BALES, DON E.

DON E. BALES

Inducted:  May 1, 2011 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  February 2, 1952

High School Attended:  Hebron, IN                                Graduated:  1970

College Attended:  Indiana Central College                    Graduated:  1974

                          (now called University of Indianapolis)

                           Indiana University Northwest MS                          1979

Coaching Experience:  Portage Township Schools as cross country, 7th and 8th grade basketball, 9th grade baseball, and assistant varsity basketball coach 1974-1979; Tri-Creek Schools as varsity basketball coach 1979-1981.

Special Recognition:  Served as Tri-Creek School Corporation, Lowell HS Athletic Director from 1981 to his retirement in 2010; lifetime member Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; member of several other coaching and administrative associations; certified instructor for American Sports Education Program, water safety, and leadership training courses; speaker at a variety of youth, club, and professional programs at the state and national levels; very active in United Methodist Church; organized and implemented youth basketball programs for boys and girls and served as coach for youth soccer and basketball programs; serves as director or member of numerous Lake Suburban Conference sports committees; recipient of State Award of Merit 1996; District 1 IIAAA Athletic Director of the Year 1994 and 2003; Indiana Athletic Director of the Year 2003; president of IIAAA 1992-1993; has served as Indiana Representative at NIAA Leadership Forums; has held various offices with NIAAA Board of Directors, including president 1998; selected as National Athletic Director of the Year 2004; inducted into the National Presidential Hall of Fame (NASPE affiliation) 2008; received the NIAAA Award of Merit 2008; selected as the Calumet Region Sportsmanship Committee "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient, 2011; speaker and presenter at numerous workshops and conferences in several states.

Family:  Wife, Beth; children, Brian and Justin (wife, Kelsey).

(Updated August, 2011)