Hall of Fame
John Friend

John Friend

TYPE Athlete/Meritorious Service
YEAR INDUCTED 2011

John Friend attended Lipscomb University from 1954-1957 where he was an outstanding player for the Bison basketball team and named team captain.  He played a leading role in Lipscomb’s march to the VSAC Tournament all four years, including the championship game in 1956.  After graduation John returned to his Indiana home, where from 1980-2001 he served as Director of Athletics at Purdue University Calumet, garnering an Administrator of the Year award and the university’s prestigious Bob Hayes Award for service to athletics.  He led the formation of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, solidifying its traditions in his role as conference commissioner. He also served on the Executive Committee of NAIA District 21 for thirteen years and received the district’s Administrator of the Year award in 1994.  His athletic accomplishments were acknowledged by his selection into five Halls of Fame: Purdue Calumet, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the National College Football Coaches Association, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.  Upon his retirement from Purdue Calumet John’s colleagues honored him by establishing the John Friend Scholarship Endowment.  In April 2011 he achieved the distinction of being the first in Purdue Calumet’s athletic history to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.  A leader with integrity and a commitment to excellence, John is a respected voice in athletics on levels both regional and national.