Name: David W. Earley
Occupation: Log buyer for Danzer Veneer America; Seymour city councilman, fifth district.
Family: Wife, Rhonda Earley; daughter, Allison Earley; son, Skylar Earley; parents, Bonnie and Rex Earley; siblings, Rexanne Ude, Joe Earley, Sara Clark and Brian Earley
High school: Seymour, 1974
Sports: Football, four years; basketball, four years; baseball, four years
Athletic accomplishments: In basketball, all-sectional and all-regional teams during senior year; in baseball, all-conference and sectional and regional champions during senior year
College: Northwood Institute
Sport in college: Basketball (two-time most valuable player, National Little Colleges Athletic Association all-American)
What drew you to sports?
“It was a natural transition from childhood, as that’s what we did growing up. Played all sorts of sports and games with neighborhood friends. We were outside all the time.”
What are your favorite memories of high school sports?
“We had great coaches. I don’t think any of us realized how good they were. Barney Scott, Dick Stickles, John Britton and Mickey Beck just to name a few. But one of the best things that ever happened to us as a team was going 15-10 my junior year in basketball and upsetting Jennings County, who was ranked in the top five in the state. What is funny about this is when Arv Koontz (Tribune sportswriter) asked Barney Scott for a preseason prediction for 1973, my junior year, Barney gave him an envelope and asked him to not open it until the end of the season. Arv honored that, and at the end of the season opened it. Barney had written, ‘If this team wins five games this year, I’ll be happy.’ Some other things that stand out are the amount of people who supported us by coming out every weekend to watch us play. And they dressed up for these events. Some men even wore coats and ties.”
What was your biggest accomplishment?
“The story I just mentioned above, beating Jennings County.”
Why did you choose to do a sport in college?
“I got a free ride and knew that four siblings were behind me. I loved the sport, so I figured that was a good move for me.”
What did you get out of that experience?
“Being a part of a team that became a family, resulting in a lifetime of friendships.”
Are you still involved in sports today?
“At this moment, I am not involved in sports today except for an occasional round of golf. Over the years, I have enjoyed helping coach my children’s teams, and most recently, I helped with the middle school and varsity basketball programs. I was also honored to be asked to be on the selection committee last year for the Seymour High School varsity basketball coach.”
Are your children involved in sports?
“Our children are grown and on their own now, but they participated in sports as soon as they were able. In high school, Allison participated in swimming and tennis, and Skylar participated in football and track.”
How did sports affect your life?
“I could easily have gone down a not-so-great path in my middle school years. I owe a great deal to the teachers and coaches that steered me in the right direction and channeled my energy into positive, disciplined team sports.”
What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?
“I was a late bloomer, so I encourage kids to never give up. You don’t know how you’re going to develop from year to year, and there are so many other sports we have available now that there really is something for everyone.”
Do you have any hobbies?
Do you have a favorite sports team?
“Yes, my dad loved the Green Bay Packers, so I became a Dallas Cowboys fan. My son became a Miami Dolphins fan, and my daughter a Colts fan, so I guess that’s how it will be in our family.”
Do you have a favorite athlete?
“Larry Bird. When Larry left IU, before entering ISU, he spent several weeks as my teammate at Northwood. His work ethic amazed me. After practices, he would stay in the gym for hours shooting free throws. His dedication obviously paid off, and it’s fun to tell people that Larry and I guarded each other for those few short months.”
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