THORNTON, LES

LES THORNTON  (Deceased)

Inducted:  May 16, 1993 in Griffith, IN

Date of Birth:  June 8, 1936 in Decorah, IA

High School Attended:  DeMotte, IA             Graduated:  1955

High School Honors:  4-year football letterman; 3-year basketball letterman; 2-year track letterman; team captain in football and basketball; played on undefeated football team 1953.

College Attended:  Ball State Teachers College  
                           Valparaiso University       Graduated:  1964
                           Indiana University MS                        1967
         
College Honors:  Played freshman football at Ball State before entering the Navy.

Coaching Experience:  Head football coach 28 years, with 2 years at DeMotte HS, 8 years at North Judson, IN, and 18 years at Griffith, IN, with a career record of 191-92-1; also coached track and basketball; served as AD at North Judson 1972-1973, 1974-1975.

Coaching Honors:  North All-Star assistant coach 1978, 1982; IFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year 1991, 1992; Northwest Indiana Area Coach of the Year 1976, 1977, 1981, 1992; had 7 Conference Championships, 5 Sectional Championships, and 1 Regional Championship; 4 teams finished regular season undefeated.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Charles Smrt, Indiana University; Ed Konopasek and Mike Willis, Ball State; Scott Bridges, Indiana State; and, Neil Miklusak, Wisconsin.

Family:  Wife, Fern; children, James and Brian.

Mr. Thornton passed away June 27, 2006.