Brian Bippus, one of the Indy Hawks’most illustrious basketball players, was induced into the Gallaudet University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, a year ago in Washington DC. Bippus was honored for his academic and athletic contributions to the Gallaudet Athletics program. Excerpts are here:
Brian A. Bippus ’93, was presented by his former men’s basketball coach James DeStefano, who discussed his recruitment of Bippus and then went into year-by-year career highlights of his time as a Bison player.
“Brian’s skills were phenomenal. He was just so smooth. I knew he would be something special,” said DeStefano. “I prayed he would come to Gallaudet. When I became the head coach the following year my first call was to Brian.”
Bippus graduated as the all-time leading scorer for men’s basketball in Gallaudet history with 1,882 points. He played four years (1987-91) for the buff and blue as the Bison began their 20-year membership in the Capital Athletic Conference. Bippus became the first Bison to earn All-CAC honors as he was picked for the first team during the 1990-91 season. The three-time team captain also excelled in the classroom and became Gallaudet’s first-ever Academic All-American when he was named to the 1990-91 second team. He also earned All-District II first team honors.
“Being up here is truly an honor. When I first came to Gallaudet I wasn’t sure what I wanted to accomplish. I never thought I would be sharing this moment with my family today,” said Bippus during the induction. “Coach DeStefano taught me to coach with integrity and finesse and to play a good game. He expanded my basketball IQ and improved the way I played the game of basketball.”
The full story of the enshrinement can be found here: http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2012-13/hofrecap