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Robert "Bob" Jones
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1991 Individual Award Winner


Bob came to Centralia High School as head basketball coach for the 1962-63 season.  Prior to his arrival in Centralia the Ashley native was head coach at Norris City for three years and at Metropolis three years accumulating records of 52-23 and 68-17 respectively.

His first two years at CHS saw undefeated South Seven Conference titles as well as two trips to the state quarterfinals. The 1963 team lost a one point heartbreaker in the State championship game and finished with a 32-2 record.  

His CHS teams won 29 straight South Seven Conference games which is part of the record 40 straight conference wins by the Orphans from 1961 through 1965.  At CHS. Bob coached five All-State basketball players and one who played pro ball with the Lakers, Dickie Garrett.  

His Orphans teams ran up a record of 198-92, a 70% win total.

One of his most enjoyable coaching experiences was that he coached all but one of the players that played in the first high school basketball game played in the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.  In that game Centralia downed Metropolis before a still record crowd at the new Assembly Hall in the 1963 state quarter finals.

Bob also coached golf and cross-country and had athletes qualify for state finals in these sports as well. He served as athletic director his last ten years at CHS before retiring in 1983, and served as Executive Director on the YMCA for several years. He has the distinction of being one of the first 50 coaches of all time inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of fame in 1974.



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