IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Officials

Jim MeyerName: Jim Meyer

Year Inducted: 1990

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
NAIA
WPBL

 

Biography:  Jim Meyer, of New Athens, worked more than 2,000 high school and college basketball games before retiring at age 47. Meyer began his 26 years of officiating while attending McKendree College.  After filling in in 1960 at an Emge Grade School game in Belleville, Meyer soon began working junior varsity games. His big break came when he filled in for the Dupo Tournament, which drew numerous contracts at Dupo, Madison, Granite City and Jerseyville.  Soon he was working the southwestern conference. Highlights in Meyer’s career include refereeing the boys Class AA state title game between Proviso East and Bloom in 1974.  In 1982, Meyer worked the NAIA college final with Jim Bain. He also officiated the first Boys’ Class A state tournament in 1972. Meyer has worked 3 IHSA Districts, 30 IHSA Regionals, 17 IHSA Sectionals and 9 IHSA Super sectionals along with Carbondale (9), Centralia (7) and Columbia-Freeburg (6) holiday tournaments.  In 1980 and 1981, Jim worked eight games in the Women’s Professional Basketball League for the St. Louis Streak.

 

 

 

rodney UmmelName: Rodney Ummel

Year Inducted: 2011

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  At the time of his induction, Rodney had been an IHSA basketball official for 35 years.  Before donning a striped shirt, he was a standout player in the early 1970's at Octavia High School.  His officiating career has included 28 IHSA Regionals, 24 IHSA Sectionals, 5 IHSA Super-sectional games and the 2007 IHSA Boys' Class A State Tournament.  He worked alongside fellow inductee Cliff Armstrong.

 

Dan SnodgrassName: Dan Snodgrass

Year Inducted: 2011

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Dan has been a regular on the Springfield area officiating scene for 30+ years.  His career has featured IHSA Boys' Class A State Tournament assignments in 2002, 2003, and 2006.  The high point was working the floor for the 2006 championship game.  Dan has worked 20+ IHSA Regionals, 20 IHSA Sectionals and several IHSA Super-sectionals.

 

Ken ThaxtonName: Ken Thaxton

Year Inducted: 2011

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
NCAA

 

Biography:  Ken's 34 year officiating career included state tournament assignments in Champaign in 1991, 1992, and 1993.  He worked 23 IHSA Regionals, 10 IHSA Sectionals, and 5 IHSA Super-sectional games.  Ken's college work features 8 seasons on the Men's NCAA Division III level and 10 years on the NCAA Women's Division I, II, and III levels.  He was the vice president of the Southwestern Athletic Officials Association for 8 years.  Ken died on April 24, 2020.

 

Ken SchellName: Ken Schell

Year Inducted: 2011

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  At the time of his induction, Ken had been an IHSA basketball official for 24 seasons.  In that time, he worked 23 IHSA Boys' Regional tournaments and 14 IHSA Sectional tournaments.  Ke's career included 4 IHSA Super-Sectional games and a trip to the 2003 IHSA State finals where he worked the championship game in Class AA.  He also worked the IBCA Boys' All-Star Game in 2000.