SELLS, TOM

TOM SELLS  (Deceased)

Inducted:  June 8, 2000 in Bloomington, IN (Posthumously)
       
Date of Birth:  in Reading, CA

High School Attended:   South San Francisco, CA            Graduated:  1955

High School Honors:  Starred in both football and track.

College Attended:  Butler University             Graduated:  1959

                           Indiana State University  MS              1964

College Honors:  2-year letterman as a center and linebacker when BU posted a 15-3 record.

Coaching Experience:  Coached 1959-1961 in six-man football at Covington, where team was 8-0-1 and mythical state champions; assistant coach at Clinton 1962-1963; head coach at North Vermillion 1964 with a 5-4-1 record; head coach at Shelbyville 1965-1967, compiling a 16-10-1 record; head coach at New Castle 1968 with a 3-7 record; assistant and head coach at Bloomington HS 1969-1971 and Bloomington South 1972-1973, with a record of 39-1; assistant coach of quarterbacks and receivers at Ball State University 1973-1976 and later returned to California; had an overall record of 86-27-3.

Coaching Honors:  From 1969 through 1973 had a 50 game winning streak; selected Coach of the Year in 1972 when Bloomington South was voted State Champion; 1976 BSU team won Mid-American Conference Championship.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Fred Avant, Shelbyville; at Bloomington - David Brown, Bill Armstrong, Mark Litz, Dobby Grossman, Wayne Vaught, Ralph Henry, Jim McNulty, Marc Lunsford, Kevin McDevitt, Bob Yost, Reed May, and Dave Reeve.

Special Recognition:  Pushed hard for a state tournament through his position as co-founder and first president of the Indiana Football Coaches Association; was one of the prime movers in getting the association started. 

Coach Sells passed away March 9, 1995.