IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Charles VanCleaveName: Charles VanCleave

Year Inducted: 1988

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Olney High School

 

Biography:  Charles VanCleave coached basketball at Olney High School for 21 years beginning in 1913. He also spent an additional eight as the school’s athletic director. No records are available from his final 1933-34 team in yearbooks or newspapers. With that season outstanding, VanCleave is credited with a career record of 333 wins and 147 losses. VanCleave’s 1927-28 team went 25-2 for his best record. VanCleave’s 1920 team was 23-6 and defeated Champaign 42-24 and Galesburg 32-21 in the state tournament before falling 37-18 to Canton in the semifinals and 29-20 to Marion in the third place game. That 1920 team boasted the tallest player ever to make an All-Tourney team at that time in 6-foot-4 Leland Stillwell. In 1930, VanCleave’s 33-6 team was again at Champaign where it defeated Carbondale 21-18 before losing to Bloomington 33-23 in the semifinals and then earning third place with a 27-18 defeat of Beardstown.  Charles was inducted posthumously. 

 

  

Tom DineenName: Tom Dineen

Year Inducted: 2001

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Buffalo Grove High School
(Lincolnshire) Stevenson High School

 

Biography:  Tom Dineen started and finished his 29-year stint as Buffalo Grove’s girls head coach with state trophies and in between won an IHSA Class AA state title in 2000. Dineen also spent six years at Stevenson High School en route to an 810-277 record that ranked him fourth in career girls victories in Illinois history as of 2019.  Dineen was 678-229 at Buffalo Grove and his first team in 1980 took fourth in Class AA. His final team in 2008 finished third in Class 4A and was his ninth trip to the Elite Eight. His Bison teams won 25 IHSA Regional titles and 11 IHSA Sectional titles and had four 30-win seasons. Only two of his teams finished with a losing record. In 2000, Dineen was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National High School Coach of the Year.  After retiring as a teacher at Buffalo Grove, Dineen moved to Stevenson and won two more regional titles. All six of his Stevenson teams won 20 games.

 

 

 

Larry BetzName: Larry Betz

Year Inducted: 2001

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Belleville West High School

 

Biography:  Back in 1976, after starting the volleyball program at Belleville West High School, Larry Betz was talked into also taking the girls basketball job for one year and initiating that program.  “Thing was, I enjoyed it and decided to stay another year,” Betz said. “I was at it ever since until retiring in 2000 and that another year had blossomed into 25 years.”  In his reign, Betz compiled a 419-216 record. Belleville West went 148-62 in 21 seasons of Southwest Conference play and won eight championships. Also collected by the Maroons under Betz were 12 regional and five sectional championships. The 1990-91 team was undefeated until the sectional championship and the 1978 team advanced to the Elite Eight.  Two of Betz’s players gained all-America status - Amy Rakers in 1987 and Marnie Triefenbach in 1992. Betz also served as an IBCA all-state representative on the nomination board from 1988 through his induction in 2001.

 

 

 

Derril Kipp2Name: Derril Kipp

Year Inducted:  2001

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Des Plaines) Maine West High School

 Biography:  Derril Kipp’s 34-year career as varsity girls basketball coach at Maine West was something to behold. He finished in 2015-16 with a 788-316 record and was sixth on the all-time list for wins by an Illinois girls coach. Kipp took seven teams to the Elite Eight - winning the 1988 Class AA title with a perfect record, finishing second in 1993, third in 1987 and 1992 and fourth in 1985.   Kipp’s girls set two state records. The Warriors set a mark for most consecutive conference wins with 110 in the Central Suburban League and from 1987-89 won 65 games in a row.  Kipp’s teams had four 30-win seasons and 19 20-win seasons and won 23 regional titles and 9 sectional crowns. His players earned 68 all-conference berths and 27 all-state honors as of 2001 with four receiving all-America honors. Nancy Kennelly was the 1988 Ms. Basketball in Illinois and countless players earned college scholarships.  Kipp served on the all-state selection committees for the IBCA and the Chicago Sun-Times and on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association all-American committee. He was also a member of the Nike Advisory Board. Kipp passed away in July 2016 at age 71 after a battle with cancer.  Beginning in 2018, the IBCA honored Derril by naming its annual courage award in his name.

 

 

 

Dick VersaceName: Dick Versace

Year Inducted: 2001

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Gordon Technical High School
Bradley University

NBA:  Pistons, Pacers, Grizzlies

 

Biography:  Dick Versace came a long way as a coach. Versace rose to President of Basketball Operations and General Manager roles in the NBA with the Grizzlies in Vancouver and Memphis after getting his coaching start at Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School. And not in basketball.  Halfway through an interview, for what he thought was a basketball job, Versace found out he was interviewing for a head football job. He was 25 and got the job, stayed one year and won the league title.  From 1965-69, Versace was at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, Wis., where he was 65-29 as head basketball coach. Versace ended his high school coaching days at Gordon Tech from 1969-74 and posted a 102-17 record (.857).  Versace was an assistant coach from 1974-76 at St. Louis University and Michigan State. His first college head coaching job came at Jackson (Michigan) Community College from 1976-78 and he was 47-13.  Next came a successful seven-year tenure at Bradley University from 1978-86. The Braves were 156-88, won three Missouri Valley Conference championships, made the NCAA tournament in 1980 and 1986 and won the NIT in 1982.  Versace moved to the NBA in 1986 as an assistant with the Detroit Pistons, who reached the NBA finals in his second season with them. He landed his first NBA head coaching job with the Indiana Pacers in 1989 and led them to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. He spent time in 1992 as a color commentator, studio analyst and sideline reporter on the NBA for TNT and TBS. He was also an assistant coach before joining the Grizzlies, who he worked for through 2004-05, and returned to Gordon Tech as a volunteer consultant.