Inductee — Paul Ehrman
Class of 2016
Paul Ehrman spent 41 years umpiring for the IHSAA and various college programs. A graduate of Carroll (Flora) High School in 1963 and Ball State University in 1967, Paul began teaching and coaching at Taylor High School 1967-69 and followed that with stints at Delphi (1969-73) and Batesville (1973-78) before becoming athletic director at East Central High School from 1978-87.
A career change to State Farm Insurance began in 1987 and he is still an active agent today. From 1964-2004 he umpired and officiated baseball for the IHSAA; in addition to umpiring 15 years of softball. Paul umpired 40 baseball sectionals, 22 regionals, 12 semi-states and 7 state finals (2 in 1970’s; 2 in 1980’s; 2 in 1990’s; and 1 in 2004). He worked an average of 40 high school games in those 41 years and sprinkled in 15 years of umpiring college baseball.
Named District Umpire of the Year numerous times he also found time to establish an umpiring school and do umpire scheduling for 20 Southeastern Indiana schools from 1986 – 2004. One of the highlights of his career was to umpire state finals that Don Mattingly participated in.