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. 

Week Twenty-Five (7/7/22)

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Jay Shidler
Lawrenceville High School/University of Kentucky

The “Blond Bomber” also knowns as Jay Shidler excited basketball fans in every part of Illinois.  Discussions still take place today in regard to what the “Blond Bomber” could have scored had there been a 3-point line back in the 1970’s.   His shooting range was comparable to the NBA arc today.  Jay played for Lawrenceville High School and legendary coach Ron Felling. In 3 ½ seasons he scored 2,183 points.  During this time period Lawrenceville went 103-15, won several holiday tournaments, 3 regional titles, 2 sectional crowns, one IHSA 3rd place finish and a state championship. As a senior Jay averaged 32.7 ppg and earned all-state honors as both a junior and senior.  Shidler was also a prep All-American.  For an encore he was the MVP of the IBCA All-Star game.  Jay went on to play at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of their 1978 NCAA Championship Team.

CLICK HERE for Jay Shidler's Audio Biography


Dave Power
Immaculate Heart of Mary High School/Fenwick High School

There are only 5 coaches in the history of Illinois Basketball that have won 1,000 games and Dave Power of Fenwick High School is one of them.  Dave has coached high school girls’ basketball for 45 years which makes him one of our early pioneers after Title IX was passed.  Coach Power began his coaching career at Proviso West High School.  He then became the coach at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westchester where his 1987 team won the Class AA State Championship and finished 3rd in 1989. When Fenwick became a co-ed high school, Dave came in and built their basketball program from scratch.  It didn’t take long for his program to become a dynasty, winning state titles in 2001 & 2007.  Fenwick also was runner-up in 2003 and finished 3rd in the IHSA State Tourney in 2000 & 2010.

Coach Power’s teams over his 45-year career won 16 consecutive East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships, 32 regional titles, 13 sectional championships, made 9 trips to the Elite 8, 7 trips to the Final Four and won 3 state championships. Dave is in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, The Girls Catholic Conference Hall of Fame and the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame.

CLICK HERE for Dave Power's Audio Biography