IBCA Hall of Fame

Robert Wixom

Name: Robert Wixom

Year Inducted: 1978

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Rushville High School
Table Grove High School


Robert Wixom is truly one of Illinois’ top small school coaches.  Wixom spent 17 seasons as the basketball coach at Rushville HS after one at Table Grove.  His record is a sparkling 295-180 during those 18 seasons.  Although a small school, Rushville routinely played many large schools from the central and western Illinois areas including:  Quincy, Pekin, Lanphier, Peoria Central, Champaign, Collinsville, Springfield, Kewanee, and Lincoln.  His teams entered 18 invitational tournaments and won 9 of them including the 1937 Dekalb Holiday Tournament.  Eight times Rushville teams won regionals and twice they gained the Sweet Sixteen—in 1937 and 1940.  The Rushville teams of that era won 8 conference titles, while the Table Grove team also won its conference during Wixom’s year there.  Robert was from Janesville, Wisconsin and attended Milton College.  As a collegian, Robert played 4 years of football, basketball, and baseball.  Robert played every minute of every game during his college football career.  He also excelled as a football coach for 22 years with a 92-80-11 record.