Greatest Sports Legend crowned
Archie Chadd is remembered by many as a talented basketball player and coach. His talents earned him an induction in to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, he was named "Greatest Sports Legend" of Putnam County.
Archie Chadd's basketball career started in Bainbridge High School as a four-year regular. The 1924 graduate went on to play basketball for Butler University, where he became assistant coach of its national championship team in 1929. His coaching success continued by winning eight sectionals, six regional championships and three semi-finals at Anderson High School. In 1935 and 1937, he won state championships.
When the late Archie Chadd wasn't coaching, he was teaching. He taught social studies and government, first at a high school in Canton, Ill., then later at Anderson High School. He became the athletic director and eventually superintendent of Anderson schools from 1942 to 1951.
His legacy on the basketball court was honored Saturday by the Putnam County Museum.
"We are very honored," said Ben Chadd, Archie's youngest son, following the announcement his father was voted greatest sports legend by Putnam County residents.
When his father accepted the coaching position at Anderson High School in 1933, he decided to have the high school boys practice against college athletes. Archie's team began winning the scrimmages and left the colleges wanting out of the contracts. It didn't happen; scrimmages continued and Anderson became state champions for the first time two years later.
"He was a very strategic coach," Ben remembers.
Archie married Madonna in May, 1932 and together they had three sons -- Ben, Robert and Billy. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 85. He is survived by his son, Ben who currently resides near Bainbridge; a daughter-in-law, Jeannine Chadd also residing near Bainbridge; and 16 grandchildren.