Inductees THE 1963 PEORIA CENTRAL High School football team, coached by a former Central player, William "Corky" Robertson, produced the first unbeaten, untied season in the history of the school.
Playing a difficult schedule, the Lions roared through a ten-game schedule unscathed, scoring 243 points while allowing only 77. One shut-out was produced and in six of the other games only one touchdown was given up. No team scored more than 12 points against Central.
Eight members of the team were named to the Mid-State all-conference team: end Bill Reising, tackle Paul Dimler, guards Joe Crooks and Bob Ford, center Steve Cummins, quarterback Charles Neumann, halfback Dirt Wellbrock and fullback Bob Jockisch. In addition, tackle Fred Haug, end Karl Kloppmann, halfback Jeff Conrad and end John Van Ness received special mention.
Dimler later played college football at Army, Jockisch at Notre Dame, Haug at Purdue, Bill Reising at Iowa State, Neumann at Air Force and Cummins at Bradley.
THE 1963 SEASON
Central 7, Maine West 6
Central 25, Richwoods 7
Central 45, Limestone 6
Central 19, Pekin 0
Central 22, Woodruff 7
Central 32, East Peoria 7
Central 20, Spalding 8
Central 19, DanVille 12
Central 25, Galesburg 12
Central 27, Manual
THE 1963 PEORIA CENTRAL High School football team, coached by a former Central player, William "Corky" Robertson, produced the first unbeaten, untied season in the history of the school.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.