Inductees Chuck Buescher was one of the most successful coaches in the Tri-County area. He graduated from East Peoria High School. Chuck was a three-year, two sport letterman as a student at Bradley University, playing both baseball and basketball from 1963 through 1967.
He started his coaching career as assistant basketball coach at Manual High School (1967-70). Then moved to Washington High School as head coach of the 1970-71 basketball teams with a 16-10 record.
In 1971 he answered the calling of his alma mater and became the assistant basketball coach from (1971-79) at Bradley. During the time Chuck was at Bradley he became the head baseball coach (1973-79), with a record of 127-136-1.
In 1979 Chuck accepted the position as head basketball coach at Peoria High School. His career spanned 24 years with a collective record of 528-184. He won 7 conference titles and 21 regional titles, including 18 in a row to end his career. After earning State runner-up finishes in 1983 and 1989, Chuck ended his high school coaching career by leading the Peoria High Lions to back to back Illinois High School Association "AA" State Championships in 2003 and 2004.
Chuck interrupted his retirement to lend his expertise to the Bradley basketball program for two years (2005, 2006).
Today Chuck spends time traveling and watching the Chicago Cubs.
Chuck Buescher was one of the most successful coaches in the Tri-County area. He graduated from East Peoria High School. Chuck was a three-year, two sport letterman as a student at Bradley University, playing both baseball and basketball from 1963 through 1967.
1969 Spalding Basketball Team
Kneeling (left to right): Dave Scovil, Skeet Barksdale, Ken Wolbeck, Alvin O'NeaI, Skip Thorell, and Rich Lavin
The Irish, under coach Ron Patterson, assisted by Ron Dwyer and Ed Bradle, swept to a 20-3 season before a tourney run that ended with a title game loss (58-51) to Proviso East. These MS-8 conference champs secured Spalding's highest IHSA tournament finish. Players were Lamonia Barksdale, Rich Lavin, Art Jenkins, Marty McGann, Jim Moore, Alvin O'Neal, Ken Wolbeck, Chuck Thorell, Steve Schrader and Rick Schaidle. Their 28-4 final record is the best in school history.