IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Max KurlandName: Max Kurland

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Patrick High School
(Chicago) Blessed Sacrament Grade School

 

Biography:  Max Kurland has coached his basketball teams to 1139 victories in his 49 years of coaching. He compiled a 481-81 mark at Chicago’s Blessed Sacrament GS. In 35 seasons, Kurland’s (Chicago) St. Patrick High School teams had produced a 658-275 record. This included 10 East Suburban League titles, 11 IHSA Regional titles, and 1-- IHSA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1962. Under his guidance, St. Patrick was one of the four Chicago Catholic league schools which left the league in order to be able to compete in the IHSA playoffs. Now all other private schools have followed. At St. Patrick, Max was a counselor in addition to his coaching duties.  Max Kurland passed away on January 24, 2004 at the age of 78.

 

Ralph HingerName: Ralph Hinger

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Ignatius High School
(Niles) Notre Dame High School
(Chicago) St. Phillip High School
The University of Notre Dame

 

Biography:  Ralph Hinger has compiled a 402-211 record as a head coach at St. Vincent’s (Mt. Vernon, OH); (Chicago) St. Ignatius; and (Niles) Notre Dame High Schools. As a prep player, Ralph was a member of the 1945 Chicago City Champions at St. Phillips High School and was named as an All-Catholic League player. He played three seasons of college ball at The University of Notre Dame. Ralph was the first recipient of the Notre Dame High School’s Alumni Association distinguished service award.   Ralph is also a member of the Chicago Catholic League Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ralph Hinger passed away on March 27, 2000 at the age of 72.

 

Burt OConnorName:  Burt O'Connor

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Normal) University High School
Illinois State University

 

Biography:  Burton L. O’Connor served as basketball coach at Cornell College in Iowa from 1933-35 before moving to (Normal) University High School from 1937-1948. His teams in Normal won several regional titles and conference championships. His teams missed the one class Sweet Sixteen twice when they lost in close decisions in sectional finals. Burton was the University High School athletic director from 1937-1961. From 1961 until his passing on April 1, 1994, he was the athletic director at Illinois State University and oversaw the construction of Horton Fieldhouse and Hancock Stadium. O’Connor was a member of the Cornell College Hall of Fame, Iowa’s High School Basketball Hall of Fame, The Bloomington-Normal Officials Hall of Fame. As a player, Burt was the captain of the Iowa All-State Team in 1926. His Newton, IA team was state champion.

 

William TheobaldName: William Theobald

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
DuQuoin Junior High School
Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association

Biography:  William E. Theobald coached basketball at DuQuoin Junior High for 30 seasons (1937-1967) while serving as its principal for 34 years. His tenure allowed him the privilege of coaching more DuQuoin athletes than any previous coach in that Southern Illinois community. William’s teams were winning ones in 27 of those 30 seasons. Three times his team lost in the finals of the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Tournament. Theobald served as vice president of the SIJHSAA for several years. As an undergraduate student, William was a two-sport letter winner (baseball and basketball) at the University of Illinois. William passed away on Oct. 9, 1984 at the age of 74.

 

Robert MetcalfName: Robert Metcalf

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
 Waterman High School
(Lombard) Glenbard High School 
(Normal) University High School
Illinois State University

 

Biography:  Prior to the 1979-80 season, Bob Metcalf’s basketball teams had won 434 games while losing only 291. Included in that record were 7 conference titles 3 Holiday Tournament titles,2 IHSA District titles, 9 IHSA Regional crowns, and 4 IHSA Sectional championships. Additionally, his teams won six other tournament tiles. Robert’s career included coaching stints at Waterman High School (1950-54); (Lombard) Glenbard High School (1954-61); and (Normal) University High School. As a player Metcalf earned Little All-American Player honors at Valparaiso University in 1949. In 1969 he was named to the silver anniversary team for District 25-A for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. During the 1977-78 year, Robert served as the president of the 25,000-member National High School Athletic Coaches Association. Metcalf finished his career as the athletic director at U-High and as a professor of Health and Physical Education for Men at Illinois State University in Normal.