East Noble High School Welcomes:

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Tyler Knox (1997-2001)

The essence of East Noble Athletics has always been that of hard work, sacrifice, toughness, and selflessness in doing whatever it takes to help the team’s success.  If ever you were looking for an individual who represents these qualities, one would be hard pressed to find one more fitting than Tyler Knox.

A 2001 graduate of East Noble, Tyler presided over one of the true golden ages of Knight Athletics, as he competed in both football and baseball all four years of his high school career.

On the baseball diamond, Tyler was a standout performer for coaches Fred Inniger and Bill Cain, earning both First Team All-NHC honors and All-Area honors following the 2000 season.

As impressive as his accomplishments were in baseball, it was on the football field where Tyler found even more substantial successes.  As a Junior in 1999, Tyler was a part of the Knight’s Sectional winning squad and a stalwart on the field as both a running back and a linebacker.  It was at his linebacker spot that Tyler earned First-Team All NHC honors as a Junior, along with KPC All-Area recognition.

The year 2000 was a magical season for East Noble Football, and for Tyler Knox.  Once again Tyler was an anchor on a team that won Conference, Sectional, and Regional championships and culminated the season by winning the school’s first State championship in football.  Tyler’s contributions to the team were obvious, and well recognized.  He was once again First Team All-Conference and All-Area, and in addition was honored by being First Team All-State as a linebacker, along with being named to the Indiana All-Star team.  On top of those accomplishments, he was named to the Gridiron Great Top 50 players for the state of Indiana.

Along the way, Tyler became known for his punishing tackles, and for the sheer number of those hits:  He set, and still holds, school records for most tackles in a season in 2000, and for most tackles in a career.

Tyler attended I.P.F.W., where he earned degrees in communication and organizational leadership, garnering academic honors while a collegiate student.

After his educational career, Tyler created Northern Exteriors, Inc., which he still owns and operates in the Kendallville area.  For someone who made a name for himself on the football field stopping people, Tyler has shown equal acumen in helping advance people off the field.  As a business leader in the community, he has made countless donations and provided sponsorships to many youth sports teams and functions and has been very active in working on and helping with projects for community advancement.

Tyler lives in Kendallville with his wife, Jo Dee, and children T.J. and C. C.

Tyler Knox was, and continues to be, a shining example of what East Noble athletics is, and the fine people it produces.  Congratulations, Tyler, on your induction into the East Noble Hall of Fame.



2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

 Thad Conley (1997-2001)

The excellence required to earn induction into East Noble’s Hall of Fame is difficult enough to achieve in one sport; when you encounter an athlete that is able to reach such heights in multiple disciplines, it is even more impressive.

Thad Conley during his time at East Noble was the epitome of the all-around athlete; as a performer in football, wrestling, and track and field, his relentless pursuit of excellence set a standard of achievement that is breathtaking both on an individual and team level.

Thad earned 9 letters, 3 in each sport.  As a track athlete, he excelled in the throwing events, and was part of multiple Sectional Championship teams in coach Gary Ort’s dynastic track and field program.

Wrestling’s demand on explosive strength and toughness fit Thad’s skill set perfectly; he is #10 on the all-time total wins list, compiling a career record of 70-19.  As a Sophomore he was Sectional Runner-Up on a team that won the Sectional title.  He continued his excellence in his Junior year, winning Conference and Sectional championships and finishing runner-up at Regionals.  His senior season in wrestling in the 215-pound weight class was one for the ages; as a Co-Captain, he compiled that weight classes best all time winning percentage season, finishing with a sparkling record of 29-4.  That season also saw him win the East Noble Invitational championship, along with being NHC Conference Champion, Sectional Champion, and Regional Champion; he also set a record that season for most pins, with 22 on the year.

A three-year starter on the gridiron, Thad played the all-important position of center for coach Tim Able’s power running offense.  As a Junior, he was named First Team All-NHC conference as a center and helped pave the way for a Sectional Championship team.  As a Senior Co-Captain, Thad was instrumental on the iconic 2000 State Championship team, again being named First Team All-Conference.  Along with those accolades were First Team All-State, First Team Academic All-State, Northeast Indiana Game Night Fantastic 50, and Indiana Top 50 Team.  The summer following his graduation, Thad was selected to play in the Indiana All-Star team, where he was voted Co-Captain by his teammates.

Thad’s excellence wasn’t limited to athletics; a strong and involved student, he finished in the top 15% of his class, and held leadership positions on Student Council and PRIDE organizations.  A National Honor Society member, in his Senior year Thad also earned the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award.

As the culmination of his high school career, he was awarded with the Pop Guymon award, the highest athletic honor bestowed at East Noble High School.

Thad’s athletic exploits continued at Tri-State University, where he competed in football and wrestling.  He was a four-year letterman in football, was a two-time Co-Captain, and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference as a center.  In wrestling, he was a Co-Captain on the inaugural season of the Tri-State wrestling program.

Graduating with a degree in Design Engineering Technology, Thad currently works as an engineering manager with Metal Technologies.  He resides in Hibbing, Minnesota with his wife April and their four children: Lillian (8), Stella (6), Braxton (4), and Colton (1).

Rarely if ever has an East Noble Athlete been so decorated on both an individual and team level.  We welcome Thad Conley into the East Noble Hall of Fame.



2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Lindy Whitcomb Wyniemko (1994-1998)

East Noble High School prides itself on nurturing athletes across a wide spectrum of disciplines, although occasionally a performer excels so much in a single activity that their greatness deserves and demands recognition with other all-time great Knights.

Lindy Whitcomb Wyniemko is without a doubt one of those stars.  Lindy had an unforgettable run of greatness in the swimming pool from 1994-1998 for coach Marietta Hite.  In her wake, she left standards of excellence that have yet to be rivaled even to this day.

Although only a Freshman in 1994, Lindy announced her presence in the program with a bang, breaking the school record in the 500 Freestyle which had been set in 1987 by Janelle Hite.  In what was to become a hallmark of Whitcomb’s tenacity and talent, she built off of this performance to be chosen, as a Freshman, to represent East Noble in the IHSAA State High School Swimming Championships in 1994.  This was merely the first appearance at the Indiana’s most honored competition, as she also competed in the state meet in 1995 and 1998.

While competing at a state-wide level, Lindy was also garnering several awards closer to home.  She was East Noble’s Most Valuable Swimmer three times, following the 1995-96, 1996-97, and 1997-98 campaigns.

Lindy’s honors weren’t confined to the team; competing in the prestigious Northeast Hoosier Conference, which bolstered swimming powers Homestead and Carroll, she collected multiple All-NHC recognition.  In 1996-97 she was honored by being named to the First Team All-Conference 200 Freestyle Relay team; that season she also was Second Team All-NHC in the 500 Freestyle.  In addition, Lindy was Second Team All-NHC in the 200 Freestyle in 1995-96 and was a member of the Second Team All-NHC 200 Freestyle Relay team in 1997-98.

Lindy’s career in the pool didn’t end after her graduation from East Noble; she parlayed her talents as a prep athlete into a scholarship to swim for the University of Toledo.  She competed in the MAC conference for three years, and in both 1999 and 2001 received the prestigious Downtown Coaches Association Scholar Athlete Award.

The incredible discipline and dedication swimming demands to excel also benefited Lindy in the classroom, where she earned the aforementioned scholastic recognition while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of nursing.

Lindy currently resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan where she works as a registered nurse for Truvista Surgery Center.  She and her husband Gary have three children: Cole (11), Olivia (8), and Luke (5).

Lindy’s tremendous accomplishments have earned her a well-deserved spot in the East Noble Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, and welcome!


2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Tim Christian (1983-1988)

While easy to forget, it is important to remember that the contemporary successes of East Noble Athletic programs were built by the actions of those who performed years and sometimes decades before.

One of the best examples of an athlete who set a standard of excellence in East Noble’s past that continues to live to this day is Tim Christian.

A 1988 graduate of East Noble, Tim’s exploits on the football field and as a track and field athlete demand recognition as one of the greatest athletes to ever walk the halls of East Noble.

A standout on coach Bob Waterson’s track teams, Tim earned All-Conference honors in 1988, a year that saw him win the shot-put title in the prestigious Goshen Relays.  That same season, Tim finished 2nd in both the Sectional and Regional meets, earning him the honor of competing in the 1988 Indiana State track meet.  His best throw of 54’ 7 ¾ “ is the second best mark in East Noble history.

His significant accomplishments as a track and field athlete were eclipsed only by his work on the football field.  A two-way lineman, Tim was also one of the best kickers in school history.  Among his kicking accomplishments are booting the winning field goal in a Sectional game vs. Columbia City, giving the Knights not only a playoff victory but providing the winning margin in coach Bob Wiant’s 100th victory.  Tim also holds the school record for longest field goal, kicking a 45 yarder.

His work as an offensive and defensive lineman, bolstered by intense work ethic in the weight room, earned Tim the accolades of All-Conference and All-Area following his Senior season in 1987.  His performance that year also earned him the honor of being a member of the Indiana All-Star team, where he performed as kicker and defensive lineman for the North squad.

Following graduation, Tim’s athletic career continued at Ball State University, where he earned a full athletic scholarship.  He played offensive guard and tackle for the Cardinals, where he was a two-year starter.  Collegiate highlights included being part of the 1989 MAC championship team and playing in the Raisin Bowl against Fresno State.  His play at Ball State made him a candidate for professional football, and although he was offered positions as a professional, he closed out his athletic career as a college player.

Tim has worked as an engineer, in pharmaceutical construction, and retail operations; he spent 10 years as the Director of Facilities Management for OfficeMax before joining his current job as Vice President of Facilities Management for Goodwill Industries.  In addition, Tim is a published author, writing Behaviors of Change, a book that uses his experiences in football to illustrate the power of hope in overcoming challenges.

Tim currently lives in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area with his wife of 20 years, Sara.  They have two daughters, Hanna and Ellie.

Tim’s accomplishments, both in and outside of the athletic arena, make him a prime example of the excellence that East Noble’s Hall of Fame represents.  It is with great pride that we welcome him to the hall of fame!



2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Keith Hoffar (1979-2018)

Achieving greatness in the educational field requires many qualities, but the absolute essential elements are incredible work ethic and selfless service to others.  As an educator, both in the academic and athletic arenas, Coach Keith Hoffar has continually epitomized these qualities at a level that is seldom seen.

After graduating from the University of Evansville, Coach Hoffar began his career at East Noble in the fall of 1979.  Teaching in the Social Studies department, he not only coached wrestling, but also football and track.  His first year at East Noble he coached in the Track program and was also the first fastpitch Women’s softball head coach in school history.  He worked as an assistant football coach for the first five years of his career, and again from 1990-94.  Beginning in 1995, he began a two-decade association with East Noble Men’s soccer.  He was the head coach from 1995-2011 and has been an assistant in the program ever since.

His accomplishments in the aforementioned programs are significant, and the impact that he has had on them is incalculable.  The program, however, with which he has had his longest affiliation has been East Noble Wrestling.

Beginning with the winter of 1979, Coach Hoffar has been an integral part of the wrestling program for nearly four decades.  He was an assistant for his first 25 years in the program, taking over as head coach in 2006.  During that time, Coach Hoffar has created a program that is identified by meticulous attention to detail, toughness, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

He has been matside of well over 300 team victories, encompassing nearly 80% of the wins in the program’s history.  His teams have won 12 Sectional Championships, and one Regional Championship.  He has also coached two Semi-State team runner-up squads.

As impressive as the team accomplishments have been, to fully appreciate the level of excellence in the program it serves us well to examine the individual accomplishments within the program.  In his years as coach, East Noble Wrestling has produced over 45 individual conference champions, 124 Sectional Champions, 31 Regional Champions, and 11 Semi-State Champions.  He has overseen an incredible 88 Semi-State qualifiers and 36 State meet qualifiers.

In a sport where there are no classes, his program has produced 17 State Championship placers, including 6 State Runner-Ups and 2 State Champions.  His accomplishments earned him an induction into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Coach Hoffar continues to teach and coach at East Noble.  He and his wife, Mindy, live in Wolcottville.  They have two children, Clint and Lauren, both East Noble graduates.

As staggering as these accomplishments are, it is the work that he has done behind the scenes, both in the classroom and in the athletic arena, for all whom he interacts with, that is the true legacy of Coach Hoffar and his incredible gifts to East Noble.  His ability to make everyone, whether a state champion, a first-time athlete, or an Economics student, push beyond what they thought was possible and achieve more than they ever would have without his guidance, is inspiring to all who have witnessed it for almost 40 years.

It is an honor to welcome Coach Keith Hoffar to the East Noble Hall of Fame.