Commentary by Shelly Gattlieb
The Fishers HSE Youth Football League Knights are 8-0, and a large part of their success can be credited to Coach Andy Imes. He has always felt that coaching is his true calling in life, and in the past, he also has coached soccer, baseball and basketball.
As far as mentors, Imes said that former Indiana University football coach Bill Mallory had the greatest influence on how he guides his players. After joining the IU football team as a freshman but then getting injured, Imes became a student assistant coach under Mallory while earning his degree in sports management and marketing.
Imes has been married to his wife, Tracy, for 20 years. They have lived in Fishers for 15 years. Their daughter, Jordan, is a junior at Fishers High School. Their eldest son, Carter, is an eighth-grader at Fishers Junior High, and their youngest son, Graham, is in sixth grade at Sand Creek Intermediate. Tracy Imes was on the Butler University women’s swim team, and all three kids are active in team sports.
Pets: Chocolate labradoodle Derby and cats Reese’s and Snickers
How he met Tracy: Blind date
Favorite toy as a child: Tonka trucks
Congregation: Fishers United Methodist
Imes family tradition: Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., every Spring Break
Favorite brewery: Sun King
Most important coaching principle: You can control two things – attitude and effort
Favorite hashtag: #leo for ‘love each other’
10-year wedding anniversary trip: Hawaii
Favorite local band: Dave & Rae
What he would take on a desert island: Dora’s magic backpack
Favorite movie series: “Fast & Furious” and “Pitch Perfect”
Favorite restaurant: Janko’s Little Zagreb in Bloomington
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