IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Players

Blair VarnesName: Blair Varnes

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
DePaul University
ABL:  Chicago Bruins

 

Biography:  Veterans around DePaul University refer to Blair “Barney” Varnes as that institution’s greatest all-around athlete. Besides being an All-American player in basketball, Blair also competed in football, baseball, and track. He graduated in 1926. As a player, Varnes is said to have been the first player of wide reputation to introduce the one-handed shot. He played in the ABL for one season with the George Halas-owned Chicago Bruins before moving on to coaching. As a coach at North Park College, DePaul Academy, St. Patrick HS, and Leo HS, he developed the weave offense and brought an end to the “standing guard” in basketball. His influence remained in Chicago as one of his students, Ray Meyer, used the lessons he learned from Varnes for many seasons as the head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons. Varnes gave up coaching for the law and retired at age 72 from being an associate judge of the DuPage County Circuit Court. Blair Varnes passed away on April 27, 1999 at the age of 94.

 

Megan Grizzle KesslerName: Megan (Grizzle) Kessler

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Salem High School
Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville

 

Biography:  Megan was a four-year letter winner in basketball, volleyball, and track at Salem High School.  She scored 1,075 points to become the 5th Salem player to surpass the 1,000 point mark.  She was a 3-time all-conference player and a 2-time team MVP.  Megan led the Wildcats to the IHSA Class 2A Elite Eight before moving on to play at Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville.  There, her college teams made two NCAA tournament appearances.  She was named to the Great Lakes Conference All-Academic Team for each of her 4 seasons of participation.

 

Rachel GalliganName: Rachel Galligan

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Bloomington) Central Catholic High School
Eastern Illinois University

 

Biography: Rachel was a 4-year letter winner at (Bloomington) Central Catholic High School.  She scored 1,000+ career points and served as the team's captain.  She finished her prep career as the school's record holder for most rebounds in a season and most block shots in a season and in a career.  Rachel starred at Eastern Illinois University where she earned All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades.  At the time of her graduation, she ranked 1st in career points scored, 1st in career free throws made, and 1st in career blocked shots.  Rachel is a member of the Central Catholic and EIU Halls of Fame.

 

Allyson Glazebrook KunzName: Allyson (Glazebrook) Kunz

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Sullivan (IL) High School
Drake University

 

Biography:  Allyson was a 4-year starter at Sulivan High School.  She scored 1,950 career points--a record for boys or girls.  Her 1,153 career rebounds ranked 2nd all-time when she graduated from Sullivan.  For her career she averaged 18.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, and 4.9 apg.  As a freshman, Allyson helped the Lady Redskins to 2nd place in the IHSA State Tournament.  Her junior season saw the team advance to the IHSA Super-Sectional game.  After her prep career was over, Allyson went to Drake University and was a 4-year letter winner for the Bulldogs.  She helped lead them to 2 NCAA tournament berths.

 

Dennis DouglasName: Dennis Douglas

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Quincy High School
Ferris State University

 

Biography:  Dennis played on the outstanding Quincy High School teams from 1979-83.  He scored 1,524 career points in his four years.  He shot 60% from the field and 68% from the free throw line.  Dennis also pulled down 672 career rebounds while playing for HOF Coach Jerry Leggett (inducted in 1983).  Dennis went on to play for two seasons at Ferris State University.