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Alumni Spotlight: Bill Bevan '63

 Bill Bevan with Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo. (Photo credit: Indiana Pacers)

Name: Bill Bevan
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1963
College: Marian
Current Position: NBA scorekeeper; retired from Allstate 
Employer: Indiana Pacers

“I’m one of those people, when I decide it’s time … then it’s time.” – Bill Bevan ’63, longtime official scorekeeper for the Indiana Pacers 

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications 

As the last remaining scorekeeper from the original Indiana Pacers ABA team, Bill Bevan ’63 has seen a lot of basketball. And, from his courtside seat with the NBA Pacers, he has seen the big names in the game. But Bevan is ready to walk away from all the excitement.

It’s been a nice, long run: 51 years and three different arenas, the Coliseum, Market Square Arena and now Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

“I’m not dragging my feet. It’s time,” said Bevan, who is a regular substitute teacher at Scecina and also has coached many Crusaders sports teams over the years. 

“His years of service and dedication to the Pacers’ franchise is not only a tremendous accomplishment but a tremendous credit to Bill,” said David Benner, director of Indiana Pacers Media Relations and Bill’s boss. 

“To devote your life to something outside of your job and your family for this long requires great balance and ability to do so. It’s easy to say we’re sorry to see Bill retire, but it’s also easy to say, go enjoy your darn retirement! You’ve earned it, you deserve it and, also, thank you!” 

Bevan isn’t quite sure when his last NBA game will be. The Pacers will decide that by how they play from now until the end of the regular season and how far they go into the playoffs. During Bevan’s final season, visiting teams have been presenting him with signed team jerseys and t-shirts. 

Bevan's first job with the Pacers was as the rebounding tally for the team. (His day job was with office operations supervisor for Allstate insurance.) He became the official Pacers scorekeeper in 1970. 

Indianapolis Star sportswriter Zak Keefer wrote this about Bevan in May 2014: “He's joked with Michael Jordan before tip-offs, traded barbs with Charles Barkley in the locker room and formed friendships he's carried with him all his adult life."

"For me, it's about the people," Bevan told Keefer. “This is the best part-time job in the world. Always has been." 

In an interview in January of last year with the Pacers’ Eddie White, Bevan said he’s probably the most known for the time Lance Stephenson landed on him at the scorers’ table. Click here to listen to White’s interview with Bevan (the interview starts at 29:41 of the broadcast). 

On one of Bevan’s days subbing in the seniors’ Catholic Theology class, a student asked him to name his favorite player of all time. While Bevan is hesitant to choose one player above all others, he’s adamant about his favorite Pacers team: the first ABA team in its first season. 

“Those guys were just coming out of college, and were the same age as I was,” he told his class. “It was a family back then. It’s all business now. The NBA is all business.” 

Bevan also became close friends with Mel Daniels, who was the ABA Most Valuable Player in 1969 and 1971 and led the Pacers to three ABA championships. Bevan said he misses Daniels, who died in October 2015. 

You have to assume Bevan played basketball for the Crusaders: “Well, I was on the team” is his response. He was coached all four years at Scecina by Ray Riley, who later became Scecina's principal. 

Bevan certainly has enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the best pro players, such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James. But he knows it’s time to go. 

Bevan said he and his wife, Sheryl, a former Scecina teacher, want to travel more during the Indiana winters. Late last fall, during an extended Pacers away trip, Bevan was walking on the beach in his shorts. At the moment, he decided this NBA season would be his last with the Pacers. 

27 comments (Add your own)

1. Cathy Dezelan wrote:
Congratulations on a job well done! Enjoy your next chapter. Speaking for the Class of '63, "We are proud to say you are in our class." See you at our 55th reunion.

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 7:49 AM

2. Julie Brown wrote:
Congratulations on your Retirement after many years of dedication.
Enjoy some time with your awesome wife Cheryl.
Julie and Cafeteria Workers

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

3. Ray Riley wrote:
Bill and I go back a long way. His father , Bill, sr., was known as " the Mayor", was one of the many that provided the heart of Scecina when it fist opened. Sheryl, Bill's wife, was a great teacher at Scecina. Bill has a big heart and a ready smile. He was in one of the greatest classes that ever graduated from Scecina. I'm going to miss looking for him on the scorekeeper's bench every game.
He is a fine man and I am sure the Pacers will miss him. Good luck Bill. Enjoy your retirement, but don't ever leave Scecina. You and your class helped to define Scecina.

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 9:58 AM

4. donnie wright wrote:
Bill,I,m so happy for you, I also retired from the Pacers (Simons ) but might work again for them at the Playoffs, hope to see you there and good luck.

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

5. Patsy O’Connor Bucksot wrote:
Best wishes old friend. We enjoyed a lot of fun times at Allstate.
Proud of my fellow Crusader of his dedication and professionalism for the Pacers.
May God Bless you and Sheryl with many happy and healthy retirement years.

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

6. Mary ayers wrote:
Congratulations, Uncle Bill, and thanks for enabling us to grow up Pacer-proud! See you in Florida next winter 😎

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

7. Nancy Haas wrote:
Congrats Uncle Bill,so proud of you! You will forever be my favorite Pacer 😘🏀!

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

8. Earleen Schnabel wrote:
Congratulations Bill. I am sure you will be missed there as you were at Allstate. You have had a great ride and I am so happy for You!

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

9. Linnie Montgomery wrote:
Bill, my lunch time buddy at Allstate. Congratulations on a job well done. Enjoy your 2nd retirement as you deserve it. Here's hoping you and Sheryl with the big S walk many beaches hand in hand!

Sat, March 10, 2018 @ 10:09 PM

10. June Jorgenson wrote:
Bill, you have become a legend in your own time. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished. Your mom and especially your dad would be so proud of you.

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

11. Dana Leszcynski Sills wrote:
Congratulations - you are such an important part of Pacers history♡♡

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 8:12 AM

12. Peggy Purvis wrote:
Are you sure? Just teasing, congratulations and enjoy your retirement. The guys are going to miss you! Have much fun, Billy!

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 8:14 AM

13. Theresa Desautels wrote:
Congrats, Bill! I always know that the Pacers are "in good hands" (pun intended) when I see your face behind that monitor. You could probably decide the questions for the referees in half the time. The Sisters of St. Francis taught you how to think and make decisions.
Enjoy your retirement. There is nothing like it. I know the Pacers will miss you!

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

14. Raymond Riley wrote:
My favorite substitute teacher (even though you always made fun of me for being Ray Riley's grandson)!

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 11:59 AM

15. Mike Rckley wrote:
I have know Bill for a minimum of 50 plus years, thru his brother Steve a grade school and high school friend and classmate. One thing about Bill was had always had a nice greeting or comment anytime you might see him. I used to see him the most at some of the Pacer games where we had corporate seats on the floor and he always made it a point to stop by and drop off a stats sheet at half time and have a few words either about the game in play or life and time at the moment. Stay healthy have fun and see you shortly down the road.

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

16. Ed Wernsing &#39 wrote:
Enjoy retirement Bill as you certainly deserve it. But I'm betting you stay busy at Scecina and other projects that are important to you and Sheryl.

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

17. Jim Bass wrote:
Bill, we can all say we have never witnessed a Pacer game at home without you on the sidelines. Glad your able to enjoy so many great memories. ENJOY!

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 8:55 PM

18. Barbara Hines wrote:
Congratulations on your retirement, you and your wife travel and enjoy life.

Sun, March 11, 2018 @ 11:29 PM

19. JAN OBrien wrote:
Bill: Congratulations on your retirement from the Pacers Organization ! I truly believe person knows when the time has come to say “It’s been real but it’s time to move on!” May you and Sheryl travel to wonderful places in the years to come! I will be seeing you at Crusader games! Enjoy life!
JAN O’Brien

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 12:45 AM

20. Mike Bewsey wrote:
Congratulations Bill, enjoy your retirement(finally). You and Sheryl have always been two of my favorites in the Scecina Family. Head for the sand young man, Florida awaits you. In the words of Slick Leonard, "Boom Baby".

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

21. Kristin and Mike Felts wrote:
Mr. Bevan, congrats on your retirement. We will miss looking for you seated at the scorer’s table and pointing you out to our children. I will have to show our oldest, Frank, this great picture of you and “the Vic”, he will love it! We have told them about your Father and all your family has done for Scecina. When Mike types on his work computer in his very clumsy manner, I tell the kids how disappointed Mrs. Bevan would be in his typing skills and how he should of paid more attention in her class instead of flirting with their mom. :) Enjoy your time together!

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

22. David Zeyen wrote:
Congratulations Cousin Bill. That is an amazing achievement. Best wishes to you and patient and understanding Cheryl.

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 1:40 PM

23. Maribeth Taylor Ransel wrote:
Bill: You are one of a kind and an asset to Scecina and to the Indianapolis community. I wish you many hours of sandy beach time, but always expect to find you "at home" at SMHS. Job well done. Maribeth

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

24. Peggy(Heitmann)Litzelman-Cook wrote:
Congratulations........proud to have been a class of 63 classmate with you. Enjoy your earned it. Hope to see you at the 55th Reunion.

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

25. Peggy(Heitmann)Litzelman-Cook wrote:
Congratulations........proud to have been a class of 63 classmate with you. Enjoy your earned it. Hope to see you at the 55th Reunion.

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

26. John Nease wrote:
Congratulations Bill. Come spend the winters in Florida. There is always something fun and interesting to do. And the weather is very lovely here in Ocala.

Mon, March 12, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

27. Kathy Harbor wrote:
Congrats! Well done & deserved. From your favorite 1970-1971 Pacerette & fellow Crusader!

Wed, March 14, 2018 @ 3:55 AM

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