Inductee — Ray Howard
Class of 1990
Birthplace: Jasper, IN
Career was divided into two sections, from 1962-65 and from 1973-87. In between, for seven years, he did not teach/coach but was in private business. Of the eighteen seasons fifteen of those were at the varsity level compiling an overall record of 302-87. The last eleven seasons were at Jasper where he put together a 265-68 record which is a .795 win percentage. His overall percentage of .776 places him third in the state among retired coaches. In the eleven seasons he coached there were nine sectional titles, five regional titles and two semi-state championships which led to the two State Tournament Finals appearances in 1981 and 1986. There was never a losing season and at Jasper averaged 24 wins per season.
He had the opportunity to coach in the All-Star Series two times, and was the host coach/director for five All-Star Series that were held in Jasper. Twenty-three of his players went on to play college baseball, ten were recognized as All-State, and fifteen were nominated to the South All-Star team. Since the Big 8 Conference began in 1981 fifteen players were recognized as All-Conference, and Jasper was the conference champs in five of the seven years he coached in the conference.
He served the coaches association, IHSBCA, on many committees, as district representative, and as the president of the association during the 1981-82 season. At the national level he spent six years as the Chairman of the High School Division of the ABCA, the American Baseball Coaches Association, representing all the high schools in the nation.
Ray was instrumental in having the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame located in Jasper and is the current executive director of the Hall of Fame. In 1993 he began the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic and Memorabilia Auction, annual events to raise funds to operate the Hall of Fame.
Married to Janet for 39 years, as of 1999, they are the parents of one daughter Kim, and four sons Kelly, Jon, Todd, and Darren and grandparents to eight.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.