Year Inducted: 1980
Schools / Organizations: DuQuoin Junior High School
Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association
Biography: William E. Theobald coached basketball at DuQuoin Junior High for 30 seasons (1937-1967) while serving as its principal for 34 years. His tenure allowed him the privilege of coaching more DuQuoin athletes than any previous coach in that Southern Illinois community. William’s teams were winning ones in 27 of those 30 seasons. Three times his team lost in the finals of the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Tournament. Theobald served as vice president of the SIJHSAA for several years. As an undergraduate student, William was a two-sport letter winner (baseball and basketball) at the University of Illinois. William passed away on Oct. 9, 1984 at the age of 74.