ROBERT “BEANS” VAN CAMP (Deceased)
Inducted: August 15, 1987 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: July 17, 1922 in South Bend
High School Attended: South Bend Central Graduated: 1941
High School Honors: 3-year football letterman 1938-1941; 3-year track letterman 1938-1941; wrestled 1938.
Served in the US Marines 1941-1946, where he played baseball and softball; played and coached football and baseball at Camp Lejeune, NC, 1950-1951 while serving during the Korean conflict.
College Attended: Ball State Teachers CollegeGraduated: 1950
Ball State University MS 1954
College Honors: Played football and baseball, earning 2 letters; turned down Chicago Cubs pro baseball offer to stay at BSU.
Coaching Experience: At South Bend Washington - freshmen coach 1959-1962, with 32-2-2 record; backfield coach “B” team 1962-1969, with 77-18-7 record; head coach 1969-1981, with 88-22-1 record; also, head track coach 1960-1978.
Coaching Honors: Conference Champions in 1961-1964, 1967-1969, 1972-1973, 1975-1977; Sectional Champions 1973-1977; Regional Champions 1973; State Champions 1973; Northern Indiana Conference Coach Award; North head coach for All-Star game.
Special Recognition: Key to city of South Bend; named Coach of the Year by BSU and BSU President's Club, Franklin College "Class of 1974" Alumni Association, IFCA, Indiana Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association, Bloomington Herald Telephone, IBreeze (7 times); Exchange Club Outstanding Coach Award; Silver Anniversary Award by Indiana Football Hall of Fame; retired from teaching and coaching in 1981.
Family: Wife, Geraldine "Jerry" (deceased); son, Dee Kevin and daughter, Jill Ann; grandchildren, Riley Scott and Haley Ameila.
Coach Van Camp passed away February 27, 2012.