Year Inducted: 1973
Schools / Organizations: Galesburg High School
Biography: John Thiel was the head coach at Galesburg HS, perennially one of Illinois’ elite teams. Coach Thiel guided 9 Silver Streak teams to the Sweet 16, with a 3rd place finish in 1959 and 2nd place finishes in 1966 and 1968. Coach Thiel’s teams won 15 Regionals, 13 Conference Championships. His career record is 396-90. Coach Thiel retired in 1973 just as he was selected for induction to the Hall of Fame by the IBCA. John passed away on April 29, 1988.