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November 28, 2012

Rick Teverbaugh: Hall call comes for Heady

It has been over two decades since Bob Heady guided the Shenandoah Raiders boys team to the Final Four in the days before the class tournament.

Now his wait is over and he will be inducted in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 20.

“For me to go in and join such an elite group of coaches is probably the highlight of my career,” said Heady in a Wednesday phone conversation.

But the start of his credentials to get into the Hall of Fame is rooted as a player for Frankton High School, where he scored over 1,100 points. He enjoyed the Eagles winning their first boys sectional a year ago but explained it was a different world when he played.

“When I was there, we had to beat the Anderson schools and Elwood and it was so doggone difficult,” said Heady. “When I was there we only got to the championship game once.”

He then played at Ball State University.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my wife, Doniece,” said Heady. “We had two kids and I was playing baseball and basketball. I was never at home. I am going to have to put her name on the plaque.”

As with most college graduates who want to coach, Heady started as an assistant. “I was an assistant under Phil Buck and Carl McNulty,” said Heady. “Those were great people to learn about coaching from.”

His first head coaching job was at Griffith and then Wawasee. But in 1976 the position opened at Shenandoah.

“That wasn’t a difficult decision at all,” said Heady. “I wanted to go back to a small community. That experience was great. I never regretted it for a minute. They have a lot of basketball intelligence (at Shenandoah). If we put a team on the floor that played hard, they would support us.”

But the 1981 team did more than play hard. Those Raiders collected sectional, regional and semistate titles. They were defeated in the semifinals of the state, but it wasn’t because they were unprepared.

“Our schedule was really tough back then,” said Heady. “We played Muncie South and the Anderson schools during the season. That prepared us for the tournament.”

So what made that team special?

“They were more like a family than any team I’ve coached,” said Heady. “They did everything together. I don’t mean just a few of them, but all of them. They didn’t care who got the points. They just went out and did their jobs.”

Bob’s son Scott was a central part of that team.

“That made it even more special,” said Heady. “The hardest thing I had to do in coaching was to go back and say goodbye to that team after we lost in the state.”

Heady moved on to coach Carmel and took the Greyhounds to the Final 4. This time Scott was an assistant coach so the pair made another trip together.

Bob Heady’s selection is a good one. I applaud the Hall and him.

 

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