IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Officials

Gus SmutnyName: Gus E. Smutny

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:

IHSA

 

Biography:  Gus E. Smutny retired from basketball officiating in 1968 after 30 years in the south Chicago area. Gus also traveled to Dwight and Sterling for game assignments. As a teacher at the College of DuPage, Gus also officiated football games in the suburban area. Some of his most memorable assignments were the many regional, sectional and holiday tournament games that he oversaw. The IHSA used Gus’s skills as a statistician for many years for the state finals in Champaign. He served the organization as both an assistant and chief statistician during those years. Gus Smutny passed away on April 7, 1989.

 

George MeyerName: George Meyer

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
(Peoria) Woodruff High School
Bradley University
Peoria Officials Association

 

Biography:  George (Ed) Meyer officiated games in the Peoria area for 30 years. A graduate of (Peoria) Woodruff High School and Bradley University, Ed worked games from Danville to Moline and Springfield to LaSalle-Peru. On two different occasions, Ed served as the president of the Peoria Officials Association. He worked numerous holiday tournaments in Pontiac, Danville, Macomb, and Toluca. The IHSA tabbed Meyer to work regional and sectional games throughout his entire career. He also worked the college circuit at Illinois Wesleyan, Milliken University, Illinois College, Knox College, Monmouth College and Carthage College. George passed away on April 2, 2010 at the age of 86.

 

Al ZimmermanName: Al Zimmerman

Year Inducted: 1976

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
The Private League

 

Biography:  Al Zimmerman was one of the most popular officials ever to come from the Chicago area. He worked high school basketball for 27 years especially in the Private League. Over those years, Al worked numerous IHSA regional and sectional games. Additionally, he worked the Illinois Junior College Tournament and many of the top holiday tournaments. Besides basketball, Al officiated high school baseball and football games.

 

Fred GibsonName: Fred Gibson

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
Centralia High School
IHSA

 

Biography:  Fred Gibson of Centralia has two distinctions as an Illinois High School basketball official. He was one of the final officials to work the state tournament in Huff Gymnasium and he was on the floor for the opening tip of the first game in the Assembly Hall. In fact, he tossed the ball at center court to begin each game. The principal of Centralia HS, Fred officiated the state tournaments in 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1968. His officiating career spanned 24 years. In 21 of those years, he was tabbed to work in the IHSA playoff series, 16 at the sectional level or higher. Along the way he worked many holiday tournaments, he especially liked his hometown festivities. “The biggest honor was being able to meet, know, and work with some of the greatest coaches, players, administrators, and fans in the state of Illinois. I loved every minute of it”. Fred Gibson passed away on January 29, 2016.

 

NHarry Wilcoxename: Harry Wilcoxen

Year Inducted: 1976

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
Lewistown High School
Bradley University
IHSA
NCAA

 

Biography:  Good athletes often excel in more than one sport. Harry led a Lewistown, Ill. high school basketball team to a berth in the Sweet Sixteen Tournament at old Huff Gymnasium in Champaign. During the war, he played baseball for the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, and the Iowa Seahawks Navy basketball team before heading for Bradley. Playing for three Bradley University basketball teams, he was renowned for his speed on fast breaks and was a prolific scorer at guard, often in double figures, as A.J. Robertson built his post-war teams. After his playing days, for 25 years Harry Wilcoxen traversed basketball floors throughout the state as an IHSA official. Many coaches considered him the “premier official in the Peoria area.” Wilcoxen worked many IHSA regional, sectional, and super-sectional games in addition to 2 IHSA state tournament assignments. For 13 seasons he served as a Missouri Valley official. In 1968 and 1970 Harry worked two NCAA small college finals. In 1971 and 1973 he worked the NCAA regional finals. In 1971 Harry was the alternate official for the NCAA finals in Houston. Harry was well known in the central Illinois area for mentoring numerous young officials and coaches as they were beginning their careers.  Harry is a member of the Bradley University Hall of Fame and the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.