Former Coach and Athletic Director Ted Katula Passes Away at Age 78
February 19, 2010
February 19, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Theodore M. Katula Jr., who served DePauw University for nearly 40 years as a coach and administrator and is known fondly as "Katman" to two generations of students and alumni, died this morning at a Florida hospital. He was 78 years old.
Arrangements will be private, but the family plans to hold a public memorial service at DePauw in the spring. Details will be announced later.
"This is a very sad day for the DePauw community," notes Brian W. Casey, the University's nineteenth president. "In my interactions with DePauw alumni, I hear many stories about Ted Katula. Invariably, all involve some humor and are told with a great amount of love for Ted and what he did to make the student experience special for so many of our undergraduates. We send our condolences to Ted's wife Linda (Martin '62), their four children and the entire Katula family. He has done much for this institution."
Adds S. Page Cotton, director of athletics at DePauw, "While he is known for his coaching career, Ted's contributions to DePauw went well beyond athletics. He touched upon so many lives from all parts of the campus through his work with students on the Union Board and later with alumni relations. He will be remembered as a DePauw legend."
Born in Campbell, Ohio on December 6, 1931, Ted Katula was a four-sport standout in high school and was captain of the football, basketball, baseball and golf teams. He enrolled at Ohio State University, but was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years as a paratrooper. After serving his country, Katula returned to complete his college education and continued as a multi-sport athlete until a knee injury took him out of football. He then concentrated on golf, becoming captain of the 1957 and 1958 Ohio State golf teams.
Katula earned a B.A. from Ohio State, where he continued with graduate studies, eventually earning an M.S. from Indiana University.
Dan Quayle called Katula [Download Video: "Greeting from Dan Quayle '69" - 4441kb] "a great friend, a great mentor, somebody I've learned a lot from." The former vice president declared, "The values of hard work, determination, competition and integrity -- those are the values you instilled in me."
The event came shortly after Ted Katula and his family had informed the DePauw community that he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The struggle that was ahead did not keep "Katman" from his old standby, humor.
Ted Katula Coaching Record
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record (finish)||NCAA|
|1960||12-5||6-2 (2nd)||1-2 (2nd in Mideast Regional)|
|3-0 record vs. Wabash|
|1966-67||9-2||3rd||losses to Purdue and Ball State|
|3-0 vs. Wabash in dual matches|
|Only team in ICAC history to finish no lower than first or second.|
|In the three years that no team earned an invitation to the NCAA Championships, individuals were invited.|
|4-2-1 vs. Wabash|
|Women’s golf (championship appearances)
|Football Assistant Coach: 1959-78|
|Record in Monon Bell games: 12-7-1|