IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Ray UmbrightName: Ray Umbright

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Lane Tech High School

 

Biography:  The late Ray Umbright was the head boys' basketball coach at (Chicago) Lane Tech High School from 1919-1954, winning Chicago Public League titles in 1924, 1926, 1934 and 1939.  He also had 3 second place finishes.  His 1934 team advanced to the IHSA Elite Eight of the state tournament.  Lane Tech defeated Springfield 13-11 in 3 overtimes in the Sweet 16 game that year.  In 1938, his squad lost in the Sweet 16 to (Berwyn-Cicero) Morton High School 42-37.

 

Tom ShieldsName: Tom Shields

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Hales Franciscan High School
(Chicago) St. Mel High School
Elmwood Park High School
Pekin High School

 

 

Biography:  In 30 seasons of Illinois basketball coaching at eight different schools, Tom's teams had a record of 609-236.  He guided teams to the IHSA state finals 5 times, winning the 1985 Class A State Championship for (Chicago) St. Mel High School.  Tom also coached St. Mel to a 2nd place finish in 1984 and (Chicago) Hales Franciscan to a 3rd place in 1993.  His teams won 7 IHSA Regional crowns, 4 IHSA Sectional titles, and was an IBCA district coach of the year on 10 occasions.

 

Ned RayName: Ned Ray

Year Inducted:  2010

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Goreville Junior High School
Lick Creek Junior High School

 

Biography:  At the time of his induction, Ned Ray's teams had a 727-478 record in 31 years as a junior high school coach at Lick Creek (2 years) and Goreville (29 years).  His total included a 479-280 mark at the 8th grade level.  Ned coached 1,205 games, winning 15 regional championships and making 17 IESA state tournament appearances.  The Goreville gym was dedicated in 1999 as the Ray Gymnasium.

 

 

Dennis RueterName: Dennis Rueter

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Waterloo) Gibault Catholic High School

 

Biography:  At the end of the 207-2018 season, Dennis had achieved a reocrd of 713-382 in 38 seasons at (Waterloo) Gibault Catholic High School.  The highlight of this era was the 1999 team which finished 2nd in the IHSA Class A state finals.  This victory total includes 14 IHSA Regional titles, 4 IHSA Sectional crowns, and 1 IHSA super-sectional victory.  Among the many great players that have played for Dennis is Lance Stemler who became a team captain at Indiana University.

 

Bill WilsonName: Bill Wilson

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Lewistown High School
Wenona High School
Farmington High School

 

Biography:  Bill Wilson coached varsity boys' basketball for 20 years with stops at Lewistown High School,  Wenona High School, and Farmington High School.  At Lewistown, Bill won 2 Fulton County championships in 1962 and 1964.  His teams won the Western Illinois Invitational in 1958.  Lewistown was an IHSA Regional winner in 1962.  In 4 seasons at Wenona High School, his teams won 2 Tri-County Conference crowns and 1 IHSA Regional title.  At Farmington High School, Bill's teams earned 4 Fulton County Tournament Championships, 1 IHSA Regional title and 1 IHSA Sectional crown in 1972.  That team advanced to the East Moline Super-sectional in the first year of the IHSA Class A State Series.  After coaching, Bill became the superintendent of schools in Lewistown.