RUSSELL J. DEAL (Deceased)
Inducted: May 16, 1976 in East Chicago, IN
Date of Birth: August 28, 1921 in Bicknell, IN
High School Attended: Bicknell Graduated: 1940
High School Honors: All-State Tackle 1939; All-Wabash Valley Tackle 1939.
College Attended: Indiana University Graduated: 1947
College Honors: Captain Big Ten Championship Team 1945; All-Big Ten Tackle 1946; All-American Honorable Mention 1946; played in North-South Football Game 1946; played in Chicago Tribune All-Star Game 1947; played in Blue-Gray Game in Montgomery, AL, 1946.
Professional Athletic Background: Signed with Baltimore Colts 1947; broke contract to accept coaching position at Hobart High School.
Coaching Experience: One year as assistant football coach at Hobart; 18 years as head coach at Hobart, with record of 114-49-6.
Special Recognition: Hobart Junior High School Principal 1966-1974; Hobart Senior High School Principal 1974 until retirement; 32 boys whom he coached are coaches themselves.
Family: Sons Mark and Mike Deal.
Coach Deal passed away June 5, 2001.