Name: Arlyn Lober
Year Inducted: 1977
Schools / Organizations:
(Springfield) Lanphier High School
Biography: Before an outstanding educational career, Arlyn Lober was an American hero. As a member of the US Army during WWII, he helped take out 3 tanks during the Battle of the Bulge. As a part of General Patton's tank command as a gunner, they traveled 100 miles in 48 hours to relieve Bastogne. Many historians consider this march as one of America's greatest military moments. Arlyn was an integral part of these battles.
Arlyn sent five teams to the IHSA state basketball tournament while coaching 22 seasons at Springfield Lanphier High School from 1953 to 1974. Prior to moving to Springfield, the Cissna Park native coached three seasons at Litchfield High School. Lober’s Lanphier teams placed third in the state in 1963 and 4th in 1971. The Lions won 9 Springfield city tournaments and 9 IHSA Regional tournaments to go along with the 5 IHSA Sectional titles. His teams earned a career record of 427-220 (372-198 record at Lanphier). Lober ended his career at Lanphier where he served as the school’s athletic director.