Top stories of 2016: Farewell to a legend

The Castle High School football program bid farewell to a legend this year.

John Lidy, who coached the team for nearly 30 years, passed away Sept. 9 at the age of 71 of an apparent heart attack.

Lidy coached the Knights to two state football championships — one in 1982 and one in 1994. He was the only coach in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference to do so.

Lidy was inducted into the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame in December 2000. Castle High School renamed the football field “John Lidy Field” in 2013.

For Lidy’s former players, including current Castle Athletic Director Brandon Taylor, the loss was felt both personally and professionally.

“On the field, he was a great football coach, but he was a better person,” Taylor said. “He taught you how to be a better person.”

Lidy had moved to Fishers to be closer to his sons, John Vincent and George Allen, both of whom were part of the state championship team in 1994. Vince is currently a football coach at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers. Allen is a defense attorney in the Indianapolis area.

Lidy also left behind his wife, Nancy, of 46 years; six grandchildren, Emma, Max, Kate, Mia, John Thomas and Mia.

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