"I learned how to be a coach from him," said Hobbs, who teaches engineering and technology education at PHS. "He's produced a lot of good coaches. He's a guy that he wants the entire athletic department to be great. And he won everything. I was on the [football] staff there for four years [while in college]. I patterned my thinking after him quite a bit."
Hobbs didn't trumpet his selection after he found out he'd been picked for the Hall. His first call was to Peru superintendent Chuck Brimbury, when he was still shocked from the selection. Many days later, after it had sunk in, he knew there was another call he had to make. It was kind of like when Hobbs' former wrestlers contact him now.
"I did call [Tolle] a few weeks after I found out about it," Hobbs said. "I told him, 'Hey, just wanted to let you know' and he was very excited. He taught me a lot."