Randy Minniear has donned many hats throughout his professional career.

The Broad Ripple High School alumnus (Class of 1962) was a running back in the NFL for the New York Giants and the ClevelRandy Minniear and Browns. After retiring from the NFL, he had a successful career on Wall Street and participated on various boards.

Today, Minniear — who graduated from Purdue University — has a new interest in mentoring and coaching youth. He credits the support from his family and his IPS education for providing the solid foundation that created a path for his success.

Early life in Indianapolis …

My life was always built around athletics. I always wanted to be a ball player; my father would throw with me and play with me all the time. My fondest memories are going down the alley (that led to the school) to play ball no matter what the game. It seems like I did this every day of my life. I played organized sports (football and basketball) at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Overall, my parents were very supportive of my efforts in sports. I attended Joyce Kilmer School 69 and graduated from Broad Ripple High School.

Your experience at Broad Ripple …

First, let me say that my parents always emphasized education. I loved Broad Ripple. I remember that Broad Ripple had a great school spirit and a wonderful faculty. I remember my friends and all the wonderful people that attended school with me. All four years in high school I played football, baseball and basketball. I was All-City, All-State and a High School All-American player in football. Most of all, I am so thankful for the excellent education I received at Ripple. It has been the foundation of whatever successes I have achieved.

Fondest IPS memory as a student …

That would have to be athletics. I was lucky enough to be the Indianapolis City Athlete of the Year in 1962, which was based on athletics and academics. Even with all of the athletic awards I was honored to receive, I greatly enjoyed normal high school activities as well. I was also involved in The Ripples (a talent show put on every year at Broad Ripple), school clubs and all of the normal student activities. Even so, I enjoyed the academic side as a student.

My IPS education prepared me for ….

College and beyond. I took all college preparatory courses at Broad Ripple. When I got to (Purdue), I realized how much my Broad Ripple education prepared me for college and a variety of different opportunities that came along in my lifetime. In looking at a career objective, my IPS education put me in an advantageous position to pursue what I wanted. After 40 years on Wall Street and looking back, it was IPS that prepared me for my economics career choice. My Purdue education would have prepared me for Wall Street, but I studied economics at Broad Ripple not at Purdue. IPS brought out the best in my career on Wall Street.

Higher Education …

I received my bachelor’s in physical education at Purdue with honors; my degree is in teaching and coaching with a minor in biology. I also attended graduate courses in kinesiology from Purdue. I played football and baseball at Purdue as well.

My life since graduating …

I was drafted by both the New York Giants football team and the Minnesota Twins baseball team in 1966. I chose football and played in the NFL for five years. During the off season, I got involved in Wall Street. I retired from professional football due to a knee injury and went full time in the financial arena for 40 years. I greatly enjoyed the fast-paced, high-tension, crazy world of equity trading. I worked for the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS) my last 12 years and retired from UBS in 2008 and moved back to the Indianapolis area in 2009. I have been coaching football and baseball for Brown County High School since our return. I currently serve as the head football coach for Brown County High School.

I spent 38 years on the executive board of the NFL Alumni Association. I served as the chairman of the Board for 21 years; I recently retired and was awarded chairman emeritus status. Through the NFL Alumni Association, we raised millions of dollars to help kids and those less fortunate. Additionally, I sat on the NFL Player Care Foundation Board, where I was one of the four original trustees. I recently retired from the foundation board to devote more time to working with young athletes.

Proudest accomplishments …

Raising two wonderful kids, playing college and professional sports, and being inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2015. Additionally, I am proud to have so many young people that call me “Coach” still to this day. The opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of kids I’ve coached over the years has made me very proud and humbled.

Family…

My wife Becky and I have four children between us, three boys and one girl, and eight wonderful grandchildren. I am proud of all our four children as they are all very successful with wonderful families.  My wife and I have lived in Brown County since 2009 and we love it there.

Interests/ Hobbies …

I really enjoy listening to music, reading and playing golf. I am a partner at Salt Creek Golf Retreat in Nashville, Indiana. Additionally, I love coaching football. Playing sports my entire life has enhanced my passion for coaching young people. Above all, I really enjoy spending time with my wife and families.

Vision/Dreams …

My dream is that we all can come together and bring peace and tranquility to this world, and to be mindful of what God intended for us to be.

I want every child to realize what they can achieve through a good education, hard work, dedication and perseverance. Have a dream and never ever give up on your goals and aspirations.

I also hope my health continues to allow me to work with young people and make a difference with the kids. I hope to spend many more years enjoying time with my wife, children and grandchildren.

Final Quote …

Two of my favorite quotes are:

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a LIFE.”  —  John Wooden, American basketball player and head coach.

“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind when you go.”  — Singer Randy Travis, “Three Wooden Crosses”