Inductee — Bill Bright

bbrightBill Bright

Class of 2002

Birthplace: Bloomfield, IN

Coach (retired)

Biography:

Bill is a 1950 graduate of Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, Indiana, where he played baseball, basketball and ran track. In 1950 he enrolled at Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) where he pitched for the baseball team and also played basketball. He lettered each year in baseball and basketball before signing a baseball contract after his junior year with the Philadelphia Phillies Organization. He was part of the 1952 ICC baseball team that went undefeated and he still holds many University of Indianapolis pitching records. His baseball contract permitted him to complete his senior year of college while playing professional ball for Terre Haute. He taught and coached one year at French Lick High School before being drafted into the Army. Serving at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma he played baseball, basketball and volleyball for the Army post team.

Bill returned to Indiana Central in 1958 and served in various capacities until retiring in 1994. He was the head baseball coach for 20 years where his teams earned several conference championships. He was cross country coach for 21 years and assistant basketball coach for 21 years before assuming the head basketball coaching position for five years.. He concluded his thirty-seven years at Indiana Central by serving as its athletics director for 17 years.

Bill played amateur baseball around Indianapolis with such outstanding teams as P. R. Mallory and Vestal Steel until age 38. In 1960 he was named National All American pitcher while playing with P.R. Mallory in the National Baseball Congress Tournament.

He served two 3-year terms on the NCAA Division II Mens Basketball Committee.

Bill and Pat Hunt Bright were married in 1956 and have one daughter, Pam, who lives in Indianapolis, and one son, Steve, who lives in Dallas, Texas. They have one grandson, Justin William Bright.