VLASIC, JERRY

JERRY VLASIC

Inducted:  June 23, 1996 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  February 22, 1937 in Gary, IN

High School Attended:  Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, IN    Graduated:  1955

High School Honors:  All-Area honors in football

College Attended:  Butler University            Graduated:  1962
                           Ball State University  MS                    1967

College Honors:  All-Conference in football 1958-1959; undefeated team in 1959.

Coaching Experience:  25 years as head coach at Bishop Noll, with a 157-97 record at time of his induction; 3 years assistant football defensive coordinator at Lake Station; 3 years assistant football defensive coordinator at Rolling Prairie; also coached basketball and baseball 2 years at Mill Creek in LaPorte County.

Coaching Honors:  IFCA Coach of the Year in 1989; Lake Shore Conference Coach of the Year 7 times; Ball State Alumni Coach of the Year in 1989; The Times, Post Tribune, and Compass Coach of the Year; Indiana State Champions in Class 3A in 1989.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Wally Kasprzycki, Marc Ferry, Paul Smilgius, Mike Knight, Joe Angyus, Joe Skubisz, Rusty Setzer, and Rich Sobilo.

Special Recognition:  Served as athletic director at Bishop Noll while coaching football.

Family:  Wife, Lila; sons, Jerry and Nick.