RUTHERFORD, VANE R. "RUSTY"

VANE R. "RUSTY" FUTHERFORD  (Deceased)

Inducted: April 5, 1976 in Terre Haute, IN

Date of Birth: April 17, 1898 in Terre Haute

High School Attended: Terre Haute Wiley    Graduated: 1915

High School Honors: Participated in ice hockey, football, baseball, and basketball.

College Attended: Indiana Central  1916-1917

Indiana State University   Graduated: 1921

Columbia University  MA

College Honors: Participated in basketball and baseball (no football at this time); awarded varsity letters at IC and at ISU.

Professional Athletic Background: Played semi-pro baseball both in and around Terre Haute during summers of 1918-1921.

Coaching Experience: Football coach at Washington, IN, HS 1921-1922, Winchester 1922-1924, Sullivan 1925-1927, and Terre Haute Wiley 1927-1946; overall football record of 68-32-7; also coached basketball and track.

Coaching Honors: Presented with a gold football in appreciation from Sullivan fans 1925; awarded a watch by Sports Story Magazine for first place in a national contest for best football play 1930 (contest judges were Gill Dobie and Knute Rockne); invited to speak at Purdue Football Clinic by PU coach, Noble Kizer.

Outstanding Players Coached: Sam Voinoff, Chuck Hutchins, "Red" Crowder (University of Chicago), George Forte (Louisville), "Spud" Kruzan, Toby Wegrich, Herb Wey, Norman Cotton, "Woody" Suttle, Bob Schumaker, "Vic" Aloridge, and "Sid" Westwood.

Family: Wife, Vera

Coach Rutherford passed away December 1, 1982.