N. E. “GENE” WERNZ (Deceased)
Inducted: April 30, 1977 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: June 16, 1912 in Fairbanks, IN
High School: Graysville, IN Graduated: 1931
High School Honors: Played baseball and basketball; Distinguished Student 1931.
College Attended: Indiana State University Graduated: 1935
College Honors: Played football and baseball; president of Men's League.
Coaching Experience: Head football coach at Veedersburg 1935-1936, at Lowell 1936-1943, at Clinton 1943; and at Peru 1944-1951; overall record 86-31-3; retired from coaching in 1950.
Coaching Honors: While at Lowell, the Class A school played AAA schools such as Lafayette Jeff, Pulman Tech of Chicago, Toleston and Horace Mann of Gary; competed against Fort Wayne South and Central, Kokomo, Logansport, and Moosehart, IL; a creditable showing was made against this competition.
Outstanding Players Coached: Bill Combs and Tom Melton, Lowell; Lyman Bond, Dick Day, and Jack Lowe, Peru.
Special Recognition: Served as a football, basketball, and baseball official.
Family: Wife, Virginia; children, Stephen, Logan, Beth, and Frederick.
Coach Wernz passed away September 1, 1985.