Callane named as Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Jim Callane

A former Linton-Stockton High School basketball coach will serve as the parade marshal in the Freedom Festival's annual parade -- which is slated for 10 a.m. on July 5 in downtown Linton.

Jim Callane joins the list of past-distinguished grand marshals that includes Ted Bishop, Sen. Lindel Hume, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, former State Rep. Jerry Denbo, former Gov. Robert Orr, former Gov. Joseph Kernan, Captain Joe Erler NSWC Crane, former Indiana Rep. John Gregg, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Sue Ellen Reed, Vincennes University President Emeritus Dr. Phillip Summers, former Secretary of State Joe Hogsett, and USA Olympic Bobsled team member Bruce Roselli.

As a 1960 grad of Rushville High School, Callane, a member of three consecutive semistate teams, played for Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Les Ray.

Following graduation, Callane attended DePauw University where he continued his excellence in basketball. While there, Callane was a two-year starter for Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Elmer McCall. In 1964, Callane earned the title of MVP for All-Indiana Collegiate Conference Team, held the Indiana State University Fieldhouse single game scoring record and was selected Small College All-American Honorable Mention. In 2002, Callane was inducted into the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Callane began his coaching career in 1967. Over the course of 15 years he coached at Danville, Linton-Stockton and Kokomo Haworth High Schools. Callane coached L-S from 1971-76 leading the Miners to three sectional championships.

In 1987, he became athletic director at Kokomo High School. When he retired in 2005, Callane had led Kokomo High School to five IHSAA team state championships, six IHSAA team state runner-ups, 11 individual state champions, two IHSAA Mental Attitude Award Winners including his son, Jamey Callane, L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award winner in baseball (1988).

Callane was also the Dean of the North Central Conference Athletic Directors in 2005 and he hosted the first NCC Sportsmanship Conference in 1997.

In 2005, Callane was presented with the Distinguished Hoosier Award by Gov. Mitch Daniels and in 2008, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Currently, Callane is the vice president of the Kokomo-Center School Board, secretary of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, member of the Kokomo Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and member of the Kokomo Area Career Center Advisory Board.

He and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 43 years. They have three sons, Jamey, Jeff, and Jon. All are married and live in or near Kokomo.

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  • Does he eat cheeseburgers?

    -- Posted by scoop on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 8:09 PM
  • Awesome Coach, Teacher, and person. Was one of the best teachers at Linton Highschool back n the 70's. I am happy to C him have this honor.

    -- Posted by aniamal lover on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 7:05 PM
  • I am just wondering why the Freedom Festival parade officials would not ask a local person to be Grand Marshall? I have never heard of this man, and he only coached for 5 years.. he isn't even originally from here!

    Personally, I think we have alot of local people who deserve this honor. I guess our local people are not important enough for such an honor huh?

    -- Posted by elynn66 on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 8:39 AM
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