Ted Katula
Induction Year: 2000
Sport (s): Coaching

Ted Katula came from the steel town of Campbell, Ohio, near Youngstown. He was a four-sport standout and captain of the football, basketball, baseball and golf teams. He enrolled at Ohio State University, but was drafted into the Army and served two years as a paratrooper. After discharge, he returned to complete his college education and continued as a multi-sport athlete until a knee injury took him out of football. He then concentrated on golf, becoming captain of the 1957 and 1958 Ohio State golf teams. In 1959 "Katman" came to DePauw, and for the next 40 years he wore several hats. In the ’60s, he coached football, baseball, wrestling and golf. Those teams produced a legion of DePauw Hall-of-Famers, including golfers Randy Reifers ’68, Dan Quayle ’69 and Mark Rolfing ’71. In 1967, while continuing as football defensive coordinator, Katula was named director of student activities. The Union Board become a campus power, and for the next 20 years Katula helped bring big-name entertainment and events to DePauw. Katula left coaching in 1978 and moved into alumni relations. Then in 1987 he was appointed director of athletics and men’s and women’s golf coach. He led the men’s team to five conference championships in 11 years and nine appearances in the NCAA Championships. His women’s team finished in the top four nationally for five straight years. He closed out his career in 1996 by helping to raise funds for athletic facilities. He is married to the former Linda Martin ’62, and they have four children. Over the years, while "Katman" the player, collected golf trophies and titles, "the old coach" collected a loyal following among DePauw students and alumni.