Save the Date: 2023 IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Feb 3, 2023 1:51:36 PM

SAVE THE DATE!! The IBCA Annual Coach of the Year Luncheon and 51st Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at CEFCU Arena on the campus of Illinois State University on Saturday, May 6, 2023.  Between the luncheon and banquet there will be a social for all who are attending.  More information on tickets will be coming to our web page by mid-February.

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2022-23 All-State Team Nomination Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 31, 2023 5:12:19 PM

The IBCA will be selecting our All-State Teams during the State Finals this March in Normal and Champaign. Our IBCA All-State District Representatives will be sending head coaches an email to allow you to nominate a player(s) from your team. Girls All-State nominations are due by Thursday, February 23rd and Boys All-State nominations are due by Sunday, March 5th. 

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1500 Wins for St. Anthony Boys

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 24, 2023 6:50:15 AM

On Friday, January 20, before a packed house for an important National Trail Conference showdown with the Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Hatchets, St. Anthony High School accepted a 1500 School Victory plaque from the IBCA. Former Bulldog Coaches Mike Wilson, Ron Niebrugge, Chris Kusnerick, Les Stevens, and current Coach Cody Rincker accepted the plaque on behalf of all St. Anthony coaches, fans, and players – many of whom were introduced before the presentation.

Since the 1931-32 season, the Bulldogs have captured an unmatched 25 regional titles, 6 sectional crowns, and made 5 trips to the state tournament resulting in a 4th place finish in 1978, and the Class 1A State Championship in 2017. Without any doubt, Effingham St. Anthony High School can be included as not only one of the premier boys’ basketball programs in Southern Illinois, but in the state.

Former Bulldog players who have been selected to the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Mike Wente – Class of 2004 and Kyle Wente – Class of 2012.

Friends of Basketball Hall of Famers in the Hall of Fame are: Bill Farney – Class of 2004 and Joe Griesbaum – Class of 2007.

A special thank you to Principal Greg Fearday and Athletic Director Kevin Palmer for a great evening of Southern Illinois High School basketball!

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1500 Wins for DuQuoin Boys

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 19, 2023 9:13:33 AM

At Darrell Anders Gymnasium, preceding a January 14 non-conference tilt between DuQuoin and Trico High Schools, three former Indian coaches were on hand to accept a 1500 School Victory plaque from the IBCA. Hall of Fame Coaches Mike Crews – Class of 2004; Wendell Wheeler – Class of 2022; and Roger Craft - Class of 2013 were on hand to receive the plaque on behalf of all former and current Indian coaches, players, teams, and fans.

Since the 1910-11 season, the Indians have captured an impressive 31 regional titles, 6 sectional crowns, and made 3 trips to the state tournament resulting in a 3rd place finish in 1916. DuQuoin High School currently stands at 1545 total victories and counting. Other Indian Coaches who were selected to the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Lowell “Pops” Dale - Class of 1974 and William Theobald - Class of 1980. Former players inducted into the Hall of Fame are: Galen Davis, Class of 1984, Monte Kuhnert, Class of 1994, and Alan Crews, Class of 1996.

A special thank you to Athletic Director Derek Beard and current Indian Coach Jason James for a great evening of Southern Illinois High School basketball!

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Grow the Game Makes an Impact!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 13, 2023 12:43:35 PM

In January of 2019, Cara Doyle (St. Ignatius), Teri Rodgers (New Trier), Kristi Faulkner (Glenbard West), Ashley Luke Clanton (Mother McAuley/Norcross), and Corry Irvin (Whitney Young/U of I) began their Grow the Game  event and set out to make a positive impact on Illinois high school basketball.

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IBCA Hall of Famers to Travel to Germany for Special Olympics

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 12, 2023 12:08:13 PM

IBCA Hall of Famers Bob Reczek and Jerry Blum were recently notified by Special Olympics International that they have been selected as two of only fourteen men and women from across the United States to work 5v5 basketball in June at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin, Germany!

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2023 Organizations of the Year Awards

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 6, 2023 7:34:00 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has named their annual Organization of the Year recipients for the 2023 year. Since 2018, the IBCA has recognized long standing organizations that have served the basketball community through the tireless efforts of their volunteers and individual workers. The three: The Winchester Invitational Tournament, the Cahokia Conference, and the Tri-County Conference will be honored at the 51st annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University.

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2023 IBCA Achievement Awards

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 5, 2023 7:26:33 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce our annual special awards winners for the 2023 year. These highly respected individuals will be honored at the 51st annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, May 6, 2022, at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University.

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1000 Wins for Galesburg High School Girls

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 21, 2022 7:58:00 AM

On December 1, Galesburg High School hosted a huge crowd at John Theil Gymnasium for a key conference match-up with Western Big Six rival Geneseo. A great turnout of former and present Silver Streak girls players were on hand to help accept a 1000 School Victory plaque from the IBCA. Galesburg is just the 5th girls program in Illinois to have surpassed the 1000 victory milestone, having done so the previous week on Nov. 26 vs. Peoria Manual.

Since the 1974-75 season, the Streaks have captured 32 regional titles and have made 9 state tournament appearances which has produced one 4th place, two 3rd places, three 2nd places, and back-to-back Class A StateChampionships  in 1992 & 1993. Along with numerous conference championships as well as holiday tournament titles, Galesburg High School can be included as one of the premier girls basketball programs in the state.

Only two coaches have graced the hardcourt for the Silver Streaks: Teri Hoehn (1973-1978) and Evan Massey, who is responsible for 971 of those victories. Coach Massey currently ranks 4th in all-time Illinois High School – girls & boys. He was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame in 2000. Silver Streak players who have been selected to the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Tiffany Sibley – Class of 2012; Molly Watson-Fordyce – Class of 2016; Sarah Larson – Class of 2018; and Megan Pacheco – Class of 2019.

At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Evan Massey and all Silver Streak players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement!

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1500 Wins for Alton High School Boys

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 19, 2022 7:56:00 AM

On Friday, December 2, before a Southwestern Conference tilt with Edwardsville, a great contingent of former Redbirds accepted a 1500 School Victory plaque from the IBCA. Accepting the plaque was Principal Mike Behm, current Redbird Coach Dylan Dudley, and former coaches Mike Brey and Eric Smith.

Since the 1904-05 season, the Redbirds have captured 23 regional titles, 4 sectional crowns and made 3 trips to the state tournament. Along with many holiday tournaments and Southwestern Conference titles, the Redbirds can be considered an elite program in Southern Illinois. Alton now stands at 1505 wins.

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1500 Wins for Bloomington High School Boys

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 16, 2022 7:55:39 AM

At the Robert Frank Sports Complex, before a Monday, December 5 non-conference match-up between host Bloomington and Prairie Central High Schools, BHS Principal Tim Moore and Head Varsity Boys Coach Spencer Johnson accept a 1500 victory plaque from the IBCA.

Since the 1908-09 season, the Purple Raiders have captured an unprecedented 33 regional titles, 4 sectional crowns, and made 8 trips to the state tournament resulting in two 3rd place trophies, one 2nd place finish, and two state championships – in 1910 and again in 1916. The Purple Raiders currently sit with 1580 all-time victories.

Players from Bloomington High School inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame include: Bob Spahn – Class of 1979 – who later served as varsity basketball coach at BHS; Pete Elliott - Class of 1983; Bob Bender – Class of 1985; Eric Bridges - Class of 2007; Joe Galvin – Class of 2017; and Lady Raider Latoya Doage – Class of 2021.

IBCA Hall of Fame Coach Loren Wallace was inducted in 1989.

At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Spencer Johnson and all Purple Raider players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement!

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1500 Wins for Pana High School

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 16, 2022 7:54:25 AM

On Friday, December 9, before a South Central Conference game with rival Hillsboro High School, varsity boys Coach Adam Metzger accepted a 1500 School Victory plaque from the IBCA.

Since the 1911-12 season, the Panthers have captured an unmatched 24 regional titles, 6 sectional crowns, and made 5 trips to the state tournament resulting in a 2nd place finish in 2001 and the 1988 Class A State Championship. Winning the magic 1500 last season, the Panthers currently are at 1507 victories and counting.

The 1988 Class A State Champs were inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame in1999.

Vergil Fletcher of Collinsville High School Fame, coached at Pana from 1942-43 thru 1944-1945 and was inducted into as a Hall of Fame Coach in 1973.

At this time, the IBCA congratulates Coach Adam Metzger and all Panther players, coaches and fans – past and present – on this great achievement!

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2023 IBCA Hall of Fame Class Announced

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 4, 2022 3:06:01 PM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is excited to announce our 2023 Hall of Fame Class! Congratulations to all of our nominees. The IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on Saturday, May 6th in Bloomington, IL. More information will be shared in the near future. 

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IBCA 50th Anniversary Booklets

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Nov 10, 2022 1:59:09 PM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has a limited number of 50th Anniversary booklets that contain great historical information and past photos commemorating our state’s great basketball history.

A sample of information contained in this 100 page historical document:

Hall of Fame Inductees; DePaul University Coach Doug Bruno bio; Top 30 Influential Women; Top 30 Influential Men; Mr. Basketball of Illinois photos; Ms. Basketball of Illinois photos; All-Time High School Coaching Boys and Girls Coaching Records; Hall of Fame Coaches photos; History of SIJHSAA and IESA; Legendary Coaches photos; All Star Coaches - Boys Teams; All Star Coaches - Girls Teams; Organizations of the Years 2018-2022; High School Basketball Mascots; High School All Time Boys & Girls Scoring lists; All Time Collegiate Women Coaching Wins; All Time Collegiate Men Coaching Wins; IBCA All-Time Girls School Victories; All-Time Boys School Victories.

A great collection of Illinois basketball history that all players, coaches and fans should read. It may be a great “stocking stuffer” for Christmas!

If you would like to purchase the IBCA 50th Historical Booklet, please CLICK HERE to fill out and send in an order form.

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IHSA/Max Preps Partnership Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Nov 9, 2022 12:04:02 PM

The following is a note from the Illinois High School Association regarding their partnership with Max Preps and procedures for reporting game results throughout the season:

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IBCA Satellite Clinic Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Oct 3, 2022 11:00:24 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to host several satellite clinics each year for coaches! Admission to each clinic is free with your IBCA membership. If you aren't a member yet, please make sure you sign up along with your staff on our membership page by CLICKING HERE

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Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration a Success!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Sep 30, 2022 6:54:52 AM

Do you know that Dorothy Gaters coached her teams to 10 State Championships and Doug Bruno has had 26 DePaul University teams invited to the NCAA Tournament?

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IHSA Shot Clock Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Sep 28, 2022 7:22:00 AM

The following information was sent to us by the IHSA regarding using a shot clock for the 2022-23 boys and girls basketball seasons:

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Nominate Someone for the IBCA Hall of Fame Today!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Sep 17, 2022 5:44:16 PM

 

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Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Sep 7, 2022 1:19:54 PM

The Basketball Museum of Illinois presents our Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration!

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2022 IBCA State-Wide Clinic Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Aug 12, 2022 11:01:56 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association will host our annual State-Wide Clinic on September 18th-19th at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. We have a tremendous group of guest speakers already confirmed for our clinic and will be announcing more in the coming weeks!

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NABC-NHSBCA High School Coaches Webinar

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Aug 11, 2022 7:04:08 AM

The National Association of Basketball Coaches and National High School Basketball Coaches Association are pleased to collaborate on an upcoming webinar: Making the Jump. What opportunities exist for high school coaches to pursue jobs at the college level? What makes being a high school coach uniquely rewarding? Hear from a panel of coaches with experience at both the high school and college levels:

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Thirty

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Aug 8, 2022 8:51:06 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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Annual IHSA-IBCA Meeting Held in Bloomington

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Aug 2, 2022 6:59:36 PM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and Illinois High School Association (IHSA) met for our annual meeting at the IHSA offices in Bloomington, IL on Tuesday, August 2nd. Members of our IHSA/IBCA Committee who were present included Jim Tracy (Burbank St. Laurence), Mike Bailey (Chicago St. Patrick), Ron Winemiller (Benton), Deb Coffman (Bloomington Central Catholic), Matt Monroe (Chicago St. Ignatius), and Jeff Parsons (Fulton). The committee met with IHSA Associate Executive Director Kurt Gibson to discuss many important issues and updates impacting the game of basketball in our state. We are grateful for our continued partnership with the IHSA and are looking forward to a great year!

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Nine

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Aug 1, 2022 11:10:14 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Eight

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jul 26, 2022 9:57:20 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Seven

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jul 20, 2022 3:44:00 PM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Attends NHSBCA Conference

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jul 20, 2022 11:27:21 AM

Executive Director Jim Tracy (Burbank St. Laurence) and Associate Executive Director Ron Winemiller (Benton) recently traveled to Indianapolis to represent the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association at the National High School Basketball Coaches Association State Executive Directors Meetings in Indianapolis from July 12-14.

A variety of topics were discussed and many ideas were shared by members of the 30+ states represented.  It is always a privilege to be a part of talks that focus on ways to better serve and represent the outstanding coaches of Illinois!

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IBCA 50th Anniversary Reunion a Huge Success!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jul 14, 2022 4:27:47 PM

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!

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Six

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jul 13, 2022 3:38:00 PM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Five

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jul 5, 2022 3:31:48 PM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Four

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 30, 2022 9:14:05 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Three

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 23, 2022 6:15:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 IBCA All-Star Game Recap

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 20, 2022 12:00:00 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association was proud to host our annual All-Star Games this past Saturday, June 11th, at Pontiac Township High School. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches, and officials who were selected to participate. Thank you to the city of Pontiac and Pontiac Township High School for hosting. 

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Help Us Celebrate the IBCA’s 50th Year of Service!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 20, 2022 12:00:00 AM

Since the fall of 1971, the IBCA has supported Illinois Basketball at three levels: Jr. High, High School, and College. We annually honor Coaches of the Year, select girls and boys All-State teams, choose All-Academic teams, host All-Star games, honor Organizations of the Year, and select Hall of Fame coaches, players, officials, media, friends, and championship teams.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-Two

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 14, 2022 5:35:25 PM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty-One

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 9, 2022 11:07:41 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twenty

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jun 2, 2022 5:20:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 IBCA All-Star Game Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 27, 2022 12:00:33 PM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to hold our annual All-Star Games this June in Pontiac. Former IBCA All-Star participants include the Miami Heat NBA Finals MVP Dwayne Wade (Oak Lawn –Richards), the Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala (Springfield Lanphier) and Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central), the Toronto Raptors  Fred Van Vleet (Rockford – Auburn) and the Portland Trailblazers Evan Turner (Westchester – St. Joseph). 

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Lori Blade Inducted into NHSACA Hall of Fame

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 24, 2022 10:06:54 AM

Retired High School Basketball Coach Lori Blade of Edwardsville High School will be inducted in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame with ceremonies held at the 2022 National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual convention will be held week of June 18-23.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Nineteen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 24, 2022 4:54:19 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Eighteen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 16, 2022 7:11:18 PM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Seventeen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 10, 2022 10:18:18 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Sixteen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 3, 2022 6:41:45 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 Coach of the Year Luncheon and Hall of Fame Banquet

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on May 2, 2022 11:15:55 AM

April 30, 2022 was an important day in IBCA history.  We celebrated our 50th Hall of Fame inductees and 50th season of Coaches of the Year.  Once again, we were hosted by Illinois State University at Redbird Arena. 
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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Fifteen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Apr 28, 2022 6:22:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 IBCA Coach of the Year Awards

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Apr 25, 2022 6:08:03 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce our 2022 Coach of the Year Award Winners .They will be recognized at our annual Coach of the Year Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 30th at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena. Congratulations to everyone who earned a Coach of the Year Award for the 2021-22 season!

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Fourteen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Apr 21, 2022 6:19:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Thirteen

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Apr 14, 2022 6:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 IBCA All-State Academic Team Achievement Awards

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Apr 12, 2022 11:23:30 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recently completed our third year of recognizing our All-State Academic Team Achievement Awards for varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams from across the state.

The 2021-2022 season saw a record number of total submissions from our member schools with outstanding accomplishments from all student-athletes during the basketball season.  In order to qualify, the full roster of a varsity team must successfully maintain a cumulative, unweighted GPA above a 3.0 average through the first semester of the current basketball season.

All schools are eligible to participate and the IBCA is very proud to support our students in their primary high school endeavor, while also recognizing the rigors of being a student-athlete in the sport of basketball.

Congratulations to all teams for their participation and success!

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Twelve

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Apr 7, 2022 5:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Eleven

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 31, 2022 6:41:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 IBCA All-Star Game Information

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 29, 2022 12:03:30 PM

IBCA All-Star Games – June 11, 2022 – Pontiac High School

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce that our annual All-Star games will be held on Saturday, June 11th in the Pontiac Community High School Gym.  Admission is $5.   

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2022 Boys June Scholastic NCAA Live Event Schedule

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 29, 2022 6:12:18 AM

The sites for the 2022 June Scholastic Events have been announced by the IHSA and IBCA. Each event is pending final approval by the NFHS and certification by the NCAA as live events.

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IBCA State Tournament Displays a Success

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 28, 2022 9:29:46 AM

Perhaps when you attended either of the high school state tournaments, you encountered the IBCA’s 50th Anniversary Memorabilia Displays. We hosted a great many people who enjoyed the past histories that we presented and also the visual memorabilia. Thanks to some of our most notable coaches who helped work the demonstrations, many stories were shared with our patrons. Thanks to all who helped make the display possible! A HUGE thank you to the IHSA, Redbird Arena, and the Champaign County Tourist Bureau for all of their help.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Ten

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 25, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Nine

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 17, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IHSA Crowns Boys and Girls State Champions

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 16, 2022 10:51:37 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association would like to congratulate all of the girls and boys teams that advanced to the State Finals this year! We would like to extend a special congratulations to the teams that won State Championships, including: Brimfield (Girls 1A), Quincy Notre Dame (Girls 2A), Carmel (Girls 3A), Stevenson (Girls 4A), Yorkville Christian (Boys 1A), Nashville (Boys 2A), Sacred Heart-Griffin (Boys 3A), and Glenbard West (Boys 4A). 

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2022 IBCA Boys All-State Teams

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 14, 2022 7:33:25 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce our 2022 Boys All-State Teams! Congratulations on a great season! Please click the links below to see who was honored.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Eight

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 10, 2022 5:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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2022 IBCA Girls All-State Teams

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 7, 2022 11:30:51 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce our 2022 Girls All-State Teams! Congratulations on a great season! Please click the links below to see who was honored.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Seven

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Mar 3, 2022 10:29:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Six

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Feb 24, 2022 12:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Five

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Feb 17, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA 50th Anniversary State Tournament Announcements

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Feb 15, 2022 11:59:14 AM

Coaches: As you may have already noticed, each week the IBCA presents two of our “60 Most Influential in Illinois Basketball” segments on local radio stations, via Twitter @ibcacoaches and on our website: www.ibcaillinois.org

Check out the IBCA exhibits of our histories along with some great memorabilia during both of the high school state tournaments. Our displays will be on the concourse of Redbird Arena and at the State Farm Center.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Four

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Feb 10, 2022 6:30:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Three

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Feb 3, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA All-State Nominations 2021-22

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 30, 2022 8:53:08 PM

The IBCA will be selecting our All-State Teams during the State Finals this March in Normal and Champaign. Our IBCA All-State District Representatives will be sending head coaches an email to allow you to nominate a player(s) from your team.

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ROWVA Coach Robert Anderson Wins #700

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 28, 2022 10:04:36 AM

Congratulations to long-time boys Varsity Coach Bob Anderson on his 700th career victory on January 21st. Bob, an IBCA Hall of Fame Coach Class of 2005, began his career at Williamsfield High School before their co-op with ROWVA.

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week Two

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 27, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA Top 60 Most Influential People of the last 50 years - Week One

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 20, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In celebrating the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s and Title IX’s 50th Anniversary, the IBCA had media and coaches select the 30 most impactful people in Men's Basketball and the 30 most impactful people in Women's basketball during the last 50 years. We will be highlighting in alphabetical order one person a week from each category who our state selected for the Top 30 over the next 30 weeks, beginning on Thursday, January 20th. 

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IBCA 50th Anniversary Top 60 Most Influential in Illinois Basketball

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 16, 2022 2:43:08 PM

To help the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association celebrate its 50th Anniversary, we asked coaches and media throughout out Illinois to select the 30 most influential people in Illinois Basketball for the past 50 years. Since it is also the 50th Anniversary for Title IX it is equally important to recognize the most influential for the Women’s side. Thus, there would be a total of 60 people recognized.

We are inviting radio stations in Illinois to participate in recognizing our “Top 30” by highlighting their biography in a 60 second spot on your station. We like to feature one from the Women’s and Men’s side each week beginning the week of January 20.  The biographical script will be prepared for you and would be emailed to you. It will state; Week 1, Week 2, etc. and we will release to you four weeks at a time in alphabetical order.

Jim Taylor from Aledo and Mike Moyer from Quincy have volunteered to read the script and format it into a MP3 and we can email it to you. The other option is to have your own personnel prepare to read the script on the air.

We like to thank you for considering this fun and enlightening project.  As you already know; when it comes to basketball in Illinois, few states if any can match the passion our people have for our teams, players and coaches.

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IBCA Honors Basketball Program Milestones

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Jan 16, 2022 2:33:34 PM

Each year, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association honors boys basketball programs that have achieved 1,500 victories and girls basketball programs that have reached 1,000 victories throughout their entire programs' history.

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IBCA Announces Organizations of the Year Awards

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 9, 2021 8:26:35 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has named their annual Organization of the Year recipients for the 2022 year. The three: The Vermilion County Basketball Tournament, the Chicago Catholic League, and the Athletic Officials Association will be honored at the 50th annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University.

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Historical Background to the Formation of the IBCA

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 9, 2021 8:18:12 AM

An information flyer was sent out in the spring of 1971 by Sherril Hank’s of Quincy High School in regards to the possible formation of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

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IBCA Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Class!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 6, 2021 10:31:55 AM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce our 2022 Hall of Fame class!

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Dave Power Wins #1000

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 5, 2021 4:45:35 PM

Oak Park Fenwick made a great hire in 1992, when the Friars selected Dave Power as their first and only Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. 29 years, 677 wins, and two state championships later, Coach Power achieved what only two other Illinois High School Coaches have accomplished: win 1000 games. Only recently retired Chicago Marshall Coach Dorothy Gaters (1153) and the late Gene Pingatore of Westchester St. Joseph (1035) have more. 

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IBCA Names Special Award Winners

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 5, 2021 4:43:12 PM

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has named their annual special awards winners for the 2022 year. These highly respected individuals and coaches will be honored at the 50th annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University.

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2000 Wins for Pinckneyville Boys Basketball

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Dec 5, 2021 4:41:01 PM

The following is from Bucky Dent of the Southern Illinoisan:

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Help Us Celebrate the IBCA’s 50th Year of Service!

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Nov 12, 2021 7:47:33 AM

Since the fall of 1971, the IBCA has supported Illinois Basketball at three levels: Jr. High, High School, and College. We annually honor Coaches of the Year, select girls and boys All-State teams, choose All-Academic teams, host All-Star games, honor Organizations of the Year, and select Hall of Fame coaches, players, officials, media, friends, and championship teams. 

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All-time High School Basketball Victories

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Nov 12, 2021 7:41:58 AM

The IBCA continues to update many historical documents which include a list of Boys and Girls All-time Varsity Basketball victories. At this time, Centralia High School not only leads our state with 2296 all-time wins, but leads the nation as well. Illinois can boast three of the top six nationally, with a fourth, Pinckneyville High School soon to crack the 2000 victory list. The other two are Collinsville (2152) and Quincy (2059).

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Quincy Media, Inc. - 2020 Organization of the Year

By IBCA - Illinois Basketball Coaches Association on Oct 19, 2021 2:26:00 PM

Quincy Media, Inc. was a family-owned media company that originated in Quincy, Illinois dating back to 1835. The company originated in newspapers with the Bounty Land Register and moved into radio in 1947 and television in 1953. The corporation, Quincy Newspaper, Inc. was formed in Quincy in 1926 as a publishing company with the consolidation of the Quincy Herald – formerly the Bounty Land Register – and the Quincy Whig-Journal descendant of the Quincy Whig founded in 1938.

The Herald was purchased in 1891 by three men including Charles L. Miller who brought in his brother-in-law Aaron Burr Oakley and his nephew Ray M. Oakley – the first two generations of the Oakleys in the newspaper business. Along with co-owners Lindsay Family, the Whig and Quincy Journal were consolidated in 1920.

In 1947, WQDI, first commercial FM radio station was started by QNI and with the purchase of the Quincy Broadcasting Company, QWDI was renamed WGEM-FM along with sister station WGEM – AM the following year.

Quincy Broadcasting produced the area’s first television broadcast in 1953 with the launch of WGEM-TV, the area’s NBC affiliate.

Beginning in the 1970’s QNI began major expansions into television by acquiring stations in Indiana, Minnesota, West Virginia, Iowa, and Illinois.

In 2016, the company changed its name to Quincy Media. In 2021, President and CEO, Ralph Oakley and Pete Oakley announced the sale of Quincy Media, Inc. to Gray Television.

Throughout the years, the Oakley Family served 16 markets throughout the Midwest including TV stationsin Quincy, Rockford, Peoria/Bloomington, and Carbondale/Marion/Harrisburg. The Quincy Herald Whig newspaper and WGEM AM-FM in Quincy. They were committed to local news, sports, and community involvement. They have been the main coverage for high school, college, and other local sports and produced and networked the IHSA state football and basketball tournaments statewide.

 

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