Born on July 22, 1923
Waterloo, IN
Inducted On
August 13, 1988
Location Inducted
South Bend, IN
Region Number
Lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track; received American Legion Citizenship Award to outstanding senior captain of baseball team.
Indiana Central College 1948; Western Michigan University MA
Author of Bremen Seven Defense in the Indiana Football Coaches publication, The Grid Magazine, 1979; Alumni Coach of the Year, Indiana Central College, 1980; IFHOF Silver Anniversary Coach 1982; chairman of Northern Lakes Football Coaching Association and Northern Indiana Athletic Directors; named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana governor 1974; City of Bremen proclaimed the Don J. Bunge Day, September 6, 1985, and Bremen HS football field renamed Don J. Bunge Field; served as a US Army paratrooper, 101st Airborne, during WW II.
Wife, Jan; children, Susan, Cynthia, Melinda, Shayne, and D. Jay.
College Honors: Dean's honor list; 2 letters in football, 4 in baseball, 3 in basketball; captain of baseball and basketball teams; member of Hoosier College Conference Football Team Champions 1947; president of "C" Club.

Coaching Experience: Started football program in Bremen Public School and coached there 33 years, 1952-1985, retiring with a record of 160-102-10.

Coaching Honors: NSC Champions 1958-1959; NLC Champions 1965-1970; IHSAA football playoffs 1979, 1983, and 1984; Bremen was the only Class A School in NLC; record over last 15 years against Class A schools was 50-6; NLC Coach of the Year 1970; District I Coach of the Year 1980; assistant coach of North team for North-South All-Star game 1982.