Congratulations to our 2012
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.
Don Fee (1971-1975)
During his years at East Noble High School, Don Fee was a stand-out athlete in both basketball and baseball. As a basketball player he was a three year letter winner, voted All-Conference two years, made the All-Area Team his senior year and was All-State Honorable Mention his senior year. In 1974, his team won sectionals and set the school record for overall wins by going 21-3; a record which stood for sixteen years. The team also shared the conference title that year with Concordia. In 1975, after losing seven seniors, Don helped lead the Knights to their second straight sectional championship. They were 18-7 overall for the season, but the losses paled in comparison to the sweetness of beating some of the top ranked teams in the area, including the defeat of #16 state ranked Columbia City by a score of 84-56 in front of a packed house in the Big Blue Pit. That and the defeat of Ft. Wayne Southside in the Regional opener at the Coliseum are two of Don’s most fond East Noble memories. His senior year, Don led the team in scoring and rebounding, was 2nd in assists, and was the team MVP. He recorded some impressive stats and remains in some of the top rankings at East Noble to this day. He is ranked 3rd for rebounds in a single season (236), tied for 7th in career rebounds (448), ranked 10thfor assists in a single season (118), and ranked 5th for career assists (248). Don enjoyed his basketball career at East Noble, especially playing in front of capacity crowds in the Big Blue Pit.
Don was a four year letterman in baseball and voted All Conference his junior & senior years. His team won Sectionals his freshman year, sophomore year, and junior year. His senior year he helped lead the team to a record of 18-7 and their first NEIAC Conference championship. Fred Inniger, who had the pleasure of coaching Don in both basketball and baseball, had this to say: “Don Fee may be the most versatile athlete that ever wore an East Noble uniform. He did it all, in both basketball and baseball. By that I mean he was a scorer, a rebounder, an assist machine, a great ball handler, as well as a great leader in basketball. In baseball, he could hit for both power and average, he was an outstanding pitcher, a fantastic outfielder with a great arm, a great base runner, and a great leader, just like he was in basketball. In addition, Don had a great attitude that made everyone around him better.”
Upon graduation, Don went on to play basketball in college. He played one year at Taylor University, one year at Clarendon Jr. College in Texas, and two years of Division II basketball at Edinboro State University in Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Edinboro State, and for the last 32 years Don has been teaching and coaching basketball. He is currently in his 22ndseason as the head varsity basketball coach at Grove City High School in Pennsylvania where he has achieved great success, including an overall record of 390-183 through 21 seasons, ten conference championships, two district championships, and his teams have qualified for playoffs 20 of his 22 seasons as head coach. His teams have made it to the district finals seven times, made one final eight appearance and one final four appearance. Don lives in Grove City, Pennsylvania with his wife of 27 years, Linda. She is a second grade teacher at Grove City Elementary. Don says his most gratifying accomplishment has been the opportunity to coach both of his sons, Johnny (25) and Jordan (23) and having Linda’s support all these years. East Noble is honored to call Don an EN Grad, and proudly welcomes him into the East Noble Hall of Fame.
Andy Uhl (1998-2002)
Andy Uhl graduated from East Noble in 2002 as a decorated athlete who will be remembered for many years to come. As a soccer player, Andy was a 4 year Letterman who was voted team MVP and won 1st team All-Conference honors his senior year. He currently shares the East Noble school record for game winning goals in a season (5).
Although his achievements on the soccer field are impressive, what EN fans will remember most about Andy Uhl are his outstanding achievements as a wrestler. Andy began wrestling eight years before he entered high school and accomplished what most of us can only dream about. He wrestled varsity beginning his freshman year and was the conference champion, sectional champion, and regional champion all four years of high school. He was a two time semi-state champion, and four time state qualifier, achieving State Runner-up his senior year. He had an outstanding record of 145-10 during his high school career and held many records at the time for an EN wrestler, including Most Career Wins, Most Career Pins and Most Career Take downs (this record still stands today). Andy was voted the team MVP four years and was 1st Team All-Conference four years. His intensity on the mat and his outstanding achievements won him the Pop Guymon Award for East Noble athletes in 2002.
His wrestling achievements did not end in high school. Upon graduation, Andy went on to wrestle at the University of Findlay in Ohio. While there, he was a four time regional champion, four time Academic All-American, and four time All-American. His overall college record was 113-27. He placed 6th Nationally his freshman year, 2nd his junior year, and 6th his senior year. But Andy’s greatest wrestling accomplishment came in his sophomore year at Findlay when he faced a #1 ranked senior in the finals and pinned him claiming the NCAA Division II National Championship for his weight class (133#).
Andy is one of the most accomplished and highly decorated athletes to ever walk the halls of East Noble High School. In his 2002 Senior Profile, Head Coach, Cam Lahee had this to say about Andy: “His hard work, both in and out of season, and dedication to an ideal has no equal in the history of East Noble Wrestling. It is a tribute to Andy, and his parents, that he has (done) and continues to do the right things that allow him to achieve whatever goal he sets his sights on. Andy is the consummate example of the type of young man that East Noble Wrestling is trying to help develop.”
Andy graduated from the University of Findlay as a four time Academic-All American. He currently lives in Avilla and is a sales rep for Hawthorne Pharmaceuticals. We are very blessed to have Andy back at East Noble as a wrestling coach, where he is passing on his knowledge, dedication, and love of the sport to a younger generation of East Noble athletes. Thank you Andy, and welcome to the East Noble Hall of Fame.
Becky Veit (1987-1991)
Athlete Becky Veit is a 1991 East Noble graduate who, if she was not in the classroom, she was most likely playing ball, of some kind. She earned 11 varsity letters while playing volleyball, basketball, and softball from her freshman year through her senior year. And in the spring of her freshman year she also threw for the track team while playing softball, lettering in both sports. This level of accomplishment takes both dedication and discipline, two characteristics that Becky highly possesses.
Becky did not just “play the game”; she worked very hard from day one at each sport. This is evidenced by the fact that as a volleyball player, throughout her years she won defensive MVP, Most Digs award, Hustle award, Mental Attitude award, Coaches Award, and was voted All Conference one season. In basketball, she led in assists 3 years, earned the Mental Attitude award three years, was voted team MVP two years, 2nd Team All-Conference her junior year, and 1st Team All-Conference her senior year.
But that is just the beginning of her accomplishments as an East Noble Athlete. Her best talent was displayed on the softball field where Becky earned a career batting average of .505, had 13 career home runs, earned MVP honors three years, All Conference three years, All State her senior year, and made the North/South All Star team her senior year. During her junior year, the softball team won their first sectional title in school history, then repeated the accomplishment her senior year. Becky’s most memorable sports moment at EN was winning that sectional her senior year. “We had a great team, a great coaching staff, and immense support from the school and community. All of the hard work, sweat, and tears that we had invested throughout the years became so worth it. I will never forget the feeling of joy and camaraderie.”
All of Becky’s achievements earned her the 1991 Outstanding Girls Athlete Award. Becky’s softball and basketball coach, Fred Inniger had this to say about her, “Becky Veit was a real student of the game and because of her feistiness and competiveness, she far exceeded her God given talent. Losing was not in her vocabulary and she was always a step ahead of her opponents because she had the ability to anticipate what everyone’s next move would be. If you look up the word ‘Winner’ in the dictionary, you will see Becky Veit’s picture!”
Upon graduation, Becky earned a full ride scholarship to play Division I Softball at Ball State University as a third basemen & catcher. While there she played with and against some of the best college talent of the era while traveling throughout the region, east coast, and Florida. Becky earned her degree in Criminal Justice & is currently a Supplier Quality Engineer for a local global automotive supplier. She travels internationally and positively affects the quality of many of the vehicles we and our loved ones rely upon every day. Congratulations, Becky; welcome to the East Noble Hall of Fame.
Dr. Robert A. Waterson (Coach 1979-1998)
Dr. Robert A. Waterson began his coaching and teaching career at East Noble in 1979. He was an outstanding cross country and track & field coach that developed many winners over his 19 seasons at the helm. He began with a young cross country team, but by his second year as coach, the team achieved a winning season (11-7) and placed 2nd in the NEIAC Conference and 3rd in Sectionals. Dr. Waterson went on to achieve an overall cross country record of 174-74 (70%) and his team qualified for regionals 18 of his 19 years as cross country coach. He had ten state ranked teams, five NHC Conference championships, four Sectional championships, two Regional championships (only two in EN history), one Semi-state championship (only one in EN history), and he was the only cross country coach to lead teams to the IHSAA state meet, not once, but three times, placing 11th in 1989, 10th in 1991, and 7th in 1997. These outstanding achievements earned Dr. Waterson the honors of NHC Conference Coach of the Year eight times.
As the head track & field coach, by 1981 his team had earned a 10-3 record, which was one of the most outstanding in the school’s history at that time. Sixteen different records were broken that season, some of which still stand today. His overall record was 153-60 (72%) and his teams won multiple invitational championships. He also had the pleasure of coaching one State Track & Field individual runner-up, one State Track & Field individual state champion, 5 Indiana All-Stars, and one First Team All-State All Academic individual in both cross country and track and field.
Dr. Waterson was able to groom winning teams and build successful programs because of his thorough knowledge of the sport and his strong work ethic. But he also had a passion for the people he coached and dedication to their individual successes, both as athletes and human beings. Rich Hamlin is an East Noble teacher and graduate who had the privilege of being coached by Dr. Waterson, and coaching along with him as an assistant. According to Rich, “Coach definitely had his own way of doing things, from the way practices were run, to the after meet discussions that lasted almost as long as the meets themselves. Coach Waterson set the bar high for EN athletes, he firmly believed that a man’s grasp should exceed his reach, and not just on the track, but as individuals he set the bar high (do you remember having to ‘Thank the bus driver when you get off the bus?’). But I am not sure I know any other coach who got more out of athlete than Coach Waterson. It didn’t matter if you were a state caliber athlete or a JV athlete, he always demanded your best effort, win or lose (and you didn’t want to disappoint Coach). And Coach saw potential in every kid. I remember watching a young freshman huddle out on the fence in one of those freezing March practices, not able to finish the practice. Instead of sending him packing, he kept that young man around and by the time he was a senior that same young man was competing for a conference title in the 100m and 200m dashes. I was fortunate enough to have been both an athlete and an assistant coach for Coach Waterson, and saw the passion he had for not only the sports he coached, but also the passion he had for his athletes, his family, and his friends. He was an excellent role model for us all.”
Dr. Waterson’s successes extend well beyond his years at East Noble. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University with highest honors in May, 2007. While at Purdue he was named the Berring College of Education Graduate Teacher of the year in 2005. In April of 2008, he became the Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at West Virginia University. He has 13 national publications in the last three years in top tier journals in areas relating to civic education, democratic education, teacher education, and controversial public issues. He is the founder and director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education (CDCE), which is nationally recognized for helping develop citizenship education programs for a new generation of West Virginia Citizens. This past April, Dr. Waterson was selected as West Virginia University’s 2011 recipient of the Ethel and Gerry Heebink Award for Beginning Service, an award that honors public service for educational activities extending beyond the traditional classroom and that provide special benefit to a broad segment of the population of West Virginia. Most recently, he produced & edited a book being published by the CDCE: Civics in a Digital Republic: A Trans-formative Curriculum. Dr. Waterson and his wife, Luann, live in Morgantown, West Virginia. They have four adult children. We thank you, Dr. Waterson for your great contribution to East Noble Athletics. Welcome to the East Noble Hall of Fame.