Athletic Hall of Fame

Iris (McCracken) Fisher - Inducted in 2006 to 2007

Written by Harley Mobley

Iris (McCracken) Fisher graduated from Monrovia High School in 1922. She is the older sister of Branch McCracken, and the mother of Tommy Dean Fisher and Billy Mac Fisher. She played girls basketball which started in 1906. The Girls basketball team was considered Monrovia’s first state champion team in 1920. The girls team would be considered state champions from 1920-1922 and lost only 1 game in 1921. In 1922 Monrovia was challenged by the Henderson Kentucky Wildcats. The Henderson Wildcats were considered the Kentucky state champions and had not been defeated since 1919. Monrovia traveled to Kentucky and defeated them on their own court to be crowned Indiana and Kentucky State Champions in 1922.

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Catherine Schrader Hoffmark - Inducted in 2006 to 2007

Catherine Schrader graduated from Monrovia in 1924. During her time in high school she was the class president, involved in choir and the school plays, but most notably she was a member of the 1921 and 1922 Girls basketball team. Girls basketball started in 1906 and lasted until 1922. The team lost one game from 1920-1922 and was considered to be the state champions from 1920-1922. The most notable achievement would occur in 1922 when the Monrovia Bulldogs were challenged by the Kentucky Girls State Champions, the Henderson Wildcats. Monrovia would be victorious after defeating the Wildcats on their own court.It was the first loss for the Kentucky team since 1919.

Branch McCracken - Inducted 2006 to 2007

Written by Travis Judson

Emmett Branch McCracken, born in Monrovia, Indiana on June 9, 1908, went to Monrovia’s schools, quickly becoming a star player on the high school basketball team. As a player and captain of Monrovia’s team, McCracken would win several county championships with his team. This was along with their follow-up placement in the Tri-State Tournament in 1924, followed by two consecutive victories in the tournament in 1925 and ‘26. McCracken would be named the MVP of the two winning tournaments in his junior and senior years of high school.

After his time in high school, McCracken would go to Indiana University in the fall of 1926, joining both the football and basketball teams there. McCracken quickly began to excel under his new coach, Everett Dean, becoming a distinct player on the team. McCracken was the high scorer at IU and the second place scorer in conference during the 1927-’28 season. He would repeat this same score in the following season. In the 1929-’30 season however, McCracken would break the all-time record set the year before by Murphy of Purdue, winning the number one conference scoring spot.

McCracken graduated in 1930 and soon after became the head coach at Ball State Teachers College (now known as Ball State University). After leading them to an 86-57 record over eight seasons, he became the coach IU in June, 1938; following the leave of Everett Dean. His first year their record was 17-3, which was immediately followed next season with a 20-3 record. IU under his coaching was invited to join the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Eastern tournament to represent the Midwest, winning all of the non-conference games. They later earned the opportunity to play against the University of Kansas team for IU’s first national college basketball championship, where they would claim victory against Kansas with a score of 60-42 during McCracken’s second coaching season.

McCracken would take a three-year long break from coaching to serve in the U.S. Navy, and returned thereafter, once again leading the Hoosier team to victories. After his return they would be ranked fifth in the country by the United Press board, and would go on to break the previous Big Ten record of 103 points with 113 points. On March 1st, the Hoosiers, led by McCracken, won the Big Ten title after defeating Illinois. They earned the position to play in the national championship again that season against Kansas again, winning their second national basketball title for IU. The following year and in 1957 and ‘58, McCracken’s team would again win the Big Ten conference. In 1965, McCracken retired from IU after 24 seasons of coaching there and 32 seasons coaching in total, he’d won two NCAA titles and four Big Ten titles. In 1960, before he retired, he had been added to the Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, recognizing his coaching talent.

During McCracken’s time coaching at IU he faced controversy for adding Bill Garrett, an African-American man, to his team. During this time, basketball, like all aspects of life in the U.S., faced segregationist issues, which McCracken bravely refused to abide by. He broke the “gentlemen’s agreement” along with others, which didn’t allow African-Americans to participate on Big Ten teams. On April 8, 2017; the Indiana Historical Bureau unveiled a state marker honoring Bill Garrett at IU, and their fight against segregation in sports.

Monrovia High School Accomplishments:

  • County Champions 1923, ‘24, ‘25, and ‘26

  • Tri-State Tournament runner-up in 1924

  • Two consecutive Tri-State Tournament Championships in 1925 and ‘26

  • After In the ‘25 Tri-State Tournament they took victory after six consecutive victories

  • The tournament included teams from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky

  • McCracken was selected for MVP of the Tri-State Tournament by officials both years as a junior and senior in high school

IU Player Achievements:

  • McCracken was the high scorer at IU and the second place scorer in conference during the 1927-’28 season

  • He would repeat this same score in the following season.

  • In the 1929-’30 season however, McCracken would break the all-time record set the year before by Murphy of Purdue, winning the number one conference scoring spot.

IU Coaching Achievements:

  • His first year, their record was 17-3, which was immediately followed next season with a 20-3 record.

  • IU under his coaching was invited to join the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Eastern tournament to represent the midwest, winning all of the non-conference games.

  • They later earned the opportunity to play against the University of Kansas team for IU’s first national college basketball championship, where they would claim victory against Kansas with a score of 60-42 during McCracken’s second coaching season.

  • After his return from the Navy, they would be ranked fifth in the country by the United Press board, and would go on to break the previous Big Ten record of 103 points with 113 points.

  • On March 1st, the Hoosiers, led by McCracken, won the Big Ten title after defeating Illinois.

  • They earned the position to play in the national championship again that season against Kansas again, winning their second national basketball title for IU.

  • The following year and in 1957 and ‘58, McCracken’s team would again win the Big Ten conference.

  • In 1965, McCracken retired from IU after 24 seasons of coaching there and 32 seasons of coaching in total, he’d won two NCAA titles and four Big Ten titles.

  • In 1960, before he retired, he had been added to the Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, recognizing his coaching talent.


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2. Branch McCracken Gym Dedication. Rocky and Christy Carter Photo Collection, 1971

4. Pjeiffer, Casey. “Branch McCracken a Hardwood Hero.” Indiana History Blog, 19 April 2017, Indian Historical Bureau of the State Library. https://blog.history.in.gov/branch-mccracken-a-hoosier-hardwood-hero/ Accesses 24

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5. McCracken, Branch. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame https://hoopshall.com/inductees/branch-mccracken/ Accessed 24 November 2020

6. Hammel, Bob. “Branch McCracken: Symbol of IU.” Daily Herald-Telephone, 4 June, 1970, p. 21

7. Branch McCracken Senior Photo. Brett Fisher Photo Archive, 1926.

Mandi Powell - Inducted in 2006 to 2007

Written by: Mackensi Schneider

Mandi Powell was a Monrovia High School graduate in the year of 1996. She earned 4 varsity-letters for volleyball, as well as made the All Conference WCC team in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995, along with winning conference 1993, 1994, and 1995 as a team. Powell was also awarded Channel 13’s ‘Excellence In High School Division “Who’s in Sports?”’ tv segment in 1995. She was an all-around player, but succeeded as an outside hitter. After high school Mandy was offered a full-ride scholarship for The University of Notre Dame, to play volleyball where she received 3 varsity letters. Coach Brown, from Notre Dame, said “Mandi is a very good all-around player-there isn’t an area of her game we don’t feel comfortable with, she did a great job offensively in the spring and is a very good passer who can go from pass to attack and hit well. Mandi also is an excellent blocker and a good server, so there are many ways she can help-at a position where we are looking for people to step up.” Powell was then added to the Notre Dame hall of fame.

Paul Shields - Inducted in 2006 to 2007

Written by: Mackensi Schneider

Paul Shields graduated in 1943 and was Captain of the 1942 Sectional Championship team. Paul Shields went on to attend Indiana University where he was captain of their basketball team as a freshman and led IU’s basketball scoring with 169 points in 21 games and had a 10 point average per game. In 1993 Shields won the I-Man Award, which is given to alumni that have made outstanding contributions through service to its athletics program. His playing career was cut short due to his service in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he also earned the European Military Basketball championship. After returning home Paul Shields went to the University of Nebraska where he studied engineering and played basketball. Paul Shields was inducted into the inaugural Monrovia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

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2. Paul Shields. Indiana University Library Archives. 1943.

3. 1942 Basketball Team Photo. Monrovia High School.1942. Print Monrovia High School Archives

Toby Turner - Inducted in 2006 to 2007

Toby Turner graduated from Monrovia in 1991 and earned 4 Varsity letters in Wrestling and 1 in Football. In addition to participating in football and wrestling he also was a standout in high school rodeo. Although Toby was All Conference in Football and a member of the 1990 Conference Championship team, he was more known for his outstanding wrestling career. During his high school career he earned the following honors and was part of the 1989, 1990 and 1991 Conference Championships Wrestling teams.

  • 4 Time Conference Champion (Still holds school record)

  • 3 Time Regional Qualifier

  • 3 Time Semi-State Qualifier

  • 2 Time State Runner Up

Toby earned the following awards in high school rodeo.

  • 3 Time Indiana All Around State Champion

  • 4 Time Bull Riding State Champion

  • 3 Time Saddle Bronc Riding State Champion

  • 3 Time Bareback Riding State Champion

  • 1 Time Calf Roping State Champion

  • 1 Time Steer Wrestling State Champion

  • 4 Time High School National Qualifier

After High School Toby would wrestle at Purdue, graduating in 1996 and continue with professional rodeo for 10 years. His accomplishments in professional rodeo include the following.

  • 1998 IPRA World Champion All Around Cowboy

  • 1998 IPRA World Champion Bull Riding

  • 1999 PBR World Finals Qualifier

Toby currently is the superintendent of Monroe County Highway Department and is a volunteer wrestling coach at Edgewood High School.

John Standeford-2006-2007

Written by: Mackensi Schneider

Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame 2006-2007


John Standeford graduated from Monrovia High School in 2000. During his time there he received 10 varsity letters: 1 in soccer (9th grade), 1 in baseball (9th grade), 1 in track (12th grade), 3 in football (10th, 11th, & 12th grade), and 4 in basketball (9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade). In soccer he had the most goals in a single game as well as the most goals in a single season. He also qualified for state his only year on the track team in the 100, 200, and 400, Standeford also held the school record in the 100, 200, 400, and long jump.


While playing football he had the:


  • longest pass received- 99 yards

  • the most receptions in a single season- 60

  • most receiving yards in a single season- 998

  • the most career receiving yards- 2383

  • the most career receiving touchdowns- 26

  • the most career receptions- 128, and the most punts returned for a TD single season- 3

In his basketball career he received the:


  • most career points- 1899

  • the most points in a single season- 641

  • the most rebounds in a single season- 190

  • the most 3 pointers in a single game- 8

  • the most points in a single game- 46


After high school John Standeford went on to be a 4 year starter at Purdue University as a wide receiver. He set the following records:


  • Most receiving yards in a single season- 1307

  • Most receiving yards in a career- 3788

  • Most career games with 100+ receiving yards- 14


He held the Big Ten Record for most career receptions (226) when he graduated and is 3rd on Purdue’s list for most career receptions. As well as:


  • First Team All Big Ten 2002

  • First Team Academic All American in 2002 and 2003

  • 1 of only 17 to be named “Purdue Football Legend”

  • 2004 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award

  • Semi-Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award 2002 (presented to nation’s outstanding receiver)

  • Two-time recipient of the teams Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

  • Academic All-Big Ten selection for 3 years

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Rick Streiff - Inducted in 2006 to 2007

Written by: Emma Gaston

Rick Streiff has led a very successful life including being an athlete at Monrovia High School and Butler University, and then being a well-established coach at Cathedral. He graduated in the class of 1980 and went on to get his Bachelors and masters at Butler University. Rick is married to Julianne and has three children, John, Lauren and Tom. He now serves as the athletic director for Cathedral High School.

High School:

  • All-Time leading rusher and 3rd in Indiana (since has dropped) - football

  • All-Time leading scorer - football

  • Conference champions in 1978 - football

  • All-Conference 1979 and 1980

  • Mr. Football

  • All - State Honors 1979 and 1980

  • Coaches Association Region MVP 1979

  • North/South All-Star Game - 1980

  • Also competed in Basketball and Track -

College:

  • Played football at Butler

  • 4 varsity letters

  • Conference Champions in 1983

  • 2nd Team All-Conference 1983

  • 1st team in Butler history to qualify for Division ll playoffs (9-0-1)

Coaching career:

  • Assistant positions at Butler, Bishop Chatard before becoming head coach for Cathedral

  • Has also coached at Brebeuf Jesuit and North Central High School

  • 10 state football championships at Cathedral High School

  • Overall Record - 242-109

  • Inducted into Butler Hall of Fame

Brad Speck - Inducted in 2007 to 2008

Written by Harley Mobley

Brad Speck was a four-year varsity letter winner in football and baseball who graduated in 1977. During Speck's time at Monrovia, he earned three years’ worth of adornments for his letterman’s jacket while playing baseball. After high school, Speck went on to play football all four years at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and graduated in 1981. After he finished with his career in sports, he was very focused on the youth. He coached with Monrovia’s little league football organization for over 20 years.

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Tommy Dean Fisher - Inducted in 2008 to 2009

Written by Harley Mobley

Tommy Dean Fisher, the son of Iris McCracken Fisher and nephew of Branch McCracken, graduated from Monrovia High School in 1953. He was a four-year varsity player for both the basketball and baseball teams. While playing at Monrovia in 1953, he set the all time scoring record with 1,262 points which was held until 1988 when broken by Neil Watson. He still ranks fifth in all time scoring. After high school, for a short amount of time, he played for the IU baseball team and eventually went on to play in the semi-pro’s for the Southside Saints as their pitcher.

Ross Walker - Inducted in 2009 to 2010

Written by Harley Mobley

Ross Walker, who was a 1956 graduate of Monrovia High School, played varsity basketball for Paul Shulerr from 1953-1956. During his time at Monrovia he was known as the team’s defensive specialist and was assigned to defend the opponent's best player. He was also very good at the other end of the court, directing the offense from the point guard position. Along with playing basketball, he also played third base for the softball team in 1955 and ‘56. In 1956, the softball team was runner up in the Tri-County tournament.

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David McCubbins - Inducted in 2010 to 2011

Written by: Emma Gaston

Dave McCubbins was a well-accomplished athlete during his high school years at Monrovia High School. He participated in Wrestling and Football earning a total of 7 varsity letters. David attended Monrovia from 1989-1992. He went on to wrestle for STLCC at Meramec.

Football:

  • 1989 sectional champions

Wrestling:

  • 4x sectional champion

  • 3x regional champion

  • 2x semi-state champion

  • 1991 IHSAA 171lb state champion

  • Held previous record for most wins in dual meets - held for 28 years

  • National 180lb Espoir Greco-Roman Nationals 1st -1993

  • 178lb Junior Freestyle Nationals 1st (OW award) - 1992

  • 178lb Junior Greco Nationals 1st - 1992

  • 180lb Espoir Greco nationals 1st (OW award) - 1991

  • 167lb Cadet Freestyle Nationals 1st - 1990

  • 167lb Cadet Greco Nationals 1st - 1990

  • 167lb Cadet Greco Nationals 2nd - 1989

World:

  • 1992 81kg Greco-Roman Junior World Championship 4th

  • 1991 78kg Greco-Roman Espoir World Championship DNP

  • 1990 76 kg Greco-Roman Cadet World Championship 4th

College:

  • 1993 NJCCA wrestling National Champion

  • Outstanding wrestler award (STLCC at Meramec)

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Mitch Napier - Inducted in 2011 to 2012

Written by Harley Mobley

Mitch Napier was one of the state’s elite wrestlers who graduated in 2000. Napier won two IHSAA sectional championships, two regionals and qualified for state three times, took fourth in his junior year and won the 145-pound championship in his senior season. During his time at Monrovia, he set the record of winningest single season with 42 wins and set the record for dual meets, winning 23. After high school, he went on to compete for the University of Indianapolis and qualified for four national championships and earned All-American honors. At U Indy, Napier became the school’s first four-time national qualifier. He placed seventh in the nation, then fourth, then achieved No. 1 ranking as a senior. Napier was also an Academic All-American three times, winning a total of 114 matches. After finishing his career in wrestling, he went back to UIndy and served as an assistant coach.

Norman "Preach" Pryor - Inducted in 2012 to 2013

Norman “Preach” Pryor graduated from Monrovia in 1949. He played basketball and baseball at Monrovia and was a member of the Tri County Championship team for both basketball and baseball teams. He was named to the All Tri-County and All Sectional Team in 1948 and 1949. Preach would join the Marine Corp and was a veteran of the Korean War. Preach was also a founding member of the Football Fathers organization and helped with the start of the Monrovia Little League Baseball program as a coach.

1948 Basketball Team Photo. Monrovia High School. Bulldog Capers. Vol 21. 1948. Print Monrovia High School Archives

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Jason Standeford - Inducted in 2013 to 2014

Written by Mackensi Schneider

Jason Standeford graduated from Monrovia High School in 1999. He was a 4-year letterman in football and basketball, and was awarded both Mr. Football, Mr.basketball and the prestigious McCracken award in basketball.

While playing basketball:

  • He earned his way into the 1,000 point club in 1999, with 1113 points.

  • Helped the team win sectionals in 1996, 1998, and 1999.

  • Was a 1999 regional champion.

  • Was a 1999 conference champion.

After high school:

  • Jason played college football and basketball at Hillsdale College, in Michigan.

  • Played basketball at Joliet Junior College, in Illinois.

Matt Belcher - Inducted in 2014 to 2015

Matt Belcher graduated from Monrovia in 1991 and participated in Football, Basketball and Track during his high school years and was a coveted 10 letter award winner. He was a part of the first Monrovia Sectional Championship team in 1989 and WCC championship team in 1990. In basketball he is a member of the 1000 point club and ranks third in all time scoring with 1509 points. Matt was the second Monrovia Athlete to be named Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball and was the third Monrovia Football player to be selected to the North South All-Star Game.

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Gwen (Moore) McCubbins - Inducted in 2015 to 2016

Written by: Emma Gaston

Gwen McCubbins was a well - accomplished athlete throughout her high school years. She graduated in 1994 and has since coached softball and volleyball at Monrovia High School. Overall, she won 16 varsity letters. Below is her high school accomplishments:

High School (volleyball):

  • 4 year starter and 4 year letter winner

  • Attack Percentage Award Winner

  • School record for most kills in a match with 22

  • Named to All West Central Conference Team

  • Honorable mention for the IndyStar All Metro Team

  • Junior season: lead team with 197 kills

  • Named to the All Sectional Team

  • Senior season record 22-2 and top 20 ranking

  • West Central Conference Championship

  • Named to All Sectional Team

  • Named to the IndyStar All Metro 1st team

  • Invited to try out for the State South All Star Team

High School (basketball):

  • 4 year letter winner

  • Freshman season - set record for assists with 10 in a game

  • Also added to the All County 2nd Team

  • As a sophomore, she broke her own record with 127 assists in a single season and also had 62 steals that season

  • Had a 3pt percentage of 38.9% (sophomore season)

  • Added to the All Area 2nd Team and All Tourney 2nd Team

  • Junior season - broke her assist record by 1

  • 3pt percentage at 40% and named to All Area 1st Team

  • Senior season - 1994 Sectional Title

  • Added to the All Area Team

  • Finished career with All Time Assist Leader at 387

  • All Time steals leader with 213

  • Indiana Basketball coaches association award

High School (track and softball):

  • 4 year letter winner in both

  • Track season (sophomore) - most points winner and most improved award winner

  • West Central Conference runner-up in shot put

  • Shot put regional qualifier her junior and senior seasons

  • Member of best 4x400 relay team (senior season) - qualified for regionals

  • Softball (freshman) season - reached the final sectional game

  • Sophomore and junior season - won batting titles

  • Senior season - reached regional finals

  • Won the Golden Glove Award and Mental Attitude Award

  • Named to the All Area and All Conference Teams

Todd Fakes - Inducted in 2015 to 2016

Written by Travis Judson

Todd Fakes was born and raised in Tipton, IN; and was pushed from a young age to be competitive as he grew up with 9 siblings. As an athlete in High School he participated in football, wrestling, and track, and would go on to choose the University of Indianapolis (known then as Indiana Central University) for college. At the university, he played football and wrestled for the Greyhounds, while he earned a teaching degree, which he eventually gained a career in. His first teaching and coaching job was at North White High School in Monon, IN; and his second was at Monrovia High School in the early ‘80s. He became the head coach of the wrestling program in 1984 for high school and middle school, and started and coached the Monrovia Wrestling Club Team during off-season. He also coached Varsity Football and Varsity Track early in his career for the bulldogs. He raised Monrovia Wrestling to one of the best programs within the state, earning the following achievements as a coach during 13 seasons:

  • 7 West Central Conference Championships

  • 366 Dual meet wins

  • 3 Undefeated Dual-Meet Seasons

  • 48 Conference Champion wrestlers

  • 28 Sectional Champion Wrestlers

  • 3 Semi-State Champion Wrestlers

  • 6 State Championship Place Finishers

  • 2 State Championships

  • 4th place in the IHSAA

  • Named the University of Indianapolis’ High School Coach of the year

Seth Cockrun - Inducted in 2016 to 2017

Written by: Emma Gaston

Seth competed in track & field and cross country while at Monrovia High School. His high school years spanned from 1993-1996. Seth had a very accomplished athletic career all the way up to the state level. He went on to run at Butler University and graduated with honor bachelor degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He then went to the University of Texas and earned his doctorate in molecular biology. Then he went on to study law at the University of Houston and now practices law in Washington DC.

High School:

  • Lettered 4 years in track, 2 years in cross country

  • Set school records in the 300M low hurdles and in 110M high hurdles

  • State qualifier in 1995 for low hurdles

  • State qualifier in 1996 for low and high hurdles

College:

  • Lettered 3 years in track

  • Member of 4x1600m relay team which competed in the 1998 National Championship

Chris Sampson - Inducted in 2016 to 2017

Written by Travis Judson

Chris Sampson moved to Monrovia from Avon, serving as Monrovia’s Boys Varsity head basketball coach for 17 years, from 1995-2012. During his coaching career, he led the Bulldogs to 29 Powder Keg victories, 7 West Central Conference Championships, 4 Sectional Championships, 2 Regional Championship Titles, a state Final Four appearance, and led them to some of their most successful seasons. Sampson also coached in the 1999 Hall of Fame Classic Game and the Reebok North/South All-Star Game. He won the most Bulldog basketball victories out of any coach, with 216 wins, earning himself the Monrovia Bulldogs Basketball Winningest Coach Award on January 11, 2019.

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Jim Kaiser - Inducted in 2016 to 2017

Jim Kaiser went to Chartrand High School (known as Roncalli now) in 1969, where he stood out as the football team’s quarterback. After High School, he went on to Purdue University where he would receive a teaching degree, starting as a teacher in Brisbane, Australia for two years. He would move back to the United States to teach at Morristown High School and then Monrovia High School in 1979 as an assistant coach under Wayne Stahley. He became the head coach in ‘81 winning a 66-35 win/loss record, until he left for Avon High School in 1991.

Monrovia Career Accomplishments:

  • West Central Conference Championships in 1986 and 1990

  • Sectional Championship in 1989

  • 1990 Bulldog team tied a school record for season wins finishing 9-2, allowing only 59 points against them

Avon Career Accomplishments:

  • Mid-State Conference Championships in 1991, ‘93, and ‘94-’99

  • Regional Championships in 1991, ‘95, ‘97

Entire Coaching Career Accomplishments:

  • Metro West Coach of the Year in 1987, ‘90, and ‘95

  • Indianapolis Star All-Suburban Coach of the Year in 1991

  • Indianapolis Colts coach of the Week in 1998

  • Entire coaching career record of 152-52

Wayne Stahley - Inducted in 2017 to 2018

Written by Travis Judson

Wayne Stahley grew up in southern Indianapolis and went to high school at Chartrand (known today as Roncalli High School). At Chartrand, he played football, basketball, and baseball, earning 8 Varsity Letters. Wayne earned a football scholarship for Butler University, where he would go to college before going to Hamilton Southeastern High School to become an assistant football coach. In 1976, he came to Monrovia to develop the football team to an undefeated regular season his third year. At Monrovia he developed new football traditions, such as the football camp and midnight practice. In 1978, he won the WCC championship and playoffs for the Bulldogs’ football team. In 1981, he moved to Terre Haute North Vigo to build up their football program as well, spending 20 years there before retiring. His legendary coaching launched players like Anthony Thompson, Erin Thompson, and Steve Weatherford into the NFL, as well as inspiring other fantastic coaches like Rick Streiff, Kelly Scott, and Mark Bless.

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Nancy (Maple) Kuliesis - Inducted in 2017 to 2018

Written by: Mackensi Schneider

Nancy (Maple) Kuliesis was a 1986 Monrovia High School graduate. She excelled at the only 3 sports offered for women, volleyball, basketball, and track, and was a 4 year varsity letter earner for all. Nancy was the first female to earn 10-letters and went on 12. Kuliesis was a 4-year starting player in volleyball and earned All-West Central Conference honors. In basketball she earned All-Conference honors and set the record for most points scored, scoring 31, in a sectional game her junior year. In track she competed in shot put, discus, and hurdles and won several WCC championships. Nancy (Maple) Kuliesis was being heavily recruited to play division 1 basketball at Michigan State, with offers from many other schools. However in a basketball game during her senior season she had a career ending injury and tore her ACL in her right knee. Although she did not let that stop her from excelling in track the next year. Kuliesis would throw her crutches aside and hobble on one foot while participating in shot put and disc. Nancy (Maple) Kuliesis was also awarded the McCracken award in 1985.

Lindsey (Tansel) Schell - Inducted in 2017 to 2018

Written by: Emma Gaston

Lindsey was a well-accomplished volleyball player and track runner for Monrovia High School from 1994-1997. She earned many honors, all the way up to the state level in high school. She also played volleyball and ran track for Marion University. Lindsey went on to the professional level for running and was eventually sponsored by Brooks.

High School:

  • Varsity volleyball player all four years of high school

  • 2x All - West Central Conference honors

  • 4x All - Conference honors in Track & Field

  • Conference titles (200m, 400m, long jump, 4x400m relay)

  • IHSAA sectional and regional titles in the 400m

  • 2x state qualifier (400m)

College:

  • Played Volleyball and ran Track at Marion

  • Holds the Knights All -Time career kills and blocks

  • 3x conference performer

  • Named to the NAIA All-Region Second team (2001)

  • 8-time Conference Champion

  • 4-year NAIA National qualifier (outdoor and indoor)

Professional Level:

  • Turned pro in the 800m

  • Competed in the Indoor and Outdoor National Championship over a 7 year span starting in 2006

  • In 2011, Lindsey was ranked 8th nationally in the 800m

  • In 2012, Lindsey went to Eugene for the olympic trials

  • Sponsored by Brooks Running Apparel from 2010-2013

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Bill "Mac" Fisher - Inducted in 2018 to 2019

Inducted into the Monrovia Alumni Hall of Fame 2018

Bill Fisher graduated from Monrovia in 1947 and was a member of the 1944 and 1945 Tri-County Championship teams as well as participating in track, baseball, school plays and was class president. After high school he attended Canterbury College in Danville and later got his masters degree from Indiana University. He was in education for 40 years including being principal and superintendent at Monroe-Gregg School District.

Natalie (Vondersaar) Malone - Inducted in 2018 to 2019

Written by: Emma Gaston

Natalie Vondersaar was a runner for Monrovia High School from 1996-1999. She participated in cross-country and track. Natalie had a very accomplished athletic career during high school and went on to run in college at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

High School:

  • Cross Country All-County 1995, 1998

  • Morgan County Champion 1996

  • WCC Conference Cross Country Champion 1996, 1997 - All-conference 1998

  • Sectional Champion Cross Country 1996, 1997

  • 3 Cross Country MVP awards

  • 1600m (5:26) and 800m (5:23) record holder

  • State qualifier in the 800m (1999)

College Accomplishments:

  • Ran at University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • 7th fastest indoor mile (5:01.37)

  • 6th fastest outdoor 1500m (4:37.55)

Gerry Emerson - Inducted in 2019 to 2020

Written by: Emma Gaston

Gerry Emerson was an accomplished runner for Monrovia High School from 1989-1992. He participated in cross-country and track and now coaches at Whiteland High School for track and cross country. Gerry went on to run at Cumberlands College, now University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.

High School:

  • 2nd fastest 5k time in school history (16:05)

  • 3200m school record holder (9:34)

  • 2x Morgan County Cross Country Runner-up (1990, 1991)

  • 2x All - WCC Cross Country (1990, 1991)

  • Cross Country Sectional Champion (1990)

  • 2x Cross Country Regional Qualifier (1990, 1991)

  • 2x Cross Country Semi-State Qualifier (1990, 1991)

  • 3x MHS Cross Country Team MVP (1989 - 1991)

Steve Brady - Inducted in 2019 to 2020

While at Monrovia Steve Brady was a 2 sport athlete and earned 7 varsity letters in Football and Wrestling before graduating in May of 1975. In Wrestling Steve Brady was Conference Champion in 1975 and was Monrovia’s first individual sectional champion in any sport. In football he was a two time All Conference recipient, Captain of the team and first Mr. Football.

Kurt Everett - Inducted in 2020 to 2021

Kurt Everett graduated from Monrovia in 1985 and played football, basketball and ran track earning 9 Varsity letters. Kurt was Captain and MVP of the football team and was 3 time All Conference. He was 1st Team Defense All-State and set the school career record for defensive points.

Brian Stader - Inducted in 2020 to 2021

Written by: Emma Gaston

Brian Stader was a successful Cross-Country/Track runner and was on the Varsity basketball team. Brian competed for Monrovia High School from 1977-1980.

High School:

  • 2.5 mile cross-country school record holder (12:15)

  • 1979 Cross Country County Champion

  • 2nd fastest 800m in school history (2:00.2) - held for 37 years

  • 1979 IA boys Cross Country Honorable Mention All-State

  • 8th fastest 1600m in school history (4:52)

  • 10th highest high jump in school history (6’00”)

  • Varsity basketball player

  • Part of the 4x400 record during his high school years