IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Career Coaches

Matt YarchoName: Matt Yarcho

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Career Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Morton Junior High School

 

Biography:  Matt's teams have amassed more than 560 wins during his 36-year career.  The bulk of those victories came during his 26-year tenure at Morton Junior High School (470-124).  In 12 trips to the IESA state tournament, Matt's squads brought home 8 trophies, including a fourth place finish, 2 third place finishes, 2 second place finishes and 3 state championships.  He won 8 IBCA district coaching awards.

 

Ken WildhaberName: Ken Wildhaber

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Career Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Highland Junior High School

 

Biography:  Ken was a fixture at Highland Junior High School for 38 years, coaching there from 1958-1996.  his teams amassed 582 victories against 311 losses, a 65% winning rate.  Ken filled the trophy case with 34 championships during his long tenure.  Included in that total were 16 conference titles.

 

Jerry Schmidt

Name: Jerry Schmidt

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Career Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Lostant Junior High School
(Toluca) Fieldcrest Middle School
(Minonk) Fieldcrest High School

 

Biography:  Jerry has a 511-296 record in a coaching career that began in 1979.  His teams won 234 games at Lostant Junior High School from 1979-99 and 277 at Fieldcrest from 1999-2012.  Jerry's Fieldcrest total includes 214 wins at Fieldcrest Middle School and 63 wins as girls' high School junior varsity coach.  He has guided teams to 5 state tournament appearances, highlighted by a 2nd place finish in 2003.

 

Mike Schnabel

Name: Mike Schnabel

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Career Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Oswego High School

 

Biography:  Mike's 34 years of coaching included more than 300 wins as the girls' varsity head coach at Oswego High School.  He also was an Oswego boys' assistant coach when the team finished 2nd in the state in IHSA Class 3A in 2009.  They also reached the IHSA Elite Eight in 2010.  Mike coached teams to 6 conference championships and 3 IHSA Regional titles.  He was named the IBCA District Coach of the Year in 2004.

 

Greg Rigoni

Name: Greg Rigoni

Year Inducted: 2013

Category: Career Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Frankfort Junior High School
Hickory Creek Middle School

 

Biography:  Greg built a 31-year record of 457-322 as coach at Frankfort Junior High and Hickory Creek Middle School.  His teams won 6 Des Plaines Valley Conference Championships.  Greg's 1995-96 8th grade team posted a 30-0 record.  His 1992-93 squad finished with a 23-1 mark.  He was named the 1996 IBCA District 8 Junior High Coach of the Year.