ROBERT "BOB" RHODA (Deceased)
Inducted: May 2, 1982 in Merrillville, IN
Date of Birth: January 16, 1921 in Valparaiso, IN
High School Attended: Valparaiso Graduated: 1939
High School Honors: Honorable mention All-State halfback 1937; All-State halfback 1938; undefeated team; state scoring leader, with 126 points in 1938; second highest points scored in a season at Valparaiso; earned 3 letters in football, 2 in basketball, and 3 in baseball; senior class president.
College Attended: Indiana and Ball State Universities Graduated: 1951
College Honors: Placed 6th in college/university scoring in Indiana 1942; ICC Champions 1942; second team All-State halfback 1942; Varsity “B” Club president 1946-1947; earned letters in football 1942-1946 and baseball 1942, 1946, 1947; Blue Key Education Honorary; Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.
Coaching Experience: All in Valparaiso Community School - junior high school football, basketball, and track coach 1947-1950; high school football coach 1950-1971; assistant to 5 different coaches in 25 years; also head swimming and baseball coach.
Coaching Honors: Undefeated seasons under head coach Tom Stokes in 1969 and 1970.
Special Recognition: Served in military during WW II; was on football service team 1943-1945; also played on US Army III Corps basketball and baseball teams.
Family: Wife, Martha "Joyce" (deceased); children, Robert, Jr. (deceased), Lynne, Kevin, and Brian (wife, Gaylene).
Coach Rhoda passed away December 3, 2011.