MCSHOF Class of 2013
Pat Cassidy – Bloomington North – Wrestling – 1995
3-time State champion, at three different weights: 103, 110, 119 … 121-0 last 3 years, 40-0, 40-0, 41-0; four-time conference champion; only Monroe County wrestler named to Wrestling USA All-America team in 1990s; Junior National All-American, 1993; nine -time freestyle champion; went on to wrestle at IU, lettering all four years, 1997-2000; two-time Big Ten champion, two-time NCAA qualifier; also qualified for U.S. World Team trials; went on to become IU assistant coach, 2000-2002; later inducted into Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
Jared Jeffries – Bloomington North – Basketball – 2000
– “Mr. Basketball,” leading scorer on a team that went undefeated until losing the 4A title game to Marion … received 2000 Trester Award for mental attitude … two-year star at IU before leaving early for NBA… Big Ten Freshman of Year 2001, 13.8 average … consensus 2nd-team All-America as sophomore, leading scorer (15.0), rebounder (7.6) on 2002 NCAA runner-up team … Big Ten MVP, led league in blocked shots … NCAA All-Regional; 24 points, 16 rebounds in upset of No. 1 Duke … county’s first first-round NBA draft choice (11th), has played 11 NBA seasons … comes back to Bloomington annually in off-season for self-financed youth sports program.
Mike Kearney – Bloomington South – Swimming – 1973
Bloomington High School (South) (1969-73); led Panthers to 2 state team championships as the only Monroe County swimmer to win 6 state meet events; established state meet records in his events, as he became a state champ in the 100-yard butterfly in 1970-71 and 1972-73, the 200 yard IM in 1970-71, the 200-yard freestyle in 1971-72, and the 400-yard freestyle in 1971-72 and 1972-73; swam collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Big Ten Finalist…in 1974, he was ranked in the top 25 in the world in the 200 meter butterfly. He can say that his 400-yard freestyle record will never be broken, as the event was changed to the 500-yard freestyle after 1973. He now is a sales representative for Arch Aluminum and Glass; lives in Monroe County with his wife Annie and their four children. In his spare time, Mike raises and breeds American Quarter Horses.
Dave Reeve – Bloomington South – Football – 1974
Parade All-American, All-State for 182-point kicking career at South (104-114 extra points, 26-40 field goals) … first kicker given scholarship by Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame; graduated there as No. 2 football scorer all-time (247 points: 39 field goals, 130 PAT) … still 5th … among greatest straight-on kickers ever, still has ND record for longest field goal (53 yards), 2 others over 50 … career highlight: 47-yard field goal started fifth-ranked Irish to Cotton Bowl victory over No. 1 Texas, vaulting Irish to top of polls and 1977 National Championship … twice led team in scoring, including championship year … coached by Parseghian and Dan Devine; teammates included Joe Montana, Ross Browner, Bob Golic, Ken MacAfee, Luther Bradley, Gerry DiNardo, Vegas Ferguson, Dan “Rudy” Ruettiger.
Missy (Arthur) Ringler – Edgewood – Golf, Track, Basketball – 1990
Named Monroe County’s female Athlete of Century in 2000 H-T readers’ poll … at basketball player at Edgewood was point-guard, leader on Sweet 16 team before breakdown to classes… held school track records in 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, cross country … in golf, played for Edgewood boys’ team .. won scholarship to Iowa State and was 2-time All-Big Eight … spent year on pro golf’s Futures Tour, attended LPGA qualifying school …began coaching career at Washington State and moved on to Minnesota and then to UNLV … at UNLV her teams went to 7 NCAA regionals and 3 NCAA finals; 3 players received All-America recognition … twice named Mountain West Conference Coach of Year … twice won Nevada Women’s State Amateur Championship … returned to county to coach Edgewood boys’ and girls’ golf teams…. In 2012 won 5th H-T City Golf Championship. Inducted in H-T City Golf Hall of Fame in 1994.
Dan Sparks – Bloomington South – Basketball – 1963
After moderate high school career, grew 4 inches and blossomed as 6-8 sophomore center at Vincennes Junior College; led VU to 28-6 record, national junior college championship … played under Dick Motta at Weber State, star on school’s first NCAA tournament qualifier, Big Sky champions – all-conference … still No. 3 on Weber’s career, one-season rebounding records … played 2 pro years with Miami and New Orleans (ABA) and Chicago Bulls (NBA) … returned to Vincennes as assistant coach, head coach 26 years, 706-193 – most victories by Indiana college basketball coach … in 26 years, teams won 20 or more games 25 times, 30 or more 10 times … national Junior College Coach of Year 1986 (36-2, national runner-up) … inducted JC Basketball Hall of Fame 2000 … now assistant coach at Northern Colorado.
Todd Yeagley – Bloomington South – Soccer – 1991
The most successful Bloomington-raised soccer player ever, and now an NCAA-championship coach, bringing title No. 8 in December to his alma mater, IU, where his father Jerry coached the first 6 … the Yeagleys are believed to be first father-son combination to coach NCAA Division I champions in any sport … named 2012-13 National Coach of Year by Soccer America … Todd was a 4-year starter on outstanding IU teams, second-team All-America 3 years, first-team All-America as a senior when he also won “soccer’s Heisman” – the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy as College Player of the Year … played on U.S. National Under-20 team, in 1993 World University Games … played 8 years as pro, 7 with Columbus Crew in MLS … assistant coach on 2 IU teams that won NCAA championships … head coach at Wisconsin 1 year before taking IU job in 2010.
Bill Easton – Sandborn – Track, Cross Country – 1922
Bill Easton, Sandborn ’22, track, cross country – 8th Hall of Fame for the Stinesville native who competed in track and cross country at IU and began his coaching career at Ellettsville … lettered as distance runner at IU under coach Billy Hayes and used Hayes coaching techniques to build consistent national track and cross country powers at Drake (1941-47, including 3 straight NCAA cross country champions, 1944, ’45, ’46) and Kansas, where his Jayhawks won the 1953 NCAA cross country championship and 1959 and ’60 outdoor track championships, and 8 straight times won the Big 8 “track triple” (league champions in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track) – 39 Big 8 team titles overall … Kansas teams included Olympic gold medalists Al Oerter (discus, a record 4 times), Bill Nieder (shot put), Billy Mills (10,000 meters, only time U.S. athlete won event) … in all, coached 32 all-Americans, 8 Olympians … Kansas athletes set 4 world records, 14 American records, 4 Olympic records, 7 NCAA records … retired in 1965, coached Mexican Olympic track team in 1968 Games at Mexico City … coached basketball and track at Ellettsville High in 1926-27 … coached Hammond to only two IHSAA State track titles (1938, ’39) … in U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame and now 7 others, including University of Kansas Hall of Fame … died Oct. 4, 1997, at 93.
Noble Bush – Bloomington Little League – Baseball
As director, coach, umpire, helped form city’s first Little League baseball program … field named after him at Winslow Sports Park … inducted in Monroe County Hall of Fame for leadership in promoting and participating in and development of sports activities for county’s youth … Herald-Times called him “a hero of a different sort, looked up to by a generation of young people in Monroe County” … had afternoon hours to spend because he worked in early morning as milkman, 48-year employee of Johnson Creamery … charter member of Bloomington Little League organization, director for 10 years … manager of Johnson Creamery Babe Ruth League team that won 1957 state championship … he and wife Frances raised 8 children, 3 of them sons who became high school baseball coaches: John (Bedford North Lawrence), Bill (Winchester) and Jim (Rushville). John’s BNL Stars won 1990 semi-state tournament on his late father’s birthday … died Feb. 3, 1979, at 64.
Doc and Marge Counsilman – IU – Swimming, Humanitarian Efforts
Doc Counsilman, called “world’s most important swimming researcher”..Inter’l Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame, 1976; awarded Gold Medallion, 1990..coach of 15 swimmers also in Hall..in 34 years as IU’s swimming coach (1957-90), combined with Hall of Fame diving coach Hobie Billingsley to win 23 Big Ten titles, including 20 straight (1961-80)..their teams won still-record 6 straight NCAA championships (1969-74); won 140 straight dual meets (1966-79); swimmers broke 52 world records, 154 American records, 106 individal NCAA records..U.S. Olympic coach 1964, 1976..twice U.S. Coach of the Year..author of sport’s worldwide textbook, The Science of Swimming (published 1968, in 20 languages, recognized as swimming’s “Bible”)..at 58 (1979) became oldest person to swim English Channel..also coached Bloomington Swim Club in 1960s, students inlcuded Jennifer Hooker, Olympic medalist; wife Marge was a strong partner in all phases of Doc’s career, typed 3 books, business director of youth camps; beloved surrogate mother to hundreds of Doc’s IU swimmers.