Marion High School/Eastbrook High School
MORRIS (MOE) SMEDLEY
graduated from Lafontaine High School in 1962 and Ball State University in
1966. He was an outstanding basketball
player for the Lafontaine High School Cossacks as well as running track and
cross country. His first teaching
experience was at Eastbrook Community Schools coaching football and basketball
at the Junior High School. Moe was hired
by Marion Community Schools in 1968 teaching Health and Physical Education and
coaching Junior High football and basketball.
Moe began teaching at Marion High School in 1971 and coached the 1973-74
freshman basketball team to an undefeated season.
the 1975-76 basketball season Moe became Bill Green’s assistant coach as the
Giants won the State Championship. It
was after that State Championship that Moe was hired as the Varsity Boys
Basketball coach at East Central High School.
He then coached at Delta High School (1977-1979), Carroll High School in
Carroll County (1982-1986), Eastbrook High School (1987-1991), Manchester High
School (1991-1996), Marion High School (1996-2004), and Northfield High School
totaled an outstanding 438 career varsity basketball wins. In his coaching career he won 10 sectional
championships, 3 regional championships, 2 semi-state championships, and 1
state championship. Other
accomplishments include one regular undefeated season, 9 Conference
Championships, 4 Wabash County Championships, Grant County Coach of the Year in
1998 and 2000, and Ball State University Alumnus “Coach of the Year” in 2000.
and his wife, Carol, live in Warsaw, Indiana; both retired as educators and
have positively influenced many young people.
They have been married 53 years and are the parents of Chris (Wendy)
Smedley, Cathy (Brian) Trout, and Kim (Scott) Bradshaw. They have 5 grandchildren. Chris Smedley and Brian Trout both served as
assistant coaches for Moe, Chris assisted for two years at Marion and Brian
assisted 4 years at Eastbrook.
Smedley has inspired many young people to follow his footsteps into the
coaching profession. He continues to
coach at Manchester High School as a volunteer assistant for the girls’