IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Dick McDonaldName: Dick McDonald

Year Inducted: 1993

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Blue Mound High School

 

Biography:  Dick McDonald was the head basketball coach at Blue Mound High School for 22 years.  He also coached track and field, baseball, and cross country at the school.  His combined teams won an incredible 87 tournament titles.  His basketball Knights posted a record of 373-193.  There were 8 seasons with 20+ wins.  From 1966-80 the Knights posted 15 consecutive winning seasons.  During this time they won 42 consecutive Meridian Conference games.  7 times his teams from a tiny school won IHSA Regional titles.  The '77 and '78 teams were undefeated until losing in the sectional championship game.  With consiolidation the old high school was refurbished as Meridian Elementary School and in 1993 named the gymnasium after Dick McDonald.  

 

Bob AlpertName: Bob Alpert

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Peru) Washington Junior High School
Illinois Valley Officials Association
United State Marine Corps

 

Biography:   Before Bob’s devotion to coaching, he served our nation proudly as a member of the US Marines. He was a hero of the famous battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. His unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, Bob remained active in the USMC Reserves and ultimately retired with the rank of major. Bob Alpert served as basketball coach at Peru’s Washington Junior High School from 1952-1970. Half of those years found Alpert’s teams undefeated. In the last seven years of coaching, Alpert, who coached two teams each year, had a combined record of 190-24. Three of the teams were unbeaten and one team ran off 52 consecutive victories. Alpert, who retired from teaching in 1981, started his coaching career at Logan (Iowa) High School where his club won a state sectional championship in 1948. The Robert Alpert Award is now given to the outstanding boy or girl athlete at Washington Junior High, now Parkside School. Additionally, Bob served as the president of the Illinois Valley Officials Association, an organization that he helped begin. For his lifetime of service to Illinois basketball, Bob was awarded the IBCA Buzzy O’Connor Award in 1994. Bob Alpert passed away on February 9, 2014 at the age of 92.

 

Ralph HingerName: Ralph Hinger

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Ignatius High School
(Niles) Notre Dame High School
(Chicago) St. Phillip High School
The University of Notre Dame

 

Biography:  Ralph Hinger has compiled a 402-211 record as a head coach at St. Vincent’s (Mt. Vernon, OH); (Chicago) St. Ignatius; and (Niles) Notre Dame High Schools. As a prep player, Ralph was a member of the 1945 Chicago City Champions at St. Phillips High School and was named as an All-Catholic League player. He played three seasons of college ball at The University of Notre Dame. Ralph was the first recipient of the Notre Dame High School’s Alumni Association distinguished service award.   Ralph is also a member of the Chicago Catholic League Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ralph Hinger passed away on March 27, 2000 at the age of 72.

 

Max KurlandName: Max Kurland

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Patrick High School
(Chicago) Blessed Sacrament Grade School

 

Biography:  Max Kurland has coached his basketball teams to 1139 victories in his 49 years of coaching. He compiled a 481-81 mark at Chicago’s Blessed Sacrament GS. In 35 seasons, Kurland’s (Chicago) St. Patrick High School teams had produced a 658-275 record. This included 10 East Suburban League titles, 11 IHSA Regional titles, and 1-- IHSA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1962. Under his guidance, St. Patrick was one of the four Chicago Catholic league schools which left the league in order to be able to compete in the IHSA playoffs. Now all other private schools have followed. At St. Patrick, Max was a counselor in addition to his coaching duties.  Max Kurland passed away on January 24, 2004 at the age of 78.

 

William TheobaldName: William Theobald

Year Inducted: 1980

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
DuQuoin Junior High School
Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association

Biography:  William E. Theobald coached basketball at DuQuoin Junior High for 30 seasons (1937-1967) while serving as its principal for 34 years. His tenure allowed him the privilege of coaching more DuQuoin athletes than any previous coach in that Southern Illinois community. William’s teams were winning ones in 27 of those 30 seasons. Three times his team lost in the finals of the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Tournament. Theobald served as vice president of the SIJHSAA for several years. As an undergraduate student, William was a two-sport letter winner (baseball and basketball) at the University of Illinois. William passed away on Oct. 9, 1984 at the age of 74.