By Travis Volz
Climbing the ranks of basketball officials to the NCAA Division 1 level took years of effort, but it was never work for Greg Rennegarbe.
“Once I got done playing basketball, I still wanted to stay involved in the sport,” the Addieville man said. “Officiating filled that void for me.”
After more than three decades wearing stripes, Rennegarbe will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his career blowing whistles and calling fouls for the biggest teams in college basketball, down to the junior high level.
“You have to start at the bottom to learn the mechanics and what to do on the floor,” Rennegarbe said. “It’s a longterm growing and learning process.”
Rennegarbe’s first game as an official came in 1987, when he called a freshman/sophomore game at Nashville. He also refereed boys’ and girls’ junior high games before calling his first varsity game in 1991.
For 13 years, he worked high school games across southern Illinois, including 14 regionals and three sectionals at both the A and AA levels. That set the stage for his jump into the college ranks.
Read his full journey in this week’s issue.