BERTO, TONY

TONY BERTO  (Deceased)

Inducted: August 8, 1986 in Delphi, IN

Date of Birth: May 4, 1921 in Clinton, IN

High School Attended: Clinton                      Graduated: 1939

High School Honors: All-State Football First Team and All-Wabash Valley First Team 1937-1938; Most Valuable Player team award; All-Regional and All-Sectional First Team in basketball.

College Attended: Purdue University               Graduated: 1943

Purdue University  MS                                                     1952

College Honors: Earned awards in football, basketball, and baseball as a freshman; earned 3 major awards in football as offensive halfback and defensive safety; earned major award in baseball junior year.

Coaching Experience: Coached 39 years total - Otsego, Michigan, High School 1946-1948, Boonville HS 1948-1952, and Delphi HS 1952-1985; coached 3 sports for 24 years and 2 sports for 15 years (football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf); Delphi football record of 203 wins.

Coaching Honors: Compiled a 33 consecutive game winning streak in football 1964-1967; undefeated and state ranked 1964-1966 and 1977; Hoosier Conference Champions 1973, 1977, 1978, and 1980; Indiana Football Coach of the Year 1980; nominated for national coaching honors 1979; coached in North-South All-Star games 1973 and 1978; Region 4 and All-Loganland Coach of the Year 1977; All-Lafayette Area Coach of the Year 1980.

Outstanding Players Coached: Steve Brehmer, Kevin Dittman, Scott Barnard, Mark Hoffman, and Steve Hoffman, all of whom received First Team All-State honors.

Special Recognition: Served in the US Navy 1942-1946; president of Indiana Football Coaches Association 1979; named Sagamore of the Wabash 1995 by Indiana Govenor Evan Bayh; received Citation of Merit Award from Purdue 1959; Delphi Community High School Football Field renamed "Berto Field" on September 9, 1995.

Family: Wife, Marilyn; children, Michele, Kimberly (Pat), Cherie (Brad), and Terrie; grandchildren, Grant, Renee, Jamie, Scott, Chase, Kara, Amanda; great-grandchildren, Trevon, Avery, Pierce.

Coach Berto passed away August 21, 2014.