IBCA Hall of Fame

Cliff Stein

Name: Cliff Stein

Year Inducted: 1978

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Murphysboro High School


Cliff Stein began his association with basketball at a young age.  After losing his father to a heart attack at the age of 10, Cliff was often at the high school gym, shooting a basketball, listening to the coaches, and running errands for the team.  Cliff developed into a standout player as an 8th grader.  Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with the same heart condition as his father.  Although he never played basketball again, he organized a group of young people to perform ball-handling demonstrations for crowds throughout the southern Illinois area.  They were known as the Zips.  The Murphysboro coach at the time, Tom Ashman created a scholarship that bore Cliff Stein’s name and made sure that all players who played for him at the high school knew about Cliff Stein.