Hollibaugh named ‘Citizen of the Week’
A retired Logansport teacher who was known collegiately as a football player at Ball State and at Logansport High School as a part of what may be the greatest upset in school history is recognized this week for his contributions.
Jim Hollibaugh was a member of the undefeated 1949 Ball State University Cardinal team. He was recognized during the 2011-2012 year as a member of one of Ball State’s all-time great grid squads.
He was perhaps best known as one of the assistant coaches to the late Harvey Roberts. During his tenure with Roberts in 1968, Logansport defeated then No. 1 Marion, 13-0, in a game talked about for years afterward among Berry loyalists.
“It was an probably remains one of the greatest upsets in North Central Conference history,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today in naming the former coach Citizen of the Week.
“Jim is the kind of coach who really loved football, and he may only have loved the Chicago Cubs and his wife and family more,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “He was a part of a passionate era for Logansport football when teams were ranked among the best in the state when there were no enrollment classes for football. It speaks volumes that on that playing field with fewer students than other schools in the North Central Conference, Logansport was led by men like Jim and Harvey Roberts who were able to achieve some remarkable things.”
Hollibaugh and his wife Jan, reside in Logansport. The former coach and Logansport High School teacher is celebrating his 90th birthday this weekend.
The Citizen of the Week recognizes Logansport natives or residents who contribute to the community or are recognized for their achievements. Recipients received a certificate of appreciation from the city and a $20 gift certificate.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell