Congratulations to our 2015
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.
Tim Able (1995-2000)
In the illustrious athletic history of East Noble High School, the accomplishments of one group stand above all other teams. While the Knights have produced numerous individuals who have won state championships, the 2000 football team stands alone as the one state title winner in a team sport. It is natural that the head coach of that team, Mr. Tim Able, belongs in the school’s hall of fame.
Mr. Able’s roots in coaching run deep, and from an early age. He played high school football for two different Indiana high school hall of fame coaches. At Martinsville High School he played for Bill Siderwicz in football, and as he continued his career at Taylor University, he played under coach Jim Law. While at Taylor, he also played baseball, where he was named first team all-conference as a second baseman in 1983.
After his graduation from Taylor, Coach Able began his teaching and coaching career at Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, Indiana. He was an assistant coach there for nine years, coaching under five different head coaches and serving as a defensive coordinator. After his apprenticeship as an assistant, he got the chance to be a head football coach in 1992 at North Daviess High School. He took over a 1A football program that had not experienced success and who had finished the previous year with no wins and only 14 varsity players. In his three seasons there, Coach Able guided the Cougars to 22 wins and a sectional championship.
The blueprint that he developed at North Daviess carried over to East Noble High School, where he took the head coaching position for the 1995 football season. The Knights won their first sectional championship in football under Coach Able in 1999, an accomplishment that his peers recognized in naming him to the North All-Star coaching staff. In 2000, Coach Able’s philosophy of “Winning with honor and dignity” was on full display as the Knights hammered through their schedule with only one loss, and capped the year by defeating Plainfield in the 4A state championship game.
Coach Able moved on to Decatur Central in 2001, and by 2005 had led the Hawks to a sectional title by beating Ben Davis for the first time in 24 years! This accomplishment earned him the honor of 2005 Indy Star Marion County Coach of the Year, and was named the Colts’ Coach of the Week after winning the sectional championship. While at Decatur Central he also coached two individuals who won three consecutive discus state championships as the Hawk’s head track coach.
In 2009 he became head coach at New Palestine High School, where the Dragons won a sectional championship in his first year as head coach. At the conclusion of that season Coach Able was named the Indy Star East Coach of the Year, and he was named as the head coach of the South team in the Indiana All-Star contest. The success at New Palestine continued, winning consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference Championships in 2010 and 2011; in 2011 Coach Able was named the 4A Coach of the Year by the Indiana Football Digest.
In 2013 he accepted a head coaching position at Triton Central High School. In his 2 year tenure there his teams have won 20 games, a 2014 conference championship and the 2014 sectional championship. The 11 wins by the Tigers this past season is a school record.
Regardless of where Coach Able has landed, his vision and leadership have been evident. His teams have shown discipline and a fundamental brand of football that has led to success all over the state. He has stressed that success is not just about talent, but more about chemistry, cohesiveness in coaching staffs, playing together and striving to accomplish great things as a unit. He creates an environment and a culture in which academic excellence is valued and expected, where fundamentals on the field are perfected, and the game is rewarding in ways that go far beyond the final score.
Coach Able wants to thank the entire Knight Nation for their support during his tenure here at East Noble High School.
Coach Able resides in Indianapolis with his wife Ronda. He has two children, Daphne Able Capps and Ryne Able.
Coach Able, it is East Noble’s honor to formally induct you into its hall of fame! Thank you for your contributions to this school and community!
Sarah Sparks Herron (1997-2001)
The sport of golf is unique because in essence participants are playing against themselves and the course; this requires a different level of focus and self-motivation for a golfer to hone their craft and achieve greatness. Sarah (Sparks) Herron demonstrated time and again that she possessed the unique abilities required to excel on the course.
Sarah was active not only in golf, but was also an outstanding basketball player. She played for four years on coach Andy Ross’ squad, and was a member of the varsity team for three years. She was a team captain for her senior year, and also was selected as an all-conference player for that season.
In golf, Sarah excelled not only individually, but was a driving force for very successful team results as well for coach Dick Bentz. The Knights were sectional champions in 1997 and qualified for the regional meet in 1999.
Individually, Sarah was the individual sectional champion in 1998, and that win seemed to serve as a springboard to the next two seasons.
In her Junior season of 1999 Sarah was the NHC Conference individual champion, and was a first team All-Conference selection. Behind her stellar play, the Lady Knights qualified for the regional meet as a team that year. For her contributions, she was named the girls’ golf Most Valuable Player.
In her senior year of 2000, Sarah again was a first team All-Conference member, and was the individual medalist in 11 out of 12 conference matches! She also was the individual regional champion. She capped her Senior season with a 9th place finish in the state meet. For her efforts, she earned All-State IHSAA honors, and IHSAA Academic All-State accolades, and was for the second time team Most Valuable Player.
In addition, she was the IHSAA State Mental Attitude Award winner for women’s golf, and was named the National High School Coaches Association National High School Girls Golf Athlete of the Year.
Sarah attended Xavier University, where she was a 4 year member of the school’s Division I golf team, and graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications. She continued her education attending University of Cincinnati Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and received her Juris Doctorate in 2008.
She currently resides in Cincinnati, where she lives with her husband C.J. Herron and her two children, Henry, who is three, and Eleanor, who is one. She is an attorney with Western and Southern Financial Group.
Sarah was a tremendous performer both in the athletic arena and academically, and it is with great pride that we welcome her to the East Noble High School Hall of Fame!
Kevin Chandler (1994-1998)
The sports that involve the running of long distances are a very accurate and unique way to measure many aspects of the human spirit; success requires a large amount of stamina, a plethora of self-discipline, and the innate ability to override every survival instinct in your body and mind and keep demanding more of yourself when every fiber of your being is telling you to stop. Mr. Kevin Chandler again and again demonstrated these abilities in an outstanding career that tonight culminates with his induction into the East Noble Hall of Fame.
Kevin was very active and successful in a wide variety of athletics; in addition to his successes in the fields of cross country and track, he was a member of two regional-winning basketball teams, becoming a two-year starter and being named the team’s Most Valuable Player after the 1997-1998 season.
In cross country, Kevin was a dominant figure. In his Junior season, he set a school cross country record at the Manchester Invitational, clocking a time of 15:31. That season he was the individual conference champion, and also led the Knights to the conference team championship.
As a Senior, he closed out his career in the sport with an 8th place finish in the individual state meet, and let the Knights to a 7th place finish as a team. He was the individual sectional champion, and led the Knights to both sectional and regional team titles. He was named an Indiana All-Star, and competed in the Meet of Champions against state all-stars from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He finished his cross country career as a three year team captain, a 4 time first team all-conference selection, a 4 time regional qualifier, 3 time semi state qualifier, and a 4 time KPC All-Area first team selection. In addition, he won the prestigious Northrop Invitational all four years of his high school career.
His dominating performances carried over to the springtime, where he was a standout on the Knight track and field squad. His accomplishments during his Junior year of 1997 earned him KPC All-Area Prep of the Year honors. These accomplishments included conference championships in the 1600 and 1600 relay, and sectional titles in the 800, 1600, and 1600 relay. The year culminated with a 6th place finish in the state in the 1600.
His excellence carried over to his Senior track campaign, which saw him set a school record for the 1600 with a time of 4:22.23. He was the mile champion in the prestigious Goshen Relays, and won three conference championships: The 800, the 3200 relay, and the 1600 relay. He was also a double individual winner in the sectional, winning championships in both the 1600 and 3200. He qualified for the state meet in the 800, 1600, and 3200 relays. At the state level, he finished 16th in the 1600 and 19th in the 800. As he did in cross country, Kevin competed as an Indiana All-Star following his Senior year. He finished his track career as a 4 year KPC All-Area first team honoree, a 4 year regional qualifier, a 5 time conference champion, a 5 time sectional champion, and qualified for the state meet five different times.
On top of all this, Kevin was named the Top Senior Athlete for his graduating class, and finished as an 11-Time Varsity Letter winner.
Post-high school, Kevin attended Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated in 2003 with a degree in business with concentrations in finance and computer information systems. He currently works as a personal financial advisor in Galecki Financial Management in Fort Wayne.
When asked for special memories or those who contributed to his success, Kevin wanted to signal out Mr. Robert Waterson, saying:
“Coach Waterson’s relentless pursuit of perfection was contagious! You wanted to show up every day to work hard both physically and mentally. He prepared us for competitions, but more importantly he prepared us for life after competitions. For that I will forever be thankful!”
Kevin currently resides in Fort Wayne with his wife Megan and his daughter Kendall. We thank him for the standard of excellence he set for all athletes at East Noble. Mr. Kevin Chandler, East Noble proudly welcomes you into its Hall of Fame!
Taylor March (2005-2009)
East Noble athletics has long been synonymous with hard work, attention to detail, perseverance, discipline, and strength. Perhaps no other sport represents all of these qualities in greater measure than the sport of wrestling. To reach the pinnacle of the sport and to win a state championship in wrestling means not only a great level of talent, but an incredible amount of suffering and sacrifice.
With these factors in mind, it is clear that someone with the career qualifications that Mr. Taylor March has belongs in a hall that honors East Noble’s absolute best.
Taylor was a four year competitor in both football and wrestling, lettering three years in football along with being a four year varsity letterman in wrestling. It was on the wrestling mat where Taylor truly became one of East Noble’s greats.
He won the program’s Most Valuable First Year Impact Wrestler award as a freshman in 2006, and won the Most Valuable Varsity Wrestler award for his remaining three years: 2007, 2008, and 2009.
At the conference level, he was a four-time All-Conference selection, finishing as conference runner up in 2006 and as conference champion in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
He was even more impressive at the state tournament level, where he was a 4 time sectional champion and won three regional championships. He also was a 3 time champion at the Ft. Wayne semi-state, considered the premier semi-state in Indiana.
He joined a very select group of wrestlers as a 4 time state qualifier, and when he did get to state, he performed at an incredibly high level.
Taylor finished as the third place wrestler in the state in the 125 pound class in 2008, and was a 2 time state runner up, in the 112 pound class in 2006 and the 119 pound class in 2007. As a senior, he capped his incredible wrestling career with the highest honor in Indiana wrestling, a state championship in the 135 pound class. That year he also won the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award.
He finished his wrestling career with a stellar 163-11 individual record; the wrestling team also won two sectional titles as a team during his career. Taylor wanted to single out his family and godparents for their support, and also expressed tremendous gratitude to Coach Hoffar, Coach Knapp, Coach Pepple, Coach Funk, and his wrestling teammates.
Taylor attended, and continues to attend, Purdue University, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science. While he works on his PHD he is currently employed as a Dose Formulation Scientist with Covance Laboratories.
Taylor March proved time and again that he had what it took in the demanding world of wrestling, performing with power, tenacity, and persistence. East Noble is proud to welcome him to its Hall of Fame!