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 Thirty (8/11/22)
Photo Credit: Peoria Journal-Star
Dick Van Scyoc
Peoria Manual High School/Washington High School/Armington High School
Dick Van Scyoc coached for 28 years at Peoria Manual High School, 15 years at Washington High School and 2 years at Armington High School. His teams won numerous championships on the way to a then state record 826 victories. In 1962, his Washington team advanced to the Elite 8. With Peoria Manual his teams finished reached the Final Four five times and won the state championship in 1994 his final season. Coach Van Scyoc won the Peoria Area Tri-County Sports Award for basketball in 1972. Dick earned numerous Coach of the Year Awards and is in the Greater Peoria Area Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Steve Tucker has clearly been among the pioneers in media coverage for high school girls’ basketball. He attended his first girls state tournament finals in 1979. Steve began covering the state tournament for the Chicago Sun Times in 1990.
Steve was the newspaper’s high school sports editor and as a result coverage of girls’ sports grew. He began covering the NCAA Division I College Women’s Final Four in 1987. In addition to covering girls high school basketball, Steve covered Chicago Area Division I teams for 15 plus years. He has written numerous feature articles for the IHSA state tournament and Women’s Final Four programs.
Steve is a member of the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He also formed the first major AAU girls’ basketball club in 1986. In 1985, Steve was instrumental in organizing a banquet to honor the Chicago Sun Times girls’ all-area team. He helped with the selection of the McDonald’s and Parade All-American Teams and was on the selection committee for the Wooden Award for college women basketball players. One of Steve’s highest honors came when he was inducted into The IBCA Hall of Fame in 2006.