Congratulations to our 2011
Hall of Fame Inductees!
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your sports.
We appreciate the opportunity to honor the legacy you have left for the East Noble Community.
Claudette Lear (1977-2005)
To coach a sport for 23 years is an unbelievable accomplishment these days, one of the achievements of Claudette Lear spanning her 43 year career at East Noble. She came to East Noble one year after graduating from Ball State ( 1976) and took over the East Noble gymnastics program a year later until 1995 and again from 2002 to 2005. During her reign she coached her girls to 6 Sectional titles and 4 Conference titles and had the only Logansport Invitational win East Noble has ever had. She had many girls qualify for the State finals including State Champion and Mental Attitude Award winner Dindy Gres, Janelle Hite Foster, Julie Uhl, Laura Lash, Rose Yuska, Cecilia Yuska and Ann Yuska.
Janelle Hite Foster remembers her coach as a “tough coach, but what good coach isn’t. She knew how to push me beyond the limits of what I thought I could do. No practice was ever easy. But, she knew how to get the most out of each and every one of her athletes. What I think I admired most about her was that she believed in me (and all the other girls) and she wouldn’t take ‘No’ or ‘I can’t do it’ for an answer. She made me believe in myself.”
Laura Sibert remembers that “practices were hard, but fun.” She noted that her coach had a “plan for every minute of every practice so we knew exactly what to do as we rotated from one piece of equipment to the next.” Claudette had to have it that way as “you are not teaching one discipline, but four different ones as bars, floor, and vault and beam all require quite different skills.”
Her total affect on the gymnastics program was to take her girls to an impressive 62% winning record of 163-99, the best in East Noble’s history. Claudette believed in her program and was instrumental in obtaining adequate space for the gymnastics program as our facilities expanded.
Claudette also coached the girls golf team for 5 years (1970-1981) and the divers for the East Noble Swim team for 7 years (1978-1984). Two of her girls and also her gymnasts, Dingy Gres and Rose Yuska, went to state in diving. In 2007 she assisted in the development of East Noble’s Archery Team.
In 2002 Claudette Lear was recognized and inducted into the Fort Wayne Area Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In 2004 she received her 20 years coaching award from the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA).
Claudette is married and has two sons, Zach and Drew.
DAVID GATER (1997-2001)
During David Gater’s reign at East Noble, the football team won sectional twice, regional and NHC once and were the State Champions in 2000. Previously playing at the receiver and defensive back positions, David took over the position of quarterback as a senior and led the team to a 14-1 season. He was instrumental in the memorable 2000 State Championship game when East Noble beat undefeated Plainfield 28-7. Prior to the championship game, Gater’s statistics included rushing for 812 yards on 161 carries, 120 tackles, and 64 of 107 pass attempts for 825 yards. In the state championship game David played both sides of the ball. Defensively he intercepted 2 passes and on special teams he blocked a punt which resulted in a touchdown. Offensively he led the team to the end zone four times highlighted by a 32 yard touchdown pass at the end of the first half. Said coach Tim Able, “he has instinctive moves that can’t be taught.” David is currently 3rd for best passing percentage in a season with 59.3% and second for most points scored in a season with 160 in 2000. David currently holds the record for most passes intercepted in a season (13) and in a career (15). He also holds the best punt return average in a season with 26.5 yards. David is 5th all time in East Noble football scoring.
David was a 2nd team All-Conference defensive back as a junior and 1st team All-Conference defensive back as a senior. He was also named All-State as a senior. He played in the North/South All-Star game in 2001 in Indianapolis.
David’s most memorable moment was the overtime defeat of Homestead in 2000. At the time Homestead had a 24 game consecutive winning streak in the NHC. Down 23-8 entering the 4th quarter Gater brought the team within 8 and then threw a 40 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 4. He then ran in the two point conversion to tie the game. In overtime, Gater won the game with a touchdown pass and 2 point conversion. That game gave the team confidence later in the season to come back and win.
On the track David held the 100m and 200m dash records for 8 years and now remains 2nd all time. In the 2001 regional David was 1st in the 100m and 2nd in the 200m. At the state level he was 9th in the 100m and 8th in the 200m. As part of the Indiana Track and Field All-Star team, David was 6th in the 200m and his 4 x 100 relay team was 2nd.
David earned a football scholarship to Ball State University where he started at safety for 3 years and was the Special teams MVP for 2 years. He earned a degree in Physical Education in 2006.
David has been the assistant football coach at Trine University for the last 5 years a team that has made it to the NCAA playoffs the last three years. He lives in Angola with his wife Jessica and two daughters Payton and Amya
JIM CALVIN (1969-1974)
Jim Calvin came to East Noble in the fall of 1969 after East Noble posted a school worst four and seventeen record in boys basketball. He immediately turned the program around and in his five years at East Noble (1969-1974) was 80 and 34 which is still the highest winning percentage of any East Noble basketball coach. During his first two years, Jim also coached the Knight’s baseball team to two Sectional titles.
In his five years as basketball coach he had five winning seasons and recorded two Sectional and Conference Championships. His 1974 Sectional Championship team stunned third ranked Fort Wayne North Side in the Ft. Wayne Regional which many people still say was the greatest game East Noble has ever played.
Jim was known as much for his flamboyant personality and flashy clothes as for being an intriguing and successful coach. He got the community buzzing and received state wide attention when his first East Noble team lost to sixth ranked DeKalb by the score of 10 to 5. East Noble made 487 passes in that game with only two turnovers and trailed just 3 to 0 going into the fourth quarter. He had a flair for the unexpected and started the phrase “BIG BLUE PIT” while packing the gym every night his teams played both home and away. His patented white boots and bellbottom pants, brought cheers from the home crowd and boos from visiting fans, but either way, people filled the gym to watch a well coached team and to see what Calvin had up his sleeve each night. Jim united the East Noble community after a consolidation of three schools was still not totally accepted. There were so many season ticket holders during the Calvin Era that a lottery had to be formed in order to get sectional and regional tickets. People would line up outside the gymnasium three hours before home games in order to get their favorite seats for the game. He brought the music and all the pomp and circumstance to the BIG BLUE PIT but his coaching ability also brought many wins and great games.
He was Area and Conference Coach of the Year three times each and was the State District Coach of the Year twice. He was a player’s coach and always gave credit to his players for any success and as you would expect, players loved to play for him. He was truly a legend during his five years at East Noble. Jim had a great supportive wife, Phyllis, who never missed a game. He and Phyllis were blessed with two sons, Kevin and Kelly.
When Jim left East Noble his successes continued to mount as he won many awards while coaching in college and professionally. It would take five pages to list all of his achievements. He continued to coach on the college level and worked as an Athletic Director at various schools, coached overseas, and coached in the C.B.A Jim was a great high school athlete at Farmersburg High School (now North Central) where he was on 3 Sectional basketball teams and was on many State and National Championship baseball teams. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played professional baseball until he developed arm trouble. That was too bad for Jim but a blessing for East Noble as Jim then pursued a basketball coaching career.
STAN KOSTIELNEY (1970-1974)
Ask the people who followed East Noble sports in the early seventies who the most dominate athlete was and immediately you will hear the name Stan Kostielney.
Stan was a man among boys as he dominated the area basketball and baseball scene during his years at East Noble. Stan graduated from East Noble in 1974 winning the Pop Guymon Award for the most outstanding senior boy athlete. He received four varsity letters each in basketball and baseball, was named first team All-Conference five times between the two sports and was named MVP four times during his high school career. He played on four baseball Sectional Championship teams and two Basketball Sectional Championship teams and played on a total of three Conference Championship teams.
Stan was the News-Sun Prep-of-the-Year in both sports his senior year and received All-State Top Fifty recognition in both sports as a senior. When Stan graduated he held a total of 30 East Noble records between the two sports and still holds several records today. The baseball season was shorter than it is now or Stan would still hold several baseball records. He did throw two no-hitters in high school, had 31 wins as a pitcher with 15 strikeouts in a game, had a season batting average during the 1974 season of .492, had 38 RBI’s during the 74 season and finished with a career batting average of .407.
Stan is still the basketball record holder for points in a season (526 in 73-74). He holds the record for single game points scored, home and away, with 44pts. vs South Adams at home in the 73-74 season and 41 points scored at Bellmont during the 73-74 season. Stan continues to hold the record for field goals in a game with 18 vs South Adams during the 73-74 season, the record for most consecutive field goals made at the start of a game and for a game (14), and the record for the highest season scoring average of 21.2 points per game set during the 73-74 season. There was no three-point line when Stan played or he would hold many more East Noble Basketball records. Stan had many scholarship offers in both sports and could have signed as a free agent in baseball upon graduation. He chose to accept a basketball scholarship from a college in Houston, Texas.
The success of Stan Kostielney started at the age of three when his dad started playing baseball and basketball with him. Stan played on many summer baseball teams in the Fort Wayne area and threw several perfect games on the way to many Championships in the state as well as the area. Stan is married and has two sons, Matt and Nathan that were also successful athletes at East Noble.