IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Chuck RolinskiName: Chuck Rolinski

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Toluca High School
IHSA

Biography:  Chuck Rolinski is probably the main reason Illinois has a two-class basketball tournament. Although his tiny Toluca High School made it to the IHSA Sweet Sixteen in the one-class system in 1967, Rolinski was a firm believer the state’s smaller schools deserved a tournament for themselves. In 1972 Rolinski’s dream was realized. In 34 seasons at Toluca, Rolinski’s teams produced 649 victories against 252 losses. Included are 19 Tri-County Conference titles, 14 Tri-County Conference titles, 7 holiday tournament crowns, 16 IHSA Regional championships and 3 IHSA Sectional titles. Rolinski was the primary organizer of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and served as its first president from 1972-1975.  Rolinski has also served the IHSA on its basketball advisory committee. Sadly, the state of Illinois and the IBCA lost this basketball giant on September 23, 2014.  His legacy continues through the IBCA where all activities align with Chuck’s philosophy and beliefs.

 

Frank NewtonName: Frank Newton

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Olney High School

 

Biography:  Frank Newton served as head basketball coach at Olney High School for 11 seasons beginning with 1934-35. Newton had served as an assistant coach before assuming the head job. Newton’s teams were to win 230 games while losing 81 for a .740 percentage. Seven times Newton sent teams to sectional tournaments and his 1942 club was a member of the Sweet Sixteen, losing in the quarterfinals. Eight of Newton’s teams were 20- games winners and the 1938-39 club set state’s longest winning streak at 24 games. Newton also served as Olney’s head football coach and athletic director.   Unfortunately, Frank Newton was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously as he passed at the young age of 45 on March 12, 1952.

 

Jim LewisName: Jim Lewis

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Bowen High School
Augusta High School
LaHarpe High School
Macomb High School

 

Biography:  Jim Lewis coached basketball for 25 seasons in Illinois before heading south where he coached for eight more. Lewis coached basketball at Bowen High School, Augusta High School, LaHarpe High School, (Industry) Stronghurst High School and Macomb High School. At Bowen in nine seasons Lewis’ teams won 7 IHSA District titles, 3 IHSA Regional titles, four county tournament and was a member of the 1954 IHSA Sweet Sixteen. At Bowen Lewis won 177 and lost 74. His overall coaching record in is 435 wins and 324 losses. Lewis finished his career as principal, teacher and coach at St. Stephen’s School in Bradenton, Fla.  Jim Lewis passed away on December 10, 2003.

 

 

Chuck MundellName: Chuck Mundell

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Kaskaskia College

 

Biography:  Chuck Mundell and basketball are synonymous at Kaskaskia College. For 28 seasons Mundell coached at Kaskaskia (or its predecessor Centralia Junior College). At the time he left, Mundell was the 17th winningest coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association. His teams had won 381 games. Starting in 1963, his Blue Devils averaged more than 100 ppg for three seasons with the 1963-64 club scoring at an amazing 117.5 ppg clip. It stood as an NJCAA record. Five of Mundell’s athletes have been NJCAA All-Americans. Mundell teams made the state finals 4 times from 1964 to 1968. The 1946 team was champion of the tournament of which he was instrumental in organizing. He served as state basketball chairman for the NJCAA for 18 years. Mundell authored Triple Threat Basketball in 1968 and has contributed articles to several other books and publications. He also published a basketball scorebook and statistics book marketed nationwide.

 

Will KelloggName: Will Kellogg

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Brother Rice High School

 

Biography:   At the time of his 1982 Hall of Fame Induction, Will Kellogg was in his 25th year of basketball coaching, the final 21 at (Chicago) Brother Rice High School. Kellogg had compiled a 264-241 varsity record at Brother Rice and won 135 games in 12 seasons at the lightweight level (varsity players 5-9 and under). His club was named “best coached” in the 1962 DePaul University Tournaments. He was the Chicago Catholic League Man of the Year in 1968 and named to its Hall of Fame in 1979. Kellogg’s first four seasons were spent at St. Peter & St. Paul High School in Ottawa, Ohio, where he posted 58 wins and 33 losses & was named the Class A Coach of the Year for Northwest Ohio in 1959. Will Kellogg passed away on December 12, 2015 at the age of 81.