A 1932 graduate of New Castle High School, Randall Lawson earned 10 varsity letters, four in football, three in basketball and three in track. He played for Hall of Fame Coach Orville Hooker.
In football Randall was a bruising running back who could be counted on for four or five yards every time he carried the ball. The 1930 Rosennial touted him as one of the best running backs to ever wear a Trojan uniform. He was an integral part of the 1929 and 1930 undefeated teams and the 1930 North Central Conference championship team. In his career, he scored 18 touchdowns and 12 PAT’s for a total of 120 career points, which still ranks in the top 15 in the Trojan football record books.
In basketball, Randall was injured during his senior year, 1932, keeping him off the ten-man roster of the State Championship run. He was a member of the 1930 and 31 Sectional Championship teams.
In track, Randall was a three-year letter winner, where his size and strength proved to be special traits. He ran sprints, the 440 yard dash and threw the shot put. In 1931, he placed fifth in the state in the 440.
Randall continued his athletic career at Butler University, where he participated in football, basketball and track before his lingering knee injury limited him to just track.
He began his coaching career at New Castle in 1939, as an assistant in basketball and football. He moved on as a head basketball coach at Wabash and Auburn before coming back to New Castle to take the reins of the basketball program in 1956. In his 16 years as a head basketball coach, he won 11 sectionals, 3 regionals and had an over-all record of 253-146. He was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year in 1957 and 1959. He left coaching in 1960 and retired from teaching in 1974. He was employed in the New Castle School Corporation for 23 years. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. Randall was married to Evelyn and they had two sons, Charles and Randall II.
Randall Lawson passed away in 1989.