Don Jobst

Year Inducted: 1989

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations: (Ottawa) Central Junior High School
(Ottawa) Shepherd Junior High School

Biography: Don Jobst coached basketball for 26 years in Ottawa. Jobst coached at Central Junior High School and Shepherd Junior High School. From 1951 through 1976, Jobst was assigned the challenge of coaching both heavyweight and lightweight teams. Fourteen consecutive times, Jobst-coached teams won the Starved Rock Conference Championship and eight times his teams won the Starved Rock Conference Heavyweight Tournament. Jobst’s record was nearly as good on the lightweight level. Eight of Jobst’s lightweight teams won Starved Rock Conference crowns. In addition, four of his lightweight teams captured conference tournaments. Jobst compiled a winning percentage of 74%. His overall record was 418 wins against 144 losses. After stepping down as basketball coach Jobst continued served years as athletic director until his retirement in 1983. Don Jobst passed away on October 17, 2015 at the age of 89.