IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Wardell VaughnName: Wardell Vaughn

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Farragut High School
Illinois State University
Edwardsville High School

 

Biography:  Wardell Vaughn was a fixture in coaching at (Chicago) Farragut High School until he retired in 1990.  He spent 37 years at the school. In 19 years as boys' varsity head coach of the Admirals he compiled a record of 337-152 as they earned respect throughout the Chicago Public League.  The Admirals swept to three straight Red West Section championships from 1972-74 and lost only two section games in that stretch. Players such as Sonny Parker of the Golden State Warriors, Anthony Brown of the Chicago Bulls and Billy Lewis of Illinois State University and a Seattle SuperSonic draftee are a few of the outstanding players Vaughn coached at Farragut.  Vaughn received Hall of Fame honors for his career at Illinois State after starring in high school at Edwardsville High School. He died on April 7, 2019 at the age of 78.

 

 

 

Sara RennieName: Sara Rennie

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Mt. Vernon High School

 

Biography:  With all the great success of Mount Vernon High School boys' basketball over the years, many people are surprised to find out the all-time winningest basketball coach in school history is Sara Rennie.  Rennie was the varsity girls' basketball coach from 1976-77, when she started 8-6, until 2008-09. She went 603-305 for a winning percentage of .664 in 33 seasons. Success came quickly with a 15-4 record and IHSA Regional championship her second year, 19-6 and a IHSA Sectional title in her third year and 23-2 with its first South Seven Conference title and third IHSA Regional crown in her fourth season.  Mount Vernon won 20 regionals - including 10 straight from 1993-2002 - and 3 sectionals under Rennie. She also had 18 20-win seasons and 8 South Seven titles.

 

Ann MurrayName: Ann Murray

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Centralia High School

 

 

Biography:  For 28 years, Ann Murray served as varsity girls' basketball coach at Centralia High School amassing a record of 501 wins against 236 losses. The Orphan Annies ruled the South Seven Conference nine times under her leadership. They won 14 IHSA Regional titles, including eight straight from 1991-98. Four times they won IHSA Sectional titles and they took fourth in the IHSA’s first girls state tournament in 1977.  For her efforts, Murray was recognized as District 19 IBCA Coach of the Year four times and twice she was voted South Seven Conference Coach of the Year. In 1993 and 1994, the Southern Illinois Coaches Association named her Coach of the Year. Murray was inducted into the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame and the Illinois Women’s Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

 

Curt ReedName: Curt Reed

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
McCleansboro High School
Tremont High School
Wyanet High School

 

Biography:  Curt Reed's teams experienced success on both the high school and junior high levels. He compiled a 35-year varsity boys record of 633-400 at Wyanet, Tremont and McLeansboro High Schools as of his retirement in 2011. For the 26 years before his induction, Reed was a varsity coach at McLeansboro. Prior to taking over for David Lee, he spent 11 years at McLeansboro as junior high or varsity assistant. As the junior high coach he posted a 149-71 record and won a Southern Illinois Elementary School state championship.  Reed served as an assistant as the Foxes won the 1984 IHSA Class A state championship 57-50 over Mount Pulaski behind Mr. Basketball Brian Sloan. In 1991 he led the Foxes to third place in the IHSA Class A finals. Reed’s teams won 20 games 13 times and ruled 10 IHSA  Regionals under him. He was named Independent Coach of the Year twice and IBCA District 20 Coach of the Year once. Anyone knowing Reed knows his teams are always a very competitive and hard-nosed reflection of his personality.  

 

 

 

Tom MeyerName: Tom Meyer

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) St. Benedict High School
(Chicago) Mt. Carmel High School
Oak Park-River Forest High School
(Skokie) Niles West High School

 

The University of Illinois--Chicago

 

 

Biography:  Tom Meyer’s coaching career spaned five different decades as he compiled a 471-407 record in 34 years at five different schools. Meyer graduated from DePaul Academy in 1961. At DePaul University he played for his Hall of Fame father Ray and captained the 1965 Blue Demons before graduating in 1966.  Meyer’s coaching career started at St. Benedict where he won the Parish League title. He moved to Mount Carmel from 1967-70 and led the Caravan to the Chicago Catholic League Lightweight Championship in 1968 and a runner-up finish in 1969.  In 1970, Meyer moved to Oak Park-River Forest and in 1976 he led the Huskies to third place in the Class AA state tournament. He went to UIC for the 1977-78 season and brought the program to the Division I level, going 93-73 in six seasons. In 1987 he took the head job at Niles West and in his second season led the Indians to 16 wins and second place in the Central Suburban South.  Meyer’s high school coaching records were: St. Benedict 27-4, Mount Carmel 68-21 (3 years), Oak Park-River Forest 110-69 (7 years) and Niles West 173-200 (17 years), for an overall record of 378-334.