Date of Induction: February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN
Date of Birth: May 31, 1945 in Lafayette, IN
High School Attended: Lafayette Jefferson Graduated: 1963
High School Honors: Continued the family tradition of playing football; most proud of following grandfather, J.W. Surface, who played for Pine Village in the mid to late teens and early 1920s.
College Attended: Ball State University Graduated: 1968
Ball State University MA 1973
College Honors: 3-year football starter at linebacker and tight end; played on 1965 and 1967 Rice Bowl teams; only 2-way player on the 1965 team.
Coaching Experience: 1 year at Fremont as head football, basketball, and track coach; 2 years at Union City as head football and wrestling coach; 1 year at Plymouth as head football and wrestling coach; 5 years at Logansport as head football coach; 8 years at New Castle as head football coach; and 22 years at Marion as head football coach; career football coaching record of 257-135-0; retired from coaching in 2007.
Coaching Honors: Northeast Corner Conferece Coach of the Year 1968; Northern Lakes Conference Coach of the Year 1971; North Central Conference Coach of the Year 1975, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2006; North All-Star Coach 1976 and 1987; Indiana High School Coach of the Year/Notre Dame selection 1986; Class 5A State Runner-up 1988 and 1990; BSU Alumnus Coach of the Year 1988; Scholastic Coach National High School Gold Award 1989; Indiana Coach of the Year/Sportscasters and Writers Association 1989.
Outstanding Players Coached: Rick Enis, Mike Kovaleski, Matt Surface, and William Whitticker.
Special Recognition: National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award 2007; has held numerous positions in Indiana Football Coaches Association in Regions 4, 5, and 8; initiated the Region Honors programs in Regions 5 and 8, the first of such programs in Indiana.
Family: Wife, Jill; children, Matthew and Sarah.