IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Brad BickettName: Brad Bickett

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Buda) Western High School
(Barry) Western High School
Bureau Valley High School
Rock Falls High School

 

Biography:  At the time of his induction, Brad had been a boys' head basketball coach for nearly 30 years, building a career record of 476-297 with stints at (Buda) Western High School, (Barry) Western High School, Bureau Valley High School and Rock Falls High School.  This record includes his 2018-2019 team which earned a 30-3 record.  A former star player at Ohio High School and Eureka College, Brad's teams won 14 IHSA Regional titles and 8 conference crowns.  He guided Bureau Valley to consecutive IHSA Class A 3rd place finishes in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

 

Barry BauerName: Barry Bauer

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Watseka High School

 

Biography:  At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Barry had been coaching for 31 years.  This included 24 years as a head coach in both boys and girls basketball at Watseka High School.  He surpassed the 400 career victory plateau during the 2018-2019 season.  This milestone came as he guided the Warriors' girls' varsity team to a Class 2A Sweet Sixteen berth.  Barry has also been a highly successful girls' softvball coach at Watseka.  He has had the pleasure of coaching his three daughters at Watseka.  Additionally, Barry served as Watseka's athletic director.

 

Len ScadutoName: Len Scaduto

Year Inducted: 1989

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Oak Lawn Community High School

 

Biography:  Len Scaduto completed his 29 years of coaching varsity basketball at Oak Lawn High School in 1991. Scaduto teams won 411 and lost 343 for a .545 winning percentage in one of the state’s most competitive areas. Scaduto produced 18 winning seasons, four conference championships, four regional crowns and his 1971 team will be remembered for falling in the championship game of the Illinois State Tournament to the fabled (Dolton) Thornridge High School team, 52-50. Scaduto sent 42 players to college on basketball scholarships. Len retired from Illinois and continues to work with athletic programs in the state of Hawaii.

 

Babbi BarreiroName: Babbi Barreiro

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Barrington High School

 

Biography:  Babbi began serving as the girls' head basketball coach at Barrington High Schol in 1993.  She guided the Fillies to 417 wins.  Her record stood at 417-369.  This record included 5 division/conference championships, 10 IHSA Regional titles and 1 IHSA Sectional crown.  Babbi was named the Mid-Suburban Conference Coach of the Year 4 times and served on the IHSA Advisory Committee for 3 years.  She was the IBCA District 6 All-State representative for 12 years.  

 

James Vopicka2Name: James Vopicka

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Cicero) Morton High School
The University of Illinois
Redmon High School

 

Biography:  James Vopicka was a player on the 1932 Morton HS (of Cicero) basketball team coached by Norm Ziebell which defeated Canton, 30-16 for the state title. That team also won the old Stag Tournament in Chicago where he was an all tournament selection. Vopicka attended the University of Illinois playing on the championship team of 1937. He began his coaching career at Redmon before returning to Cicero to become an assistant to Coach Ziebell. During the 1944-45 season Jim stepped in as head coach due to an illness. He became the head coach for good from 1948-1961. His teams compiled a 221-81 record during that time. During his final season, Vopicka’s team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. In 1975, Jim retired after 37 dedicated years in the field of education.  In 1975, Jim was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a player. This was followed by induction as a coach in 1977. Jim passed away on November 11, 1990 at the age of 77.