JOHN C. COPPENS, JR.
Inducted: June 23, 2006 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: October 9, 1962
High School Attended: Mishawaka, IN Graduated: 1980
High School Honors: All-State and All-Conference Quarterback 1979 and 1980.
College Attended: Illinois State University Graduated: 1985
College Honors: 4-year letter winner as quarterback; selected All-Conference Quarterback 3 out of 4 years; selected All-American Quarterback junior and senior years; holds and/or shares almost every passing record at ISU; Missouri Valley Conference Player of Year 1984.
Professional Athletic Background: Signed free agent contract with the L.A. Raiders 1986.
Officiating Experience: Began career as an IHSAA licensed official 1997; worked all positions in over 100 games at high school level and below; worked back judge and line judge on John Roggeman’s crew and ranked 15th in state 1997 to 1999 season; worked back judge and line judge positions on Bob Kania’s crew 2002 to 2005 and ranked 11th in 2000; worked 4A Championship game and ranked 4th in 2005; from 2000 to present, working Division III games for Jim Keough in CCIW Conference in Chicago.
Special Recognition: Elected to Mishawaka HS Hall of Fame 1993 and Illinois State University Hall of Fame 1996; active as Special Olympics volunteer, Mishawaka Business Association, and Mishawaka Park Board; regional sales manager for Rowell Chemical Corporation.
Family: Wife, Laurel; children, David and Hanna.