JORDAN, KEN "BEAR"

KEN “BEAR" JORDAN

Inducted:  May 8, 1998 in Richmond, IN

Date of Birth:  July 7, 1942 in Richmond

High School Attended:  Richmond               Graduated:  1960

High School Honors:  Played 3 years as halfback; All-State and All-Conference 1958 and 1959; team won NCC 1958; outstanding wrestler.
 
College Attended:  Ball State University       Graduated:  1964

Coaching Experience:  Football coach at Centerville HS 6 years, 3 years as head coach, and a record of 17-9; Wawasee HS assistant football coach and wrestling coach 3 years; Winchester HS head football coach 6 years, with a 35-13 record;  became assistant football coach at Richmond HS in 1978, then moved to head coach 1981-1988, with a record of 57-26, including his 100th win against Marion; retired from coaching at end of 1988 season after 25 years with a combined record of 109-48; also served as wrestling coach 6 years at Centerville with a 51-25-2 dual meet record.

Coaching Honors:  Won Tri-Eastern Conference in football at Centerville in 1969 and in wrestling 3 years; won Tri-Eastern Conference in football at Winchester several times; won North Central Conference in 1985; teams were ranked #1 in Indiana several times, including 1985 when team ended season ranked #2 in state; NCC Coach of the Year 1985; Area Coach of the Year 1982 and 1985.

Outstanding Players Coached:  John Cook and Phil Dunnington at Centerville; Gerry Keesling, Aaron Zell, Tim Passmore, Bernie Fraze, Thad Abel, and Dave Poucher at Winchester; Bart Denning, Tim Cornett, John Brown, Todd and Perry Irwin, Shawn Hogg, Marty Noufer, Greg Reed, Doug Holok, Greg Lyons, and Pierre Hogg at RHS.

Special Recognition:  Serves as a liaison between the Indiana Football Coaches Association and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame; serves on the Board of Directors of IFHOF and is currently Vice-President of the Board; refereed in State Wrestling Finals 1982 and 1983.

Family:  Wife, Patricia; two sons, Scott and Kenny (both deceased).