ISU Hall of Fame Basketball Player and Coach Died at 98
ISU Hall of Fame Basketball Player and Coach Died at 98

Terre Haute, IN – The Indiana State University community is mourning the loss of one of its most celebrated basketball players and coaches. Bill Hodges, who was inducted into the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989, passed away on Monday at the age of 98.

Hodges made his mark on ISU as a player from 1945-1950. During his time with the Sycamores, he set numerous records including being named an All-Conference player for four consecutive years and leading the team to a conference title in 1948. He also served as captain during his senior year.

After graduating from ISU, Hodges went on to have a successful coaching career. He returned to his alma mater in 1962 as an assistant coach and helped lead the team to three conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

In 1978, Hodges took over as head coach of ISU’s men’s basketball team and made history by leading the Sycamores to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA National Championship game in 1979. The team became known as “The Miracle in Terre Haute” after they defeated teams like Arkansas and DePaul on their way to the championship game.

Hodges’ legacy at ISU extends beyond his success on the court. He was also known for his dedication to his players and commitment to the university. He was a beloved figure on campus and continued to attend Sycamore games well into his 90s.

ISU President Deborah Curtis expressed her condolences, saying “Bill Hodges was not only an incredible athlete and coach, but he was also a true ambassador for Indiana State University. He will be greatly missed by our entire community.”

Hodges’ impact on ISU basketball will never be forgotten. His number 13 jersey is retired in honor of his contributions to the program and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest players and coaches in Sycamore history.

A public memorial service will be held at ISU to celebrate Hodges’ life and legacy. Details will be announced at a later date. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the entire ISU community during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Coach Hodges.

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