graduating from McKinley, I’ve
played for a number of coaches and gotten to know many others. Coaches
Jules Blanke, Leroy Glore, and Joe Mittino set high standards of personal
integrity, gentlemanly behavior, and kindness in victory and defeat,
on and off the field, that have never been equaled in my experience.
Not only were they classy coaches, they were sweet guys, full of good
humor and the unshakable belief that participating in sports was supposed
to be fun. I’ve lived in Bloomington, Indiana (home of Indiana
University) since 1976, and until 2000 when he was finally fired, I watched
with horror, the antithesis of Blanke, et al, in the despicable, bullying
antics of Bobby Knight. I feel sorry for any kid who doesn’t get
to play for the kind of coaches we had at McKinley.