Joe Starcevic

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations: IHSA

Mid State Nine Conference

Biography: Joe Starcevic was one of the finest officials to ever come from the Peoria area. Joe set the standard for excellence for more than 30 years and repeatedly drew the toughest games in the Mid-State Nine Conference. He was also chosen for holiday and regional tournaments on a regular basis. Joe conducted IHSA interpretation meetings for many years for the coaches and officials in the Peoria area. He worked the state tournament four times: 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964. For the players and coaches in Central Illinois during that period, it was always comforting to see Joe come from the locker room before a big game. His consistency was a model for officials of any generation.  Joe Starcevic died on January 17, 2004 at the age of 89.