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Longtime North Dearborn, Aurora and South Dearborn basketball coach, teacher and administrator Bill Slayback, 80, passed away late Wednesday.

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Aurora's Bill Slayback (44) in action for Franklin College in 1959-60, where he earned NAIA All-American honors and led all Indiana collegiate player in scoring, averaging 26 points per game.

HALL OF FAME COACH BILL SLAYBACK PASSES

AURORA - Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame player and coach Bill Slayback passed away at age 80 late Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The longtime North Dearborn, Aurora and South Dearborn High School coach, teacher and administrator reportedly suffered a severe heart attack after completing a round of golf, the sport he played avidly since his 1998 retirement.

"Coach Slayback had a huge impact on the South Dearborn community and will be missed and remembered by many," said current athletic director Ryan Walston on the school's website.

Born in Aurora in 1939, William Keith Slayback became the first student-athlete to earn 16 varsity letters, in 4 different sports, at Aurora High School before graduating in 1957.

A 6'2" guard recruited by both Indiana University and the University of Kentucky, he still holds Aurora's career and single-game (41 points) basketball scoring records. He earned all-conference honors in four sports and was named to numbers All-State teams while competing for the Red Devils.

After his freshman year with IU's Hoosiers, where he was a teammate of future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Walt Bellamy, Slayback transferred to Franklin College.

He set career and single-game scoring records (44 vs. Georgetown, Ky.) for Franklin's Grizzlies earning NAIA All-American honors.

Slayback averaged 26 points per game at Franklin during the 1959-60 season, leading all Indiana collegiate basketball players in scoring. He graduated from Franklin in 1961 with teaching degrees in physical education and history.

After coaching the new North Dearborn High School consolidation to basketball championships in the early 1960s, where future New York Yankees centerfielder Jim Lyttle was his star player, Slayback returned to Aurora to take the head basketball coaching position in 1968.

His 20-year record as Red Devils head coach included 258 victories, culminating with Aurora's run to the state's Final Eight in the 1977 semistate, under the traditional single-class state tournament format.

Slayback took over athletic director duties, when Aurora joined Dillsboro, Manchester and Moores Hill in the South Dearborn consolidation in 1978-79, later returning to the sidelines as Knights head coach.

Slayback's teams won eight sectional championships and one regional title, all told, during his high school basketball coaching career. He also earned IBCA District 4 Coach of the Year honors.

Slayback was inducted to the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and was an initial inductee to South Dearborn's Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to Dearborn County's All-Century Team in 1999. He was an inductee to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Arrangements are pending from Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora.

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