Induction: May 3, 2009 in Merrillville, IN
Date of Birth: May 8, 1949 in Hammond, IN
High School Attended: Hammond Tech Graduated: 1967
Hich School Honors: 8 varsity letters in football, wrestling, and track; Senior Athlete of the Year 1967.
College Attended: Ball State University Graduated: 1971
Ball State University MS 1980
College Honors: Received academic scholarship; varsity football 2 seasons.
Coaching Experience: Coached football, wrestling, and track at Hammond Clark Junior/Senior HS 1971-1981, serving as head football coach 1979-1980; assistant football coach at Merrillville HS 1981-1996, then head coach 1997-2005, with a record of 68-34.
Coaching Honors: Lake Shore Conference Co-Coach of the Year 1980; Merrillville HS 2001 Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Week; Sectional Runner-up 2003; DAC Champions 2004; Class 5A Sectional Champions 2004, 2005; Class 5A Regional Champions and Final Four 2005; Indiana Football Coaches Association Region 1 North All-Star Team assistant coach 2002, 2006; Region 1 Coach of the Year 2005.
Outstanding Players Coached: Jamel Williams, U of Nebraska All-American; Eugene Wilson, New England Patriots; Jason Coriano, U of St. Francis; had 12 players on Division 1 teams 2009; several players with special honors - 3 HS All-Americans, 11 IFCA Top 50 All-State, 24 All-State, 8 AP All-State honors, 11 North All-Stars, 44 DAC All-Conference, 43 All-Area, 4 Players of the Year, and 8 Academic All-State; 1 player participated in US Army East-West All-American Bowl.
Special Recognition: IFCA Region 1 assistant coach representative twice, Director-Elect 1999, and Director 2000; North-South All-Star Chairman 2003, 2007; College Recruiting Fair Director 1997-2005; State Coaches Clinic clinician 2005.
Family: Wife, Rhonda; childre, Alexia and Kyle.