IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Friends

Greg EwertName: Dr. Greg D. Ewert

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Bears

 

Biography:  Dr. Greg Ewert is one of the most experienced basketball and sports doctors in the Chicago Area.  During his illustrious career, he has served as team physician for the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and Rockets as well as being a medical consultant to the Chicago Bears and Bulls.  Dr. Ewert has served as the medical director for the Chicago Marathon.

 

Del AtkinsonName: Dell Atkinson

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Allendale High School
Mt. Carmel (IL) High School
Wabash Valley College

 

Biography:  Dell was a highly successful coach at Allendale and Mt. Carmel (IL) high schools.  before establishing the basketball program at Wabash Valley College.  Prior to his death in 1969, he coached for 26.5 years, building a 304-188 record in just 20 years at Allendale.  Dell was on pace to reach the requirements for induction in the coach's category before his untimely death.  His Allendale teams won 5 IHSA District titles, and 7 Little Ten Conference championships despite an average enrollment of just 78 students.

 

Maurice LoseyName: Maurice Losey

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
(Harvey) Thornton High School
Streator High School
Illinois Wesleyan University

 

Biography:  Maurice C. Losey was a strong supporter of (Harvey) Thornton High School's basketball program for many years.  He was a season ticket holder at Thornton beginning in 1955.  Maurice passed up winters in Florida to remain in Illinois to follow the Wildcats to Pekin or Centralia for holiday basketball tournament action.  The Streator High School and Illinois Wesleyan University graduate would tell his friends about the great Thornton players he had watched.  His favorite team was the 1966 IHSA State Championship squad.

 

Mike AdamsName: Mike Adams

Year Inducted: 2010

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
Washington Middle School

 

Biography:  Mike spent 26 years as the 8th grade coach at Washington Middle School.  He retired with a 403-126 record, coached in 2 IESA Final Fours, 2 Elite Eights, 7 Sweet 16 and won 12 IESA Regionals.  Mike was honored in 2006 with the dedication of the Mike Adams Gymnasium in the former Washington Grade School.  Mike guided Washington to 15 conference titles.  His 8th grade teams always practiced with the 7th grade squads.  Together they won 805 games in his 26 seasons.

 

John Lucy PomattoName: John and Lucy Pomatto

Year Inducted: 1987

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations:
(Spring Valley) Hall High School
LaSalle-Peru High School

 

Biography:  John and Lucy Pomatto were avid basketball fans from early in their relationship.  Beginning in 1939, they were season ticket holders at (Spring Valley) Hall High School and LaSalle-Peru High School.  Their interest was heightened when their children (Jane and Doug) attended LP in the 1960's and 1970's.  Doug was a member of the Cavalier state tournament team in 1970.  Doug went on to play 4 years at Bradley University.  The Pomattos continued to follow LP as their grandchildren became involved in the school's programs.  For over 50 years, John and Lucy supported their local teams, often attending as many as 8 games/week.  The John and Lucy Pomatto scholarship is given annually to a Cavalier graduate who has excelled in both athletics and academics.  The student must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA to be nominated.  John died in 1994 and was followed on August 7, 2006 by Lucy.