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Coach Robert (Bob) Straight

The following text and photos were copied from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's Facebook Page.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is saddened to share word of the passing of one our organization's staunchest supporters and greatest leaders, Bob Straight.

A 1979 HOF inductee, he was noted as a coach for leading Huntington H.S. to the 1964 state championship game and state runner-up finish, along with 286 career wins and a .717 career winning percentage as head coach at Earl Park, Rensselaer, Highland and Huntington high schools.

An iconic figure in Huntington County, he served as head basketball coach, athletic director and assistant principal (at one point simultaneously), then was principal of the new Huntington North H.S. for nearly 20 years and was assistant superintendent of Huntington North for three years before retirement in 1986. As of November 2015, Huntington North H.S. teams play on "Bob Straight Court" with his signature adorning on-court graphics.

On a statewide level, he was noted through associations including the Indiana Basketball HOF - serving as a member of the six-person Site Selection Committee in the late 1980's that chose New Castle as the location of a new Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum and served as President of the organization during construction and opening of that museum in June 1990 (with sitting U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle - whom Straight had cut from the Huntington H.S. basketball team during his high school days - the featured guest of the facility's grand opening ceremonies).

For 25 years, he was chairman of the Indiana Basketball HOF awards banquet, involved in intricate planning and execution of the organization's largest annual event - an event that in 2014 was named the "53rd Annual Awards Dinner Presented in Honor of Bob Straight" and served numerous terms on the HOF Board of Directors.

During his career, he served five terms on the Indiana High School Athletic Association Board and is the only person in that organization's 100+ year history to serve three terms as President of the IHSAA Board of Control.

Additionally, he served as president of the Indiana Coaches Association and was noted for organizing clinics for basketball coaches from across the Midwest and beyond - including one that drew a young head coach from the U.S. Army Academy named Bob Knight, who would become a longtime personal friend.

For a further look at his career, view this 2014 profile from the Huntington County TAB.

View his Indiana Basketball HOF inductee profile here.

 

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