Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award

The Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award is presented annually as part of Purdue University Calumet’s Homecoming festivities. A plaque is awarded to a PUC alumnus who has distinguished themself in the field of athletics or a former athlete who is successful in their career. The award is named for retired Purdue Calumet professor, coach, and athletic director Bob Hayes.

Bob Markovich , 2013 Bob Hayes Award Honoree receiving his award

2013 – Bob Markovich

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Bob Hayes Honoree Ben Simmons FEB 2012

2012 – Ben Simmons

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2011 Bob Hayes Award Nominee Thomas Linger receiving his award

2011 – Thomas Linger

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Bob Hayes 2010 Award nominee Ramona Dori Downing Receiving her award

2010 – Ramona “Dori” Downing, teacher, Calumet High School


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2009 Bob Hayes Honoree Rod Weingart receiving his award

2009 – Rod Weingart, teacher and guidance counselor, Lew Wallace High School

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2008 Bob Hayes Honoree Brenda (Clark) Drook receiving her award

2008 – Brenda (Clark) Drook, school teacher and coach, Hebron High School

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2007 – LeeAnn DeYoung-Slowik, former nurse and Century 21 realtor
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2006 Bob Hayes Honoree Daniel Durochik receiving his award

2006 – Daniel Durochik, general manager, McColly Realty

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2005 – Larry Vaznonis, school teacher and coach
(head varsity girls softball) in the Lake Ridge School System
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2004 Bob Hayes Honoree Tony Garvey receiving his award

2004 – Tony Garvey, Internal Revenue Service

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2003 – Roman Modrowski, assistant sports editor, Chicago Sun-Times
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2002 – John Friend
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2001 – Vicky Baker, Physician, Wausau, WI
2000 – John Randy Marovich, Girls Soccer Coach, Andrean H.S. 
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1999 – Bob Hayes, retired professor, coach and athletic director at Purdue University Calumet
1998 – Tom Whiteley, Girls Golf Coach at Munster High School
1997 – Tony Vermejan, Hospital Administrator
1996 – Ed Blackmon, Engineer
1995 – Dave Pishkur, Baseball Coach at Andrean High School
1994 – Bob Kurtz, Superintendent of Griffith Public Schools
1993 – Al Gandolfi, Wrestling Coach, Kahler Middle School
1992 – Sandy Love, Girls Basketball Coach, Rich South H.S.
1991 – Mary Herring, Volleyball Coach, Morton High School
1990 – Dan McCabe, Girls Basketball Coach, Bishop Noll (H.S.)
1989 – Gary Ridgley, Girls Basketball Coach, Clark High School
1988 – Robert Wakefield, Athletic Director, Highland High School
1987 – Larry McKissack, Girls Basketball Coach, Lew Wallace H.S.
1986 – Russ Radtke, Football Coach, Griffith High School