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Uggen names to Hall of Fame

Tony Uggen, former Northfield High School baseball coach and athletic director, was named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

Uggen, along with four others, will be inducted during a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis.

“I am humbled by all this,” said Uggen, who now coaches at his alma mater, Blackford High School. “I wouldn't say it was a goal to get to the Hall of Fame, but once you have the success that we did and you see how other coaches have fared over the years you kind of figure it could happen someday. But I certainly wasn't losing sleep over it.

“I was actually up for it last year but didn't quite make it. To be honest, I was kind of glad I didn't because we were 10-18 that year and it would be strange going in after a losing record, not that that doesn't happen. It’s more of a mental thing. This past spring the Bruins were 19-11 so going in now makes me feel better because we are making some good progress here in trying to turn around the program here.

“I have shared with a few others that this is more a we award rather than a me award. Coaches don't make the Hall of Fame without great kids doing some great things. But there are other factors as well and maybe a little luck.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 03