Converse High School/Marion High School
ART CALDWELL Art
graduated from Converse H.S. in 1944 and Ball State in 1950 after serving in
the Navy from 1944-46. In Art’s senior
year at Converse, he started on the basketball team that had an undefeated
record of 27-0. Art was the 2nd leading scorer with 294 points. His famous
two-handed set shot and underhanded free throw shooting style was his
trademark. The team won Sect., Reg.,
before losing in the 1st game of Semi-State to Culver, another undefeated team.
The basketball team won the Four-Way County tournament, and was County
State, Art was not selected as part of the university team, so he and other
players that were let go put together a team that played in the Delaware County
basketball tournament. His team beat the
Ball State’s Men’s team to claim the Delaware County Championship.
graduating from B.S.U. with degrees in Business Ed., Physical Ed., and Math, he
started teaching at Roll H.S. for 3 years.
In 1954 he started his teaching and coaching career at Marion H.S.
retiring in 1985 after a total of 34 years in education.
coaching as an assistant baseball coach in 1957 through 1961. He then became
the Athletic Director at Marion in 1962 serving 7 years while also managing the
season tickets. During his tenure as AD,
all Marion sports began to be respected around the state in an era of great
Athletic Achievement. Marion’s greatest
year was 1968-69, when Marion won its 1st NCC All-Sports Trophy in history.
leaving the AD position, Art returned as the Varsity Baseball coach for the
next 10 years 1970-1979. In his final
year as a coach, he was named the Assistant in the Indiana North-South Baseball
All-Star game. The high point of that
experience was that Mickey Mantle was the banquet speaker and Art got to talk
with him at the dinner.