TOM M. PAGNA (Deceased)
Inducted: May 23, 2008 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: January 28, 1932 in Cleveland, OH
High School Attended: Springfield Township, Akron, OH Graduated: 1950
High School Honors: All-City; All-Metropolitan; team's Most Valuable Player; set scoring and yardage records.
College Attended: Miami University, OH Graduated: 1954
Northwestern University MS 1962
College Honors: 2-time Little All-American; 3-time All-Mid-American Conference; MVP 1952; voted conference Most Outstanding Player; voted to All-Opponent Team; set rushing yardage and scoring records; only 1000 yard rusher for coach, Ara Parseghian.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted by Cleveland Browns; traded to Green Bay, with chance to play for Eagles; retired from football in 1980 while with Kansas City Chief's staff.
Coaching Experience: Beginning in 1955, coached for 3.5 years on an Air Force team while also playing for that team; coached at Akron's North HS 1959-1960; assistant coach at Northwestern under Parseghian 1960-1964; backfield coach and offensive coordinator under Parseghian 1964-1975; served on staff of Kansas City Chiefs 1978-1979.
Outstanding Players Coached: Two All-Americans; John Hurate, who won Heisman Trophy.
Special Recognition: Executive Director of YMCA in South Bend 1980-1985; "Color Man" on Westwood One (Mutual) Radio 1985-2000; worked three years at station WSBT; became affiliated with Varsity Clubs of America in 2000; member of Summit County Hall of Fame, Akron, OH; member of Miami University Hall of Fame, Oxford, OH; has written three books - Era of Ara, The Phantom Letters, and Petals from a Rose; has spoken at over 3000 different venues.
Family: Wife, Shirley; children, Sandy and Susan
Coach Pagna passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in South Bend.