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Governor Honors Former Cloverdale Coach With Sagamore Of The Wabash

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District 44 State Representative Jim Baird (left) presented former Cloverdale High School boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady with the Sagamore of the Wabash award on behalf of Indiana Governor Mike Pence. (Staff Photo) District 44 State Representative Jim Baird (left) presented former Cloverdale High School boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady with the Sagamore of the Wabash award on behalf of Indiana Governor Mike Pence. (Staff Photo) Former Cloverdale High School boys’ basketball coach Pat Rady received the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash award, one of the state’s highest civil honors, on February 12.

The Sagamore of the Wabash award is a high civilian honor granted only by the governor. Rady was presented with the honor by District 44 State Representative Jim Baird prior to the start of Cloverdale’s game against Greencastle during the 2016 Putnam County Tournament held in the McAnally Center at Greencastle.

Rady, head coach of the Clovers from 2004-2015, won 761 games as a head coach in his 51 seasons overall 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.

Rady, who guided the Clovers to sectional titles in 2007 and 2015, 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.

The Sagamore of the Wabash award is bestowed upon citizens who contribute greatly to the state of Indiana. The term “sagamore” was used by the Native Americans in the northeastern United States to describe a great man-or woman-among the tribe to whom the chief would look for wisdom, guidance and advice. Similarly, the Sagamore of the Wabash is given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state and contributed greatly to Hoosiers statewide. Among those who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians and citizens who have contributed greatly to “Hoosier” heritage.

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