Inducted:  June 23, 2010 in Fort Wayne, IN

Date of Birth:  October 10, 1927

High School Attended:  St. Bede Academy, Peru, IL         Graduated:  1945

High School Honors:  Played football 2 years on undefeated teams for 26 consecutive games; Honorable Mention All-State and captain of 1944 football team; president of Senior Class; played baseball, with team advancing to Final 4 1944;

Served in Marine Corps between high school and college; named to All-Pacific Basketball Team while stationed on Guam 1947-1948.

College Attended:  Quincy University, IL        Graduated:  1953

Coaching Experience:  Ottawa Marquette in IL 1953; Cincinnati Roger Bacon 1954-1958; Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 1959-1966, a new school with first varsity team in 1960; St. Bede Academy 1967-1978; after 26 years coaching, career record reserves/junior varsity 124-17-0 and varsity 108-59-5.

Coaching Honors:  Selected to Athletic Hall of Fame in two high schools - Roger Bacon and St. Bede Academy; 3 of former assistants won State Championships in Illinois; as assistant coach at #1 Roger Bacon in 1957, played and defeated #1 Louisville, KY, St. Xavier;

Outstanding Players Coached:  Dave Ostrowsia (4-year starter at Auburn and HS All-American); Mark Kenny (Team Captain at Air Force Academy); Jeff Gilligan (Junior College All-American, then 2-year starter at Auburn).

Special Recognition:  Awarded Indiana's highest civilian honor, Sagamore of the Wabash, 1994; Xavier University Grad School Alumnus of the Year 1982; also coached track with 2 different high and low hurdlers winning 4 state championships in successive years.

Family:  Wife, Patricia; children, John II, Barney, Mike, Patrick, Danny, Mary Pat, Tom, Joe, Marty, and Kelly.

(Updated December 2010)