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Cloverdale High School Commemorates Pat Rady’s Selection As 2014 NFHS National Coach Of The Year

by Brent Ranard
for The Hoosier Topics


A new banner now hangs in the northwest corner of the gymnasium at Cloverdale High School to honor Coach Pat Rady for his selection as the 2014 National Coach of the Year. (Photo by Brent Ranard) A new banner now hangs in the northwest corner of the gymnasium at Cloverdale High School to honor Coach Pat Rady for his selection as the 2014 National Coach of the Year. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Cloverdale took time during its recent basketball game against Owen Valley to honor retired varsity boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady. During a halftime ceremony, Cloverdale Athletic Director James Wade and current varsity basketball coach Patrick Rady (son of Pat Rady) presented him with a ring and a watch to commemorate his selection as the 2014 national high school boys’ basketball coach of the year.

The National Federation of State High School Coaches Associations (NFHS) selected Rady for the honor in January 2015. Rady accepted the ring and watch from his son with his wife Margaret at his side. Immediately following this a new banner was unfurled in the northwest corner of the gymnasium in his honor.


Former Cloverdale High School head varsity boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady celebrates after the Clovers claimed the 2015 Class 2A sectional title. Rady also guided the school to the sectional title in 2007. (SEW File Photo) Former Cloverdale High School head varsity boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady celebrates after the Clovers claimed the 2015 Class 2A sectional title. Rady also guided the school to the sectional title in 2007. (SEW File Photo) Coach Rady took the microphone and addressed the near capacity crowd from center circle at Tucker Court. All were eager to hear from this high school coaching legend and even the three officials broke their halftime routine to come out of their locker room and record his speech on their cell phones.

You see coach Rady is no ordinary basketball coach. He has won 761 games as a head coach in his 51 seasons and is the second winningest coach in Indiana high school basketball history trailing only Loogootee’s Jack Butcher with 805 wins. He was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and has a court named after him at Terre Haute High School South. He even has a street (Pat Rady Way) named after him in his hometown of Bainbridge, Indiana. He has coached five Indiana all-stars and two NBA players.


Cloverdale High School Athletic Director James Wade (left) and current head coach Patrick Rady (second from left) present a commemorative watch and ring to Pat Rady and his wife Margaret at halftime of last Friday night’s game. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Cloverdale High School Athletic Director James Wade (left) and current head coach Patrick Rady (second from left) present a commemorative watch and ring to Pat Rady and his wife Margaret at halftime of last Friday night’s game. (Photo by Brent Ranard) He is a 1954 graduate of Roachdale High School and a 1963 graduate of Hanover College where he was named to the Hanover Hall of Fame in 2001.

He was quick to thank everyone at Cloverdale including the fans for the 11 great years he spent there as the head coach. “The good Lord blessed me and allowed me to coach at some great places. I was proud to coach at Bainbridge, Winchester, Southmont, Shelbyville, Terre Haute South, and today I am proud to be a Clover.”

He said his strongest supporter has been his wife Margaret. “She has always been my rock. There in the good times and the not-so-good times to pick me up and keep me going. I could not have done it without her.” The Radys have been married for 49 years and they will celebrate their 50th on August 13th.


Current Cloverdale head coach Patrick Rady (left) presents his dad, Pat Rady, with a commemorative watch and a hug as his mother, Margaret Rady, looks on. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Current Cloverdale head coach Patrick Rady (left) presents his dad, Pat Rady, with a commemorative watch and a hug as his mother, Margaret Rady, looks on. (Photo by Brent Ranard) Rady also mentioned his longtime assistant coach, Jim Sharp. “Jim coached the first game with me at Bainbridge. We were actually co-head coaches. He came out of retirement to be a volunteer assistant here at Cloverdale so he coached my last game with me as well.”

“The Lord has also blessed me with good health most of my life,” he added. “I did not miss one game during my 51 years of coaching.”

Rady later related a story of one game he almost missed in 1970. “I was coaching at Winchester when Patrick was born. He was born on a Friday and I was able to coach the game that night and I remember that we won,” he said. “I was not supposed to be able to get in to see him that night but the nurse told me that if I brought her a pizza to the back door, she would let me in. I got the pizza and I was able to get in.”

When asked what lessons he has learned from the game of basketball, Rady paused a moment to reflect. “I fell in love with the game of basketball when I was in fifth grade. Indiana high school basketball is really something special,” he said. “To see a group of young men come together as one is just poetry in motion. Basketball is a lot like life in that you can work on your individual skills but it takes your teammates to make you successful.”

When asked about some of his fondest memories that he will take with him from Cloverdale he had a hard time narrowing it down. “Well, I guess I will remember the support that I received from the fans, administration, and the parents here. The effort of the players over the years has been memorable, too,” he said. “I remember the school board meeting when I was named the coach. The kids had green shirts with my name on them and that made me feel special and welcome. I will always remember that first team (2004-2005) as well. We went 19-4 and lost a tough game in the sectional but they were a great group.”

Even though Rady’s love for the game of basketball is strong, he realizes that it is just a game. “I have always told my players and I am a firm believer that we need strong husbands, fathers, and workers in society more than we need basketball players,” he said. “I hope they took that to heart.”

You might ask what is next for this man who has touched the lives of so many in his storied career. “I am not really sure what life without basketball is going to be like. I have been coaching for the past 51 years and then if you count the time that I played from the fifth grade on, it is all that I have known,” he said. “I am certainly blessed to have gotten to coach with Patrick all these years. He has a great knowledge and passion for the game and I know the Cloverdale basketball program is in great hands.”

Though Rady will no doubt miss the game of basketball, Indiana high school basketball will not be the same without him patrolling the sidelines.

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