IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Teams

1955 Boys West RockfordName: 1954-55 Rockford West High School Boys' Team

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Rockford West High School

 

Biography:  West Rockford, coached by the crafty Alex Saudargas (IBCA Hall of Famer-1973), won their first of back-to-back state titles in 1955.  This great ball club was one of the first “big” teams to with the state title, led by their front line of Gentry and Wessells.  Although Nolden Gentry and John Wessells led the Warriors, they were backed by a great trio of Fred Boshelo, Rodney Coffman, and Rex Parker.  The team’s final record was 28-1.

 

 

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Bobby Washington, Ray Morgan, Sam Black, Don Slaughter, Rod Coffman, Sam Patton, and Warren Johnson.

Front Row (L to R): Rex Parker, John Wessells, Don Grabow, Fred Boshela, Nolden Gentry, Tom Olson, Dave McClelland, and Joe Digiovanni.

 

1942 Paris HS BoysName: 1941-42 Paris High School Boy's Team

Year Inducted: 1982

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
Paris High School

 

Biography:  The 1941-42 Paris High School Tigers were undefeated and ranked number 1 going into the State Championship game against Centralia High School when the Orphan’s Dike Eddleman gave a memorable performance to upset the Tigers.  Coach Ernie Eveland’s team had won 39 straight games and were led by All Tournament players Nate Middleton, Dave Humerickhouse, Dick Foley, Max Norman, and Warren Collier.  The team’s final record was 39-1.

 

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R):  Gene Hancock, David Humerickhouse, Max Norman, Delbert Glover, and Nathan Middleton.

Front Row (L to R): Coach Ernie Eveland, Robert Bandy, Paul Pederson, William Hodge, Richard Foley, Warren Collier-captain.

2002 COD MenName: 2001-2002 College of DuPage Men's Team

Year Inducted: 2012

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
College of DuPage

 

Biography:  The College of DuPage made basketball history when the Chaparrals became the first program in NJCAA history to win national championships in both men's and women's basketball in the same season.  The men, who were seeded 8th, defeated the host school, Dehli (NY) in the opener and defeated Sullivan (NY) in the finals for the school's first men's national title.  They completed the 2001-2002 season with a 24-10 record overall.  This was Head Coach Don Klaas's first national title in four trips to the final eight.

 

Team Members in the Picture:
Front Row (L to R): 
Head Coach Don Klaas, Assistant Coach Matt Nadelhoffer, Ares Collins, Cory Larde, Robert Hoskins, Ben Curtis, Assistant Coach Charles Jurkus, and Assistant Coach Scott Wager.

Back Row (L to R):  Kevin Jenkins, Ryan Dowell, Andrew Browning, Erik Van Der Stuyf, Joe Tabisz, Taliaferro Roots, Bryan Ray, Stephen Davis, and Manager Anthony Materazzo.

 

Caterpillar 1952 MenName: 1952 (Peoria) Caterpillar Cats AAU Men's Team

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
AAU

 

Biography:  The 1951-52 (Peoria) Caterpillar Cats was one of the outstanding AAU teams of all time. Their season record of 41-10 earned them the National AAU Championship. They were 5-0 in the tournament that year. In addition, they represented the United States in the Olympics by winning the Olympic Trials Tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. The Caterpillar Cats, coached by Warren Womble then proceeded to win the 1952 Olympic Games Gold Medal with an 8-0 record.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Coach Warren Womble (Southeastern State University); Bill Dempsey (Peoria Manual HS); Frank McCabe (Marquette University): Marcus Freiberger (Oklahoma University): Bob Haarlow (Wisconsin University); Kirby Minter (Southeastern State University); Ron Bontemps (Beloit College); Don Leake, manager (Oklahoma University).

Front Row (L to R):  Dan Pippen, Captain (University of Missouri); Bob Dean (Xavier University); Bob Schmidt (St. Louis University ); George Lafferty (University of Missouri); Howard Williams (Purdue University).

 

COD 2002Name: 2001-2002 College of DuPage Women's Team

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
College of DuPage

Biography:  The College of DuPage made basketball history when the Chaparrals became the first program in the NJCAA to win national championships in both men's and women's basketball in the same year.  The women, who were again ranked #1 in the country, rolled through the tournament and finished the season with a 27-4 record.  They defeated Northland (MN) 66-49 in the final game.  Head Coach Earl Reed won his 2nd national title in three seasons.

Team Members in the Picture (L to R):  Head Coach Earl Reed, Kayla Johnston, Nicole Hanck, Nikkilette Wright, Latoya Adams, Liz Spokas, Jessica Stacy, Megan Nelson, Katherine Kmen, Lekisha Duria, Jennifer Kick, Heather Ignacek, Brigid Barrett, and Associate Head Coach Beth Mitchell.