A very nice crowd of Hall of Famers and basketball fans were treated to a very special event at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington on Saturday, July 9. Each attendee received a gift bag containing a 50th Anniversary Historical booklet, a Chuck Rolinski commemorative coin, and a refrigerator magnet from the Basketball Museum of Illinois along with other cool items.

Great food was served courtesy of the Stanford Olympia High School FFA.

Executive Director and Hall of Fame Coach Jim Tracy expressed his gratitude to the original IBCA Board of Directors – 3 of whom were in attendance: Lee Cabutti of Champaign Central, Dave Shannahan of Belleville West, and Steve Goers of Rockford Boylan. Jim’s speech also centered on our “Founding Father” Chuck Rolinski.

On behalf of the IBCA, Chuck’s daughter Toni Marie Rolinski Wundke and Jim Tracy accepted a Senate Proclamation celebrating the IBCA’s 50th Anniversary from Basketball Museum of Illinois Chairman Bruce Firchau.

The 2022 Ron and Rich Herrin Award recipient, Hall of Fame Coach Carol Plodzien was the key-note speaker. Carol replicated her HOF Banquet speech illustrating the struggles and victories of Title IX which was also celebrated during the event.

But the best part of the day was a great collection of memorabilia from our museum as well as borrowed items from throughout the state. Trophies, photos, jerseys, game balls, lettermen jackets, mascots – including ISU’s Reggie Redbird in person – and other historical items filled the Expo Center.

Many old friendships were renewed and many new ones began.  CLICK HERE to view and download pictures from the event. Everyone had a great day celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association!

Group Photos:

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IBCA Coaches

Seated: Bruce Firchau – Westminster Christian & Harvard; Jim Jumper – Elkhart & Mt. Pulaski; Victor Binkley – Mt. Auburn, Warrensburg-Lathan & Clinton; Rick Metcalf Vienna; Dave Shannahan – Belleville West & O’Fallon; Lee Cabutti – Champaign Central & Herrin; Larry Carie – Teutopolis; Steve Goers – Rockford Boylan; William Bozue – Lemont; Bill Husek – Roanoke Bensen JH; Mike Small – Regina Dominican

2nd Row: Glenn Pacek – Chicago Marist; John Spezia – Danville Area Community College; Mark Motsinger – Southeastern College; Mike Helton – Goreville; Barry Bauer – Watseka & Fulton; John D. Gross – Princeville, Limestone, & Peoria Richwoods; Carey McVickers – Williamsville; Jeff Krumwiede – Carrollton; Bob Scarpino – Hersey; Mike McCracken – Amboy; Tom Posey – Prairie Central & Crescent Iroquois; Ned Seymour – Franklin; Carol Plodzien – Fremd;

3rd Row: Rod Kellar – Ridgeview Colfax; Scott Carlson – Brmfield; Thom Sigel – Rock Island & Rock Falls; Neil Alexander – Lincoln; Jim Tracy – Reavis & St. Laurence; Ken Crawford – Teutopolis & Rossville-Alvin; Tom White – Chicago De LaSalle; Sean Taylor – Moline; Steve Allen – Springfield Lutheran & Athens; Gerry Thornton – Saybrook Arrowsmith, IVCC, Newark, & Olympia.

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Media

Seated: Paul Baillargeon – Belleville News & St. Louis Post; Dave Kane – Springfield State Journal Register; Steve Porter – Alton Telegraph;

Standing: Tim Schweizer – WBMB Radio – Springfield; Mike Monahan – Mattoon Journal Gazette & Charleston Times Courier; Richard Blakely – WHCO Radio, County Journal & Weekly Press – Pinckneyville; Pete Swanson – Arlington Hts. Herald; Champaign News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana Courier, Evansville Indiana Sunday Courier & Press.

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Friends of Basketball

Seated: Toni Rolinsk Wudtke, Tina Small, Mary Sue Firchau, Dave Zuidema, Verne Pinkston.

Standing: Tim Taylor, Kevin Wahl, Jim Drengwitz, Dean Cates, John Curry, Rick Smith

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Officials

Seated: Larry Peddy; Joe Thompson; Robin Roberts; Rodney Ummel; Marty Flaherty

Standing: Dave Tosh; Jim Lapetina; Al Otto; Steve Scholten; Mark Moberly; Brian Schaumburg.

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Players

Seated: Doris (Carie) Zerrusen – Teutopolis; Heather Cassady – Dunlap: Courtney (Allen) Hoffman – Williamsville

Standing: Richard Essington – Venice; Fred Riddle – Collinsville; Jeff Mosher – Prophetstown; John Pruett – Massac County.