FOOTBALL: Colby, past due father, Hendryx set for HOF enshrinement
On Aug. 20 on the Kokomo-Western soccer sport, Western graduate and previous Kokomo teach Brett Colby may have rite to welcome him to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. He will constitute generations of the Colby own circle of relatives as his past due father, Ron Colby, a long-time Western assistant teach, additionally earned a Hall of Fame nod as a part of the identical 2020 magnificence.
Due to remaining yr’s pandemic uncertainty, the rite to honor the Colbys turned into driven to 2021.
Meanwhile, the 2021 magnificence consists of Brett Colby’s brother-in-regulation John Hendryx, previously the teach at Carroll and Northwestern, and now returned domestic training Winamac.
That connection of father, son and brother-in-regulation makes the corridor enshrinement even greater unique.
“It truely is,” Brett Colby stated. “We have been over on the All-Star sport this beyond weekend and my mother went over to symbolize my dad. They honestly permit my mother turn the coin earlier than the sport. It turned into form of neat to have her do that, and to have John and my sister [Sherri] there. It turned into neat to have all and sundry there collectively.”https://www.aedweb.org/network/members/profile?UserKey=54b1cc7b-3a1b-4671-b72f-ac3c2443b78d
Brett Colby performed at Western whilst Ron turned into an assistant. When Brett Colby launched into his head training profession, Ron joined him as an assistant inclusive of a 5-yr run at Frankfort and eleven years at Kokomo. Brett Colby coached his sons, Austin and Cameron, at Kokomo. He commenced his profession at South Newton and completed with a 205-ninety eight document over 28 seasons.
When Austin Colby were given the Maconaquah activity in 2018, Brett Colby stepped down from his head training position — after taking the Wildkats to the Class 5A country finals in 2017 — and he and Ron each joined Austin as assistants. Ron Colby died in fall of 2018 after Austin’s first season at Maconaquah. Now with Austin because the second-yr teach at Kokomo, the Colbys are returned with the Wildkats.
“Football’s the sort of large a part of our own circle of relatives on each facets with Brett and Ron and Austin and Cameron, and my brother [Mark] has coached for 30 years,” Hendryx stated. “My dad turned into at the personnel that commenced soccer at Winamac. He turned into the protective coordinator right here for 33 or 34 years.https://www.aedweb.org/network/members/profile?UserKey=5ee363da-d672-4a1f-bc21-31261d822506
“When all of us were given commenced in this, it isn’t your aim to get withinside the Hall of Fame, so it’s form of a fab component that happened. The timing with Brett and Ron is quite unique too.”
The Hendryx-Colby connection is an exciting tangle. Hendryx is married to Brett Colby’s sister, Sherri, and the 2 soccer coaches percentage a number of not unusualplace ground.https://www.aedweb.org/network/members/profile?UserKey=a9d735ba-2117-4f66-bfcc-5846a5f0d919
“You have that transition time while you come into any own circle of relatives, however as soon as we were given to realize every different there we’ve been quite tight ever considering that,” Hendryx stated. “He’s been on my headsets for a number of my event runs. I turned into on his headset whilst Kokomo made their run.”
Their training obligations imply they not often see every different teach in man or woman till one receives removed withinside the postseason. But they have been in everyday touch on Friday nights no matter that.
“I don’t have a brother so he turned into my brother-in-regulation however we have become very close, known as every different each Friday night time after video games and talked for pretty a while, shared experiences,” Brett Colby stated.https://www.aedweb.org/network/members/profile?UserKey=e33a29a1-36e3-4292-a46d-5f2e65a661da
“We by no means were given to teach towards every different at the field. It’s been form of a blessing. The remaining couple years he turned into at Knox and we have been at Maconaquah, we have been withinside the identical sectional and nonetheless didn’t rectangular off towards every different.”
Enshrinement ceremonies for the Indiana Football Hall of Fame are left as much as every character honoree. Brett and Ron Colby might be venerated at the sport that brings collectively the faculties they’re maximum intently related with, Western and Kokomo.
“We coached over three hundred video games collectively in my profession so it’s really unique to be stepping into with the identical institution that he is,” Brett Colby stated.https://www.aedweb.org/network/members/profile?UserKey=5558cf33-2c10-49f1-ad7b-4caf8fc17763
Brett Colby requested Western teach Jim Plummer to be available Aug. 20 to welcome them in, simply as Plummer had Brett Colby communicate whilst Plummer turned into enshrined into the corridor in 2007.
Hendryx’s profession blanketed eleven seasons as head teach at Carroll, inclusive of the 1995 Class A country name and ‘ninety six Class A country runner-up, 8 years at Northwestern, observed with the aid of using 5 at Knox, after which in 2020 he again domestic to teach at Winamac. He’s 224-ninety six in 29 seasons.
Hendryx determined out he’d been elected to the Hall of Fame someday this spring.
“I turned into honestly in my workplace in faculty at some stage in the faculty day,” Hendryx stated. “My brother got here knocking at the door of my workplace. He’s by no means withinside the faculty.”
Seeing Mark at an extraordinary time and area made Hendryx fear his brother turned into turning in awful news.
“He’s being all somber, ‘I’ve truely were given some thing I’ve were given to inform you.’ And then he ended up telling me [about the Hall of Fame] so it ended up being quite cool. He’d talked to the Hall of Fame humans and stated, ‘Don’t name him. I need to supply this news.’ It turned into quite unique.”
Football is shared throughout the generations in Hendryx’s own circle of relatives as well. In addition to his father and brother being worried in training, his son-in-regulation Blake Betzner is ready to start his first season as Carroll’s teach.
One of the motives Hendryx went returned domestic to teach Winamac turned into due to the fact his brother turned into there and Mark has coached with him considering that then.
“I turned into very humbled,” Hendryx stated of the Hall of Fame selection. “It’s some thing that I haven’t truely idea approximately a whole lot so for him to inform me turned into very humbling. [I’m] very thankful.”
Getting known as to the Hall of Fame is a sobering revel in that brings returned a number of recollections.
“It turned into only a actual humbling time to consider all of the paintings you placed into it, and through the years the exquisite recollections and gamers you’ve coached,” Brett Colby stated. “A lot of these matters come returned to you and you watched you want he [Ron] could had been capable of had been round to revel in it. Hopefully he’s searching down on the 20 th and looking the rite and looking himself get venerated.”
Hendryx had comparable recollections approximately the humans he’s labored with alongside the manner.
“When you teach so long as I actually have and have been lucky sufficient to have a few success, it’s now no longer truely been due to me,” Hendryx stated. “I’ve had exquisite children and I’ve had exquisite coaches. Anywhere I’ve long past I’ve been blessed with extra special assistant coaches and that doesn’t appear everywhere. I’ve been blessed that manner and really thankful for all of the one-of-a-kind humans which have helped in this journey. I can’t ever thank all of them sufficient.”