Penn High School athletic director Ben Karasiak was honored by the Moose Krause Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame at its April 22 banquet. Karasiak was awarded the organization's 2015 Moose Krause Contributions to Football Award. The Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame is one of the strongest and most prestigious in the country. The award is a fitting and well-deserved honor, made all the more special in light of Mr. Karasiak's announced retirement.
An outstanding collegiate athlete, Ben Karasiak played both football and baseball at the University of Evansville and has since been inducted in U of E's Athletic Hall of Fame. In his career, Ben has taught and coached, and served as an administrator and athletic director, at Marian High School and Elkhart Memorial High School, before coming to Penn in 1997. His tenure at Penn as Director of Athletics and Student Activities has been marked by great success, including 11 team state championships and 13 state runner-up teams.
In addition to overseeing outstanding athletic programs throughout the district, a number of Penn facilities have been upgraded under his leadership, resulting in top-notch venues serving athletes and spectators. Thousands of students have been positively impacted by Ben Karasiak's contributions in the past 18 years. His influence, the standards he has maintained and the practices he has modeled, have benefited the larger community as well.
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, its Board and administration and staff, join in congratulating Ben Karasiak on this professional achievement!