Born on October 10, 1927
Evanston, IL
March 16, 2017, in Fort Wayne.
Inducted On
June 23, 2010
Location Inducted
Fort Wayne, IN
Region Number
Fort Wayne
St. Bede Academy, Peru, IL
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;
Quincy University, IL BS; Xavier University MS
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; served as principal of Bishop Dwenger HS 15 years.
Wife, Patricia; children, John II (Rebecca), Barney (Eileen), Michael (Mary Ann), Patrick (Christy), Daniel (deceased), Mary Pat (Kyle), Thomas (Sandra), Rev. Joseph, Martin (Megan), and Kelly (William); 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
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).