Area resident VP of hoops shrine


Sam Alford with his dog Chloe at his Sweatwater Lake home Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Nineveh, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

A quarter-century ago, Sam Alford spearheaded a successful effort to land the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle.

He’s been a tireless worker for the hall ever since.

A longtime board member and a 2002 inductee, Alford will begin a more high-profile role July 1 when he begins a two-year term as the hall’s executive vice president. Then in 2015, he will begin a two-year term as president.

For Alford, a Sweetwater Lake resident and legendary high school basketball coach, the new title won’t necessarily bring about new responsibilities. He’ll continue doing what he’s done for 25 years: advocating for the hall.

“I’m very honored,” said Alford, a 1964 Franklin College graduate and the father of former Indiana University basketball star Steve Alford. “It’s a great honor for me, but more than that, I have a special feeling for the Hall of Fame.

“And if I can help in any way, shape or form, I’m willing to do so.”

Actually, he already does.

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