Inductees From 1974 to 1990 Mary Kay Hungate was head coach of two basketball teams and was first assistant to a third. Over 16 seasons those teams averaged three losses a season!
Her career coaching record of 428-50 included a 195-13 mark in seven years at Richwoods High School where her 1983 team won the state crown, her 1981 and 1984 teams were second and her 1985 team was third.
Before and after her brilliant prep coaching career were college challenges.
She began the women's basketball program at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg where her father was men's coach, taking a brand new program to an 80-22 record in four seasons and qualifying for the National Junior College tourament in 1976.
In 1985 she went to perennial women's collegiate power Louisiana Tech as first assistant coach where the team went 153-15 in the five years she was on the staff, winning the national championship in 1988 and making the final four in her last four seasons.
In 1990 she switched to the administration side of athletics at Louisiana Tech as assistant athletics director. Currently she is Associate Athletic Director and Compliance/Senior Women's Administrator, being responsible for administration oversight for ten sports and ensure compliance with NCAA and Sun Belt Conference regulations among her responsibilities.
While at Richwoods she was named USA Today National Coach of the Year for 1985, was president of the Illinois Girls' Basketball Coaches Association in 1983, chosen Tri-County Sports Figure of the Year for 1983, named head coach of the inaugural Prairie State Games in 1984, and chosen has head coach of the South team in the first IBCA Girls' All-Star game.
From 1974 to 1990 Mary Kay Hungate was head coach of two basketball teams and was first assistant to a third. Over 16 seasons those teams averaged three losses a season!
Hockey was a sport local fans could watch only if they went to Chicago or St. Louis until BardezBanian founded the Peoria Stars in 1959.
The two were with the Pekin Stars until 1970, when they formed the Peoria Blades, on the outdoor rink at Logan, in 1971. The Logan "bubble" went up the next year and the Blades, through membership in the Continental League, gave Peoria a solid taste of hockey.
BardezBanian played with the Blades for a few years, then became president while Olson always served as the team's general manager.
And the two gave hockey a boost whenever they could. BardezBanian coached the Bradley University club team for many years and both were instrumental in starting and maintaining youth hockey in Pekin and Peoria.
Both are now retired, Olson from Caterpillar's Mossville plant and BardezBanian from a management position with the City of Peoria.