McCLAIN, BILL

BILL McCLAIN  (Deceased)

Inducted:  June 28, 2001 in Noblesville, IN
       
Date of Birth:  August 17, 1928 in Indianapolis, IN

High School Attended:  Danville, IN             Graduated:  1946

High School Honors:  3-year starter football and basketball; All-County football and basketball; All- Conference football junior and senior years; captain of football team. 

College Attended:  Ball State University       Graduated:  1950

College Honors:  Selected All-State in football 1949; starter on 1949 undefeated team at 9-0; lettered 3 years in football, baseball, and track; Baltimore Colts drafted him in 1950 but he did not sign. 
 
Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach at Noblesville 1950-1952 and head coach 1953-1963, with a record of 65-22-2; head football coach at Ben Davis 1964-1969, with a record of 26-42-7; also, head track coach while at Noblesville, with a record of 88-29; retired from coaching in 1970.

Coaching Honors:  Had longest winning streak in state between 1956-1958, winning 27 games including over such powers as Marion, Anderson, New Castle, North Central, Indianapolis Howe, Lawrence Central, Tipton, Crawfordsville; first Ball State Alumni Coach of the Year 1957; named Indianapolis News Indiana Football Coach of the Year 1957; Bike Company Century Award winner 1957.

Outstanding Players Coached:  David Porter, 3 year letterman at IU; Stan Neal, Ernie Butler, Tom Able, Ray McDonald, and John Stern.  

Special Recognition:  Started junior high and Little League football programs at Ben Davis; member of Indiana Football Coaches Association and Indiana Track Coaches Association; presented the Ball State University's President's Medal of Distinction in January, 2011; after retiring from teaching and coaching, concentrated on his auctioneering career, becoming known for his "For Crying Out Loud" slogan.

Family:  Wife, Mary; daughter, Stacey (husband, Dan, and 3 children); step-daughters, Jacquelyn (husband, James) and Gwendolyn (husband, Danny).

Coach McClain passed away March 18, 2011.

(Updated March 2011)