The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its Hall of Fame class for 2020. The induction ceremonies will be held Friday January 17, 2020 at the Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis, IN. This event will be part of the 3-day IHSBCA state clinic (January 16-18) and information is available at www.ihsbca.org Banquet tickets are $45 and available by contacting HOF Chairman Jeff McKeon at 317-445-9899 or email@example.com
This year’s class includes two coaches, Tony Uggen – Northfield HS/Blackford HS and Scott Upp – LaPorte HS; one player, Clint Barmes – Vincennes; one contributor/coach, Brian Abbott; and the Veterans Committee nominee – George Cuppy, Logansport.
Tony Uggen graduated from Blackford High School and Taylor University where he played baseball. He completed his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education at IPFW and earned his K-12 principal’s license through Indiana Wesleyan.
He spent his first 20 years at the helm at Northfield. His Norsemen had a long run of success winning 20+ games in 12 of his 20 years there and garnered 13 conference titles, 7 sectional titles (8 overall), 4 regionals, 2 semi-states, and reached the final four 4 times. The Norse won 2A state titles in ‘01 and ’12 and were 2A state runners-up in ‘13.
After the ’13 season, he accepted the challenge of rebuilding the program at his alma mater. His ’14 Bruins finished 14-14 to end the eight-year losing streak. His ’17 Bruins, 17-13, recorded the program’s first winning season since ’05 and won the school’s only sectional title in any sport since ’09. His ’19 Bruins finished 19-11.
Coach Uggen’s teams have compiled a 476-277 record over 26 years. Overall, he has coached 6 North All-Stars, 15 All-State players, and 20 have gone on to play at the next level. Tony was twice named IHSBCA 2A Coach of the Year and received District Coach of the Year honors 7 times. He was head coach of the North All-Stars in ’06. He has also served on IHSBCA committees.
He also coached football for several years at Northfield including four years as head coach.
After an 11 year teaching career at Northfield, he has served the past 17 as athletic director at Northfield and Blackford. He and his wife Lisa have 5 children: Stephanie, Christian, Brandon, Brendan, and Elly.