IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Coaches

Larry MartensName: Larry Martens

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
Mendota High School
Amboy High School
Odell High School

 

Biography:  From 1947-52, Larry was varsity coach at Odell High School and while he had an overall record of 60-62,  the last two seasons Odell was 41-13. From 1952-63, Martens coached varsity basketball at Amboy High School and produced an 111-155 record that included an Illowa Conference championship, and a semifinal berth in the DeKalb Holiday Tournament. From 1963-1978, Martens served as a freshmen-sophomore coach at Mendota with a record of 177-111 including  teams that went 20-3 and 23-1. He is credited with building Mendota into a small school power in the late 60’s and 70’s. More than 1,000 athletes competed under Martens. He was a multi-sport coach with 31years in basketball, 25years in football, 18 years in baseball and 8years in track and field. Larry is a prime example of why won-loss records shouldn’t always be the criteria of coaching excellence. It should also be remembered what a coach like Martens has given to the youth of Illinois.  Larry Martens died on May 6, 2005 at the age of 86.

 

 

 

Bill KaiserName: Bill Kaiser

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Princeton) Logan Junior High School

 

Biography:  Bill Kaiser built one of the most respected elementary school basketball programs in the state during 28 years at Logan Junior High school in Princeton. His teams at Logan posted record of 346-120 for a winning percentage of 74 percent. His teams won 12 Starved Rock Conference championships and 8 conference tourneys. His club once compiled a 52-game winning streak. Logan had three undefeated teams under Kaiser and four times Logan lost but one game. He originated Logan Junior High’s Holiday Tournament for eighth graders and the Logan Invitational for seventh graders. For more than 30 years, Kaiser directed a Biddy Basketball program for Princeton youth. An opposing coach, who later served as Logan principle said of Kaiser “The fact his basketball teams are always fundamentally sound and usually have winning records is only secondary to the fact he develops outstanding young men of character. He demands appropriate behavior from his basketball players and gets it. . . In times when educators and education is constantly under fire it is refreshing to have someone on the teaching staff that has the total respect of the community as Bill Kaiser has.”

 

 

 

 

Don GreenfieldName: Don Greenfield

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Elmhurst) Timothy Christian High School
Lansing Christian Junior High School

 

Biography:  Don Greenfield served as basketball coach at Lansing Christian junior high school from 1958-1966 and compiled an 86-37 record with the eighth grade team. Greenfield moved to Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst in 1966 and through 1993 had compiled a 26- year varsity record of 445-262 after a 17-1 frosh-soph record for one year. Under the one-class system, Greenfield’s teams claimed two IHSA District and one Regional championship. Under the two-class system, Greenfield teams earned seven regional crowns and made state tournament appearances in 1975, 1979 and 1980. His 1975 team placed second and his 1979 team was third.  Don Greenfield died on September 12, 2004 at the age of 68.

 

 

Harlan HodgesName: Harlan Hodges

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
The University of Idaho
Murray State University
Southern Illinois University
Carrier Mills and West Frankfort High Schools

 

 

Biography:  Harlan Hodges had a distinguished 35-year basketball coaching career that started in 1924 at Harrisburg Junior High.  He continued as head coach at Carrier Mills High School and West Frankfort High School.  His college coaching days included stints at Rolla (MO) School of Mines and Southern Illinois University before 6 seasons at Murray State University in Kentucky.  His last stint came at the University of Idaho from 1954-58.  At Carrier Mills, during the Great Depression, equipment was scarce.  Harlan had the names of the players placed on the backs of the jerseys which his players then purchased so that Hodges could get new equipment for the program.  He is believed to be the first coach in the country to have players' names on the backs of jerseys.  At West Frankfort, Hodges took teams to the IHSA Sweet Sixteen in 1944 (23-9) and 1945 (33-5).  In his 6 seasons at Murray State, Harlan was 109-66.  In 1950-51 Harlan dubbed his team "the Racers" due to the fast break style they played.  This stuck and is still the mascot name for the sports teams at the university.  The Racers won the Ohio Valley Conference that year by beating Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky on the same day--all 3 teams were ranked nationally.  Hodges' 1952-53 squad placed 2nd in the National Invitational Basketball Tournament that was held in Kansas City.  At Idaho, the smallest school in the Pacific Coast Conference, his fast break style earned a 17-9 mark in his 2nd year there.  Harlan coach 7 All-American players and is remembered for originating the "North-South" high school basketball classic while at Murray State.  Harlan Hodges died on June 6, 1994 at the age of 91.

 

 

 

 

 

Harold GaffneyName: Harold Gaffney

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Coaches

Schools / Organizations:
(Peru) St. Bede Academy
Vandalia High School
Barrington High School

 

Biography:  Harold was once described in a newspaper article about his career:  "Gaff was an original.  An enigma.  He could roar like a hungry lion one minute and be gentle as a lamb the next.  He could baffle a player and psych him at the same time.  He was a hard-nosed competitor and his teams were an extension of his philosophies.  They were winners."  Harold didn't start coaching until he was 35 years old.  He started with 7 years in the Barrington school system at different levels and in 1952 became the varsity coach.  Two seasons later, Gaffney had Barrington in the Sweet Sixteen at Champaign where his club defeated Litchfield High School 57-38 in the first round before dropping a 59-57 decision in overtime to Edwardsville High School in the IHSA quarter-finals.  After his 52-5 record in the 2 Barrington High School seasons, Harold spent 1 year at Vandalia High School before starting a 14 year career at (Peru) St. Bede Academy.  His Bruin teams went 259-172, claiming 2 IHSA Regional Championships under the IHSA one-class system.  Gaffney became a legend in the Illinois Valley area.  Many times a smaller St. Bede team competed and defeated bigger and better teams.  Harold Gaffney died on July 14, 1996 at the age of 79.