James M. Callane
Sport(s): Basketball (Men's)
A product of Rushville, Ind., Jim Callane earned 11 varsity awards and was a member of the basketball team that advanced to three consecutive semi-state tournaments. At DePauw he was a two-year letterman and a high scoring guard on the basketball court. As a junior he was chosen to the Washington University Holiday All-Tournament Team, and received the DPU most competitive spirit award. His senior year Callane was co-captain, named most valuable player, was selected to the Indiana Collegiate Conference All-Conference Team and was selected Small College All-American Honorable Mention. He held the Indiana State University Arena individual scoring record and finished his DePauw career as the eighth leading all-time scorer. He earned a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1967 and for the next 15 years served as basketball coach at Danville, Linton-Stockton, and Haworth High Schools. In 1987 he became the athletic director at Kokomo High School. Under his leadership Kokomo High School has won 11 team state championships or runner-ups, 11 individual state champions, and five North Central Conference (NCC) All-Sports Championships. As one of the most respected high school athletic directors in the state, Callane is the "Dean" of the NCC Athletic Directors, serving as the president twice. In 1988, USA Today touted the NCC Athletic Conference as "the premier high school athletic conference in the Midwest." Honors that Callane has received include IHSBCA District Coach of the Year (1976), WIOU Golden Whistle Award (1982, 1984), Kokomo Tribune Coach of the Year (1985), first NCC Sportsmanship Conference Director (1995), IIAAA District II Athletic Director of the Year (1997), and NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator (1999). He has been married to Jacqueline Marie Hall (Indiana Central College ’66) for 35 years, and they have three sons James, Jeffrey (wife Vikki), and Jon (wife Elizabeth) and one granddaughter (Neeve Marie). Jim Callane is a member of the Main Street Christian Church, Elks, NIAAA, and the IIAAA.