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HONORING ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE IN MONROE COUNTY, INDIANA!
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Kit Klingelhoffer, President

Grier Werner, Vice President

Amy Crozier, Secretary

Nancy Werner, Treasurer

Bill Atkinson

John Baker

Ann Carpenter

Mark Deal

Bob Hammel

David Hayes

Lynn R. Houser

Patricia Houser

David Pillar

Lance Ringler

Sandy Searcy

Joe Smith

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MCSHOF Class of 2018

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