Francis W. Knue, class of 1973, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
Knue played football four years for Grizzlies- two seasons at middle linebacker and two years as offensive tackle under Coach Stewart “Red” Faught. He was co-captain with Randy Racine, shared the MVP Offensive Line honor with Racine and Boro Lalich and was named the NAIA Division II semifinals round and the 1970 squad that captured the Mineral Water Bowl title.
He also competed in the shot put even for the Franklin track and field team for three years- also under Faught. After graduating from Franklin, Knue earned his master’s degree from Indiana University.
Knue began trading in 1973 at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. In the same year, he was named the head wrestling coach where he was named the head varsity wrestling coach where he remained for 30 years. During his tenure with the wrestling team, he totaled a career record of 223-212-4. Along with coaching wrestling, he spent five years coaching track and field and football, plus four years with the volleyball team. In 1976 and 1979, Knue was an assistant with the Indiana State Wrestling Team Champions.
Today he continues to teach. In 2001 he was named the physical education department head at Arsenal Tech. Throughout his career; he has received many awards and honors in the classroom and in the athletics.
In 1982, Franklin College awarded Knue the Alumni Coaches Award. In 1989, he received the Indianapolis Public School’s teaching award for going “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.” Moreover, in 1993, he was named the wrestling coach of the year at Indianapolis Public Schools. In 1999, was the recipient of the Indiana Officials Association Appreciation Award and in 2000 the Indiana State Wrestling Association honored Knue with the “John Hurrle Memorial Award.”
Knue and his wife, Debra Ann (Tait) Knue were married on August 4, 1973 and reside in Edinburgh, Indiana. A 1976 graduate of Franklin College, she is a teaching assistant at Edinburgh Community Schools. They have two children: Beth Ann Knue, a business consultant who resides in Indianapolis, and Kelly Knue Whitlow, a teacher for the Terre Haute school Corporation.
Boro R. Lalich, class of 1973, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
In his playing days as a Grizzly offensive lineman, Lalich was a key contributor in former coach Stewart “Red” Faught’s legendary run-and-shoot passing attack.
As a junior, he was selected the team’s Most Valuable Player Offensive Line and was selected to the All-NAIA District 21 team. In Lalich’s senior season, he shared the MVP Offensive Line honor with Francis Knue and Randy Racine and was a unanimous pick for the NAIA All-District team.
Lalich played on the 1972 Grizzlies team that advanced to the NAIA Division II semifinals round and the 1970 team that won the Mineral Water Bowl championship.
After graduating from Franklin, he played three years for the Indianapolis Hawks football team, which won 33 of 36 games in that span. Moreover, Lalich was selected to the all-conference tea m in each of those seasons.
The next two years, Lalich played for the Indianapolis Capitals football organization, where he was selected to the All-Northern States Conference squad.
During his high school career, Lalich was named to the All-Lakeshore Conference team and was selected to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star Football Game.
Lalich, who has been employed at Chrysler Corporation for the past 16 years, resides in Greenwood, Indiana with Kay, his wife of 14 years. Their daughter Natalie excels at soccer, softball and volleyball and for the past five years Lalich has been closely involved with training and coaching her teams.
Randy R. Racine, class of 1974, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
For four years, Racine played football under Coach Stewart “Red” Faught. Racine was named team co-captain with Francis Knue in his junior season and again was tabbed a co-captain his senior year. He shared the MVP Offensive Line honor with Knue and Boro Lalich his junior year and earned the award again the following season. Along with the team honors, he was twice selected to the NAIA All-District 21 team. Racine played on the 1972 Grizzlies team that advanced to the NAIA Division II semifinals round and the 1970 squad that captured the Mineral Water Bowl championship.
After receiving his degree in physical education from Franklin, Racine continued to study education while attending graduate school at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. During that time, he made time to coach and took his first position as an assistant (offensive line) coach for North Central High School’s football program.
In 1977, he received his first head coach opportunity at Pike High School. Racine returned to North Central in 1979 to retain the position he had left. It was during this stay, the team was a district playoff team four out of five years.
Racine returned as a head coach in 1984, guiding the Eastwood Middle School team to an undefeated season.
In 1985, he had his second consecutive undefeated year, this time as the coach for Lawrence North High School’s junior varsity team. In 1988, Racine moved again, where success was followed. He made his first attempt coaching at the collegiate level, as an assistant with Butler University. In each of his two seasons, the Bulldogs were conference champions.
After a few seasons away from football, Racine yet again rejoined North Central. In 1993, the team was regional champion. Since his last stop at North Central, he has added more schools to the list of which he has made his mark. From 1996-99, Racine coached at Noblesville High School and helped lead them to a sectional championship. He did the same in one of his two years coaching at Central High School.
Football is not the only sport in which Racine has been involved. He has spent more than 20 years coaching wrestling at the middle school level, five times leading his team to a Four-Way Wrestling Tournament Championship, and once leading Noblesville Middle School to a Hamilton County tournament tide.
The list doesn’t stop there. In the mid-nineties, Racine coached both baseball and basketball in the Noblesville area. Since ending his time at Franklin, Racine has totaled more than 30 years of coaching and teaching. Today, he lives in Noblesville and continues to teach-as he has since 1979-in Washington Township schools.
John Stephen McIntyre, class of 1966, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
From 1962 to 1966, McIntyre studied at Franklin while being a year-round athlete, participating in three sports as he put himself through school. Following graduation, McIntyre went on to study at the University of Toledo, earning his master’s degree in education and mathematics.
He began teaching at North Central High School in 1968. Throughout his entire career, he remained at the same school until his retirement just earlier this year.
In 1975, Steve McIntyre became Coach McIntyre, or “Coach Mac” as many of his athletes preferred. In 25 years of coaching track at North Central, he combined for a 217-18-1 record, winning percentage of .920. In 1980, he took over as cross country coach and compiled a record of 156-18.
His track teams won the Marion County championship 17 times in 25 years, including every year from 1979 to 1992. Fifteen times those same teams were sectional champs and 12 times the team advanced to the state finals. In 1984 and 1987, North Central High School was indeed the state champions.
Along with the numerous team honors, McIntyre also coached four girls to 15 individual state titles, and three relay teams. His distance running squad won the Marion County title eight times during his tenure, and for five straight years North Central was the winner of the sectional and regional championships. His teams advanced to the state meet in 13 of 15 years, with second place being the highest team finish.
McIntyre also saw great personal success, which came along with that of his teams. He was named the Marion County Coach of the Year many times, the Indiana State Coach of the Year twice, an in 1988 he was nominated for the National High School Coach of the Year in Girls Track and Field. In 2000, one year after his retirement from coaching, McIntyre was named to the Indiana Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Kathy, celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary this past July. They are the proud parents of two children, Christy McIntyre-Craig and Matthew Powell McIntyre.
Marvin Owen Shepler, class of 1961, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
During his four-year stay at Franklin, Shepler totaled eight varsity letters while competing in baseball and football. He also was selected the president of his class. Shepler’s time spent competing in sports catapulted him into a career as a lifelong educator.
Following graduation from Franklin in the spring of 1961, Shepler moved to Jeffersonville, Indiana to be a social studies teacher and assistant varsity football coach. During his stay in southern, Indiana, he married his college sweetheart Nadine Dellekamp, who also graduated from FC the same year.
The following fall, Shepler moved back to Johnson County and became the head football coach, head baseball coach, and social studies teacher at Edinburgh High School. During that time, the Lancers upset many of the area’s larger schools. In baseball, Edinburgh proved it could win against any program. In his first year as head baseball coach, he was named Johnson County’s Coach of the Year.
When he arrived to begin coaching at New Palestine High School, the school was beginning its first year of varsity football. Shepler built the program into a perennial power, guiding the Dragons to three sectional championships, two cluster titles, two regional championships, and one semi state crown. He retired from football in 2001 with an overall head coaching record of 216-148-3.
The year before, Shepler hung up the cap and stirrups as New Palestine’s varsity baseball coach. On the diamond, his teams were victorious more than 400 times, achieving eight sectional titles and one regional championship.
One of the football coaching career highlights was in 1991, when Shepler was selected as the head coach for the Indiana North-South All-Star Game. It was the first time he had been selected as head coach of this prestigious event. Earlier in his career, in 1987, he was an assistant coach with the South squad.
Just this year, Shepler was indicted into the Indiana Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Moreover, he has been awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, an honor given to Indiana’s top civilian, by the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon.
The Shepler’s have four children- Jeffery Scott, Susan Renee, Brent Allen and Mark Owen- and continue to reside in New Palestine. Marvin Shepler continues to teach social studies at New Palestine, and he plans to continue educating into the future.