FRIEND, JOHN

JOHN FRIEND

Inducted:  December 13, 1987 in East Chicago, IN

Date of Birth:  February 13, 1935 in Crawfordsville, IN

High School Attended:  Crown Point, IN                         Graduated:  1953

High School Honors:  All-State Honorable Mention in football and basketball; All-Conference football and basketball junior and senior years; MVP and captain of football and basketball teams.

College Attended:  David Lipscomb College                   Graduated:  1957

                           Southern Illinois University  MS                           1958

College Honors:  MVP 1956; Co-Captain 1957; 1956 All-Mid-South NAIA All-District in basketball.

Coaching Experience:  Graduate assistant, Southern Illinois University 1957-1958; assistant coach, Merrillville HS 1958-1959, Pepperdine University 1959-1962, and Hammond HS 1962-1964; head coach Munster HS 1964-1979, with an overall record of 119-32; also head basketball coach at Munster 1964-1966; retired from coaching in 1980.

Coaching Honors:  Won 7 of 10 Lake Suburban Conference titles; coached over 25 All-State players; had 8 teams ranked in the state's Top 10; Coach of the Year locally and in conference; coached on first high school staff in North-South All-Star Game. 

Special Recognition:  Past Football Chairman of National High School Athletic Coaches' Association; served on 3 play-off planning committees for IHSAA; was first secretary-treasurer of IFCA; started and authored Grid Coach Magazine; co-induction chairman of Indiana Football Hall of Fame; past-president of Indiana Football Coaches Association; served as Athletic Director at Munster and as Director of Athletics, Purdue University Calumet; author of Coaching Youth Football which was adopted as National Pop Warner coaches manual in 1977; has served as clinic speaker from coast to coast and Canada; appointed to the Governor's Select Advisor Commission on Primary and Secondary Education 1982; served as district chair of the NAIA District 21, the top administrative position in the 22 member association of small colleges in Indiana; was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame April 18, 2011. 

Family:  Wife, Betty; children, Tracy, Jerri, and Doug.