Thirteen Coaches and one Official make up the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) 2006 Hall of Fame Class. They will be honored at a luncheon in their honor on Friday, June 30, 2006 at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield. Family and Friends will gather to honor this group for their outstanding Coaching and Officiating accomplishments. In addition the group will receive their awards that evening at the St. John's€™s Sports Medicine Missouri All Star Games. The games will be played at the Hammons Arena on the campus of Missouri State University. For information on tickets to the luncheon and the games contact:
Jim Bidewell - Jim graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 1978 where he competed in Basketball, Football and Baseball. He went on to Arkansas State University receiving his degree in 1982. He has been the Head Basketball Coach at Portageville ever since. His teams have won 4 state titles, 2 undefeated seasons (91 & 93), 6 Final Four appearances, 11 District titles and 13-time Bootheel Conference Champions. Both of those undefeated teams are in the MBCA/Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. His teams have compiled a 483-150 record in 23 years which gives them an average of 21 wins per year.
Jim Byland - is a founding member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and served as president during the 1980's. He was the committee co-chair who set up the MBCA Academic All State Team criteria. During his high school playing days Jim scored over 1,000 points while playing at Knox County his first two years and at Moberly High School as a junior and senior. This was followed by two years at Moberly Junior College where he played on two straight National Junior College Championship teams. He started his Coaching career at Cairo in 1969, followed by a year as Graduate Assistant at Northeast Missouri State University. Jim Coached at Salisbury, Eldon and Jefferson City where his 1993 team won the Class 4A State Championship.
Bill Carter - has Coached and Administered at a lot of schools along the way. And this year his girls team won number 500 in his career. Bill coached football early in his career and then since 1971 has concentrated on Basketball. He is a 1957 Davenport High School graduate and a University of Dubuque 1962 graduate. He has coached in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and now Missouri. This includes Davenport West, Griswold, Riverdale Port Byron, Wichita Collegiate (twice), Capaun Mt. Carmel, Caproock, Lewisville and Thomas Jefferson on the High School level. In addition he has Coached at Friends University, Cameron University and Texas A& I University. At Capaun his teams won back to back 5A State titles in 80 & 81 with former KU & NBA player Greg Dreiling. At Friends he coached R. C. Buford an NBA player who is now the General Manager of the San Antonio Spurs. He joins Cleo Elbert at what is believed to be the only time in Missouri Basketball history that two Coaches have achieved 500 wins at the same school in the same year.
Cleo Elbert - saw his Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Boys team win game number 500 in his career this past season. He graduated from Pierce City High School and received his Bachelors Degree from SMS/Missouri State and a Masters from Pittsburg State. Cleo has coached both boys and girls teams but not at the same time. He has spent 29 years as a Head Coach and has been in education for 35 years. His teams have won 7 District titles, 3 final fours and 7 undefeated Conference championships. He has coached in the Lions All Star game 5 times and been the Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year 5 times. He joins Bill Carter at what is believed to be the only time in Missouri Basketball histroy that two Coaches have achieved 500 wins at the same school in the same year.
Jim Enlow - Jim's teams won 756 games over a twenty-nine year Coaching career at Unionville and primarily at Centralia. He coached both boys and girls at different times and sometimes at the same time. He played at Hannibal High School for Dr. James Ballenger and at Culver Stockton College for W. A. Bill Herington. Both Ballenger and Herington were legends in Northeast Missouri Basketball history. Jim is in the Culver Stockton Hall of Fame and received the MSHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2001. MBCA honored him as the 1986-87 Coach of the Year.
Larry Buddy Graham - this Indiana native attended Odon High School where he is the all time leading scorer in Basketball. He was an all conference selection at Vincennes University Junior College and at Texas Wesleyan University. His Coaching career has seen his teams win two state titles at Madison, Illinois in 1977 and 1981. He had a four year stop at Oakville before spending 7 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where his teams have the record for wins. He coached at Parks College and his team was ranked #1 in the nation for Small College Association. He next spent 9 years at Florissant Valley Community College where his teams averaged 20 wins a season. He is currently Director of Basketball Operations at Lindenwood College in St. Charles.
Marlin Hammond - graduated from Weaubleau High School in 1970. While there he was an All Conference Basketball player during his Junior and Senior Year. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1974. After stops at Raymore-Peculiar, Pleasant Hope, and Bolivar he became the Head Girls Coach at Lincoln High School. 499 victories later he is still the Head Coach. Along the way his teams have won District Titles 14 times, been in the State Tournament Final Four twice and won 11 Conference Championships. He has been honored as Kaysinger Conference Coach of the Year and All Area Coach of the Year several times. Marlin currently serves as President of the Missouri State Athletic Directors Association.
Edward H. Heller - this native of Nebraska started officiating Basketball in 1962 and did not stop until 1993. He graduated Clatonia Nebraska High School and the University of Nebraska. He officiated over 5150 High School and College games primarily in the Northeast part of the state. He called 11 girls state tournaments and many regionals. Ed started calling girls Basketball when they still played 6 on 6 until they converted to 5 on 5. In addition to basketball and his job of 33 years with the Soil Conservation Service he officiated Baseball and Softball. He still coaches softball at Culver Stockton College and has been doing it for 13 years.
Andy Jackson - a Louisiana native who graduated from Charles Brown High School then played and graduated from Southwest Baptist University where he was an All District 16 player. He has seen his team rack up a 623 - 199 record an average of more than 18 wins per season. Andy got his start coaching freshman at St. Joseph Central High School before moving on as a head coach at Hogan Prep in Kansas City, then to West Port and now at Lincoln Prep. Along the way his team have been in the Show-Me Showdown six times, finished 2nd twice, 3rd three times and 4th once.
Ed Lindsay - after attending Silex High School and the University of Missouri, Ed began his coaching career at Bunceton. His teams record there in 1975-77 did not foretell of his great success at Clopton High School where his teams have won 485 games which include a State Championship in 2005, 15 District titles and 6 Final Four appearances (4 consecutive). He is an 8 time Northeast District Coach of the Year, 3 time MBCA State Coach of the Year and a National Federation of State High School Association Midwest Sectional Coach of the Year.
Don Maurer - was an All State Honorable Mention player at Notre Dame - Cape Girardeau and later played two years at Southeast Missouri State University. His coaching stops include Saint Vincent- Perryville, Notre Dame - Cape Girardeau, a 2 year stint as Assistant at the University of Illinois - St. Louis University High and MICDS where his 2002 team won the Missouri State Title. In 1984 he was the District Coach of the Year and in 1999 the Metro Catholic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2002 Don was the St. Louis Post Dispatch Metro, Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and National Federation - State Coach of the Year
Rick Mills - attended LaMonte High School where he was the Outstanding Athlete in 1966-67. He graduated from Central Missouri State University and began his Coaching career in 1971 at Lincoln. From there he has coached at Adrian, LaMonte, Bolivar, Warrensburg, Green Ridge and now at Leeton. Along the way his teams have won 501 games which include Final Four State Tournament appearances in 1979-80 at LaMonte and Warrensburg in 1988-89. His 1980-81 LaMonte team went 27-1 and was a Quarter Finalist. His son Jason was an All State player at Warrensburg.
Fred Turner - started out as a High School (Bishop Lillis) All-Conference Football Player and then played that sport at Colorado State University. With that kind of a background it is surprising that Fredâ€™s Basketball teams have won 498 games since he began 31 years ago. Fred has coached at West Platte, Bishop Oâ€™Hara, Leeâ€™s Summit, Fort Scott Community College, Avila University, Warrensburg and most recently at Oak Park. He has received Coach of the Year honors several times in High School and twice during his College stops. This includes being NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1999.
Dale Gene Williams - long time Girls Basketball Coach at For Osage High School where his teams posted 309 wins since 1987. Dale's Coaching career saw him start in 1967 at Piper, Kansas and then had stops at Hanover, Kansas, North Kansas City, Simpson College in Iowa and then to Fort Osage. Altogether his teams have compiled 562 victories. At Piper and Hanover Dale coached boys. He is a member of the Baker University Hall of Fame where he earned his Bachelors Degree. He lettered four years in Football at Baker. He was inducted in the Greater Kansas City Area Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006. Twelve Suburban Conference Coach of the Year have been claimed by Dale. Dale has three children, Bob, Karie and Sheri.