EDMONDS, O. DON

O. DON EDMONDS  (Deceased)

Inducted:  August 15, 1980 in La Porte, IN                            

Date of Birth:  September 2, 1909 in Georgetown, IL

High School Attended:  Georgetown             Graduated:  1929

High School Honors:  Selected All-County and State team recognition for punting and place kicking; basketball captain.

College Attended:  Indiana University          Graduated:  1933

                            Indiana University  MS                     1934

College Honors:  Big Ten and All-American recognition for punting skills; Student Union member.

Coaching Experience:  Newman HS 1934-1935; Murray State College, KY, as backfield coach 1935-1937; La Porte HS 1937-1947, with a record of 53-35-7; Indiana University backfield coach 1948-1952.

Professional Athletic Background:  Backfield coach of Baltimore Colts under Cecil Isbell 1948.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Robert Salek, Mac Elshire, Lewis Freet, John Schmidt, Robert Yelton, Robert Bachman, Fred Buchner, Richard Bachman, Dick Alban, Billy Hildenbrand, George Taliaferro, Rex Grossman, and many others.

Special Recognition:  Became sales manager of a national manufacturing firm in 1957 that manufactured athletic clothing for high schools, colleges, universities, and professional sports; became president in 1962; innovated the material for double knit football pants, designed and produced with one and two color screen striping; innovated the material for the Sand-Aire jersey; designed and produced this jersey with one and two color screened numbers; helped design and then produce the mod colors full basketball uniform made from stretch nylon yarns.

Family:  Wife, Catharine; children, Marian and Jamie.

Coach Edmonds passed away May 26, 1996.