Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


June 27, 2013

Vision for the future

Former KHS AD Callane to lead state hoops hall of fame


As president of the board of directors, Callane will establish committees — and who will man those committees — and head up the areas of fundraising and operations.

"He has a hand in everything we'll be doing in the next two years and even onward," May said.

During Callane's time as Kokomo AD, he led the charge to renovate Memorial Gym in the 1990s, when the home of Wildkat hoops got a facelift and makeover, including new bleachers and a new floor design. Kokomo soccer facilities were overhauled in his time, and the current makeover and addition of the facilities at Walter Cross Field was Callane's brainchild.

"That, and just seeing kids come in as freshmen and mature as people and athletes and compete — not necessarily win — but compete against some of the best athletic programs in the state," Callane said when asked about what he was most proud of during his time at Kokomo.

In Callane's words, Hall of Fame outings like Wednesday's are opportunities to "Mix golf with the great heritage of Indiana basketball." Sitting in the cart beside Callane was Parkinson, a Northwestern High School and Purdue University product who had Callane's son, Jamie, as a high school tennis coach.

"Having grown up in Kokomo, when you mention the name Jim Callane, it's always carried a great deal of respect for what he's done for not just Kokomo High School, but the community," Parkinson said. "That announcement is big for the Hall of Fame."

Parkinson, a former Boilermaker point guard, just finished his third season as IUPUI's head women's coach. After leading the Jaguars to a 20-win season for the first time and their first postseason berth in 20 years, was awarded with a three-year contract extension that keeps him in Indianapolis through the 2017-18 season.

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