IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Harold SummersName: Harold Summers

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Rantoul) Eater Junior High School
St. Francisville High School
Lawrenceville High School
Indiana University

 

Biography:  Harold (Hal)Summers had an illustrious high school playing career at Lawrenceville High School. He was an All North Egypt Conference Player for four years and ranked in the top three conference scorers each year. Hal played in 127 straight games and was named as an all-tournament player in every tournament he played. Hal played his college ball for legendary coach Branch McCracken at Indiana University from 1948-52. His record as a coach at Rantoul’s Eater Junior High School is very impressive. In 21 seasons leading up to his 1979 Hall of Fame induction, Summer’s teams posted 578 wins against only 167 losses. In state competition, Eater competed 19 times under Hal’s guidance. They won the IESA State Title 4 times, finished 2nd three times, finished in 3rd place one time and finished one time in 4th place. Those teams went 34-14 in state play. In three seasons at St. Francisville High School, Hal’s teams were 64-23.

 

Joe StowellName: Joe Stowell

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Armington High School
(Peoria) Central High School
Bradley University
WMBD Radio

Biography:  Joe Stowell was the head coach at Bradley University for 13 seasons. His 491-240 record supports his reputation as one of the best floor coaches in the nation. Joe coached at the old Armington HS before coming to Peoria Central HS. He then moved up the hill to coach the Bradley University freshmen team for 9 years. During that time three of his squads were undefeated. Joe succeeded Chuck Orsborn (HOF inductee in 1973) as the head coach. His Bradley teams competed in 3 post-season tourneys, finish third in the Conference Commissioner’s Tournament in St. Louis following the 1973-74 season. For that season, Joe was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Joe coached an all-star team in Brazil in 1975 and remained a highly respected clinic speaker even after his coaching days had finished. As a player, Joe was a member of the 1950 Bradley team that finished second in both the NIT and the NCAA. Joe later served the university as its women’s coach for 2 seasons and as its men’s radio commentator from 1985-2010. Bradley University created the Joe Stowell Award in 2007 to honor one male and one female athlete annually who demonstrate Joe’s love of competition and Braves Athletics. The Missouri Valley Conference awarded Joe the Paul Morrison Award for his 70+ years of dedication to Bradley University during its men’s basketball tournament in 2019.

 

Wes MasonName: Wes Mason

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago Heights) Bloom High School
Clinton High School
Polo High School

 

Biography:  Wes Mason was a fixture on the sidelines of (Chicago Heights) Bloom High School in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. He arrived at the south suburban school after brief stops at Clinton, Wisconsin Rapids (WI), and Polo. Wes is a graduate and former player at Bradley University. During 11 of his first 12 seasons at Bloom, his teams won 20 games or more. Those teams also won 11 IHSA Regional Titles. They appeared in the state finals 4 times in 6 years with state runner-up honors in 1974 and 1975. These teams included 11 all-state players and 2 prep all-American players—Audie Mathews and Raymond McCoy.

 

John Doxie MooreName: John Doxie Moore

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Mt. Vernon High School
NBL:  Sheboygan, Anderson, Milwaukee

NBA:  Chief of Officials

 

Biography:  John Doxie Moore has the distinction of having played on four Big Ten Championship teams. At Purdue, John played on two football champions and two basketball champions. In basketball, John formed a back court with legendary Purdue player, John Wooden. After his playing days, Doxie Moore became the athletic director, football coach, and basketball coach at Mount Vernon HS. Moore is credited with turning a dormant program into one of the state’s powers. In 1942, John promoted and coached an Illinois All Star team in a winning effort against a similar team from Indiana. He then went on the professional ranks where he coached the Sheboygan Redskins in 1946. He became the commissioner of the National Professional Basketball League in 1948. When the NBA was formed through a merger, Moore took over a losing Anderson Duffy Packers team in mid-year. The Packers did a complete turn around and won their division before losing the eventual world champion Minneapolis Lakers. John helped organize and coach the Milwaukee Hawks before then later moved to St. Louis and Atlanta. John also served the NBA as the supervisor and chief of officials. John Doxie Moore passed away on April 23, 1986.

 

Don KempName: Donald Kemp

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Concord) Triopia High School
Arzenville High School

 

Biography:  Don Kemp was highly regarded as one of the top small school football coaches in Illinois. His teams at Concord Triopia High School include a state runner-up and a state champion. Many forget that Don, who was also the athletic director, track coach, and principal was also the school’s head basketball coach. In his 29+ years of coaching in the Triopia consolidation district, his teams won 514 games against only 195 losses. These seasons include 12 IHSA District championships, 6 IHSA Regional titles and twice was a sectional runner-up. Explaining the multiple duties at the time of his 1979 IBCA Hall of Fame induction, Don said “When I was hired, schools such as ours just didn’t hire two (separate) coaches.” With the success that Kemp enjoyed, most schools would have been happy with just one coach. Coach Don Kemp passed away on August 28, 2006, at the age of 79.