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Elmer McCall- Coach
Elmer McCall was born August 5, 1916 in Frankfort, Indiana. He earned his high school diploma in 1934 from Frankfort High in Indiana. IN 1937 Elmer enrolled at Ventura College.
As a player at VC, Elmer earned first team all conference recognition and was Most Valuable Player on the basketball team. The most extrordinary aspect about the all conference honor was that Elmer played on a VC team that won only one game all year, yet he was a unanimous selection as all conference. McCall was described as an outstanding defensive player. Elmer next attended Fresno State where he was given the team's MVP award. Elmer earned his BA degree from Fresno State in 1941 and a MPE degree in 1948 from Purdue University.
Elmer coached at Ventura High School from 1941 through 1942, where his team won the County Championship in 1942. In 1944, Elmer was commissioned an ensign in the US Navy and served in teh Pacific during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he was selected as the basketball coach at Ventura College in 1948. Note: Ventura High School adn Ventura College shared the same facilities and gym on Poli Street until VC moved to its current site in 1955.
Elmer McCall coached the Ventura College basketball team from 1948-1952. His 1950-51 and 1951-52 teams set the standard for success in California JC basketball in general, and for VC basketball in particular. Those teams won back to back state championships, a feat that wasn't duplicated until the 1995-96 VC men's teams and the 1996-97 VC women's teams. Their 1952 State Championship, held at College of Sequoias in Visalia, was the first time California began using a State Championship playoff system. The California Athletic Commission voted to stop participating in national championships in all sports and ust have a State Championship playoff system.
Coach McCall's teams won three straight league titles, something no other team hd done at the time. His teams had a record of 117-29 in four years, and won two consecutive California State Championships. Their first state championship earned them a trip to the presitgious National Junior College Championships in Kansas where the Pirates placed 3rd nationally.
Elmer resigned as the VC coach in 1952 when he accepted the job as head basketball coach at Central High in Indiana. He was coach at Central High from 1952-1957. Central High is notworthy in that it is where John Wooden coached before moving to UCLA. Coach McCall's Central High teams won State Championships in 1953 and 1957.
Coach McCall has also been inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame (1973) and DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame (1995). He was a 42 year member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Some of the greatest players ever to don a VC uniform played for McCall, athletes like Ernie Hall, Ed Millan, and Jim Crockom.
Elmer McCall died on November 26,2003 in Indiana.