DES MOINES - Three former basketball coaches and seven players will join the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame at the Boys' State Basketball Tournament next week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The presentations will be Saturday evening at the intermission of the Class 4A championship game.
Profiles of the new Hall of Fame class follow.
BOB JOSTEN, Webster City - At Clinton St. Mary's, he was a four year letter winner in four sports. A three-year basketball starter he was a key player on the Irish's 1965 state tournament runner-up. He went on to start at the University of South Dakota, before returning home as the sophomore basketball and head football coach for a year. He went to Notre Dame, Burlington and a four year 66-27 record with two district titles helped him land the Webster City job in 1976. His Lynx teams had a reputation for being a "tough out." The school won eight North Central Conference titles and earned State Tournament trips in 1985 and 2001. He was active in the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association until he retired in 2003 with a career mark of 368-235. He served Webster City for 12 years as Activities Director and also taught AP Government. He and his wife Kathy raised a son Jared who is Webster City's all-time leading scorer and who played four seasons at the University of Northern Iowa.
BOB HORNER, Mason City - A New Jersey native, Mr. Horner came to Iowa following graduation from Lakewood High School. He attended North Iowa Area Community College and earned his B.S. degree from Upper Iowa University. After teaching and coaching junior high at West Hancock, he started his varsity coaching career with three years at West Bend-Mallard and six years at Lake Mills, logging a combined record of 168-76 with his 1986 Lake Mills team making the State Tournament. From 1987 through 2004 he directed Mason City to 221 wins, five conference titles and five State Tournament appearances including back-to-back championships in 1996 and 1997. He took a career mark of 389-263 when he returned to coach North Butler this year. He and his wife Bev raised three girls - Tracy, Heather and Kristin, and a son Jeff, who scored 2,194 career points, holds a state high of 12 three-point goals in a game and state best of 760 career treys prior to staring at the University of Iowa.
STEVE MCGRAW, Waterloo East - Considered by his colleagues as one of the state's best coaches and one who builds lasting relationships with his players, Mr. McGraw's numbers bear out the accolade. He coached 13 teams to the State Tournament; won two State Championships (1990 and 2003); and had eight other teams that were fourth or better including runner-up finishes in 1991, 2002, and 2004. He had a 19-12 mark against state tourney teams; devoted 39 years to kids and the profession; and has the ninth best career record in the history of the game - 579-269 with a 465-188 mark at Waterloo East. Only three other coaches have directed more State Tournament teams. A graduate of Indianola High School, where he played baseball, basketball and earned all-state honors in football, he earned his degree at Simpson College where he played basketball and baseball. He started his career at Tri-County, Thornburg before taking over at Waterloo East in 1979. He was also a top baseball umpire,
working eight State Tournaments through 1991. He and his wife Jan reside in Waterloo.
BOB RICKER, Diagonal - When Mr. Ricker graduated from Diagonal in 1951 he departed not only with virtually all of the school's scoring records but left as Iowa's second leading all-time career scorer with 1,525 points. He was a four year starter for hall-of-fame coach Dale Herrington and the Maroons advanced to the substate tournament each of his four seasons and also to the one-class State Tournament in 1949. He poured in a then state record 63 points including a state best of 31 field goals a 1951 sectional tournament game against Conway. His state leading 701 points that year was second best all- time. He was named to the fourth team all-state in 1951, a year when only nine small school players were recognized on the seven teams. Remarkably Mr. Ricker's achievements were made while competing with a hearing impairment since age three. Upon graduation he went into farming and is now retired. He and his wife Lucy raised three boys and currently make their home in Mount Ayr.
BRIAN MCDERMOTT, Aquin, Cascade - Playing for Coach Al Marshall at Aquin he was a three year starter scoring 1,231 points for an 18.7 ppga. His senior year he earned first team All-State and was the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald Player of the Year. At Grand View Junior College, on nationally ranked teams, he played two seasons and was All Region NJCAA in 1976. He later started two years for University of South Dakota. In 1977 he set a then NCAA record with 21 assists in a game. As a senior he won the Rube Hoy Award as the student athlete that contributed the most to the quality of student life. He played in the European Pro League and in 1979 won MVP honors averaging 30 ppg and 10 assists for Leeds, England. He coached 13 years at Dakota State leading them to the NAIA Final Four in 1992. Since 1996 he has continued his coaching success at Southern Oregon University. He and his wife Jan have raised two children - Josh and Josi, both collegiate players.
JAMIE LILLY, Humboldt - Mr. Lilly and his teammates made Humboldt history in 1976 when they became the school's first ever State Tournament team and they repeated the act the following year. He was the leading scorer each year averaging 17 ppg as a junior on a 21-2 club and 28.0 ppg as a senior on a 19-3 team. Both years the Wildcats were eliminated by the eventual State Champion. He was a two-time all conference player and All-State first team in 1977 for Hall-of-Fame Coach John Westphal. After one season at Iowa State University he transferred to Western Illinois University where he sparkled for the Leathernecks, He had top 10 career rankings finishing eighth with 1,448 career points and third and sixth best respectively in free throw and field goal percentage. He was indicted into the WIU Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 2004. He is a sales representative for Rytee Corporation in Jackson, WI. He and his wife Mary are the parents of three girls and a son and reside in Port Washingt
LOREN DEKRUYF, Boyden-Hull - Pick a school record at Boyden-Hull and chances are he owns it or has rivaled it. A three-year starter, he led hall-of-fame Coach Paul Walton's team to second in the 1990 State Tournament when averaged 27.9 ppg, repeated as an All-State selection and was selected to the Academic All-State team by the IBCA. His senior year bolstered his career point total to 1,605 and a career 24.0 ppga. For his career he shot 60.1 percent from the floor and 80.6 percent from the charity stripe while blocking 131 shots and garnering 722 rebounds - all Boyden-Hull bests. The "beat" didn't stop when he attended the University of South Dakota where he had 1,038 career points with double digit seasons he final two campaigns. His helped the team to North Central Conference titles twice and two NCAA Division II Elite 8 National Tournaments. After teaching and coaching at Carlisle he is now a middle school counselor at Urbandale. He and his wife Meredith have two sons and
KLAY EDWARDS, Winfield-Mt. Union - Playing on three State Tournament teams that finished second, third and fourth, he is one of only five preps to earn All-State Tournament honors three times. He was also a two-time All-State choice. He posted a career "1K double-double" with 1,976 points and 1,000 rebounds. Just 15 preps all-time have scored more than 1,500 points with 1,000 or more rebounds. Shooting over 60% from the floor and 75% from the foul line, he averaged a double-double in his three tourney years with averages of 19.5ppg and 10.4 rpg as a sophomore; 20.3 ppg and 10.4 rpg as a junior and 23.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg in his final campaign. He played four seasons at Iowa State for three different coaches and finished as the school's 16th leading career rebounder His play was crucial when the Cyclones advanced to the 1997 Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. He currently is the C.E.O. of People's State Bank in Winfield. He and his wife Lesley are the parents of a daughter and t
CARY COCHRAN, Tri-Center, Neola - In 1997 he graduated as Iowa's all-time leading scorer and 3-point artist with 2,650 points and 352 treys. Playing for his father Carl, a hall-of-fame coach, he piloted Tri-Center to the 1995 and 1997 State Tournaments. A four-year letter winner and three year starter, he had a career scoring average of 28.5 ppg. He scored in double figures in 92 of his 93 career games and tallied 20 or more 80 times, with an individual game high of 59. He led his team in assists, dealing out 706 during his career, an Iowa all-time best at the time. He won numerous honors including first team All-State his final three seasons and a spot on the 1997 All-State Tournament team. Playing at Nebraska he shattered their 3-point field goal records by splashing 268 for his career, 89 in a season and eight for a game. In 2002 he led the NCAA in free throw percentage (92.2). He was a conference and district All-Academic honoree. He currently works for the Wells Fargo
Bank in Council Bluffs.
CHUCK HARMISON, Ames - He was at the heart of balanced Ames High attacks that earned 1975 and 1976 championship game berths. With him in the starting line-up, Ames rolled to a 45-3 two-year mark. Under hall-of-fame coach Arnie Zediker, he was the "go to guy," averaging 21 ppg and 13 rebounds as a junior and 23 points and 13.5 rebounds in a 24-0 senior campaign. The 1975 team lost 56-51 in the finals to Des Moines Lincoln and the1976 club dropped Marshalltown, 75-48, in the championship for the school's first unbeaten season ever. He was twice a first team All-State selection and was the first large school championship player to earn All-State Tournament Team honors two straight years, a feat that has been accomplished by five others since. At Iowa State he played four years and ranks 18th on their career rebounding chart. He later played one year professionally in Belgium and 15 years in Australia. He is currently the general manager of the National Basketball League in Sydney, Australia. He and his wife Leanne have a son, Mitchell.