Inductees During the 19 seasons Rich Clopper was head coach of boys and girls swim teams at Richwoods High School, his athletes barely knew what losing meant.
First came his stint with the boys swim team.
That began with the 1969-70 season and lasted for nine years. In the Mid-State conference he coached for 105 dual meets. He lost but once. Overall, his record was 158-16-1. He won the conference meet every season.
Beginning in the fall of 1977 he became coach of the Richwoods girls team with the same great success: total conference dual meets, 43: total won 42. His overall girls dual meet record was 89-12 and eight conference meets were won.
Putting the records of the boys and girls together, the figures are an amazing 146-2 for conference meets and 247-28-1 overall. Plus a total of 17 conference titles won.
He has coached five state champions during his stint with the boys: Gib Leach in the 100 breaststroke in 1970 and 1972; the 200 medley relay team of Leach, Jim Bucher, John Houser and Cliff Myers in 1972; and Jim Bucher in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle, both in 1974.
During the 19 seasons Rich Clopper was head coach of boys and girls swim teams at Richwoods High School, his athletes barely knew what losing meant.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.