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June 27, 2013

Vision for the future

Former KHS AD Callane to lead state hoops hall of fame

Jim Callane helped usher Kokomo High School athletics into a new millennium with a vision that is still being followed and built upon today.

He will now look to do the same thing in another town steeped in North Central Conference tradition: New Castle. But, it won't be at Chrysler High School.

Callane on Monday was appointed the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's president. His two-year term begins July 1.

Wednesday's Hall of Fame golf outing at Chippendale G.C. was a celebration of sorts, as Callane was paired in the scramble with former Northwestern High School athlete and current IUPUI women's basketball coach Austin Parkinson, Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris May and Madison High school girls basketball coach Pat King, an Anderson native who played his college hoops at Butler.

"It's a tremendous honor, and I'm very respectful of high school basketball in the state of Indiana," Callane said. "There's none finer than our rich tradition, so being a small part of that is just a great feeling. Our monthly meetings are like a 'Who's Who' of Indiana basketball with our board of directors and executive committee. We all have one thing in common, and that's our love and respect for Indiana basketball."

Callane was the executive vice president of the IBHOF the last two years, and served as the organization's secretary the two years prior to that. He was the athletic director at Kokomo High School from 1987 to 2005 where he succeeded Ron Barsh, and was boys basketball coach at Haworth High School from 1976 until its close in 1984.

"Jim's been a great part of our entire organization for my entire four years here," May said. "He's a hard-working guy who's very well organized. He thinks things through very well, and so I'm looking forward to his tenure because I think, organizationally, he'll bring a lot to the table. Personally, I'm excited because he's a guy you can work with and bounce ideas off of. I think he's going to bring some new processes, new thoughts and new energy to the Hall of Fame."

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