MCSHOF Class of 2016
Tina Debro – Bloomington High School North – Track, Swimming – 1982
At North held school records in swimming in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Won 5 letters in track at IU. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, placed 9th in the triple jump in 1984. Held the IU record in the indoor and outdoor triple jumps for 12 years and 30 years later still has the 3rd best jumps (40-4 outdoor, 40-3 indoor). Served as assistant track coach at Southern Illinois University, coaching sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.
Bobby Dobson – Bloomington High – Basketball, Baseball – 1949
First Monroe County player to score 1,000 career points (1,120) and held the county record for 13 years. Scored a record 523 points as a senior with an 18.8 average. County’s first Indiana All-Star, won ‘Star of Stars’ award for game-high 21 points, including basket to put his team ahead in 66-61 win over Kentucky. Only non-final-four player on 5-man Indianapolis News All-State team. In baseball had no-hit game with 16 strikeouts. Lettered in basketball at IU, transferred to Purdue, believed to be the only athlete to letter in a sport at both IU and Purdue. Deceased.
Dan Grossman – Bloomington High – Football, Baseball – 1969
All-State quarterback (20 touchdown passes) on unbeaten football team as senior on team that launched Panther’s 60-game winning streak. Catcher on Panther’s state baseball runner-up, won IHSAA Mental Attitude award. Played football at IU, first quarterback and then linebacker. Left IU after junior year to enter medical school. Enters Hall with son Rex, first father-son to be inducted into Hall.
Bob Kirk – University – Football – 1965
All-State as a two-way tackle and tight end, tri-captain of undefeated (10-0) team in 1964. Lettered two years at Indiana University as offensive tackle. As a junior started every game for Big Ten tri-champions and Rose Bowl team, started as senior as well. Missed the Rose Bowl because of knee injury suffered in preparations for game. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, Middle East and East Africa for 30 years. Enters Hall of Fame two years after his coach at University, Walter Gray. He is the only player from University High and only lineman from Monroe County to play and start on a Big Ten championship football team.
Vern Pfaff – Ellettsville – Basketball – 1962
Led team to Martinsville Sectional championship as a junior, scoring 72 points. County’s second, 1,000 point scorer, finished with county record 1,289, a 19.0 career average, with county record 27.5 points per game as a senior. Lettered three years at IU, member of Big Ten co-championship team in 1967. Air Force pilot who flew 137 missions on C-47s in Viet Nam, earning Distinguished Flying Cross.
Dick Sparks – Bloomington High – Basketball, Baseball – 1960
Scoring leader (23 points) for BHS in State Final 4 game against Muncie Central. All-State pitcher, who had perfect 21-0 career record. Lettered in both sports at IU. Had 19 rebounds in game against Michigan State. Had 6 wins in baseball in 1962, drafted after that season by the Chicago White Sox, eventually made it to Triple A with the Giants Retired at age 26 after arm problems. Brother Dan inducted into the Hall in 2013.
Marshall Goss – Bloomington High, South, and IU – Track and Cross Country – 1964-85
In 22 years (1964-85) coached 29 sectional champions, 11 regional, and 20 conference championship teams at Bloomington High/South. At IU (1999-2004) coached 6 All-Americans, 16 Big Ten champions. Indiana Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1973 and Track Coach of the Year in 1980. Inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 1994 and the University of Indianapolis Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Manager of Officials for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Games in 1984, Manager of Officials for first Indoor World Championships In Indianapolis in 1987, and Manager of Officials for Olympic Trials in Los Angeles in 1984 and Indianapolis in 1988. Founding member and Director of the Indiana Track and Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame Museum. Eminent Indiana track historian, writes and publishes Hoosier Trackman and Goss’ Cross Country trivia.
Marvin Groh – Bloomington High – Baseball – 1948-72
In 25 years (1948-72) compiled a 352-76 record for a .822 winning percentage. In a 3-year run from 1958-60 his teams had a 4r4-2 record, including a 33-game winning streak. Coached undefeated teams in 1959 (17-0) and 1964 (18-0). State tournament play started in 1967 and his teams won 5 sectionals, 4 regionals and 2 semi-states. His 1969 team was runner-up in state and his final team in 1972 won the state championship. Inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. The field at Bloomington South is named after him. Died at age 55 in 1977.
Angelo Pizzo – IU – Writer, Producer
IU graduate, writer/producer of movie ‘Hoosiers’, what many believe to be the greatest sports movie ever. Also, along with fellow IU graduate David Anspaugh, created hit film ‘Rudy’. Among other films were soccer’s ‘The Game of their Lives’, and was writer/director on film of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark, released last fall.
Bill Mallory – IU – Football – 1984-96
Head football coach at IU from 1984-96, where he became winningest coach in IU history with 66 wins. Twice named Big Ten Coach of the Year, led teams to 6 bowl games winning 2. Contributions to community are many – for 5 years organizing and conducting football camp for high youth and middle school coaches (sponsored by Bloomington Hospital), teaching fundamentals of game and preventing injuries. Served as fund raiser for Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Jill’s House, Salvation Army, First Methodist Church, Phi Kappa Tau, and Monroe County Fair. Served as advisor to Bloomington City Recreation Department and Bloomington Hospital Health and Wellness Committee.