IHSBCA History

The first meeting of baseball coaches to organize the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association took place in 1965.  Jay Sanders of Highland Park High School was the first President and Ron Klein of New Trier High School was the first Vice-President. The first Executive Board Members were Jack Kaiser of Oak Park-River Forest High School, Jim Phipps of Niles High School, and Claire Lossin of Riverside Brookfield High School.  Other significant coaches involved in the formation of the IHSBCA included Ken McGonagle of Evanston High School and Jack Mallory of Waukegan High School.

The organization was originally formed to allow seniors that were left off of American Legion rosters an opportunity to play in the summer.  This was sanctioned by the IHSA.

At the time, Les Miller, the Head Baseball Coach of The University of Illinois at Chicago was holding annual clinics for coaches.  He agreed to share his clinic with the IHSBCA.  Thus, the birth of our present day coaches clinic.  The first clinic was held at Oak Park-River Forest High School.  Since then, many high school and college coaches have contributed to the success and growth of our clinics.

One of the first actions of the IHSBCA was to petition the IHSA to have the 16-game limit for public schools increased.  With the support of the Principals, Ron Klein and Marty Wiora of Benet Academy got the schedule expanded to 25 dates, of which ten of those dates could be doubleheaders.  As it stands today, all member teams of the IHSA can play 35 total games, with no doubleheader stipulations.

The first Hall of Fame banquet was hosted in 1978.  The initial inductees were All Budde of Belleville High School, Guy Cartwright of North Chicago High School, George Fencl of Morton High School, Martin McCarty of North Shore County Day High School, Jim Phipps of Niles High School, Ed Papciak of Lane Tech High School, Ed Stonebock of Peoria Manual High School, and Jack Kaiser. 

Today our organization boasts over 600 members, we select an All-Area team and an All-State team, our clinic continues to grow in attendance and quality speakers, and we try to be an integral influence on the IHSA in all matters related to Illinois High School Baseball. 

IHSBCA PRESIDENTS
1965    Jay Sanders, Highland Park High School
1966    Jay Sanders, Highland Park High School
1967
1968
1969
1970    Jack Kaiser, Oak Park-River Forest High School
1971    Jack Kaiser, Oak Park-River Forest High School
1972    Jim Phipps, Niles West High School
1973    Jim Phipps, Niles West High School
1974    Ron Klein, New Trier High School
1975    Ron Klein, New Trier High School
1976    Ron Mellen, Sandburg High School
1977    Ron Mellen, Sandburg High School
1978    Ed Puck, Hinsdale South High School
1979    Ed Puck, Hinsdale South High School
1980    Ron Guagenti, Rich East High School
1981    Mike Kincannon, Addison Trail High School
1982    Marty Wiora, Benet Academy
1983    Marty Wiora, Benet Academy
1984    Don Kuehner, Marist High School
1985    Don Kuehner, Marist High School
1986    Dave Lindley, Hinsdale South High School
1987    Larry Pohlman, Prospect High School
1988    Larry Pohlman, Prospect High School
1989    Bill Seiple, Naperville Central High School
1990    Bill Seiple, Naperville Central High School
1991    Frank Eccles, Thornton High School
1992    Frank Eccles, Thornton High School
1993    Paul Groot, Schaumburg High School
1994    Paul Groot, Schaumburg High School
1995    Tom Johnson, Bremen High School
1996    Tom Johnson, Bremen High School
1997    John Wendell, Buffalo Grove High School
1998    John Wendell, Buffalo Grove High School
1999    Jim Hall, Lockport High School
2000    Jim Hall, Lockport High School
2001    Dan Hogan, Glenbard East High School
2002    Dan Hogan, Glenbard East High School
2003    Len Asquini, St. Charles High School
2004    Len Asquini, St. Charles High School
2005    Mike Riley, Glenbard South High School
2006    Mike Riley, Glenbard South High School
2007    Jeff Bonebrake, Benet Academy
2008    Jeff Bonebrake, Benet Academy
2009    Jeff Bonebrake, Benet Academy
2010    Dan Schoessling, Wheaton North High School
2011    Dan Schoessling, Wheaton North High School
2012    Dan Schoessling, Wheaton North High School
2013    Don Sutherland, Cary Grove High School
2014    Don Sutherland, Cary Grove High School
2015    Paul Belo, Palatine High School
2016    Paul Belo, Palatine High School