JOSEPH F. DEZELAN (Deceased)
Inducted: January 17, 1976 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: June 14, 1914 in Indianapolis, IN
High School Attended: Indianapolis Washington Graduated: 1933
High School Honors: All-City, All-State in football; voted Outstanding Athlete in football.
College Attended: Butler University Graduated: 1942
College Honors: Captain of freshman football squad; captain of varsity football squad; 1st team Big All-State 1939.
Coaching Experience: Football coach at Indianapolis Cathedral HS 1944-1969, with record of 182-60-8.
Coaching Honors: Won 13 Indianapolis City Championships; in 1952 was State Champion; runner-up in state 2 times; finished in top ten 12 times; Times Sportsman of the Year 1961; Butler Alumni Coach of the Year 1969.
Special Recognition: During one Indiana championship play-offs, 3 former players coached teams in the finals - 1973 Mike McGinley, 1974 Bob Springer, 1975 Dick Dullaghan; awarded St. John Bosco Medal by C.Y.O. for contribution to youth in city 1959; received “Spes Unica“ award from Holy Cross Brothers of Notre Dame for outstanding dedication to Cathedral 1970; received Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Award for outstanding contribution to football in Central Indiana 1974; inducted into Butler Hall of Fame.
Family: Wife, Yolanda (Deceased).
Coach Dezelan passed away July 7, 2000.