Director Hometown/School(s)
1977-83 Junior Mannies Elwood
1984-Present Gene Milner Rossville ’63, Butler ’67




Junior Mannies


Gene Milner

Junior Mannies

Junior Mannies was a veteran basketball coach, IBCA placement service director and record book editor for many years. He passed away in 1983. Coach Mannies was a very popular figure in the history of the IBCA and loved working with coaches and helping them find jobs. Since 1983, two scholarships have been awarded each year to a boy or a girl who is in some manner physically challenged but has overcome this adversity and has still contributed to their school’s basketball program. Coach Mannies passed away in 1983 at the age of 55 while serving as the Athletic Director at Delphi High School.

Gene Milner

High School: Rossville 1963


Inducted to Hall of Fame 2007

Coached by HOF coach Phil Buck…4-year letterman for the Hornets. Scoring Avg. Soph-18.7, Jr. 24.5, and Sr. 31.0 ppg. Scored 40 as sophomore vs Frankfort in Sectional game. Scored 42 in double overtime win over Lebanon and Rick Mount and HOF Coach Jim Rosenstihl. (Mount was only a freshman, but scored 26 in the game) Rossville win over Lafayette Jeff, scored 31 vs. Hall of Fame Coach Marion Crawley (The Broncos avenged that regular season loss in the Regional Finals) …held the Rossville Career Scoring Record for 25 years (1641 points)…scored 40+ points 8 times in career…state’s leading scorer as a senior… Grades 10-11-12, All-Conference, All-Sectional, All-County & All-State as senior…Tough choice as a senior…offered full scholarship by both Purdue and Butler. Choice was even tougher because Coach Bob King (Purdue Ast. Coach, HOF Member, IBCA Exec. Director) recruited Gene for Purdue…chose Butler to have that great Fieldhouse as a home court! Played college ball for HOF coach Tony Hinkle. Butler team wins included Coach Hinkle’s 500th, win over #3 ranked Michigan and Cazzie Russell, highly ranked USC, Oklahoma…chosen for the Indiana College all-Star team in 1967 versus Coach Adolph Rupp, Kentucky (Louie Dampier). Coached at Clinton Central, Lafayette Harrison, Rensselaer Central. Member of the 1988 Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary team…publisher of Indiana High School Basketball Record Book (since 1983)… job placement director for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) since 1984…operates State Statistical Office (IBCA), editor of All-State Underclass Books for girls and boys, IBCA website coordinator…received the Virgil Sweet Distinguished Service Award from the IBCA in 2006.

Gene married Carolyn “Carrie” (Blue) in 1965 and they have two grown children. Fraternity brothers Jeff and Mike Blue (From Bainbridge and Butler…great guys and great players) introduced Gene to Carrie, their cousin. Jeff Blue was Inducted into the HOF in 1999.


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