ZELLER, ERNEST "ERNIE"

ERNEST “ERNIE” ZELLER  (Deceased)

Inducted:  August 18, 1979 in Richmond, IN

Date of Birth:  September 1, 1909 in Terre Haute, IN

High School Attended:  Terre Haute Gerstmeyer                Graduated:  1928

High School Honors:  Did not go out for football until junior year; made varsity team first year out; unable to play senior year.

College Attended:  Indiana State University  Graduated:  1933

College Honors:  Played football 4 years as tackle, kicker, backfield for offense and for special plays; received Bigwood Award in football 1932; made one All-State Team 1932; had several weekly state picks; receive national recognition in wrestling in 2 NCAA tournaments and 1932 Olympic final tryouts even though ISU did not have a wrestling program.

Professional Athletic Background:  Played on first pro football team in Toronto, Canada; played on line and some special plays in backfield; played on Crosse & Blackwell team 1934; Wrigley Aromints team 1935.

Coaching Experience:  Second year as pro, coached the line as well as playing; coached at Robinson, IL, HS football and track - assistant coach 1936 and head football coach 1937-1941.
 
Coaching Honors:  Won Eastern Illinois League Conference title 1941.

Special Recognition:  Served as E. I. League Football Representative in the Interscholastic High School Football Association; officiated high school and college football in Indiana and Illinois 1946-1950; served in US Navy during WW II for 4 years; served in school administration, including as Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Butler, in Butler, IN, 1951-1966, and as Vice-President of the International Junior College, Ft. Wayne, IN, 1966-1971.

Family:  Wife, Mary (deceased)

Mr. Zeller passed away July 1, 1987.