Jim Tracy

Year Inducted: 2007

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations: (Chicago) DeLaSalle Institute
(Springfield, MO) Central High School
(Burbank) Reavis High School
(Burbank) St. Laurence High School

Biography:  Jim Tracy began his career coaching the lower levels at (Chicago)  DeLaSalle Institute in 1978, where his teams were 70-22 over five seasons. with 2 sophomore championships.  He was the varsity coach at DeLaSalle for 7 seasons.  In that time, the Meteors were 135-52 with 1 Cathloic League title, 5 IHSA Regional Championships, and 10 holiday tournament titles.  In 1990, Tracy moved to Central High School in Springfield, Missouri.  Taking over a program that had won two games the previous season, the Bulldogs improved to 8 wins in Jim’s first year and 15 wins in his second season.  In 1992, Jim returned to the Chicago area, becoming the head coach at (Burbank) Reavis High School.  In his first season there, the Rams finished with 19 wins, setting a record for the most wins in school history.  The next season the Rams finished at 21-6 again breaking the record for most wins and best record ever for Reavis basketball.  Over the course of 12 seasons, the Rams won 20 games 6 times.  During the 2003-04 season the squad finished a record-breaking season with a mark of 23-2, winning the SICA North Championship with an undefeated 10-0 mark.  In Tracy’s 15 years at Reavis, the Rams were 269-130, with 3 SICA North Conference Championships, 7 SICA North/SSC Conference runners-up and 13 holiday tournament titles.  His overall record makes Jim the winningest coach in Reavis High School history.  Jim has received numerous coaching honors, including Chicago Catholic League, IBCA District 2 and 7, SICA North, and Southtown Economist Coach of the Year Awards.  Jim’s career mark overall is 427-210. 

Jim has served the IBCA on their Board of Directors since 1980.  He was the organization’s president from 2007-2009.  Jim became the Associate Executive Director in 2013.  With the passing of long-time Executive Director, Chuck Rolinski, in the fall of 2014, Jim became the organization’s second ever Executive Director. 

In May of 2015, Jim returned to his alma mater, St. Laurence, as an assistant AD and assistant basketball coach.  In 2019, the IBCA awarded Jim the Chuck Rolinski Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to basketball in the state of Illinois.  Jim is also a member of the St. Laurence Hall of Fame (2008), Illinois Benedictine University Hall of Fame (2013) and the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame (2014).