The year was 1985. As high school football is to Texas, the same can be said about basketball in Indiana. There are only two schools that have won three straight championships in the state of Indiana, one coming in the 1920s and the other from 1985 to 1987. That team was the Marion Giants.
This is where the story hits close to home. Anchoring the center position on that 1985 team was Jay Teagle. His team went 29-0 that year and started the first of three championships for the Giants. Jay told Fox Sports Indiana, “We had fun. It was very impressive to see what we did through that year. I remember sitting on the stairs in the back hallway and coach was looking at us and saying, ‘so you guys going to win the state championship this year?’ and we said, “uh, we are?’ and 29 games later we did.” It was something special.
That team of guys, now men, was recently honored during an Indiana Pacers basketball game. It was a special honor for such a well-deserving team. Jay Teagle is the Wheaton Academy’s freshman boys basketball coach. We are thankful for the work Jay does and we celebrate his recent recognition.
Going beyond basketball, Jay is connected to Wheaton Academy through his family as well. He is married to Donna (Moore ’87). Donna’s siblings are Dave Moore ’81 and Debby (Moore ’85) Running. Donna’s mother is Jane (Watson ’52) Moore. Dave Moore married Lissy (Hoekstra ’82) and they had two children who attended WA, Davis ’06 and Devin ’11. And to round it off, Jay and his wife Donna have two children. Ally is from the class of 2014 and Amanda will graduate this year with the class of 2017.
Congratulations, Jay Teagle! For more information about this recent honor, check out the links below: