Inducted: July 10, 1992 in South Bend, IN
High School Attended: Mishawaka Graduated: 1949
High School Honors: Played both offense and defense as a guard on freshman team; next 3 years, played both offensive guard and defensive lineman/linebacker; team captain senior year and named to All-Twin City and All-Conference teams as an offensive guard.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1953
Purdue University MA
College Honors: Played offensive guard and defensive middle guard junior and senior years; as a senior, played 52 minutes against Notre Dame and 56 minutes against Michigan; helped team share 1952 Big Ten Conference Championship with Wisconsin, but Badgers went to Rose Bowl; in his 4 years at Purdue, Boilermakers never lost the Old Oaken Bucket.
Professional Athletic Background: Joined Marine Corps in 1953; played for base football team in Quantico, VA; team won All-Marine Corp Championship and Eastern Division All-Service Championship, losing to Army in the All-Service National Championship game at Fort Ord; named to All-Service Team; stationed in demilitarized zone in Korea in 1954; played for 1st Marine Division team, named captain, and won the 8th Army League Championship; earned All-League honors as offensive guard and defensive middle guard; signed to play with Chicago Bears upon completion of military service; played 3 years for Bears, winning the Western Division Championship and losing to New York Giants in the NFL Championship game in 1956; played as an offensive guard and on all special teams for Bears; retired from pro football in 1957.
Coaching Experience: Assistant coach at South Bend Washington 1959; head coach at Washington 1960-1969, leading team to 6 league championships 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1969 and 4 undefeated seasons 1961, 1964, 1967, 1969; overall record at Washington of 77-18-7 for an .815 winning percentage (excluding ties); freshman team coach at Purdue 1970; junior varsity coach at Purdue 1971; defensive line coach for varsity at Purdue 1972-1977; defensive line coach 5 years and inside linebackers coach 5 years at University of Arizona 1978-1988; left U of A to become defensive special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach at University of Southern California.
Coaching Honors: Named area Coach of the Year 6 times while at Washington; named Indiana High School Coach of the Year 1969; while at Purdue, team won Rose Bowl over Stanford and won 6 of 7 Old Oaken Bucket games; U of A teams played in Fiesta, Sun, and Aloha Bowls; since joining USC, team won three PAC 10 Championships and finished as runner-up once, with three consecutive Rose Bowls, including a win over Michigan in Bo Schembechler's final game as a college coach; USC also went to John Hancock Bowl
Outstanding Players Coached: At Washington - George Thomas, Rich Kraft, Bob Hadrick, Sol Townsend, Willie Middlebrook, and Lucius Turner; at Purdue - Dave Butz and Ken Novak; at Arizona - Ricky Hunley, Byron Evans, Cleveland Crosby, Mike Robinson, Glenn Perkins, Lamonte Hunley, and Brian Warren; at USC - Scott Ross.
Family: Wife, Florence; children, Karen, Julie Ann, Tom (deceased 6-15-2010), Pamela Mary, and Tim.