IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Edward L WoodsName: Edward L. Woods

Year Inducted: 1984

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Lebanon High School
(Chicago) St. Genevieve High School
North Chicago High School
Joliet High School

 

 

Biography:  Edward L. Woods toiled for 19 years as a high school basketball coach—Lebanon High School for 6 years; St. Genevieve High School for 3 years; North Chicago High School for 5 years; and Joliet High School for 5 years.  The O’Fallon High School graduate compiled a 284-198 record before entering school administration.  His teams claimed three IHSA Regional championships, three IHSA Sectional titles, and one IHSA Super-sectional appearance along with two conference crowns.  Ed’s coaching career was cut short due to health issues, so he entered the administrative field.  He became the superintendent at Melrose-Mendota area schools in Wisconsin.  He also owned and operated an apple orchard in that area. 

 

Don VandersnickName: Don Vandersnick

Year Inducted: 1984

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Lincoln High School
Wheaton Central High School
Batavia High School
Galva High School

 

 

Biography:  Don Vandersnick coached high school basketball for 20 years at Homer, Effingham, Newman, Galva, Batavia, Wheaton Central, and Lincoln. His teams own a composite 363-203 record while winning 18 conference titles and 13 IHSA Regionals, along with several sectionals. His 1963-64 Galva club was the only undefeated team in the state before the start of eliminations. For two years straight, Vandernick was named Little Seven Conference coach of the year. Most notable, Vandernick protégés are Dan Issel of Batavia, who went on to All-America honors at Kentucky before NBA tenure with the Denver Nuggets; Ken Anderson, from Batavia, who went on to stardom as a football quarterback at Augustana and the Cincinnati Bengals, and Dan Lapan, coach at Blackhawk Jr. College in Kewanee.  Don passed away on May 8, 2003.

 

 

 

John StrellName: John Strell

Year Inducted: 1984

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Illinois Valley Community College
Oglesby Junior College

 

Biography:  John Strell coached basketball for 28 years at LaSalle-Peru’s Oglesby Junior College and its’ successor, Illinois Valley Community College. His team won four conference championships, six sectional championships and in 1959 were Region IV champions and competed in the National Junior College Tourney at Hutchinson, Kansas.  Four of Strell’s players were named All-American selections and he also coached one junior college player invited to the Olympic team tryouts- Len Bryant. When Strell gave up coaching in 1972, his teams had won 335 games and lost 180 and Strell was the second oldest basketball coach in terms of service in the country. Two of Strell’s former athletes became college presidents in Illinois. John died on December 1, 2006 at the age of 92.

 

 

John TracyName: John Tracy, Sr.

Year Inducted: 1984

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Ignatius High School
(Chicago) Mt. Carmel HS
Loyola University--Chicago

 

Biography:  John Tracy began his coaching career on a collegiate level at St. John’s College in Toledo, Ohio from 1930-37. He then coached at St. Ignatius where his teams won the very prestigious Knights of Columbus Tourney 2 times. He then went to Mt. Carmel from 1943-1946. While at Mt. Carmel, his teams won the strong Catholic League Championship two straight years. These two teams not only were super, but they also won the City Championship in 1944 with an undefeated season. He also coached at Loyola from 1946-1949. John retired from coaching in 1949, but this didn’t stop his sports activities. He was also an outstanding basketball and football official, working in the Big Ten for many years. John was an NFL referee for 12 years.

 

 

Billy SchnurrName: Billy Schnurr

Year Inducted: 1984

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Skokie) Niles West High School

 

Biography:  Billy Schnurr spent 31 years coaching. Niles Township West enjoyed his services for 28 of those years. Two seasons at Stoughton, Wis., produced an overall 27-22 record. In 16 seasons as the head boys’ coach at Niles West, Schnurr was 221 and 157. Twice Schnurr teams lost in the super-sectionals. he won four Central Suburban League crowns, four regionals, and one conference title in Wisconsin. More than 30 of his players have received all-conference, area or statewide recognition. Schnurr’s 1975-76 team, which lost to eventual state champion, Morgan Park, in the 1975 Proviso West Christmas Tournament by one point, led the Central Suburban in fewest points scored against with a 44.6 average. Schnurr’s forte was individual player analysis, including his own and his opponents. One Chicago newspaper credits Schnurr as responsible for ending downstate domination of Illinois high school basketball. After coaching, Billy continued teaching at Niles West, was Department Head of Boys Physical Education and assistant baseball coach.  The staff at Niles West revered Billy so much that they named the Thanksgiving Holiday tournament after him.