INDIANAPOLIS–An Indiana Hall of Fame high school basketball coach has died from the coronavirus.
Ed Siegel, a varsity boys basketball coach for 33 years, died Wednesday at the age of 87. Siegel coached at Stillwell, Southwestern, Boonville, and Pike. One of the people who played for Siegel at Pike was Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
After playing basketball for four years at Franklin College, Siegel started coaching high school boys basketball in 1956, spending more than three decades on the sidelines, including 25 years at Pike High School.
LaSalle Thompson, who played for the Indiana Pacers from 1989-1995 and finished his career with the Pacers in 1997, also played for Siegel.
He led the Red Devils to their first-ever sectional and regional championships, won five Marion County Tournament titles, and eight Central Suburban Athletic Conference titles. Siegel coached four Indiana All-Stars, was a seven-time CSAC Coach of the Year, and a three-time Marion County Coach of the Year.
Siegel retired in 1995 with 458 career wins, including six sectional titles and two regional titles. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.