ROBERT I. JONES (Deceased)
Inducted: July 27, 1973 in Bloomington, IN
Date of Birth: March 28, 1912 in Wabash, IN
High School Attended: Wabash Graduated: 1930
High School Honors: All-State Fullback and All-State Tackle; Heavyweight Wrestling Champion; State Champion Shot Put.
College Attended: Indiana University Graduated: 1934
College Honors: Big Ten All-Conference Guard 1933; played in Shrine East-West All-Star Game; Big Ten All-Conference Heavyweight Wrestling Champion 1931; runner-up in NCAA Wrestling Championship 1932 and 1933.
Professional Athletic Background: Played one year with the Green Bay Packers as a right guard and occasional punter.
Coaching Experience: South Bend Central head football coach 28 years, 1935-1963, with a record of 123-57-12; also, served 15 years as wrestling coach.
Coaching Honors: Had 3 undefeated seasons 1958, 1959, 1960; 5 Northern Indiana Eastern Division Conference Championships; 3 overall Northern Indiana Conference Championships; 2 State Championships; also, 7 Northern Indiana Conference Wrestling Championships; 1 State Wrestling Championship.
Special Recognition: Retired Air Force Reserves Colonel with over 31 years of active service; spent 7 years in active military service during WW II and the Korean conflict; Director of Athletics and Physical Education, South Bend School Corporaion 1963-1972.
Family: Wife, Velma (Deceased); children, Nancy and Christopher; 7 grandchildren.
Coach Jones passed away March 25, 1999.