Coach and Athletics Director, 1953-68
Ketchman was Athletics Director from 1953-67 and athletics coordinator in 1968, in addition to serving as head coach in football, basketball and tennis. In football, he compiled a 47-53-5 record from 1953-66, including six winning seasons. In basketball, he went 15-12 from 1953-55. A noted promoter, he held numerous clinics for high school coaches and athletes with such famous athletes as Raymond Berry, Jesse Owens and Ted Williams. A health and physical education instructor, he received the NAIA Award of Merit and Michigan High School Coaches Association Award for Meritorious Service in 1961. He earned the Michigan Associated Press Award for Meritorious Service in 1959.
A graduate of Michigan State, Ketchman starred at center under Charlie Bachman and was captain and MVP of the 1936 Spartan football team. The Battle Creek Central High grad served as a major in the U.S. Air Force from 1941-46 and coached at Sparta and East Lansing High School and Wayne State. He was administrative assistant and coordinator of promotion for the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy from 1970-73 and later began Athletic Enterprises to promote international travel and sport tours for high schools and colleges. Ketchman, who died on Aug. 12, 2000, is survived by his widow, Joan, who resides in Midland.