Moe Smedley

Marion High School/Eastbrook High School

Moe SmedleyMORRIS (MOE) SMEDLEY Moe 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. In 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 (2004-2014).  Moe 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. Moe 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. Coach 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’ basketball program.