KARASIAK, BEN

BEN KARASIAK

Inducted:  May 18, 2012 in South Bend, IN

Date of Birth:  October 7, 1949 in Savannah, GA

High School Attended:  South Bend LaSalle    Graduated:  1968

High School Honors:  Played defensive end 2 years and linebacker senior year; named team's Most Valuable Defensive Player and Most Valuable Defensive Back; All-Northern Indiana Valley Conference Team; Kiwanis Club's Sportsmanship Award; Monogram Club president.

College Attended:  Rockville Junior College 2 years

                           University of Evansville     Graduated:  1973

                           Indiana University  MA                       1976

College Honors:  All-Conference 1st Team 1969, 1970 at Rockville; while at U of E 1971, 1972 - All-Indiana Collegiate Conference and ICC Most Valuable Defensive Lineman; in 1972 - AP College Division All-American Defensive End, College Division Academic All-American, Kiwanis Sportsmanship Award, and William V. Slyker All-Sports Award; 1973 - Tony Hinkle Award Nominee, Ace Award, and Headhunter Award; 1972 and 1973 - Outstanding College Athletes of America, Alumni Certificate of Excellence, Evansville Chamber of Commerce Sports Award, and Who's Who; also received All-ICC Baseball Honorable Mention in 1973 as 3rd baseman.

Coaching Experience:  Varsity assistant football coach at Mishawaka Marian 1973-1980; head baseball coach at Marian 1976-1980 and head wrestling coach 1973-1975; retired from coaching in 1980.

Coaching Honors:  Football team was State Champion in 1973, 1975, and 1976.

Special Recognition:  Member of University of Evansville Hall of Fame; served as Marian HS Athletic Director 1978, 1981 and assistant principal 1982-1984; assistant principal at Elkhart Memorial HS 1984-1989 and vice-principal 1989-1995; assistant principal at West Side Middle School 1995-1997; since 1997, has served as AD at Penn HS in Mishawaka.

Family:  Wife, Linda; children, Shera, Kacie, and Karie.