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Coach hits home run as new Hall of Famer

Bob Shinkan of Munster High School now has his own plaque at the Indiana Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Munster High School’s Bob Shinkan is celebrating 30 years as head baseball coach with an induction into the Indiana Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

A 1971 MHS alumnus, Shinkan was inducted in January in Indianapolis after being nominated by Ken Schreiber, of LaPorte, a Hall of Fame member and the most successful coach in Indiana baseball history.

“It was a very humbling experience to be recognized by my peers,” said Shinkan, 61.

“I like being able to take a group of young men and help guide them into a team that not only contends for conference and sectional championships, but also to see these young men become part of a baseball family during their high school years... It is also very special to see these players come back after graduating and support the team and the program,” he added.

The Munster High School baseball team was co-Northwest Crossroads Conference baseball champions last year, and in 2002 won the Class 4A State Championship. In addition, the team has reached the Final Four in the state tournament four years.

This year also marked Shinkan’s 40th year as a geometry and honors geometry teacher at the school. In addition, he serves as a Mustang assistant football coach.

“I enjoy the daily interaction with all the students at MHS. To be a part of not only one of the top high schools in the state but in the country is very special,” he said. “Being a graduate of MHS makes it that much more rewarding.”

Shinkan resides in Munster with his wife, Laura, and enjoys camping and attending sports games. After retirement, he hopes to become involved with service organizations.

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