Tom Kurth, Elkhart Central
Tom Kurth was an outstanding athlete in high school (Hobart) and college (Wittenberg), but he is being honored for his 36 years as a football coach at Elkhart High School and Elkhart Central high School, where his football teams went 236-120 and where he also coached track for 19 years as head coach.
In football, his teams were undefeated state champions in 1968 and 1970. Eleven of his teams were ranked in the Top 10 at season’s end. During his tenure as coach, 89 of his players were selected to All-State and 97 received full college scholarships.
Coach Kurth was the Indiana Football Coach of the year in 1970 and 1982 and the North All-Star Head Football Coach in 1993. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Five of his players have also been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In track, the 1993 team was State Champion and the 1996 team was State Runner-up. There were a total of 9 sectional, 9 conference, and 4 regional championships. In dual and triangular meets, the teams were 121-20. AS a result he was inducted into the Indiana Track Hall of Fame in 2001. Coach Kurth describes the bond he developed with his athletes and others as being “about love and respect.”
In terms of this rivalry game, Coach Kurth has a 20-10 record.
Dr. Richard Boling II, Elkhart Memorial High School
Rich Boling quarterbacked for the Chargers his junior and senior year, earning him two varsity letters in football. He was also a star on the basketball court, helping to lead the team to sectional and regional championships during his senior year.
After graduating from Memorial in 1974, the second graduating class after the schools split, Rich attended DePauw University where he was the quarterback for the Tigers. He was also the President of his fraternity and a standout Pre-med student. Upon graduation, he attended Indiana University School of Medicine for his medical school training and his residency in Opthamology.
Upon completion of his training, Rich moved back to Elkhart with his wife, Babette, and their daughters to jooin his father “Dick” Boling, in his practice where, together, they have provided state-of-the-art eye care for the Elkhart community for over 55 years. Rich is President and Owner of the Boling Vision Center, which has grown to include multiple office locations in Elkhart and St. Joe Counties.