Bob Basarich Obituary, Death – On March 22, 1941, Bob was brought into this world in Clinton, Iowa. All of his family and friends hold a deep and abiding affection for him, and they will never forget him. ABob Basarich amassed an impressive win percentage of 83.4 percent during his tenure as head coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team at Lockport Central High School. His record as head coach was 496-99. During the 1958 golf season, Basarich served as the captain of the Iowa State University golf team. His teams won a combined total of 32 championships, including 16 conference titles, 16 regional titles, seven sectional titles, and seven trips to the state tournament. In addition to this, his teams finished the 1978 championship season with a perfect record of 29-0, establishing themselves as the unrivaled champions in their respective divisions.
Bob Basarich, the reigning IBCA Coach of the Year, has successfully defended his title on two separate occasions (1973 and 1978) When the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association was first getting started, Bob Basarich was one of the people who served on the executive board of the organization. Basarich was a member of the association’s board of directors in addition to being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a coach in the state. The passing of a genuine Legand took place today in Lockport. RIP Bob Basarich.
He coached the Lockport Boys Basketball team from 1966 until 1987. His tenure spanned those years. His teams won 20 games or more 19 times, including the undefeated (33-0) Class AA State Championship team in 1977-1978. His teams also won the most games in the sport’s history (19). Additionally, his teams won the state championship a total of 18 times. His career record ended with a win-loss record of 496-99 games won and 99 games lost. I am fortunate to have had the chance to get to know him, and I always look forward to seeing him at the games. I am thankful for this opportunity.