Memories of Hoeppner

30 comments by   |   Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:26 am EDT

Share your memories of Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner with other Hoosiers.

How would Hep want to be remembered?

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Chad E.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 8:46 AM EDT

Ways to remember Hep:

Name the addition after him, or erect a bronze statue of him touching the Rock, or name the rock after him.

I’ll always remembered the passion. He truley believed we could win.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 8:47 AM EDT

All I can say is that I’m gonna miss Coach Hep. Coach Hep got me and he did GREAT things for IU while he was here. RIP Coach.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 8:50 AM EDT

He was a truly great man. His impact on our lives and our football program will not soon be forgotten.

Jimmy Boy
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:00 AM EDT

I like the statue idea. We need to make it happen!

Mike P
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:03 AM EDT

There is so much to say about Coach Hep. My best memory I will have of him is my 7 year old son telling him he wants to grow up and play football at IU, and that he will be the best linebacker Coach Hep has ever seen. This was on National signing day. Coach Hep took us back to his office, gave him an autographed picture, and had him sign a fake “LOI” to play for him.

Memorial Stadium needs to be renamed for Coach Hep.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:04 AM EDT

I also love the statue idea. Let’s go IU alumni –we can make it happen!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:06 AM EDT

Show Hep that his effort and enthusiasm was appreciated by showing up. While a memorial is fitting, it isn’t action enough. Did Hep get you? Did he give you hope? Did he walk the talk? He wanted people to share his passion about football at IU and the kids who play football. He did what he did to build support for IU, not himself. All of his actions were about others, and to respect that, we need to match his enthusiasm, passion and character. Show up! Be a fan for football. And, inspire people by showing your enthusiasm for life . . .

G. R. Dolby
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:11 AM EDT

As a fellow cancer battler I identify with Coach Hep. He always said, “Never quit!”

Coach Hep, you ran life’s race strong to the finish! That’s exactly what I am striving to do. Thanks for your inspiration and example to your family, team and the community. Rest in peace. I’m glad you don’t have to suffer anymore. But I’m sad you won’t be with your family, friends and team. Now you’re in Heaven with Jesus, by God’s grace. And by God’s grace, I’ll look forward to meeting you there.

My prayers are with Mrs. Hep and the family, as well as the IU football family. This is a sad day, but we can all be thankful for the passion Coach Hep had for life. And we can be grateful for the enthusiasm he brought back to IU Football.

G. R. Dolby

Mike P
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:28 AM EDT

JD – I agree with you. I have made many post since Friday to rally the IU faithful. To get out of the grass lots, to get into Memorial Stadium, and to “Rock the Rock”.

Saturday September 1st is the first game of the season, it is at home, against Indiana State. Think what it would mean to Coach Hep’s family, the IU Football staff, and the players to walk out of the locker rooms and see Cream and Crimson packed from the 1st row to the the top of the stadium. A sell out crowd to honor Coach Hep, and to start this team on it’s quest to win 13!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:29 AM EDT

Coach Hep should be remembered by continuing the Saturday traditions he started here at IU… The Rock has so much more meaning now, and The Walk will never be the same.

Coach Hep got me, my friends and my family. We all feel the best way to remember him is to continue supporting IU football and the program he so obviously cared about.

Naming something after him is good too.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:51 AM EDT

I didn’t know Coach Hep personally and was only fortunate to speak with him once at a football camp. However, the life he brought back to IU football goes without question. More importantly, the way he seemed to love life each time I saw him. Whether he was coahing on the field or leaving the game field with his wife after a game, he always struck me as a man who had made life into what he wanted it to be. Thank you Coach for setting the example.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 10:09 AM EDT

IU’s biggest problem has been fan support. Coach Hep reached out to the entire Hoosier Nation and began to develop the fan base that has been missing in Memorial Stadium for years… I can only hope that with his passing, his efforts will not be forgotten. Support the kids on the field as Coach did, they will need it now more than ever. I envisioned Hep at IU for a long time.. One day lifting the Rose Bowl trophy over his head.. I am truly saddended by his passing and I didn’t even know the man. That says it all….

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 10:17 AM EDT

We need to get that statue built in honor of Coach Hep. He deserves it. Also, I agree with all of you in that we need to pack the Rock this year. I love IU football and I’ll definitely be there.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 10:30 AM EDT

Even up here in Chicago, Hep got the Alumni base fired up and much more active during the fall, something Cameron or Dinardo never did. On the field, he made the team a legit contender against Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State, and Purdue. If he would have had 5 more season, a win against a big like Ohio State or Michigan was more than possible. His death is a great loss to the Indiana Program, but pales in comparison to the immense impact he had and it will be interesting to see the depth of this impact now that he’s gone.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 10:40 AM EDT

I was so sorry to hear about Coach Hoeppner’s passing. He was loved by not only his players, but IU Students and fans as well. You could see how much he loved IU and how motivated he was to bring a winning program to Bloomington. He even took the time to write my son a personal email after my son had written him.

My son is a PE Major at IU with a Coaching Minor. I can’t think of a better coach for him to emulate than Coach Hep.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 10:59 AM EDT

I feel sick at my stomach after reading this terrible news. The Hoosier Nation truly lost one of its best today. The enthusiasm and spark he provided Bloomington and the rest of Indiana about football…yes football, was priceless. Never did I care much about IU football until I arrived in Bloomington for freshmen orientation in the summer of 05 (the year Hep was hired), to signs of “Coach Hep wants you!” and other messages across campus. From that day forward, I felt obliged and honored to sign up for IU football season tickets then, last year, and this upcoming year. I hope all of us Hoosiers can rally after this terrible loss….rally to pack the Rock, to support this program that Coach Hep has rebuilt, and most importantly, rally to honor Coach Hep and the legacy that will last forever.

IU fan
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 12:20 PM EDT

Name the rock for him in huge letters as an inspiration for
everyone who sees it.

Stephen Doerscher
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 12:45 PM EDT

Hep was a Giant. We need more like him in sports today. He will be missed.
Rename Memorial Stadium in his honor.

Margie Churilla
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 1:54 PM EDT

I came back to IU after 30 years and one of my fondest memories was IU Football. I did not know Coach Hep, but he brought back that spirit I felt so long ago. His passing is a great loss to many. I hope the tradition and enthusiasm he started here at IU carries on. I know I will be in the stands this fall, while Coach is up in heaven, shining down on on the team he was so proud of. We’ll miss you Coach!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 2:32 PM EDT

Indiana University’s Hoeppner Stadium sounds good. Just a way to pay tribute to a great man.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 3:29 PM EDT

I worked at Miami (Ohio) as a media relations intern in the 2001-02 season (Roethlisberger’s freshman year). One of my duties was to meet with Terry every week and find out what was going on with the team, for the weekly football release we put out. The week after the team’s fall scrimmage, I visited with him and asked what had happened in the game. He replied that I should know what happened in the game, that I should have been there, that if I wanted to be good at my job, then that’s the type of thing I needed to do, and hustled me out of his office. It was later explained to him that football wasn’t the only sport with which I worked (he didn’t know that at the time), and that, at the time of the scrimmage, I was at a cross country meet we were hosting. I traveled with the football team throughout the season and helped out in several areas, and apparently he took notice. For our second-to-last game, we played at Hawaii, and Coach Hep was kind enough to open up a spot in the travel party for me as a reward for the work I’d done for him and his team. Those ended up being five of the best days of my life, and I owe it all to Coach Hep. He was a tough sun of a gun, and he expected a lot out of the people who worked alongside him and the players whom he led onto the field on those autumn Saturdays, but if you lived up to his expectations, you were duly rewarded.

I’ll never forget the kind gesture he made to a “lowly” intern, and I’ll never forget how great a man Terry Hoeppner was.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 3:30 PM EDT

Renaming Indiana University’s stadium –Hoeppner Stadium–is the least IU can do to thank Coach Hep for turning around the football program and the hopes of all IU fans young and old. He will always be rememebered as a man of courage and big dreams.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 4:54 PM EDT

As a alumna and Hoosier who supported IU football through the not-so-great :) years, it was so wonderful when Coach Hep came to IU to head up the program. Not only was he a great coach who gave the players faith in their abilities, but he really did get the Hoosier Nation interested in football. I was so excited because I honestly could see the day in the near future when we *would* beat the big two – U of M and OSU. But Hep was much more than just a great coach turning a medicore football team into one that turned heads. He embodied everything I associate with IU, especially the Hoosier pride that I feel everytime I see anything regarding my great school. Hoosier fans have always impressed me – we’re ones to focus on the good our team is doing rather than “booing” the other team as so many other schools’ fans seem to do. I think the Hoosier Nation needs to come out in force…support our boys on the field…and bring home that Rose Bowl trophy for Coach Hep. Continue his dream, his prides, and his love of IU.

Coach Hep…you are terribly missed!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 5:29 PM EDT

My dad has passed away on June 17th 2006 (Father’s Day) from brain tumor.

He was 59 years old (Same as coach Hep).

So last year when I heard about coach Hep, I really really hoped he would heal and overcome the cancer.

I am in deep sadness now. We really need to find a cure to this terrible disease.

Probably he is now with my dad in a better place where he won’t feel the pain and suffering anymore.

Rest In Peace, COACH.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 8:38 PM EDT

I think “Coach Hep scholarship” would be a fine idea.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 9:18 PM EDT

My memories and impressions of Coach Hep echo those of my fellow Hoosiers. My fondest memory of him was the Monday after one of my 2nd grade students came to school beaming, wearing his IU football hat and t-shirt he had received that weekend during the Big Brothers push that Coach Hep did. My little guy had been waiting so patiently for a big brother and it meant so much to him to have received those things from Coach Hep and to have Coach Hep autograph his hat. I always hesitated when I had to ask him to take his hat off during school b/c I knew how much that hat and day meant to him.Thanks Coach Hep for making my student feel special and for being someone that we all can look up to.

roger griffin
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 11:17 AM EDT


Bill (but not Bill Mallory)
Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 12:55 PM EDT

All of these ideas are good to remember Hep. He was certainly a gifted coach and more importantly, a special human being. I would also like to see the university recognize another special person who is still with us and has provided the football program with immeasurable benefits. Coach Mallory gave us some great years and has proved to be a true “Hoosier” gentleman, regardless of his untimely and unwarranted exit from the coaching job. Hep was a lot like Coach Mallory, in many respects. Both should be honored and remembered at the new facility.

Lisa Brown
Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 11:31 PM EDT

From the Herald Times in January 2007…

Indiana University Football Coach Terry Hoeppner invited Steven Hensley ( age 13) to his office in December.

Steven was in Bloomington for six weeks to receive daily proton therapy for a brain tumor. Coach Hep was an inspiration to Steven as he shared his own story with him. He encouraged Steven to “never give up” as he gave him a copy of his favorite poem, “Don’t Quit.”

He also signed a football cap for Steven, and he invited Steven to attend a practice and a game with him in the spring.

A big THANK YOU to Coach Hep for inspiring others both on and off the field!


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