NHSBCA COURT OF HONOR
The NHSBCA Court of Honor was established to recognize individuals who have contributed to the growth of the NHSBCA and/or had an impact on scholastic basketball nationally.
Class of 2012
New YorkCoaching (30+ years at all levels)
- Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach, Binghamton University, 1983-1991
- Boys’ basketball - coached at the Junior High, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. Led varsity teams to league, sectional and regional titles
- Co-founder of Broome Spokes Wheelchair Basketball Team, 1981
- Founder and Executive Director of the Basketball Coaches Association of NY, 1983 to present
- Founder and Director of New York State Basketball Coaches Clinic, 1982 to present
- Director of New York State Basketball Hall of Fame
- Author, Beyond the X’s and O’s, a college textbook for future coaches used by 25 colleges and universities
- One of the founders, National High School Basketball Coaches Association
- Member, Seton Catholic Central High School Hall of Fame
- Recipient, Basketball Coaches Association of New York Service Award
- Recipient National Pro-Am Achievement Award at Madison Square Garden
- Endicott Rotary Club Distinguished Service Award recipient
- Recipient Douglas MacArthur Award for Service to Youth
- Tom began coaching in Midland, MI in 1968 as a JV basketball and varsity golf coach at Dow HS
- At Dow, he was named varsity basketball coach at Midland High School, a job he held for the next 21 years
- Tom led Midland to one Saginaw Valley Championship, four district championships and two regional championships. His teams won 228 games which is the most in school history.
- He was honored in 1996 with the Lloyd Osborne Award (for service and leadership in Midland Public Schools)
- In 1997 he entered the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame
- He was also honored in 1999 with the MHSCA Distinguished Service Award
- 36 years ago, Tom co-founded the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. He has been the Executive Director for all these years and has seen the membership grow to over 4,200 members
- BCAM named Tom it’s first Distinguished Service Award recipient
- Tom was one of the early members that paved the way for the formation of the NHSBCA and he has been instrumental in it’s growth
- Don started coaching basketball in 1970 as a freshman coach
- Fall of 1973 he became the Varsity assistant
- 1977 he became the head coach until 1985
- Was named conference coach of the year two times and district coach of the year once
- Made the school’s first state tournament appearance in 1980
- In 1978 was voted to the IBCA Board of Directors and also helped with his first all-star game for the IBCA
- Was their president in 1981-82
- Developed and published the first state Newsletter
- Developed the Academic All-State team and eventually became chairperson of the All-Star contest
- In 1983 was named the Executive Director of the IBCA
- Continued coaching basketball until the Executive Director’s job became too large to do along with coaching
- Retired from active basketball coaching in 1998
- Has taken teams to Australia and Ireland (both went undefeated)
- Has done clinics nationally as well as in Russia
- Was an assistant coach in the 1999 McDonald’s All-American game
- Has published five articles on basketball building blocks and motivation
As Executive Director, the IBCA has grown from 890 members and a fall clinic of under 400 in 1983 to over 3,300 members and a fall clinic that averages well over one thousand coaches annually.
Don was part of the Section 5 meetings that has now grown to the NHSBCA and Iowa has been a catalyst in helping numerous other states develop their clinics, coaches associations, and redefine their processes.
Don feels his “best work” has come in educating coaches and players through clinics, all-star games, and interstate and international contests.
This marks his 34th year of service to the IBCA and High School basketball, and 29th as the Executive Director in Iowa. The Iowa High School Athletic Association has named an award in his honor that is given annually to someone who has served High School basketball with distinction.
IndianaSteve began coaching in 1969 and served for 20 years as an assistant basketball coach at Indianapolis Manual HS, Beech Grove HS, Franklin Community HS, and Ben Davis High School.
In 1989, he became Ben Davis’ Varsity Coach and served in that position until 2003. During that time:
- His team went 266-68 (80%)
- Only coach in 87-year history of non-class basketball to take teams to four consecutive Final Fours
- State champions in 1995 and 1996, state runner-up in 1993
- His teams won three straight Marion County tournaments
- 64 straight games versus Marion County teams
- 7 straight sectionals, 5 straight regionals, 4 straight semi-states and averaged 20 wins per season
- Teams were ranked #1 in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, and 2002
- 2-time state Coach of the Year, 3-time IBCA district Coach of the Year and 6-time Marion County Coach of the Year
In 2003 he became the Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, a position he continues to serve in today.
Steve has been instrumental in building the IBCA Top 100 Showcase for both boys and girls in the state of Indiana as well as the Kentucky-Indiana All Star Series and the IBCA Clinic.
Steve’s participation and leadership in the NHSBCA since the very beginning years of idea sharing have helped shape this organization.
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
OhioDave Froelich has been involved with high school basketball throughout his entire 39 year career in public education in Ohio. He began his coaching career in 1979 as an assistant football, basketball and track coach at Perrysburg High School for four years before accepting his first head basketball coaching position at Colonel Crawford High School in 1983. He spent nine years there as the head coach including six years as Athletic Director. As a lifetime member of the OHSBCA, he began serving the association as the District 6 Vice President from 1990-1992. He then accepted the head basketball position at Van Wert High School and retired from active coaching after 21 years at Van Wert.
As a lifetime active member in the OHSBCA, Dave was elected as District 8 President for 3 years, served as District 8 Director for 2 years and then was elected to serve on the state Executive Board for a 10 year term, including serving as President from 2006 – 2008. During his tenure on the Board, Dave was active in all OHSBCA activities, various All Star games across Ohio, coached in the Top 100 Showcase for 10 years, was selected to the NHSBCA Court of Honor in 2014 and continues to serve our association on an as State Rep to the NHSBCA.
In April (2018), Dave will be inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Dave graduated from Van Wert High School and attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan where he played basketball for four years earning various individual and team awards. He currently lives in Van Wert with his wife Rhonda.
OhioLarry Wilson spent 27 years as a head basketball coach with 18 being at Massillon Perry High School. His overall record was 374-198. He has won many “Coach of the Year” honors, but the most coveted honor were the 1985 Class AAA Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year and the Ohio United Press International Coach-of-the-Year in 1991.
Larry also had the honor of coaching the Ohio North/South All Star Game in 1985 and the Ohio/Michigan Game in 1993. Larry has had 14 articles published in national magazines. He has been a speaker at many national events for physical education and has been a visiting coach in Colima, Mexico. Larry has been a member of the OHSBCA since 1964 and was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
Larry currently serves as the Public Relationship Director and co- editor of the OHSBCA Hooplines. In 2012, the OHSBCA named an annual award in Larry’s honor (The Larry Wilson Award) which recognizes coaches that are no longer actively coaching but continues to serve the OHSBCA either on a local level or state level.
IllinoisCoach Czes has been the head coach at his alma mater, Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, IL since 2006. He began coaching in 1995 as a sophomore at Arizona State University and fell in love with the profession. He returned home in 1998 and worked in the IT department for an elementary school district while serving as an assistant at CLC. He then spent 2 years at Judson University as Network Administrator and assistant coach before returning to CLC in 2003 as Tech Coordinator and assistant coach. In 2006, he was named head coach at CLC and began to rebuild a program that had not had a winning season in 7 years. After steady improvement, the Tigers hit their stride and rattled off 3 consecutive 20+ win seasons, going 71-15 over the next 3 years. Rich left the Tech Coordinator position in 2009 to work at Fast Model Sports, but remained the head coach at CLC. He worked there until 2012 when Better Basketball tabbed him as their CEO. After a successful 4 years at Better Basketball, Rich took on a new role with Pure Sweat Basketball as their COO and founded a basketball marketing and management consulting firm called Basketball Worldwide, Inc. He is a regular speaker on the basketball clinic circuit including presentations for USA Basketball, TPG Sports Group, PGC/Glazier, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and several clinics and camps in Belgium and London. Rich also serves as Treasurer & Communications Director for the IBCA (Illinois Basketball Coaches Association), Executive Director of a USA Basketball Youth Development Program - CLYMB (Crystal Lake Youth Model for Basketball), and is a member of the NHSBCA Court of Honor. Rich lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife (Molly), son (Jimmy) and daughter (Jordan).
Class of 2015
WashingtonNalin Sood is entering his 18th season as the head coach at Mountlake Terrace High School and 31 st season overall as a basketball coach at his alma mater. He served under his mentor and legendary WIBCA Hall of Fame basketball coach, Roger Ottmar, for 13 of those years. Nalin earned his B.A. in Business Technology from Central Washington and his Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University. He has been teaching Business Technology at MTHS for the past 21 years. Leadership wise, Nalin was recently named as the Executive Director of the (WIBCA) Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association after serving as president for the previous 11 years. Nalin also has been President of the Edmonds School District Coaches Association for the past 13 years, and is the Past President of the Washington State Coaches Association. Nalin is currently the President of the NHSBCA (National High School Basketball Coaches Association).
Class of 2016
OhioPat Carroll has been involved coaching and promote high school basketball. Pat has served in many capacity in High School Basketball – Head Boys Coach, Varsity Boys Assistant Coach, Freshmen Boys Coach and Middle School Coach. He worked and hosted numerous basketball camps during his career.
Pat has been an active member of the OHSBCA for the past 28 years. His resume with the OHSBCA is extensive. He has served in many capacities of the organization, always striving for the best of the organization. He was a common fixture at the Fall and Spring Coaches Workouts in the Mid 1990’s. He served in every capacity, from coaching, officiating, registration and organization of the event. Pat then partnered with Larry Wilson to organize and improve the Association Newsletter – Hooplines. He was named the Assistant Hooplines Editor in 1996. Today, twenty years later, Hooplines is a top-notch publication that promotes, communicates and honors the happenings of Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association.
As we approached the turn of the century, the OHSBCA turned to Pat to bring the organization to the web. He was named Webmaster in 2000 and has taken the association to the internet. Information, communication, awards and the history of the organization have been placed on the web. In 2005, Pat attended his first NHSBCA Summer Meeting held in Indianapolis. Through his participation in this event, Ohio has benefitted by implementing the great ideas that other State Association have done. One of the ideas was a Showcase for Underclassman. In his willingness to promote Ohio Basketball, Pat was named Co-Director of the Boys Top 100 Showcase in 2006, a position in which he held for the ten years. The showcase was design to feature the top 100 underclassman in the state and put them through an organized program for college coach to evaluate players.
Pat has been instrumental with Larry Wilson of organizing and researching the history of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. They started the “Year In Review” edition of Hooplines which gives a detail account of the history of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. In 2010, Pat was named the Treasurer of the OHSBCA succeeding, the legendary Wayne Wiseman who held the positon for 34 years. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association and has been instrumental in moving the Association forward.