MCSHOF Class of 2018
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Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan - Edgewood ’87 - Volleyball, Basketball 

Key contributor on Edgewood’s 1986 regional basketball champions, averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds …  All-Conference in both basketball and volleyball …  four-year starter in volleyball at Ball State, setting career record in blocks … also in BSU record books for hitting percentage and kills … made All-Mid-American Conference … named to BSU’s  All-Decade team ... University of San Francisco Assistant Volleyball Coach … University of Tennesee Assistant Volleyball Coach … College of Charleston Head Volleyball Coach … Indiana University Head Volleyball Coach … four conference titles in four years and 3 NCAA appearances at College of Charleston … 67-3 in Colonial Athletic Conference matches and 113-22 overall … twice named Colonial Athletic Conference Coach of the Year … inducted into the College of Charleston Hall of Fame in 2018 … hired by IU in 2007 …  one of the first from Monroe County to be head coach at IU … coached Hoosiers for 10 years and first ever Sweet 16 appearance (2010).

Ralph Esarey - Bloomington High School ’18 - Basketball 

2nd winner of prestigious State tournament “Gimbel Award” (now Trester Award) for Mental Attitude  … twice led Panthers to State tournament, Final 8 in 1917 and Final 4 in 1918 … lettered in basketball at IU, Phi Beta Kappa student … first football coach after BHS resumed sport in 1923 (first win of modern era 51-3 over Seymour) … also Panthers’ basketball coach… joined IU faculty in 1925, IU tennis coach (1931-33) … distinguished IU geology professor 42 years, state geologist 1936-45, internationally known as consultant, author about petroleum exploration … served on IU Athletics Committee … passed away in 1975.

Wil Fleming - Bloomington High School North ’02 – Football, Track

3-year football letterman as linebacker, running back; MVP, 4A All-State as senior … in track, qualified for state in shot put 1998-2000, state champion as junior, runner-up as senior … also state qualifier in discus … named high school All-American in track and field in 2000 … 3-year track letterman at IU, set school  hammer-throw record as 2006 Big Ten runner-up, All-American … 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials … competed at 4 USA Track and Field National Championships … Junior National champion for Hoosier Weightlifting Club in 2000 … after IU, 5-time national champion in weightlifting – still competing, won 2017 Masters (35-up) title, Best Lifter Award … set Masters national record snatch, clean and jerk … IU throws coach 2006, ’07.

Randy May - Bloomington High School South ’76 – Wrestling

3-time State wrestling champion under Kay Hutsell at three different weight classes – 98, 105, 112 … undefeated his last three seasons, posting a record of 83-0 with 55 pins … was nation’s only graduating senior with 3-year unbeaten strong … also undefeated during his last year at Dyer Junior High … Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association Wrestler of the Year in 1975 and 1976 … Gatorade Wrestler of the Year in ’76 … named to Amateur Wrestling Magazine’s National Interscholastic Honor Roll in 1976 … continued career at Cleveland State, a Top 20 program at the time … college career cut short by illness … inducted into Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988 … now lives in Florida and runs a utilities business with over 25 emplyees.

Mark Smythe - Bloomington High School North ’79 – Football 

All-State lineman for North, played in North-South All-Star game … 4-year letterman, starter at defensive tackle for IU (1979-83) … played in Holiday Bowl win over Brigham Young as freshman … co-captain in 1983 …  played in Senior Bowl, Blue-Gray all-star games as senior … drafted by St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round … played 5 professional seasons between NFL, CFL and USFL. 

Whitney Thomas - Bloomington High School North ’05 - Basketball, Volleyball

Starred in basketball and volleyball at North, averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds a game as junior before knee injury ended her high school career … still named Indiana Junior All-Star, honorable mention All-State … went on to be a 4-year basketball star at IU, where she still is prominent in the basketball record book as 4-time team leader in rebounds and Academic All-Big Ten … 2-time 2nd-team All-Big Ten, one of just two Hoosiers ever to top 1,000 in both career points (1,240) and rebounds (1,090) … graduated No. 2 in career steals (237), 8th in blocked shots (237) … came back for fifth year as volleyball player, later assistant basketball coach. 

George Fielding - University High School, Bloomington High School North - Basketball, Golf 

Grew up on a farm in Illinois and attended a high school of less than 50 students … played one year of college basketball and golf at Lake Forest College … went on to Eastern University and lettered 3 years in golf … moved to Bloomington and coached University High School to second basketball sectional championship in its last season before consolidated to Bloomington North (1972) … coached North boys’ basketball teams to first two sectional championship in 1976 and second in ’79 … coached Indiana All-Star/MCS Hall of Famer Terry Stotts … combined eight-year record 126-56 … also coached golf at University and North … started girls’ golf program at North in 1977 and coached for over 30 years … 6-time District Golf Coach of the Year … received Distinguished Service Award from Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association in 1991 … Inducted into the IHSGCA Hall of Fame in 2002 … Bloomington city golf Hall of Famer … won back-to-back city men’s golf titles in the 1970 and 1971.

John McNichols – Edgewood – Football, Track 

After graduation from Indiana University in 1972, he became a nationally prominent figure in track and cross country, coaching a 34-year tenure as head coach of both men’s and women’s programs at Indiana State … coached 15 NCAA track champions, 113 All-Americans (including cross country), 186 NCAA national qualifiers (101 women, 85 men) … teams won 38 men’s and women’s Missouri Valley Conference track and cross country championships, and he was 23-time MVC Coach of the Year … coached 7-time NCAA sprint champion, Holli Hyche, who swept national indoor and outdoor titles in 1993 and 1994 … with men’s teams, had particular success with hurdlers, including 1990 NCAA outdoor champion Chris Lancaster and 2001 NCAA Indoor champion Aubrey Herring … a meet official at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, 1987 Pan-American Games at Indianapolis and 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials at Indianapolis, and head marshal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics … chaired NCAA Rules Committee 2012-16 … born in Iowa, family moved to Ellettsville for his senior year … lettered in football and cross country before going to IU, competing under coach Sam Bell in track, and being mentored in coaching by Bell before starting own career … still actively coaching at ISU when he suffered a stroke Dec. 17, 2016, and died at 66 four days later … survived by wife Linda, whom he met at Edgewood High … in Indiana Track & Cross Country Coaches and Drake Relays halls of fame.

Hobie Billingsley – Contributor - Diving 

After high school graduation in 1944, he served in two campaigns in Okinowa in World War II … went to Ohio State after the war and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Physical Education … received Master’s degree in P.E. from University of Washington in 1953 … diving coach at IU 1959-89 … coached 115 national champions, 22 Big Ten champions, 3 Olympic, 4 Pan American, 5 World champions … coached Olympic teams in 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 ... selected 9 times as Diving Coach of the Year ... founded World Diving Coaches Association in 1968 and American Diving Coaches Association in 1970 … 1982 NCAA Coach of the Year and Swimming Hall of Fame inductee … 1994 Sammy Lee Award winner, the world’s highest award in amateur diving … started Indiana Diving Camp, the first of its kind, subject of “Hobie’s Heroes” a documentary nominated for an Academy Award author of 4 books.

Lloyd and Joan Olcott – Humanitarians 

Lloyd and Joan had a hand in launching and continuing county programs in many venues …  Lloyd lettered as a basketball manager under Tony Hinkle at Butler University, where he met Joan …  Lloyd officiated many sports and was a long-time member of IU football "chain gang” … helped broker a deal with the Winslow family to donate property for what would become Winslow Sports Complex … Lloyd served four terms on Bloomington City Council and 14 years on the Bloomington Parks Board … served a term as president of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce … served for two decades on the Monroe County Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau… served on Salvation Army board … Joan active in cancer causes, including Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, the largest cancer fundraiser in Monroe County … Olcotts helped start the Olcott Center for cancer education … Joan received Book of Deeds Award for public service in 2004 ... park, streets and community service awards named after them.

Courtesy of IU Archives