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
                          Indiana University MA                         1952

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.