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Pilgrims News · MICHAEL DELP NAMED NEW PHS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR


1994 PHS Graduate Michael Delp was recently named Athletic Director at Plymouth High School.  Delp replaces recently retired Roy Benge.  Benge had been the AD at Plymouth for the past 18 years as he started in 2000.

Delp becomes the fourth Athletic Director Plymouth High School has ever had.  Bob Hileman was the very first AD for PHS starting in 1962.  Ironically Hileman is the grandfather of Delp.  Hileman retired at the end of the 1986 school year.  He was replaced by Bill Nixon who retired at the end of the 2000 school year.

Michael grew up in Plymouth as both of his parents graduated from Plymouth High School in 1973.  Father Mike played football, basketball, and baseball all four years while a student at PHS.

Delp played tennis and basketball through his four years representing The Big Red.  He played for two Hall of Fame coaches in these two sports.  Mary Beth Hunter was his tennis coach while Jack Edison was his basketball coach.

Delp was part of three IHSAA Team Sectional Championships (1991, 1992, 1993), one Team Regional Championship (1992), and one Team Semi State Championship (1992) in tennis.  Delp and his doubles partner, Scott Hunt, finished runner-up in the individual Doubles State Championship his senior year.  They fell in the final match to the champion Indianapolis Brebeuf doubles team 3-6, 7-5, and 3-6.

Delp was also part of two IHSAA Sectional Championships in basketball (1992, 1994).  Delp scored 828 points during his basketball career for the Pilgrims.  The Pilgrims made it to the championship game of the IHSAA Regional during Delp’s senior year.  They defeated Warsaw at Warsaw in the first game of the regional 51-43 before falling to Manchester in the regional championship game 47-44.  The Pilgrims were 51-20 during his three years on the varsity.

Delp went on to Taylor University and played basketball for another Hall of Fame Coach in Paul Patterson.  He graduated from Taylor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education.  He was hired to teach math at PHS in the fall of 1998.  During his teaching years, Delp also coached basketball, tennis, and golf for the Pilgrims.

He remained a math teacher until 2014 when he was then named Co-Director of the new Weidner School of Inquiry.  Delp was still able to coach tennis during this administrative job.  He was the Head Boy’s Tennis Coach for the Pilgrims 19 years.  During that time his Pilgrims won 19 Sectional Championships.  The boy’s tennis team has currently won 21 straight IHSAA Sectional Championships.

Delp is married to Heather (Pickerell) Delp, a 1995 graduate of Plymouth High School.  She played volleyball, basketball, and softball while a student-athlete at PHS.  They have two children; Taylor will be an 8th grader at Lincoln Junior High while son Trey will be a 6th grader at Riverside Intermediate School.

Michael became a fan of Pilgrim Athletics at a very young age with his grandfather as the Athletic Director at PHS.  Attached is a video of Michael from the 1982 IHSAA State Basketball Championship game played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.  This video was taken before the Skiles shot that tied that game.  The Pilgrims defeated Gary Roosevelt 75-74 in 2 OT’s!  Click on the numbers to watch the video.

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Delp started in his new position on Monday, 7/2/18.  Please welcome Michael Delp to his new position the next time you see him!