Paul Harper is a graduate of Eastern High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Indianapolis, and went on to earn his Masters Degree at Ball State University. Paul Harper began teaching at BRV in the fall of 1978 and is now celebrating 40 years in education and coaching. Highlights of his coaching career include being a 4-time county champion track coach, Conference champion track coach, Coached sectional qualifying track athletes Coached 30 regional qualifying track individual and relay teams coached 25 conference champion track individuals and relay teams. Coached 58 county individual champion track individual and relay teams Winning percentage of 63% in 273 meets, 6-time girls county cross country champ Coached 4 regional qualifying girls’ cross country teams Coached 25 county champion boys’ cross country teams Coached over 100 all county cross country individuals Coached 3 conference individual cross-country champions Coached 52 all conference individual cross-country runners Coached 14 individual county cross country champions Coached 23 individual cross country regional qualifiers Coached 12 team qualifying cross country regional qualifying teams Coached 9 individual cross-country semi state qualifiers Coached a semi state qualifying team Nominated for Class A State Cross Country Coach of the Year 37 years combined for both Jr High and High school track and cross country coach 9 years 8th grade basketball coach Has taught all levels of Spanish and Health 38 years as boys’ JV and Varsity Basketball Announcer. He is the voice of the Vikings!
When asked what award, honor, or accomplishment from the BRV years of which you are most proud Mr. Harper’s response is: seeing the success of the athletes I have coached and hearing from the achievements they have accomplished.
The Blue River Valley Athletic Hall of Fame was formed over 10 years ago with a committee of 7 individuals of the community and school. The committee determined that former athletes, coaches and athletic contributors could be nominated, selected and honored.
Tonight’s inductees will be presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the southwest entry of the building and a gift to commemorate this special night. If you wish to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame obtain a nomination form from Athletic Director Steve Hoskins or one of the Hall of Fame Board Members.
If you wish to contribute monetarily you may also give your donation to Mr. Hoskins, or one of the members. There will be a reception for the new inductees in the library following the varsity game and you are encouraged to visit with them and offer your personal congratulations at that time.