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In Memoriam - Jerre McManama (1936-2012)

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: December 25, 2012
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Jerre McManama, Sr. 76, a Ball State alum and former coach for various sports at the university, died Dec. 22, 2012, of a sudden heart attack.

A 1954 graduate of Fort Wayne South Side High School, McManama received a bachelor's degree from Ball State in 1961 and a master's degree from the university in 1966.

McManama spent 31 years as a professor and volleyball coach.  He was the head coach for the Ball State women's volleyball team from 1983-88 and was an assistant for the Ball State men's team from 1970-86.  McManama also served as head coach for the Ball State men's soccer team for eight years (1969-76).

Prior to his tenure at Ball State, he coached volleyball at Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne) for seven years.  He was the NAIA National Championship runner-up for the Presidents Volleyball Section "Award of Merit."  He was named two-time Coach of the Year in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and served as an All-Star manager eight times for the NCAA.

McManama served on the United States Volleyball Association Board of Director's and was a recipient of the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award.   He also served a stint as the USVCA Board of Director's President.  McManama served as the USCSC manager for the USA Men's Team in the 1973 World University Games held in the former Soviet Union. He was also on the USCSC Volleyball Board for eight years.  McManama received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ball State men's volleyball team.

As a professional, he wrote over 30 books/chapters in books, articles, grants, creative endeavors and editorial reviews.  He gave more than 35 presentations to national and regional teacher education and sport organizations.  He received emeritus status at Ball State upon his retirement from the university.  Since moving to Indianapolis in 2000, he served as a Supervisor of Physical Education Majors for Ball State University and Indiana University, and taught Physical Education at the University of Indianapolis (Department of Kinesiology).  In addition, McManama was the co-developer of the box score system for recording volleyball statistics in 1981, and his system is still in use by the NCAA.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna; his children, Kevin McManama, Kerry McManama (Zoe), Kellie McManama (Arnolde) (Jack), Danny Humbert (Tammy), Tim Humbert (Pammy), Kenny Humbert, Jerre L. McManama, Jr.(Cindy);brother, Terry McManama (Marla); sister, Tina McManama (David Zaslawsky); grandchildren, Heather Edwards (Humbert) (Andrew), John Humbert (Sara), Ian McManama, Brittany Arnolde, Brianna Arnolde, Christopher Humbert, Carly Humbert, Jessica Humbert, Courtney McManama, Katie McManama, Colin McManama, Patrick McManama, Murphy McManama; great-grandchild, Sullivan Theodore Edwards; brother, Terry McManama (Marla); and his sister, Tina McManama (David Zaslawsky).

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