Inductees Dr. A. G. "Frenchy" Haussler had a national impact on athletics throughout his career as a performer, coach, school administrator and U.S. Olympic official. As a long-time Vice President at Bradley, he was responsible for creating an atmosphere which led to the University's emergence as an athletic power.
An athletic standout at Peoria Central, Haussler became football and basketball coach at Pekin in 1925. During 17 seasons, his football teams won 93 games, lost 39 and tied 17 for a .705 winning percentage.
As Pekin basketball coach in the same period he finished with a 284-133 record, taking three teams to the state tournament. His 1934-35 team was third in the state with a 27-4 record. His first two basketball teams were also outstanding, the very first in 1925-26 going 21-3, and the second going 19-2.
Haussler coached on the Aurora high school scene after leaving Pekin before joining Bradley as an administrator.
Long one of the nation's most respected sports officials, he chaired the U.S. Olympic Canoe Committee for many years.
Dr. A. G. "Frenchy" Haussler had a national impact on athletics throughout his career as a performer, coach, school administrator and U.S. Olympic official. As a long-time Vice President at Bradley, he was responsible for creating an atmosphere which led to the University's emergence as an athletic power.
|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.