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)