Inductees Known to many in the coaching profession as the "Wizard of Oz" for his remarkable ability to get the most out of a team, Charles Orsborn was the most successful coach in Bradley University's distinguished basketball history and one of the most productive coaches ever to coach the game.
In an incredible nine-year period from 1956 to 1965, Ozzie won 194 games while losing 56 for a .776 mark. Thus in an era when a 20 win season was a mark of tremendous success, he averaged almost 22 wins a year and each year his team was ranked among the national leaders. During that period his teams won three National Invitational Tournament titles at a time when that tournament had maximum prestige and five times his team was ranked among the nation's top ten teams at the end of the season.
His credentials as a former Bradley player and its athletic director are equally impressive. It was Orsborn and his Famous Five teammates in the late 1930s who originally put Bradley basketball on the national map. And it was under Orsborns term as athletic director in the 1960s that Bradley expanded its total men's and women's programs to the point that it has one of the most comprehensive athletic programs among private universities nationwide.
It was also Orsborn who developed a number of All Americans in his coaching career, many of whom went on to star in professional basketball. Such stars as Chester Walker, Lavern Tart, Shellie McMiIlon, Barney Cable and Bobby Joe Mason were developed by Orsborn.
Known to many in the coaching profession as the "Wizard of Oz" for his remarkable ability to get the most out of a team, Charles Orsborn was the most successful coach in Bradley University's distinguished basketball history and one of the most productive coaches ever to coach the game.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.