Inductee — Bill Evans

billevansBill Evans

Class of 1994

Birthplace: Rockport, IN

Coach

Biography:

A graduate of Terre Haute Garfield, he was a four year starter on the baseball team and followed that with a two year performance with Indiana University. He played a little pro ball in the Kitty League and the Mississippi—Ohio Valley League , the Western Indiana League and the IK League.

His coaching career in Indiana began in 1955 at Rockport High School, which later became South Spencer High School. There was ten years at Rockport and two years at South Spencer. His teams won 139 games and lost 66 during that twelve year span which included 7 PAC Conference Championships. The first year the IHSAA began the state baseball tourney his South Spencer team won the sectional and the regional and defeated the # 1 ranked team in Indiana in the regional final game advancing to the semi-state round of the state tourney where they were upended in their bid to attend the first state finals. The 1967 record of 31-9 is still the best record in school history

In addition to high school coaching Bill is the founder of American Legion baseball in Rockport which has produced four state legion titles and one appearance in the American Legion World Series. His legion teams posted a 250155 won-lost record from 1957-65, and 1971.

He was awarded the Arlie Skelton Memorial Award presented by the state American Legion for contributions to legion baseball. Also served as 8th District baseball chairman and was the state director for four yeas. He also found time to administer the athletics department at South Spencer for seven years.