Friends of Basketball
Year Inducted: 1986
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations: (Taylorville) St. Mary Grade School
Biography: Mike Houma took two basketballs given to him by the IBCA Hall of Fame Coach Dolph Stanley in the fall of 1945, and traded them for one good one in Taylorville. With it, Houma, in a non-paying role, started the basketball program at Taylorville’s St. Mary Grade School. On Houma’s first team was George Zigman, an IBCA Hall of Famer. Houma coached basketball at St. Mary’s for 23 years, 15 of those without its own gymnasium, compiling a 230-167 record. Mike Houma died on January 12, 1998.