MCSHOF Class of 2012
Rex Grossman – Bloomington South – Football – 1999
State’s “Mr. Football,” Parade All-American for unbeaten State champion team as senior: 44 touchdown passes, 3,078 yards as senior, 97 touchdowns, 7,518 yards career … record 5 touchdown passes in State championship game … county’s first consensus college All- American as sophomore on SEC-champion Florida team, SEC Player of Year … Associated Press National Player of Year, runner-up Heisman Trophy … first-round NFL draft choice, quarterbacked Bears in 2006 Super Bowl, NFL Player of Month in September … presently, starter Washington Redskins … annual off-season golf fund-raiser has brought more than $100,000 for Bloomington Boys & Girls Clubs.
Steve Kinser – Bloomington South – Wrestling, Race Car Driver – 1972
State wrestling champion for team champion at Bloomington High School … in Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame … national legend as race driver … known as “The King” on World of Outlaws circuit, 20-time WOO champion … won 46 WOO races in one year, more than 500 career … Wikipedia says “has been described as the best sprint racer ever by both columnists and even his rivals” … named 25th on Sports Illustrated all-time race drivers’ list.
Amy McDonald – Bloomington South – Track, Golf – 1988
State champ in two sports, golf and track (discus) … golf IHSAA Mental Attitude winner … state Junior golf champ; 12 high school letters (maximum); 6-time City women’s golf champ; competed in both in spring sports at IU; going from end of golf season to score in Big Ten meet as shot putter … She is a four year letter winner in both golf and track and field; Academic All Big Ten 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92; NCAA qualifier in 1992; state Junior golf champ; 12 high school letters (maximum); 6-time City women’s golf champ, Hall of Fame …doctor. B.A. in Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1988-1992; M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1992-1996; Active Staff, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002-2004; Active Staff, Drake Center for Rehabilitation, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002-2004; Active Staff, Department of Surgery, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 2004-present.
Bob Whitlow – Bloomington High School – Football – 1954
3-year letterman, two-way starter at end for BHS as senior … two-way starter at end, No. 2 receiver in Border Conference as junior at Arizona … left school to join Marines, started at guard on National Service Championship team … named All-Marine, All-Sea … signed with Bears, traded to Redskins, then Lions; 9 NFL years, started every offensive down for Lions in ’62, ’63, coach called him “best center in football.” …head coach Modanna College 2 years … inducted Indiana Football Hall of Fame 2000.
Richard Voliva – Bloomington High School – Wrestling, Football – 1931
Two-time state champion under Harold Mumby at BHS … charter member Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame … lettered on IU’s 1932 NCAA wrestling champions, NCAA runner-up in ’33, as senior lettered in football, then had 12-0 wrestling season as Big Ten, NCAA champions … stayed on to get master’s degree, train under coach Billy Thom … in 1936 at Berlin, only IU wrestler ever to win medal (second) … long-time Rutgers coach, inducted in National Wrestling Hall of Fame, IU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Tom McKinney – Bloomington North – Basketball Coach
Coached North to last open State basketball championship (1997) … 1999-2000 team unbeaten until State championship game … coached 2 “Mr. Basketball” selections-first-round NBA draft picks (Jared Jeffries 2000, Sean May 2002) … inducted Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. High School: Columbus 1966; College: INDIANA 1970; Inducted in the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006; Played for Hall of Famer Bill Stearman … team was 27-1 in 1964 … played freshman basketball at IU for Hall of Famer Tom Bolyard … 25 year-head coach with a record of 415-168 … last 17 years at Bloomington North where his teams won nine sectionals, two regionals, two semi-states, and a state championship in 1997 – the last open class state tournament … 2000 state runner-up in Class 4A, was undefeated until losing to Marion in the 4A championship game … Hall of Fame Classic Championship in 2001 … coached two Mr. Basketballs, Sean May and Jared Jeffries, seven Indiana All-Stars including three Duany brothers, one Trester Award winner Jared Jeffries … retired from coaching and teaching in 2004.
Russ Carpenter – Contributor
“Godfather” of youth baseball in Bloomington … 9-year Little League manager, led in expansion from 2 to 4 divisions to involve more kids … after American Legion baseball ended in city, led in formation of Senior Babe Ruth League for boys 16-18 … coached 1973 All-Star team to state and Ohio Valley titles, berth in World Series (eliminated there by Sugar Creek, Mo., and pitcher Rick Sutcliffe … brought ’76 Ohio Valley tourney to Bloomington … also 25-year umpire, coach in Adult Basketball League … led in development of Lower Cascades softball and Winslow baseball fields, Winslow field named for him… he and wife, Ann, first husband-wife team inducted in State Babe Ruth Hall of Fame … died of cancer at 53 (1990).
George Taliaferro – First Monroe County Humanitarian Award Winner
IU All-American, pro barrier-breaker, with wife Vi community leader Won football letters in 1945, 1947 and 1948…IU’s Most Valuable Player in 1948…first team All-Big Ten in 1945 and 1948…made at least one All-American team in 1945, 1947 and 1948…led IU in rushing in 1945 and 1948, and in passing in 1948…led team in punting in 1945, 1947 and 1948…one of the leaders of the 1945 team that went undefeated and won the Big Ten Championship…played in College All-Star game in 1949…played professional football…returned to IU to work as assistant to the President of Indiana University… member of National Football Foundation Collegiate Hall of Fame.
David Brown – Bloomington High School – Football – 1971
All-time best Panther running back, set, still holds records with 3,160 rushing yards (career), 1,272 as senior, 52 touchdowns, 25 as senior; also caught passes for 677 yards; never lost in high school (30-0), team averaged 53 points a game as senior … also lettered 3 years in basketball, 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds for 21-6 Sweet 16 team as senior … outstanding as sophomore starter at Michigan State until leg injury.
J.R. Holmes – Bloomington South – Basketball Coach
The only student in Needmore High School (now a part of Bedford North Lawrence) to earn 16 varsity letters…. at age 23, he was named head coach at Tunnelton High School in Bedford,for two years … ten years as head coach at Mitchell High School in Mitchell, Ind…since taking the BHSS position he has coached the unbeaten state champion, 2009 (the school’s first-ever undefeated season and Indiana High School Athletics Association State Championship; the team finished No. 3 in the nation, the highest national ranking in the school’s history; won State again in 2011 … won 500-plus games … coached 2009 “Mr. Basketball” (Jordan Hulls) … also school athletic director… still actively coaching.