Wayne Nohren

Year Inducted: 1975

Category: Officials

Schools / Organizations: IHSA

Biography: Wayne Nohren became a registered basketball official in 1947.  The Longview farmer worked six state tournaments, 23 sectionals, and 25 regionals during his career.  Other tournaments that used his officiating skills included Danville Holiday Tournament, Ambraw, National Trail, Okaw, Eastern Illinois, Champaign County, Vermillion County along with city tournaments in Decatur and Springfield.  Nohren’s most thrilling experience was throwing the ball up for the 1959 IHSA State Championship game between Springfield HS and Aurora West HS.  His career also lists the tragic experience of officiating at the Decatur HS vs MacArthur HS game at which Coach Gay Kintner died during halftime.  Wayne Nohren passed away on February 19, 1990.