Inductees Perhaps no coach in the history of basketball can match the record of Warren Womble in international competition. The great Peoria Cats coach compiled an unbelievable 34-0 mark against some of the best international competition in the world.
Womble, who coached the Cats for 10 seasons (1951-1960), won 296 games and lost 126 while leading his teams to the National Amateur Athletic Union Championship five times. In 1952, Wombleís Cats won the Olympic Trials Tournament and he was named head coach of that outstanding United States team (a team which included seven of his Cats), a team that went on to defeat the Soviet Union, 36-25.
He then coached the 1954 World Tournament championship team and the first United States team to tour the Soviet Union in 1958. Two years later his Cats placed second in the Olympic Trials Tournament, and Womble was named assistant coach for the U.S. in Rome. That team, which included Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, defeated Brazil (90-36) for the gold medal. Womble also served as the first director of the National Industrial Basketball League.
Perhaps no coach in the history of basketball can match the record of Warren Womble in international competition. The great Peoria Cats coach compiled an unbelievable 34-0 mark against some of the best international competition in the world.
|Ron Dwyer, Sr.|
Ron was an All-Conference, athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Spalding Institute and achieved All-State honors in basketball. He accepted a full scholarship to Western Illinois University for basketball. After his freshman year he transferred to Bradley University on a baseball scholarship. At BU he played baseball for three years and football for two years. In 1964, he was selected for the All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Team. Ron was invited to play on the first Peoria Pacers Baseball Team in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, batting 4th in the lineup and playing 3rd base alongside Don Kessinger, the eventual star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. After college he shared his sports acumen as an assistant coach for Spalding’s basketball teams that were the state runners-up in 1969 and 1970 Class AA Tournament. He was the pitching coach for the 1974 East Peoria team that placed 2nd in the Class AA Baseball Tournament. Ron was a player/manager in Peoria’s Sunday Morning League for 15 years; for 20 years he served as supervisor of the softball program for the Peoria Park District; for 6 years was active in Little League; and for 2 years helped lead a youth basketball program. He was an umpire/official in baseball, basketball, and football at various levels of competition over 21 seasons.