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Indiana Basketball HOF announces officers, directors for 2015-16

June 27, 2015

(NEW CASTLE) – The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announces the election of new officers to serve two-year terms beginning July 1.

Sam Alford has been elected as President.  A 2002 inductee, Alford is a 1960 graduate of Washington High School and 1964 graduate of Franklin College. A former coach at Monroe City, South Knox, Martinsville and New Castle high schools, he also spent time coaching at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) and the University of Iowa.  He resides in Ninevah with his wife Sharan.

Steve Witty has been elected as Executive Vice President.  A 1965 graduate of Center Grove High School and 1969 graduate of Franklin College, he was the head coach at Ben Davis High School from 1990-2002 and is a 2012 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.  He serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, is Vice President of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association and is Past President of the National Organization of Coaches Association Directors and.  He resides in Avon with his wife Jeanie.

1990 inductee Dr. Ray Pavy remains Treasurer of the Hall of Fame.  Pavy is a 1959 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and 1965 graduate of Indiana University.  A former high school basketball coach, he was a longtime school administrator in New Castle Community Schools and makes his home in New Castle with wife Karen.

Jerry Peirson has been elected as Secretary.  A 1962 graduate of Royerton High School and 1966 graduate of Miami (OH) University, he coached at Miami from 1969-1990, including 15 years as an assistant and six seasons (1984-1990) as head men’s basketball coach.  Previously the Director of Athletic Development at Ball State University, he is employed as Vice President of Sales at J. Lewis Small Company in Elwood.  He resides in Yorktown with his wife Jan.

Vance Meier of New Castle has been elected as the Hall’s Henry County Representative.  A graduate of Freelandville High School and Oakland City University, Meier enjoyed a career in teaching and coaching at Bruceville, Washington, Martinsville and New Castle.  Spending the final 23 years of his career at New Castle, he spent nine years as varsity assistant basketball coach and 11 years as the Trojans’ athletic director before his retirement in 1999.  He resides in New Castle with his wife Lynn.  Meier replaces Donald C. “Danny” Danielson, who held the Henry County Representative post for 25 years prior to his May 2015 death.

The complete list of officers for 2015-16:

President, Sam Alford – Washington H.S., Franklin College
Executive Vice President, Steve Witty – Center Grove H.S., Franklin College
Treasurer, Ray Pavy – New Castle H.S., Indiana University
Secretary, Jerry Peirson – Royerton H.S., Miami (OH) University
Past President, Jim Callane – Rushville H.S., DePauw University
Vice President North, Orvis “Shorty” Burdsall – Vincennes H.S., Butler University
Vice President Central, Carol Tumey – Leavenworth H.S., Franklin College
Vice President South, Donna Sullivan – Orleans H.S., Indiana University
At-Large Representative, Phil Isenbarger – Muncie North H.S., Indiana University
At-Large Representative, Amy Metheny – Southport H.S., Indiana University
Henry County Representative, Vance Meier – Oakland City University

The Hall’s Board of Directors for 2015-16:

(All above officers)
Mark Baltz, Zionsville
Dr. Phil Borst, Indianapolis
Mike Broughton, Seymour
Jack Colescott, Gas City
Bobby Cox (IHSAA Commissioner seat), Carmel
Jim Fisher, Indianapolis
Mark Gabriel, Nashville
Steve Green, D.D.S, Indianapolis
Greg Humnicky, South Bend
Alan Nass, Huntingburg
Jim Powers, Jr., Carmel
Randy Shields, Fishers
Al Tucker, Cloverdale
Bill Walker, Huntington
Judi Warren, Carmel

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 1962 and opened their museum in New Castle in June 1990.  Their mission is to recognize outstanding players and coaches from Indiana high schools and others whose contributions to Indiana high school basketball are noteworthy as well as maintain a historical museum which portrays the history of Indiana basketball.  To find out more, visit or call (765) 529-1891.