IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Officials

Greg BurtonName: Greg Burton

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
IBCA
 

Biography:  Greg's 35 years of officiating on the IHSA Class A and AA levels include 41 IHSA Regional assignments.  He has worked 15 IHSA Sectionals and 5 IHSA Super-sectionals.  The highlight of Greg's career was working three IHSA State Finals.  He has also worked the IBCA All Star Games in Bloomington.

 

 

Ken RodermelName: Ken Rodermel

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
IBCA

 

Biography:  When Ken worked the IBCA All-Star games in June of 1984, he completed game #2,593 in a career that spanned 34 seasons.  Ken was well-known for his officiating at the high school and college levels in the Freeport and Rockford areas.  Besides his referreeing duties, he served on many civic, service, youth, governmental and real estate groups.  Three times Ken officiated the IHSA Boys' State Basketball Finals--1967, 1968 and 1972.  In 1972 he was on the floor for the first ever Class A championship game between Lawrenceville and (Mounds) Meridian.  Ken Rodermel died on February 26, 2014, just a few days from his 85th birthday.

 

Rick PrestonName: Richard Preston

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA

 

Biography:  Rick Preston had raced up and down basketball courts for 32 years when he was inducted in 2000 and he wasn’t ready to untie his basketball shoes for the last time. Going back to the nights where he often worked two games, Preston figured the number of games he officiated was approaching 5,000.  Preston worked more than 20 years with Bill Spriggs of Kankakee as his officiating partner. He and Spriggs called the 1988 Class A state championship game where Pana topped Pinckneyville 62-58. Preston also worked the 1987 A state finals. He said Ottawa Marquette’s 80-77 upset of Chicago Providence St. Mel in the 1987 New Lenox Lincoln-Way supersectional is a game that sticks out.  Preston also worked 24 boys regionals and 8 sectionals and 12 girls regionals and 8 sectionals. He officiated in holiday tournaments at Braidwood, Cornell, Danville Schlarman, Dwight, Lexington, Lemont, Lisle, Manteno, Melvin-Sibley, Momence, Morris, Peotone, Plano and Streator. Preston also works junior college and NCAA Division III games.

 

 

 

Jack ScottName: Jack Scott

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
IESA

 

Biography: Jack L. Scott was one of the most respected basketball officials in south-central Illinois. At the time of his induction he had worked more than 40 IHSA boys and girls regionals, 6 girls sectionals and Illinois Elementary School Association state finals in his 35 years of officiating. Holiday tournament assignments took Scott to Dieterich, Vandalia, Charleston, Tower Hill, St. Elmo, Casey-Westfield and Cumberland. Other tourneys include the Bridgeport Central Classic, Crawford County and numerous shootouts, including Pinckneyville when NBA legend Kevin Garnett was a star with Chicago Farragut.  Scott worked the IBCA All-Star Game in 1993 and officiated in the Prairie State Games. He was one of the founders and leaders of the South Central Basketball Officials Association.  Honest and professional, Scott was not afraid to be controversial. He was an official who coaches could count on for a straight and honest answer to any question regarding a call he made or on officiating in general. He always worked with pride to become the best official possible and was known to read and reread the rulebook almost religiously. Scott’s major premises on officiating were to keep the game under control in the spirit of the rules and make sure both teams have an equal opportunity to win.  Jack Scott passed away in 2014 at the age of 74 and was married for more than 50 years to his wife Bettie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

William MarshallName: William Marshall

Year Inducted: 2000

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations:
IHSA
Chicago Public League
Chicago Catholic League
Metropolitan Officials Association

 

 

Biography:  William Marshall entered the world of officiating in 1967 after a very successful athletic career. He was one of the initial members of the Metropolitan Officials Association, the first African-American officials association in the Midwest. Bill knew no bounds in his 19-year career as an official, calling grade and high school, junior college, park district and industrial league games.  The leagues Marshall called home included the Chicago Public League, Chicago Catholic League, Illini Eight Conference, United States Steel Mill, Chicago Park District and Chicago Postal Service. The Chicago Public League also had Marshall critique its officials. Marshall also spent many hours holding referee clinics for coaches, players and novice officials.  Marshall is known for his integrity, professional demeanor, keen sense of judgement and the vast respect he received from coaches and players.