Born on January 12, 1950
Gary, IN
September 14, 2008.
Inducted On
May 1, 2011
Location Inducted
Merrillville, IN (Posthumously)
Region Number
Gary Wirt
Gary Wirt
3 football varsity letters; 1st Team All-Area running back 1967; team captain 1967; 3 wrestling varsity letters; team captain 1967-1968 season; All-City Heavyweight Champion 1967; Conference and Sectional Champion and Regional Runner-up 1968 at 185 lbs.
Indiana State University 1972; Indiana University Northwest MS
4-year scholarship to ISU; earned 3 varsity letters.
Began teaching career in 1972 in Lake Station High School; had completed 36 years as an educator at the time of his death.
Wife, Pam; children, Jason and Erin; granddaughter, Trinity.
Coaching Experience: Offensive coordinator at Lake Station HS (East Gary) 1972-1980; defensive coordinator at Highland HS 1980-1988; defensive coordinator at Valparaiso HS 1988-2004, with a record of 122-73; 33 years service to varsity football, retiring from coaching at the end of the 2004 season; also served 16 years as head wrestling coach - Lake Station 1972-1980 and Highland 1980-1988.

Coaching Honors: 2003 defensive coordinator of North All-Star team; had 1st undefeated team at Lake Station (10-0) 1972; Highland team was Class 5A State Runner-up 1987; Valparaiso team was Class 5A State Runner-up 1987 and 2001; Valparaiso was also Class 5A Semi-State Runner-up 1989 and 2002; assistant coach for North All-Stars 2003; 6 straight Northwest Hoosier Conference Wrestling Titles 1974-1980 and Coach of the Year 3 times.

Outstanding Players Coached: East Gary - Buddy Faroute, University of Missouri; Terry Barth, University of Wisconsin; Dan Duffy, New Mexico State University; Highland - Tom Homco, Northwestern University, Rams; Jason Evans, Valparaiso University; Kip Kelly, Northwestern; John Pawlus, Purdue University; Valparaiso - Jeff Samardzija, University of Notre Dame, Cubs; Scott Petcu, Valparaiso U; Mike Dorrulla and Scott Volk, Ball State University; Jason Renn, Purdue; Don Clark, Air Force.