TALIAFERRO, CLAUDE

CLAUDE TALIAFERRO

Inducted:  June 27, 2009 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  January 4, 1931 in Gary, IN

High School Attended:  Gary Roosevelt         Graduated:  1949

College Attended:  University of Illinois                  1950-1953

                                  Tennesse State                        1957-1959

Served in US Navy 1953-1957 at the Great Lakes Naval Academy where he also played football.

College Honors:  Played in 1952 Rose Bowl while at U of I.

Coaching Experience:  Roosevelt football 1971-1992 with a record of 99-73; also coached Roosevelt baseball 1963-1970.

Coaching Honors:  3-time Northwest Conference Champs; 2-time Northwest Conference County Champs; 20 scholarship athletes in Division I and 12 in Division II; Post-Tribune Coach of the Year; first Gary team to qualify for sectional play under the old IHSAA system.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Darrick Burnett, Darryl Benham, and Ronald Collins of Indiana University; John Story, Indiana State University; Elbert Turner, University of Illinois; Tony Smith, Notre Dame; Michael Bullock, Ball State University; Thomas Crump, Illinois State University; Eric Mayberry, University of Pennsylvania; Eric Campbell, player and coach at University of Michigan; Lawrence Johnson, Cleveland Browns.

Family:  Wife, Barbara; children, Gina and Michael.