BLESS, BILL

BILL BLESS

Inducted:  June 18, 1994 in Indianapolis, IN

Date of Birth:  May 27, 1939 in Indianapolis
 
High School Attended:  Warren Central, Indianapolis                Graduated:  1957

High School Honors:  Football co-captain and Most Valuable Player in senior year.

College Attended:  Indiana Central College   Graduated:  1963

                           (now known as University of Indianapolis)

College Honors:  Earned 4 letters as an offensive and defensive lineman; co-captain senior year; named as a linebacker on Greyhound's All-Time Football Team.

Coaching Experience:  Assistant coach at Greensburg, IN, 1964-1966, then head coach 1966–1968; head coach at Whiteland HS 1968-1970; assistant coach at University of Indianapolis 1970-1972 and head coach 1972-1993; career head coaching record of 114-98-9.

Coaching Honors:  Alumni Varsity Club Coach of the Year 1968 and 1975; Conference Coach of the Year 1975, 1978, and 1981; most winning coach in U of I history.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Six Kodak All-America players - Dick Nalley (1973-1976), who was Indiana’s all-time collegiate rushing record holder; Tom Zupancic (1974-1977), who became a strength and conditioning coach for Indianapolis Colts; also produced 4 Tony Hinkle Scholar/Athlete Award winners and 90 All-Conference players; coached his three sons in college - two All-Conference and one All-American.

Special Recognition:  Served as a professor at U of I; served on City Council for six years prior to becoming Mayor of Greenwood, IN.

Family:  Wife, Beverly; children, Jennie, Mark, Scott, and Tim; two grandchildren.