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1919-1923, Birch Evans Bayh

Birch Evans Bayh

Birch Evans Bayh was a 1917 Indiana State Normal School graduate. Bayh had a tremendously early impact on ISU athletics as an athlete, coach, and official. In fall of 1915, while still a student, he was named principal of Clay City High School.

As a student, Bayh was instrumental in founding the Indiana Normal School Student Athletic Association, which collected dues from students to provide expenses for equipment to run the program. He was offered the job as full Professor and Physical Education and Training Director before he even graduated from ISU.

While at ISU he coached baseball, track and field, and basketball, including the school's first twenty-win season. Bayh currently ranks eighth on ISU's all-time coaching list with 57 wins in five years. His winning percentage of .640 is also eighth best.

Bayh was also responsible for rekindling the school's football program which had been dormant for several years. He coached the baseball team from 1919 until 1923 and posted a sixth best all-time mark of 40-31-1.

He later officiated 10 IHSAA State Finals - a record that stands today.

For 28 years he was the director of Physical Education for the entire Washington D.C. school system.