IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Lewis thorpeName: Lewis Thorpe

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) North Lawndale Charter High School

 

Biography:  Lewis was a highly respected coach and mentor for 20 years as a boys' head coach.  The final 18 seasons were at (Chicago) North Lawndale Charter High School.  Lewis coached North Lawndale to the IHSA Class 2A State Championship in 2008 with a 30-4 record.  The Phoenix also placed 2nd in Class A in 2007 and 3rd place in Class 3A in 2009.  The 2009 squad also won the prestigious Chicago Public League title with a thrilling 54-51 overtime win over Hyde Park.  Sadly, Lewis Thorpe passed away on October 25, 2018 as he was preparing for the upcoming season.  

 

Gale ThoromanName: Gale Thoroman

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Beardstown High School
(Jacksonville) Routt Catholic High School

 

Biography:  Gale was a boys' head coach for a total of 25 seasons at seven different schools, including two stints each at Beardstown High School and (Jacksonville) Routt Catholic High School.  His teams carved out a 414-272 career record.  This includes 195 wins at Beardstown and 168 wins at Routt Catholic.  Gale had a 62-22 record at Linn, MO and won 2 Missouri  Regional titles and 1 Missouri Sectional Championship.  He also captured 2 IHSA Regional Championships.

 

Teri RodgersName: Teri Rodgers

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Winnetka) New Trier High School
(Skokie) Niles North High School

 

Biography:  Teri spent 6 years as an assistant coach, 3 each at (Skokie) Niles North High School and (Winnetka) New Trier High School, before becoming the girls' head coach at New Trier in 1997.  It was the start of a fabulous run that has included a 520-164 record (as of her 2019 HOF induction).  Teri's teams have won 14 IHSA Regional Championships, 8 IHSA Sectional Titles, and 4 IHSA Super-sectional games.  Her 2004 team placed second in the state, while the 2001 and 2015 squads each placed 3rd.

 

Wardie SainName: Wardie Sain

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Joliet) Laraway School
(Joliet) Washington Junior High School

 

Biography:  Leading up to his 2019 Hall of Fame induction, Wardie had been a mainstay as a junior high boys' basketball coach for nearly 4 decades.  He coached at (Joliet) Washington Junior High School from 1980-83 before moving across town to (Joliet) Laraway Middle School.  At Laraway his teams won 4 IESA State Championships through the 2018 season.  His phenominal 747-88 career record during that same period of time includes 5 IESA state titles, 1-2nd place finish, 1-3rd place finish, and 2-4th place finishes.  His teams have appeared in the state finals 13 times.  

 

Gene PingatoreName: Gene Pingatore

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Westchester) St. Joseph High School

 

Biography:  Gene Pingatore was preparing for his 51st varsity season at (Westchester) St. Joseph High School. Just days after coaching his players in a summer league game, “Coach Ping” passed away on June 26, 2019. As a true legend, Gene coached the first 10 years at St. Joseph as frosh-soph coach and the last 50 as varsity coach. Pingatore’s career record is 1035-383. This record makes him the winningest boys’ basketball coach in Illinois history. Overall, his win total is second only to Dorothy Gaters of (Chicago) Marshall High School. Gene’s teams won a total of 32 IHSA Regional Championships, 13 IHSA Sectional Titles, and 6 IHSA Super-sectionals. In the IHSA state finals, the Chargers finished 4th in 1984 and 2016; 3rd in 1987; 2nd in 1978; and won the State Championships in 1999 and 2015. Gene coached 3 McDonald’s All-American players—Isiah Thomas, Daryl Thomas, and Deryl Cunningham. Gene Pingatore is best remembered for his caring and compassion, to his players, his school and his coaching colleagues.