Tsirtsis and Marcus Shrewsbury, Northwestern; Eric Roach, Indiana University; Anthony Hawkins; Lowell - Terry Kirkenstein, Indiana University.

Special Recognition: Served as a physical education teacher at Lowell HS 1981-1988, moving to Valparaiso HS in 1989 to teach health and physical education.

Family: Wife, Carla; children, Kyla, Tommy