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    Schnell to Enter Indiana Football Hall of Fame

    Go Hoosiers! Former Hoosier Dave Schnell will enter the Indiana Football Hall of Fame this evening.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Former Hoosier Dave Schnell will enter the Indiana Football Hall of Fame this evening.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 21, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Hoosier quarterback Dave Schnell (1986-89) will enter the Indiana Football Hall of Fame on Friday evening. The induction ceremony and banquet will be held at St. Hedwig Memorial Center in South Bend, Ind. Permanent enshrinement will be at the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in Richmond, Ind.

    Three players, two coaches, and one official contributor have been selected for this year's festivities, including Coach Lou Holtz, legendary former head coach at the University of Notre Dame; Mark Ward, outstanding running back at Penn High School and long-time offensive coordinator at Jimtown High School; and Bob Nagle, long-time sports director and announcer and overall contributor to football in the area.

    Joining this outstanding trio, and rounding out the class of 2009-2010 are Scott Bovenkerk, former head coach at South Bend Washington High School and assistant at Jimtown High School; Schnell, outstanding player at Elkhart Central High School and IU; and Tom Murphy, outstanding player at Marian High School, followed by a career at the University of Notre Dame.

    David Schnell
    A 1985 graduate of Elkhart Central High School, Schnell was the named to the first team All-Northern Indiana Conference Team, UPI first team all-state, AP first team all-state and was named to the Bloomington Herald-Times Top 33 in both his junior and senior years. In addition, after his senior season, Schnell was ranked the No. 1 high school player by Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine All-America first Team and Bally's All-America first team.

    Schnell went on to play at Indiana University where he was a four-year letterwinner and the starting QB for three years. He remains the only IU quarterback to lead Indiana to victories over Ohio State and Michigan in the same season. He received honors as the MVP in the 1988 Liberty Bowl, Offensive MVP 1988 Liberty Bowl, Chevy Player of The Game by ABC Sports for his play in the Indiana vs. Iowa game in 1988 and the Corby Davis Mental Attitude winner in 1989. He played in the Japan Bowl in 1989.

     

     

    Following his college career, Schnell signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills in 1990.

    Dave continues to reside in Elkhart, Ind. He has four children.

    Coach Holtz
    Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time.

    Holtz is the only coach in the history of college football to take 6 different teams to a bowl game, win 5 bowl games with different teams and to have 4 different college teams ranked in the final top 20 poll.

    Never inheriting a winning team, coach Holtz has compiled a career record of 243-127-7, ranking him third in victories among active coaches and eight in winning percentage. His 12 career postseason victories rank him fifth on the all time list. He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2008.

    Coach Holtz became the 27th head coach at Notre Dame following two seasons at Minnesota, seven years at Arkansas, four at North Carolina State and three at William & Mary. He needed only two seasons to put Notre Dame back into a major bowl game for the first time in seven seasons.

    In his 11 seasons at Notre Dame, Coach Holtz chalked up more victories than Parseghian, Rockne and Leahy in their first 11 years on the job. Notre Dame was the consensus national champion in 1988 and under Holtz recorded a 23 game winning streak, the longest in Notre Dame history. In his eleven seasons at Notre Dame, he compiled a 100-30-2 record. In 2008, Coach Holtz received the Notre Dame Monogram Club's highest honor, the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award.

    Currently, Holtz serves as a college football studio analyst on ESPN. The father of four children, he and his wife Beth reside in Orlando.

    Mark Ward
    A 1980 graduate of Penn High School, the Associated Press first team All State running back is honored for his playing career at Penn. He rushed for over 1000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons scoring 8 touchdowns as a junior and 23 touchdowns as a senior. Following his senior year, he held records at Penn including the career scoring record (23 TD's-138 points), the longest punt return (65 yards) and the first Penn back to have consecutive seasons of over 1000yards rushing.

    He was the Kiwanis Penn High School Athlete of the Year, Associated Press 1st Team All State, UPI 1st Team Running Back, Penn's first South Bend Tribune NIC Most Valuable Player and WSBT Metro Offensive Player of the Year his senior year.

    After 3 years as varsity Offensive Coordinator at South Bend Adams, Mark has found a home as a teacher/coach at Jimtown High School. He has been the Offensive Coordinator at Jimtown for 18 seasons. During that time, Jimtown has won 4 State Championships (back-to-back 15-0 seasons in 1997 and 1998), 1 State Runner-up, 9 Semi-state appearances, 9 Regional appearances, 15 Sectional appearances and have won 18 Conference Championships.

    Mark received the 2007 Indiana Football Digest "Griddy Award" for Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year. Only one coach receives this prestigious award from all five classes.

    A graduate of Bethel College and IUSB, Mark and his wife Cindy, along with their three children, reside in Mishawaka.

    Bob Nagle
    Bob Nagle is being recognized by the Hall of Fame for his contributions to football. He has spent over 30 years in radio and television coverage of High School sports including football, basketball, soccer, swimming and track. He spent his career promoting the game of football and the student athletes who participate over the media airways. Talk to coaches in the area and they all recognize Bob's presence at their school and his importance in promoting the athletes for their effort in their sport.

    Bob was Sports Director at WSBT Stations and at LeSea Broadcasting, WHME. He broadcast the State Finals for the IHSAA Network from 1997-225. He was the IHSAA Region Broadcaster of the year in 2003 and received the All-American Football Foundation "Lindsey Nelson" Broadcaster of the Year award in 2007.

    Bob and his wife Mary Carol have three children. They reside in Mishawaka.

    Coach Bovenkerk
    Now retired from coaching, Coach Bovenkerk was the head football coach at Three Rivers High School for 3 years and South Bend Washington for 13 years. He completed his coaching career as an assistant at Jimtown High School for 7 years.

    He is a Past President of the Indiana Football Coaches Association, and was the Membership Secretary beginning in 2002 to present and was the Regional Director on several occasions. For many years he helped coordinate football clinics throughout the area.

    He was the recipient of the Moose Krause Chapter "Contribution to Football Award" and the "Gerald R. Ford High School Coach Award presented by the All-American Football Foundation. He was selected the Region 2 Coach of the Year award on several occasions and was the WHME coach of the year recipient in 1990.

    Scott and his wife Judy have three children and live in South Bend, Ind.

    Thomas Murphy
    Tom Murphy was a three-sport athlete at Marian High School, including football basketball and track. During his senior year he served as captain in all three sports and was voted MVP in all three sports.

    In football, Tom started on offense and defense for three years at Marian. He was on various All-State teams in each of the three years, was a Kiwanis Award Recipient, named Defensive Player of the Year by WSBT Sports and played in the North South All-Star game following his senior year.

    Tom was varsity linebacker at the University of Notre Dame, playing on specialty teams for three years at Notre Dame. He was a member of the Sugar Bowl Team in 1981 and Liberty Bowl Team in 1983.

    Tom and his wife Barbara have four children and live in Bristol, Ind.


       

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