MCSHOF Class of 2019
Jim Counsilman, University High ’68, swimming
5-time state high school champion (2 individual medley, 3 breaststroke) … one of only 3 State swimming champions in University High School history … swam collegiately at Indiana University for father-coach James “Doc” Counsilman and became a Big Ten champ in the 200 breaststroke, the same event his father won for Ohio State 30 years before ... contributing member of 1969 and ’70 IU NCAA championship teams, finishing 3rd in the 200 breaststroke and 4th in the 100 breaststroke in ’69, 5th in the 200 breaststroke in ’70, making him a 4-time All American … passed away at age 22.
Steve Gobert, Bloomington High School ’69, football, wrestling, baseball
All-State as two-way tackle on 10-0 team as senior … two-time conference champion wrestler for state-champion BHS teams … catcher on Panthers’ 1969 state-runner up baseball team … played in 1969 North-South All-Star football game … recruited by John Pont at IU, played guard, defensive end, linebacker… assistant football, wrestling coach at Edgewood … coached 26 years at Columbus North, 10 as football head coach and 5 as wrestling head coach.
Kiley Jarrett, Bloomington High School North 2005, basketball, girls golf
4-year starter in basketball, leading North to 2003 Final Four … scored over 1,000 points and named an Indiana All-Star … nominated for McDonald's All America Team … received full ride to Ball State and lettered all 4 years … started last 2 years and finished 6th all-time in assists … in 2009 helped Ball State win Mid-American Conference championship and receive first-ever NCAA bid, leading to a shocking first-round upset of Tennessee Pat Summit’s defending national champs … in golf, she participated in the 2001 and 2002 IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals … now a Bloomington police officer.
Russ Minett, Bloomington High School ’50, wrestling
2-time state champion and member of 4 state championship teams … co-captain on the 1949 and ‘50 champs … captured 127-pound title his junior year, winning all 5 matches by falls … went undefeated his senior year, capped off with a title at 133 pounds … 3rd in state as freshman, 4th as sophomore … coached by 2 MCSHOF inductees, Harold Mumby and Clifford “Two-Bit” Myers … inducted into the Indiana Wresting Hall of Fame in 1982 … wrestled one year at Indiana University before joining the Marines and served in the Korean War, fighting in legendry battles such as the “Punchbowl” and Heartbreak Ridge … following military service he became co-owner of Bert’s Produce, which served most of Bloomington’s restaurants … also served 47 years as a minister at the Bridge Church of Christ in Unionville … married 63 years to Barbara Minette … 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren … passed away in February, 2019.
Andrew Saltzman, Bloomington High School South ’76, swimming
State finalist in 200, 500 freestyles his senior year … went to Princeton and qualified for NCAA championships all 4 years, earning All-America honors as senior … won Phil Moriarty Award as highest scorer at Eastern championships and twice won Princeton’s War Memorial Trophy for excellence in academics and athletics … qualified for Olympic Trials in 1980 … broke a Mark Spitz Maccabiah Games record in winning 100 freestyle at 1981 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, winning 3 gold and 1 bronze … completed residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University … assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University ... went on to practice in Evansville, serving as team physician for Evansville basketball team since 1991 … named Team Physician of the Year by Indiana State Medical Association in 2017 … one of the first to champion concussion testing … President, Indiana Orthopaedic Society 2016-17 … current member American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Tyler Thompson, Bloomington High School South ‘93, football, baseball
All-state in two sports … captained Panther’s 1993 undefeated state champions in football … 2nd in state with 1,110 receiving yards as junior, led state as senior with 990 yards … South career leader in receiving yards (2,375 yards), touchdowns (34) … 7th on all-time South scoring list with 214 points … in baseball he played in North-South All-Star game and went on to Indiana State, starting all four years, setting ISU records in slugging percentage, runs, walks … 4th all-time in home runs at ISU … All-Missouri Valley Conference in 1998 … drafted in 7th round by Toronto in 1998 and played four years in Blue Jays’ farm system … played in 1998 Hall of Fame game for Blue Jays and in 1999 South Atlantic League All-Star game.
Royce Deckard, Bloomington High School ‘68
A wrestling “lifer” who learned the sport under Ky Hutsell at BHS and Charlie McDaniel at IU … started coaching at Binford Middle School, went on to be assistant on 2 state champions at Lawrence North and later became head coach … 15-year head coach at South and still serving as assistant there … coached 17 state champions, 8 runners-up, 72 medalists … inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004 … recipient of Hurrle Award for wrestling contributions in 2005 … recognized for lifetime achievements in 2016 with the state’s highest wrestling honor, the Billy Thom Award … recipient of the 2019 Game Changer Award by Coaching Corps … Monroe schools’ Face of Education Award, state’s Distinguished Hoosier Award by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2008, including declaration of Royce Deckard Day December 8, 2008, by Mayor Mark Kruzan.
Mike O’Connell, North Central (Farmersburg) ‘68
As IU Tennis Center teaching pro (1992-2016), he instructed 11 local juniors to achieve national rankings, including two who rose to No. 1 national rankings in boys’ juniors: K.J. Stewart and 3-time state champion Ronnie Schneider, an All-American at North Carolina … also instructed 2-time state champ Denise Azcui and 3 state runners-up Ray Leonard, Aaron Townsend, Mac Rogers … as player in 1980’s and ‘90’s he won several singles and doubles titles … teamed with Herb Feldman to win 120 straight USTA doubles matches … No. 13 in 1982 U.S. Professional Tennis Players Association … certified Master Professional (top one percent of all teaching pros) … 5-time USPTA Indiana Professional of Year and Midwest Professional of the Year…past president of Indiana USPTA… involved in fund-raising for United Cerebral Palsy Association, United Way House for Abused Women, Special Olympics, Cystic Fibrosis and Crusade for Children…inducted into USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame and North Central High School Hall of Fame.
Marcus Debro – Bloomington High School North ’79, basketball, Contributor
Current administrator at Bloomington North and active community leader ... has become one of the most respected high school basketball officials and has already worked four state finals ... inducted into Keene State College Hall of Fame in 1991 following an outstanding college basketball career at the New Hampshire college, where he is still second all-time blocks …2-year starter at North and member of ’79 sectional champs ... vice president of Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County and is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission ... also serves on the Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana board and is a member of the 50+ Men Who Care, which donates funds to local not-for-profits ... past leadership involvement includes work with Girls Inc. and the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross ... in 2015 he received the Everyday Heroes Award from the Herald Times ... also has coordinated historical preservation projects for Banneker Community Center and the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park.
Winfield “Dick” Jacobs – Stinesville ’43, Humanitarian
A Monroe County community leader and well known high school official, working 3 consecutive state finals in basketball, including the 1963 and ’64 championship games … also officiated 2 state finals in football … inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as Center Circle officials’ honoree … member of the Ellettsville Masonic Lodge, earning the Mason’s highest honor, a 33rd degree … also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and The Murat Shrine Temple … … served as president of the Stone Belt Shrine Club in Bloomington and organized the first mini-clinic for children with severe burns and disabilities … was the first president of the Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation and Edgewood High School Building Corporation … Director of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc., Director of People’s State Bank and Nipper’s Federal Credit Union, Director of the Monroe County Sewer Board … employed 35 years at RCA … married to Anna (Stogsdill) Jacobs for 58 years … passed away in 2016 at age 91.