(New Castle) – The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has elected new officers and added five new members to their Board of Directors following the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Steve Witty, a 2012 HOF inductee, has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Board. Witty, a graduate of Center Grove High School and Franklin College, was the head coach at Ben Davis High School from 1990 – 2002, leading teams to 1995 and 1996 IHSAA state championships. Since 2002, he has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. He lives in Avon.
Jerry Peirson, a 2010 HOF inductee, has been elected as Executive Vice President. A graduate of Royerton High School and Miami (OH) University, he served as head coach at Cowan High School before a coaching career at Miami (OH), including as head men’s basketball coach from 1984-1990. Retired from a position with Ball State University’s Cardinal Varsity Club, he resides in Yorktown.
Ray Pavy, a 1990 HOF inductee, remains the organization’s Treasurer. A graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and Indiana University, he was head coach at Sulphur Springs and Shenandoah high schools before a lengthy career as a school administrator in New Castle. He resides in New Castle.
Denny Brady, a 2006 HOF inductee, has been appointed to a two-year term as Secretary. A graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School and Purdue University, he was Indiana’s 1964 Mr. Basketball as the leading scorer for the Bronchos’ 1963 state finalist and 1964 state championship teams. He resides in Carmel.
Judi Warren, a 2002 HOF inductee, has been elevated from the organization’s Board of Directors to an At-Large position on the Executive Committee. Indiana’s inaugural Miss Basketball after leading Warsaw to the 1976 IHSAA girls state championship, Warren is a Warsaw High School and Franklin College graduate. A retired teacher and coach, spending time at South Dearborn, Maconoquah and Carmel high schools, she resides in Carmel.
Additionally, Steve Brett, Steve Davidson, David Gadis, Steve Platt and Dave Schellhase have been appointed to four-year terms as new members of the Board of Directors, effective July 1.
Steve Brett is a graduate of Loogootee High School and Indiana State University. Along with a teaching career, he spent 37 seasons as an Indiana high school boys basketball head coach, amassing 467 wins at Bloomfield, Seymour, Loogootee and Shakamak. Retired, he resides in Linton.
Steve Davidson is a graduate of Boonville High School and Butler University College of Pharmacy. Retired from a 28-year career with Eli Lilly and Company, he has spent the past five years as an assistant coach with Zionsville Community Schools. He resides in Carmel.
David Gadis, a 2014 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Pike High School and Southern Methodist University. Currently the Chief Revenue Officer for USA Track and Field, he previously was Executive Vice President of Veolia North America and President/CEO of Veolia Water Indianapolis. Among numerous directorships, he has served on the Boards of Fifth Third Bank, Indiana Sports Corporation, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Chamber Commerce. He resides in Indianapolis.
Steve Platt, a 1996 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Union Township High School (Huntington County) and the then-Huntington College. An All-American in his college days, he twice led the nation in scoring average and he remains the highest scoring college player in Indiana history (3,700 career points). In 14 seasons as the head coach at Huntington University, his teams won 329 games and finished as 2006 NAIA National Runners-Up. Retired from coaching, his family farms 1,100 acres east of Huntington, where he resides.
Dave Schellhase, a 1992 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Evansville North High School and Purdue University. Setting the city career scoring record (1,325 points) in Evansville, he graduated from Purdue with the program’s single-game (57) and career (2,074) scoring records, was the nation’s leading scorer and a consensus All-American in 1966 before becoming the first NBA draft pick in Chicago Bulls franchise history. He was the head men’s basketball coach at Indiana State University from 1982 – 1985 and is the winningest head coach in the history of Moorhead State (MN) University, with 298 wins in 18 seasons. Employed at Logansport High School from 2004-2015, he is retired and resides in Logansport.
A full listing of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Officers and Board members for the 2017-18 year:
Steve Witty, President
Jerry Peirson, Executive Vice President
Ray Pavy, Treasurer
Denny Brady, Secretary
Sam Alford, Immediate Past President
Bill Walker, Vice President North
Mark Baltz, Vice President Central
Donna Sullivan, Vice President South
Phil Isenbarger, At-Large
Judi Warren, At-Large
Vance Meier, Henry County Representative
Chris May, Executive Director
Board of Directors
Jim Powers, Jr.