Honoring the life of Dan RandolPH

Dan Randolf

Dan Randolph was a teacher, coach, and man of faith. He relentlessly poured into others. Now a scholarship honoring him will help continue that legacy. 

Randolph’s family is establishing the Daniel E. Randolph Jr. Memorial Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County to honor him. Scholarships will be awarded to Elkhart High School athletes who graduate and go on to play college athletics.

Randolph taught history and social studies and coached a variety of sports in his 29-year career at West Side Middle School and Elkhart Memorial High School. The sports included basketball, football, track and field, and golf. His passion for the athletes and their success was his top priority. He constantly showed his love for others.

Mr. Randolph passed away in November 2003, and those who knew and loved him can recount the lessons he taught them.

“I learned how to be a better person to other people,” said Brent Curry, one of the students Mr. Randolph touched at West Side Middle School when Curry was barely a teenager. “He talked about treating others the way you wanted to be treated. He talked a lot about the love of God and how to be a better teammate. He looked out for children whether they were less fortunate or fortunate. It didn’t matter to him. His thing was everyone is a human and you treat them all with respect.”

His son Danny remembers how “he loved his students. He loved his athletes. He loved the Elkhart Community. He gave everything he had to his coaching and those he taught.”

Bill Beck, who interacted with Randolph often as a reporter and sports editor of The Elkhart Truth, remembers many conversations with Randolph.  “Every school has that man or woman who knows everything about the school. That was Dan Randolph,” said Beck.

Randolph lived with purpose and intention, said his daughter Nancy Clark. “Every day was focused on wanting the best of those around him,” she said.

Arvis Dawson coached and taught with Randolph at West Side for more than two decades. They were very close friends and Dawson described him as a good man who always did the right thing for kids. “I’m very excited about this scholarship. He would always want to see a kid better himself, especially athletically and academically at the same time,” Dawson said.

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