History Magazine

Indiana Basketball History Magazine – Summer 2013

September 17, 2013

The  1961-1962 season would end in disappointment for Bill Stearman and the Columbus Bull Dogs with a loss to Brown County in the sectionals.  Coach Stearman at one point even considered retiring but Columbus principal Jud Erne refused to accept the  coach-s resignation. Thus Bill and JV coach Don McDonald began the 1962-1963 season with a renewed passion. The coaches changed offense to a new -Triple Post- and changed defense to a full court man to man press and would fall back into a 1-3-1 half court trap that Coach called SPIDER.   The end result would be the first undefeated season and number #1 ranked team in school history.  Coach Stearman said this was his greatest team in 40 plus seasons he coached.


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