KRUEGER, BERNIE

BERNIE KRUEGER

Inducted:  May 16, 1976 in East Chicago, IN   
       
Date of Birth:  January 12, 1926 in Hammond, IN

High School Attended:  Hammond              Graduated:  1944

High School Honors:  3-year letterman in football; All-Conference, All-State in 1942, 1943; All-Conference hurdler and 880 relay in track; All-State Relay Champion in 1944.

College Attended:  University of Illinois       Graduated:  1948

College Honors:  4-year football letterman; Big 10 and Rose Bowl Champions 1946-1947; 2nd Team Quarterback Big 10 in 1948-1949; best passing percentage in Big 10 1948; Most Valuable Player for North in 1949 in Blue-Gray Game with Coach Ray Eliot.

Professional Athletic Background:  Drafted by New York Giants but did not accept; favored coaching instead.

Coaching Experience:  Backfield coach at North Dakota State 1950-1952; coached at Irving JHS in Hammond in 1954, with record of 7-0-1 and City Champions; head coach at Hammond HS 1955-1972, with 18 year record of 113-45-12 (.700).

Coaching Honors:  Indiana Coach of the Year 1962; 1958-1964 record was 53-7-6 including 2 mythical State Championships 1960 and 1962 and  Northern Indiana Western Division Championships in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Irv Cross, Northwestern; Frank Saculla, Don Brumm, George Papais, and Don Schwingendorf, Purdue; Del Kuchaes, Illinois; Ted Kaegebein, Wyoming. 

Special Recognition:  Had the fine opportunity of coaching against Hall of Fame Coaches Karl Huffine, Ray Gallivan, Pete Rucinski, Herman Byer, Russ Deal, and former IFCA president, Jules Siegle; speaker at clinics at Purdue, IU, and Northwestern, and before IHSAA coaches; inducted into Hammond Sports Hall of Fame 1989; Hammond HS football field named in his honor September 16, 2005.

Family:  Wife, Gretchen; two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren.