Inductees Stowell has spent his entire athletic life in Peoria.
Freshman and assistant coach at Bradley under Orsborn, Stowell, who played on some of Bradley's finest teams during his undergraduate days, became head coach for the 1965-66 season when Orsborn left the bench to succeed the late John Meinen as athletic director.
And Stowell remained as Bradley's basketball coach for 13 seasons, longer than anybody except Robertson, posting 197 wins (second only to the 312 of Robertson) while losing 147 for a .572 winning percentage.
Stowell's first team, paced by Joe Allen, Eddie Jackson, Ron Martin and Ernie Thompson, posted a 20-6 record and the Braves went 17-9 and 19-9 the next two seasons with Allen, L.C. Bowen, Al Smith and Bob Swigris leading the way.
Allen, Bradley's fifth all-time scorer, and also a member of the Greater Peoria Hall of Fame, played his entire brilliant career under Stowell.
Stowell was succeeded by Dick Versace after the 1977-78 season and later coached Bradley women's basketball team for two seasons.
Stowell has been one of the country's most active coaches working overseas, conducting clinics in Central America including two trips to Mexico, to Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in South America; to Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg and France in Europe as well as to China, Japan, Taiwan, the Phillipines, Egypt and Turkey. He was an assistant coach for the 1984 Egyptian Olympic team.
Stowell has spent his entire athletic life in Peoria.
|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.