IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Officials

Glen Van Proyen2Name: Glen Van Proyen

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
MLB: Browns, Dodgers, Cubs
 

Biography:  From 1954 to 1977, Glen Van Proyen officiated basketball in Illinois. When he hung up his striped shirt, whistle, and shoes for the last time his tally showed 1,562 games. From 1961 through 1977 Van Proyen worked 17 IHSA regionals (at 17 different sites), 13 IHSA sectionals, 9 IHSA super-sectionals and 1 IHSA district tournament.  He was an official at the IHSA State Finals in 1969, 1970 and 1971. When (Maywood) Proviso East defeated (Peoria) Spalding 58-51 in the title game in 1969, Van Proyen was on the job. Van Proyen also refereed the Class AA All-Star game at Normal in 1977 for the IBCA. Van Proyen served as president of the Suburban Officials Association from 1961-1977.  Glen was a teacher/coach at Maine South HS for 30 years and had a long-time relationship with baseball.  Glen was drafted by the St. Louis Browns but found his niche as a scout for the LA Dodgers (35 years) and Chicago Cubs (11 years).  Glen Van Proyen died on December 1, 2016.

 

 

Wilbur TrimpeName: Wilbur L. Trimpe

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Wilbur R. L. Trimpe was the president of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. He started officiating basketball in 1927. Of his 33 years of basketball officiating, Trimpe said, “Not only did I work many high school games during these years, but I made friends which I appreciate very much. Every place I go, I am better known as an official than I am an educator.” Trimpe was one of the first in the state to pass the examination for a recognized official and was one of the first to be moved up to certified official. Trimpe officiated in the old Little 19 Conference when Fred “Brick” Young was the head of the organization and assigned officials. Trimpe has refereed district, regional and sectionals for the Illinois High School Association. His first regional assignment came in 1951. There are Middle Schools in Alton and Bethalto named after Wilber as well as a scholarship at Lewis and Clark CC that bears his name. 

 

 

Dick LeiberName: Dick Leiber

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 Biography:  Dick Leiber is well-known throughout Illinois as a basketball official. Leiber worked state tournaments at Champaign in 1972, 1973, and 1974 to highlight a career of 33 years. Leiber has worked many regional, sectional, and super-sectionals for the Illinois High School Association. Leiber also has worked the Illinois Basketball Coaches All-Star game. Dick is also known as a coach for Lyons Township. 

 

Tony SaccoName: Anthony Sacco

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Ignatius High School
IHSA
NCAA
NFL

 

 

Biography:  Tony Sacco attended St. Ignatius High School in Chicago where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. Sacco set a record for the longest touchdown run of 99 yards against St. Phillips. A graduate of St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Sacco participated in football, basketball, and baseball. A little All-American quarterback, Sacco played in the 1940 Chicago Tribune College All-Star game. As an official, Tony worked 28 IHSA regionals, 23 IHSA sectionals, 11 super-sectionals and the state finals in 1961, 1962, and 1963. His championship game was the first to be played in the Assembly Hall when Anthony Smedley’s fantastic shot from the corner at the horn gave (Chicago) Carver High School a 53-52 win over Centralia High School. Sacco worked five consecutive Chicago Public League finals with five different officials, and was named in a Chicago Sun-Times poll as the No. 1 basketball official in Illinois. Sacco also worked college football and basketball in the Big Ten, Missouri Valley, CCIW, and the National Football League for over 18 years. He has called NIT, NCAA and NAIA playoff games in basketball and has worked the NFL championship game. Tony Sacco passed away on September 11, 2002 at the age of 84.

 

 

 

John FraserName: John Fraser

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA/BIG 8/BIG 10/Missouri Valley

 

 Biography:  John Fraser has officiated Illinois high school basketball along with assignments in the Big 8, Big 10, and Missouri Valley Conference on regular season games. Fraser officiated the 1954 IHSA championship game –Mount Vernon 78, DuSable 70 – to cap his three years as an official there. Fraser worked the 1956 NCAA playoffs in Oregon and the 1956 National AAU Tournament in Denver – a tournament he had competed in as a player.  Fraser also worked the Big Eight Conference Tournament and the Oklahoma City Tournament as well as the Blue Grass Festival in Louisville.