Roncalli High School’s football field officially will be renamed Bob Tully Field during homecoming game against Brebeuf.
Tully, a long-time educator, is in his 58th year at Roncalli. His tenure predates the school itself. He began at Chartrand high School which occupied the current Roncalli building in the fall of 1962.
During his career at Roncalli, Tully has served in a variety of positions. He has served as the school’s head coach in football and track, athletic director, superintendent of finance, campus minister, religion teacher, bus driver and currently as the vice president for mission and ministry.
For the past 50 years, he has also worked as a representative and tournament official for the Catholic Youth Organization.
Roncalli president Dr. Joe Hollowell noted, “This year we are celebrating 50 years of excellence in Catholic education at Roncalli. Over the past 50 years, there is no one who has done more for our school and community than Bob. He is a never-ending source of energy, optimism and love for young people. His passion for the students of Roncalli is unmatched.”
Tully has had a multi-decade involvement with the Roncalli football program, including serving as an assistant coach on the inaugural team at Roncalli in 1969 and spending four years as the program’s head coach from 1970 through 1973.
The 1971 and 1972 teams combined for a 15-5 record and were the first two winning teams in program history.
Tully’s 1972 team went 8-2, a record that was topped only once in the first 12 years of the program. He later served as an assistant coach for nearly 30 years during the tenures of Bill Kuntz and Bruce Scifres.
Tully, along with former Roncalli football coach Bruce Scifres, was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, on Aug. 30, 2018.
Tully is a native of Louisville, Ky., and graduated from Providence in 1960 and from Indiana University in 1964. He earned eight varsity letters in high school, including four in football.
He served as an assistant football coach on Roncalli’s eight state championship teams and three runner-up teams.
Tully also has served as a presenter at numerous Indiana Football Coaches Association clinics.
He and wife Mary Pat have two grown children, Leigh and Michael and five granddaughters Ashleigh, Emileigh, Nataleigh, Alleigh, and Kaleigh.
(Note: Roncalli Sports Information Director Rob Brown contributed to this article.)