2018 IATCCC Hall of Fame Inductees

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Coaches Category

Female Category

Male Category

Pioneer Group

Rudy Skorupa

Lake Central

Lauren (Davenport) Johnson

Huntington North

Byrce Brown

Evansville Harrison

Fred Seward

Bloomington High School

Contributor Category

Shannon (Kelley) Dragoo

Ft Wayne Northrop

Michael Fout


Martin “Marty” Hill

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Ricke Stucker




Thomas M. Haynes

Shortridge, Washington




Rudy Skorupa – Lake Central

A native of Hammond, Indiana, Rudy graduated from Morton Senior High in 1969 where he competed in football, wrestling and track.  He attended DePauw University where he continued his career in track and field.  He qualified for the NCAA’s (College Division) all four years. 

Having received his BA in physics in the spring of 1973, Rudy began his teaching and coaching career at Lake Central High School that fall.  He was an assistant boys’ track coach that spring.  The next year he became the head track coach and also took over the boys’ cross country program.  Rudy continued to teach physics and astronomy and coach both track and cross country for the next 39 years until his retirement in 2013.

While at Lake Central, his track teams captured one Duneland Athletic Conference and ten Lake Suburban Conference titles.  His teams also won 20 sectional and two regional championships.  His cross country teams won three Lake Suburban Conference titles.  They also won one semi-state, ten regionals, and 20 sectional championships.  His teams made ten appearances in the state meet with six top ten finishes.  In 1982 Lake Central finished third in the state meet and had a runner-up finish in 1983.

Rudy served on the coaching staff for the Midwest Meet of Champions for five years with four years as head coach.  His teams won one championship.

He is also a member of the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Lake Central Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ricke Stucker – Kokomo

Ricke has been the head boys’ cross country coach Kokomo High School for 49 years (1969-2017) Where he has had 28 Individual State Finalists, 20 sectional team titles, Qualified semi-state 39 times, 29 runners have competed in college.  He also served as track clerk of course for Kokomo Relays, KHS sectional, and KHS regional for 27 years.  Ricke founded and has directed the Kokomo Summer Distance Camp for 47 years. He also started the All-Howard County Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams list, Boys’ and Girls’ Top 10 Cross Country Times list, All-Time Track Bests for boys and girls, Season Best Track List for boys and girls. He has served as President of Club Kokomo Roadrunners eleven times and was an original member of Club Kokomo which began 39 years ago. He coached a Paralympic athlete to National titles in 800 and 1500 in U.S. Paralympic Finals as well as an athlete to National Title in USATF Boys’ (17-18) Indoor 3000 with a meet record.

Ricke has served on the IATCCC sectional council as a representative for 44 years, where he helped start President’s Award, which he received 2 times, he also started the Longevity Awards, of which he received the 40 year, and he helped start Hall of Fame Pioneer Group while serving as Hall of Fame chairman for 10 years.  He also served as an Indiana All-Star Cross Country Coach 9 times, the Indiana All-Star Girls’ Track Coach 1 time, and was nominated for IATCCC Coach of the Year 5 times.

Lauren (Davenport) Johnson – Huntington North – 2005

Lauren (Davenport) Johnson, from Huntington Indiana, attended Huntington North High School. At Huntington North, Johnson excelled as a multi-sport athlete earning a total of 10 varsity letters while competing in cross-country, basketball, and track. While mainly focusing on basketball, where she helped her team win two Sectional championships, Johnson qualified and competed in the Regional track meet all four years and in the Semi-State cross-country meet the two years she competed.
Upon graduation in 2005, Johnson earned a scholarship to Huntington University to compete in basketball and track. While at Huntington she became a three-time All-American, once in basketball, once in track, and once in cross-country. She left HU as the school record holder in both the 400 meter hurdles (1:03.03) and the 800 meters (2:07.38), and ranked 2nd and 6th in the 400 meters (57.05) and 1500 meters (4:48.70) respectively.
In 2010, Johnson and her husband, Nick, moved to Portland, Oregon where Johnson pursued a professional running career under the guidance of Indiana greats Andrew Begley and Amy Yoder-Begley. Begley coached Johnson to multiple National Championship appearances including a 4th place showing at the 2012 Indoor National Championships in the 1500 meters. Johnson also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in both the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase, but was unable to compete due to injury.
In the fall of 2012, Johnson joined the Nike sponsored Oregon Track Club Elite based in Eugene, Oregon. She showed continued improvement over the next few years which culminated in a 4th place finish at the 2015 Outdoor National Championships in the 1500m. This qualified Johnson to compete for Team USA at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, where she ran to a 13th place finish.
Johnson left the Oregon Track Club Elite following the 2015 season but has found continued success by recording three more top 10 National performances. These include an 8th place showing at the 2016 Olympic trials in the 1500m and a 2nd place finish at the 2017 Indoor National Championships in the 1000m while being coached by her husband Nick. Most recently, Johnson joined Adidas and the Boston Athletic Association high performance team and finished 4th at the 2017 Outdoor National Championships.
At time of induction, Johnson holds five top six rankings on the All-Time Indiana High School Alumni Distance List, including the alumni record in the mile at 4:25.04. In addition she ranks 2nd in the 1500m (4:04.17), 4th in the 800m (2:01.59), 4th in the 3000m steeplechase, and 6th in the 3000m (9:08.98). She has also recorded three performances that ranked top 10 in the world: 2017 indoor 1000m- 7th, 2016 outdoor Mile- 4th, and 2011 indoor mile- 9th

Shannon (Kelley) Dragoo – Ft Wayne Northrop – 2000

Shannon (Kelley) Dragoo started her track and field career in the 6th grade. It seemed unlikely that one of the shortest girls in her class would settle on the hurdles as her event. Until one practice when the coaches put them in the grassy infield, and she thought, “It can’t hurt that bad if I fall in the grass!” Lo and behold, it just felt natural.

Shannon’s high school career at FW Northrop started slowly. But she had amazing work ethic, studied hard, and began to gain momentum her sophomore year, qualifying for the state meet.  She knew IHSAA was planning to raise the 100H height from 30” to 33” in the near term.  This would be quite significant for a girl standing 5’ 1” tall, so she began preparing more than a year before they made it official for her junior season in 1999.  The hard work and preparation paid off with state runner up finishes in both the 100H and 300H and a third place finish for the Northrop team.

She set into her senior year on a mission for the 2000 season. She wanted a state title.  Something she never even considered when she set out on her journey.  It began to look and feel like a possibility. Shannon claimed the state title in the 100H with a record setting time of 14.19 seconds.  She followed this with a second state runner up in the 300H. She was also a member of the top-ranked 4X100 team and anchored the state runner up 4X400 team.  With these performances, she led her Northrop Bruins to a team championship, which began their reign of 6 straight titles.

Shannon finished her senior year as valedictorian of her graduating class.  She went on to study chemical engineering at Purdue University.  Shannon was a member of Purdue Women’s Track and Field team that claimed the 2001 Indoor Big Ten Championship and 2001 Outdoor Big Ten runners up. 

Shannon has settled in the Indianapolis area with her husband and three children and works at Eli Lilly and Company.

Bryce Brown – Evansville Harrison – 2007

Bryce Brown was one of the most accomplished track and field athletes to ever come out of the city of Evansville and Harrison High School. During his high school career, Bryce was a 14 time City Champion, 13 time SIAC Champion, 12 time Sectional Champion, 12 time Regional Champion, and 5 time IHSAA State Champion and 1 time IHSAA State Runner-up. On the state level Bryce earned 11 state medals in four different events - the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x100 relay, and the 100 Dash. His sophomore year, Bryce won both the 110 and 300 hurdles, breaking the state record in the 300s. His junior year, he defended his state title in the 300 hurdles and finished state runner-up in the 110 hurdles. His senior year, Bryce earned medals in four events running the 110 hurdles and 100 dash back to back, winning the 110 hurdle title again and finishing 3rd in the 100 dash. He also medaled with his teammates in the 4x100 relay, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment was to win a third straight 300 meter hurdle title and break his own state record with a time of 36.26, which still stands as the state record today. In his four years, Bryce dominated the hurdle events hurdles. He only lost the 110s three times and 300s twice during his entire high school career – with three of three of those losses coming at the state meet his freshman and junior year. At the end of his senior year, he held at least 37 various records (school records, meet records, city and SIAC meet records, sectional, regional, and state records) and his senior year, he broke a record every single time he ran the 300 hurdles.

Bryce went on to compete for South Plains Junior College in Texas. During his time there, Bryce was a two time NJCAA 400 Hurdles National Champion and still holds South Plains School Record in the 400 hurdles at 49.81. He also holds the school record for the indoor 55 hurdles at 7.34. Bryce helped lead the Texans to 3 NJCAA National Team titles as well, two outdoor and one indoor.

Bryce continued his career at Texas Tech where he was a two time All-American in the 400 hurdles and an Indoor All-American as a member of the 4x100 relay team. He was a two time Big 12 Champion in the 400 hurdles and also earned All-Big 12 honors in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Bryce set the Texas Tech school record in the 400 Hurdles at 49.31 his junior year and then broke his own school record his senior season at 49.04.

Michael Fout – LaPorte – 2008

Michael Fout is the greatest distance runner in LaPorte High School history. He earned that honor by winning the prestigious Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship in San Diego during the fall of 2007. Despite various injuries during his career, Mike also captured Indiana state titles in cross country and the 3200-meter run in track. He also placed 7th in the 3200m run during his sophomore campaign in 2006.  In 2007, he was named Indiana Cross Country Runner of the Year. He notched four Duneland Athletic Conference cross country titles and was MVP three times. The Slicer star holds school records for 5000m (14:50) and 3200m (8:55.66) and made All-State four times. In addition, he set numerous meet and course records throughout the state which still stand, most notably at the New Prairie Cross Country Invitational. He was also an honor student during his career at LaPorte High School.

Following graduation in 2008, Michael attended Florida State University on a full scholarship and graduated with top honors academically and athletically. He finished as the only two-time NCAA Cross Country All-American in FSU history (2010 & 2011) and was also a first-team track and field All-American (10,000m in 2013, 4th place). In 2010, he helped guide FSU to a runner-up finish at the NCAA national meet, held in Terre Haute, Indiana, the team’s highest ever finish. In 2011, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and in 2013 he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. His personal records at FSU were 28:34.50 for 10,000 meters, 13:46.19 for 5,000 meters, and 4:05.47 for the indoor mile. After graduating from FSU, Mike ran professionally for a Nike group in New York for a short time.

Mike credits his coaches Tim Beres and Bob Braman, and his family and teammates for allowing him to achieve so much on the cross country course and track.

Fred Seward – Bloomington High School

Fred A. Seward (1886-1967) as captain of the Bloomington High School track team led BHS to the very first IHSAA state championship in 1904. Held in Bloomington, Seward won both the 120 yard High Hurdles (17.0) and the 220 yard Low Hurdles (27.8) in state record times to pace Bloomington to the championship. As a senior in 1904 Seward ran a 9.8 second 100 yard dash on a dirt track in Orleans, which was recognized as the unofficial state record for 50 years and was never surpassed at Bloomington High.
Fred Seward lettered in track at Indiana University in 1905 and 1906, when a knee injury ended his athletic career. He supported IU athletics as a volunteer trainer and as a track meet official for decades. In 1966 he received the Zora G. Clevenger Award, the highest honor given by the I” Men's Association, for his lifetime contributions to the IU Track and Field program.
Descended from a pioneer southern Indiana family, Fred Seward took over the management of the family business (established in 1821) following the passing of both his father and grandfather in 1909. He would manage the foundry and manufacturing business successfully over the next 60 years. When the Nurre Glass Co. of Bloomington developed the first practical glass basketball backboard in 1919 they turned to Seward and Co. to figure out how to affix the metal basket support to the glass so that the shock of the balls bounce could be absorbed without breaking the backboard.
In addition to Fred Seward's successful career as a businessman, he was active in the Bloomington community for over fifty years as a charter member of Bloomington Rotary Club. He was a fifty year member of the Masonic Order in addition to numerous other church and civic roles. He was married for over fifty years to his wife Dorothy, and raised two very successful daughters. His descendants continue to live in Monroe County.

Martin “Marty” Hill – Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Marty Hill is a 1970 graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School located in Indianapolis, Indiana. While a student at Brebeuf Jesuit he placed 2nd in the State Finals in the Mile Run in 1969 and won the State Championship in the Mile Run in 1970.

At the time of his graduation from High School he had raced to the fastest High School Mile time for an Indianapolis/Marion County athlete.

Marty continued running and competing while a student at the University of Notre Dame. He ran Varsity Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track each year, competed in the 1972 National Cross Country Championships, and was selected by his teammates as Captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams his senior year.

He earned an Undergraduate Degree and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Law Degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis where he now lives and practices law.

In 1992 he became a volunteer distance at Brebeuf Jesuit and was later appointed the Head Boy’s Track and Field Coach.

While still practicing law he served as Head Coach at Brebeuf Jesuit for the next nineteen (19) years and in 2005 he was named the Head Coach of the Boys and Girls track and Field teams.

During his tenure athletes from Brebeuf Jesuit qualified and competed in the State Finals in sixteen (16) of the nineteen (19) years that he coached.

His coaching career was highlighted by the performances of Robert Smitson who won the 3200 meter Run Championship in 2001, this effort making Marty the only Indiana High School Track Coach to have won an individual State Championship and coached an athlete to the same.

In 2003 Marty coached the Brebeuf Jesuit Boy’s 3200 Meter relay team to a win at the State Championships.

Thomas M. Haynes – Shortridge and Washington High Schools

Thomas D Haynes (b. June 28, 1923: d. July 9, 2002) grew up in the Indiana foster care system as a farm laborer.  Tom overcame this difficult start in life to become a stellar student, athlete, teacher, coach and High School administrator. 

At Southport High School Tom was 2nd in his class academically.  As an athlete, Tom finished 2nd in the 880 in 1941, and 3rd in the mile in 1942 at the State meet.  Tom also set the Marion County meet record in the 880 (2:01.3) in 1941 and the mile (4:33.7) in 1942.  Each record stood for 22 years.  Tom ran cross country for Butler as a freshman in 1942 before leaving for military service in WWII from 1943-45.  After the war Tom returned to Butler, graduating in 1948.

Tom married Martha Rosebrock on May 7, 1943.  They would be married for 59 years and raise 7 children.  His family has now expanded to 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Tom started his teaching and coaching career at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis in 1948.  His Shortridge cross country team won State titles in 1953-1954 and 1954-1955.  Tom also coached at Washington High School in Indianapolis between 1959-1962.  In total, Tom’s cross country teams won 2 State, 6 City and 7 Sectional Titles in 15 years.  After retiring from coaching Tom became Vice Principal of Arlington High School in Indianapolis (1962-1969) and Principal of Marshall High School in Indianapolis from 1968-1982.