John Chiarotti, Class of 1967, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach.
As an athlete, Chiarotti earned three track letters as an offensive lineman and linebacker. A four-year starter on the 1963 through 1966 Grizzly football squads, he earned several honors: twice selected as a team co-captain; twice named all-conference; and in 1966, designated as the team’s most valuable player. Chiarotti’s collegiate athletic career was culminated with being chosen as the 1967 recipient of the Wil B. Nelp as the college’s most outstanding senior athlete.
In 1968, Chiarotti directed the men’s tennis team to its first winning season and, in 1976, coached track and field standout Dave Lyon to All-American honors in the javelin. However, he is best remembered as the defensive coordinator of Stewart “Red” Faught’s 1966-79 grid teams. During those 11 years, Franklin enjoyed nine winning seasons and was twice selected for post-season games: the 1970 team won the Mineral Water Bowl, and the 1972 squad reached the final four of the NAIA national playoffs. The Chiarotti-led ’72 defense unit held its opponents to only 10.6 points per contest and allowed only five rushing touchdowns in 10 games.
Chiarotti is currently general manager of Amos Hill Associates, Inc. and resides in Franklin with Gloria and their children, John Michael and Kristen.
Tom Martin, Class of 1975, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame as a player.
An integral part of the potent Grizzly football offenses in the 1971 through 1974 seasons, Martin came to Franklin from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, where he was names that school’s outstanding senior athlete.
At Franklin, Martin earned four varsity football letters and was named three times to the NAIA All-District 21 honor team; in 1974 he was selected as an honorable mention All-America. Noted for his spectacular catches, Martin established several school records: the longest reception for a touchdown (92 yards), most catches in a game (13), most receptions in a season (63) and most career catches (171).
Martin also received four varsity track and field letters and there too, was an All-District selection. Following his senior year, he was named the college’s outstanding senior athlete.
After graduating cum laude, Martin continued his football career, first with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, and then as a semiprofessional player. During his 10th season as a semipro, he was the league’s leading scorer and most valuable player.
Martin currently teaches and coaches in Tampa, Fla., where he resides with his wife, Susan, a doctor of chiropractics specializing in sports injuries.
Judi Warren, Class of 1980, has been inducted into the Franklin College Athletics Hall of Fame as a player.
During her athletic career at Franklin, Warren was a four-year starter on the basketball and field hockey teams. The Grizzlies won the small college state championship three of those four years. A former Indiana All-Star and the state’s first Miss Basketball, she received the David Naile Award as the outstanding senior athlete in 1980.
Warren received an athletic achievement award in 1991 from her alma mater. She earned her master’s degree from Ball State University.
After coaching at South Dearborn High School and Maconaquah High School, she took the reins of the Carmel High School girls basketball program in 1988. At Maconaquah, her teams captured three consecutive sectional championships in 1986, ’87 and ’88. Her Carmel squads have won three straight sectional titles and advanced to the final game on the semi state in 1992. In addition to her coaching duties, Warren teaches physical education at Mohawk Trails Elementary School in Carmel.
She has received many honors including 1992 District Coach of the Year and 1993 Head Coach of the Indiana All-Start team, which swept the rival Kentucky All-Stars in both summer meetings.
Warren has one son, Andy, a sixth grader at Carmel Junior High School.