A man who spent his entire athletic training career in the City of Bridges is recognized today as he works his final event for the Logansport athletic teams.
Tom Evanich ends his 27-year athletic career today. He has been the trainer for Logansport athletic teams after graduating from Indiana State with a degree in athletic training. He later received a second degree from the University of Indianapolis.
“It’s a compliment to him that people know him simply as ‘Trainer Tom’ because he’s meant so much to so many young people,” said Mayor Dave Kitchell who named him the Logansport Citizen of the Week. “Tom is one of many examples of someone who came to Logansport and never left, married and raised a family. He gave up many of his weeknights and weekends for something he loved, but it’s clear he had a passion for the community and its young people who often only met him in the most painful moments of their lives.”
During his tenure, Logansport won several North Central Conference championships and graduated Indiana All-Star basketball players, one of whom was Whitney Jennings, Logansport’s only athlete to ever be named the top basketball player in the state. He also treated Jason Spear, a Mr. Football finalist who went on to play collegiately at Indiana.
Evanich is a native of Whiting, where the Mascot Hall of Fame recently opened. Kitchell said it is hope that when Felix the Cat, Logansport’s mascot, is inducted into the hall, Tom will be there to present him and come full circle in his life to his hometown. Evanich is employed at Northcentral Indiana Sports Medicine Center in Logansport.
The Citizen of the Week is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and recognizes Logansport natives or residents who contribute to the community or are recognized for their achievements. Recipients received a certificate of appreciation from the city and a $20 gift certificate.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell