STAFFORD, JOHN

JOHN STAFFORD

Inducted:  July 9, 1998 in Columbus, IN

Date of Birth:  July 24, 1941 in Indianapolis, IN

High School Attended:  Indianapolis Manual Graduated:  1959

High School Honors:  Lettered 3 years in football with All-State and All-American honors; also lettered 1 year in wrestling and basketball and 3 years in track.

College Attended:  Purdue University           Graduated:  1963

                           Indiana University  MS                       1969

College Honors:  3-year letterman in football on a football scholarship; played guard and linebacker.

Coaching Experience:  2 years as varsity line coach at New Castle HS; 7 years as defensive coordinator-line coach at Columbus HS; 26 years as head football coach at Columbus East HS, with a career record of 149-115; also assistant wrestling coach at New Castle and Columbus and head wrestling coach at Columbus East when Columbus split into North and East in 1972.

Coaching Honors:  Indiana Coach of the Year in 1979; Class 3A State Champions in 1979, with record of 13-0; Region 10 Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1994; won 8 Hoosier Hills Conference titles, 2 Sectionals, 1 Regional, and 1 State Championship; coached in the North-South All-Star Game twice.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Blair Kiel, Tom Hendrickson, Terry Schmidt, and Mike Phipps.

Special Recognition:  IFCA President 1992, Region Advisor, Region 10 director 3 times, All-Star Chairman twice, and Vice-President 2 years; has been a member of the coaches rating board since 1980; served as a teacher-coach at Columbus East HS.

Family:  Wife, Jan; daughters, Jeanne, Jill, and Jennifer; grandchildren, Antonio, Blake, and Madison.