Year Inducted: 1973
Schools / Organizations: (Rockford) West High School
Biography: Alex Saudargas was the coach of the great 1955 and 1956 Rockford West teams that won the State Championship. Down six points to Elgin with 2:18 left in the 1955 state championship game, the Warriors scored six points in a single second, and wound up winning the game. His team also finished 4th in 1967. Saudargas took West to the state basketball tournament in 1949, 1955, 1956, 1967 and 1973. Alex was the Big 9 Coach of the Year in 1972 and again in 1973. At the end of his career, Alex’s teams had posted a record of 435-198. Coach Saudargas passed away on March 1, 1999.