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.