Born on September 5, 1931
Mishawaka, IN
August 17, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona.
Inducted On
July 10, 1992
Location Inducted
South Bend, IN
Region Number
Sb Washington
Played both offense and defense as a guard on freshman team; next 3 years, played both offensive guard and defensive lineman/linebacker; team captain senior year and named to All-Twin City and All-Conference teams as an offensive guard.
Purdue University; Purdue University MA
Played offensive guard and defensive middle guard junior and senior years; as a senior, played 52 minutes against Notre Dame and 56 minutes against Michigan; helped team share 1952 Big Ten Conference Championship with Wisconsin, but Badgers went to Rose Bowl; in his 4 years at Purdue, Boilermakers never lost the Old Oaken Bucket.
Wife, Florence (deceased 2007); children, Karen, Julie Ann, Tom (deceased 6-15-2010), Pamela Mary, and Tim.
Professional Athletic Background: Joined Marine Corps in 1953; played for base football team in Quantico, VA; team won All-Marine Corp Championship and Eastern Division All-Service Championship, losing to Army in the All-Service National Championship game at Fort Ord; named to All-Service Team; stationed in demilitarized zone in Korea in 1954; played for 1st Marine Division team, named captain, and won the 8th Army League Championship; earned All-League honors as offensive guard and defensive middle guard; signed to play with Chicago Bears upon completion of military service; played 3 years for Bears, winning the Western Division Championship and losing to New York Giants in the NFL Championship game in 1956; played as an offensive guard and on all special teams for Bears; retired from pro football in 1957.

Coaching Experience: Assistant coach at South Bend Washington 1959; head coach at Washington 1960-1969, leading team to 6 league championships 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1969 and 4 undefeated seasons 1961, 1964, 1967, 1969; overall record at Washington of 77-18-7 for an .815 winning percentage (excluding ties); freshman team coach at Purdue 1970; junior varsity coach at Purdue 1971; defensive line coach for varsity at Purdue 1972-1977; defensive line coach 5 years and inside linebackers coach 5 years at University of Arizona 1978-1988; left U of A to become defensive special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach at University of Southern California.

Coaching Honors: Named area Coach of the Year 6 times while at Washington; named Indiana High School Coach of the Year 1969; while at Purdue, team won Rose Bowl over Stanford and won 6 of 7 Old Oaken Bucket games; U of A teams played in Fiesta, Sun, and Aloha Bowls; since joining USC, team won three PAC 10 Championships and finished as runner-up once, with three consecutive Rose Bowls, including a win over Michigan in Bo Schembechler's final game as a college coach; USC also went to John Hancock Bowl.

Outstanding Players Coached: At Washington - George Thomas, Rich Kraft, Bob Hadrick, Sol Townsend, Willie Middlebrook, and Lucius Turner; at Purdue - Dave Butz and Ken Novak; at Arizona - Ricky Hunley, Byron Evans, Cleveland Crosby, Mike Robinson, Glenn Perkins, Lamonte Hunley, and Brian Warren; at USC - Scott Ross.