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Libby to be Inducted into MBCA Hall of Fame April 27

April 19, 2013

Ken Libby  
Ken Libby

This week, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association elected STLCC assistant men’s basketball coach Ken Libby to its 2013 Hall of Fame class.

“It was definitely a surprise,” Libby said. “Someone else nominates you, and you don’t really know when you’re nominated. It’s an honor.”

Libby will be inducted along with nine others at the April 27 induction. He is the only St. Louis-area coach among this year’s class.

Libby’s local coaching career has spanned both the prep and collegiate ranks. He had head coaching tenures at both Mehlville and Lindbergh high schools. He also served as the head coach of Christian Brothers College for three seasons before joining Randy Albrecht’s staff at STLCC-Meramec.

Following his induction, Libby gives STLCC the distinction of having two Hall of Fame coaches on staff. Albrecht is already an MBCA Hall of Fame member.

“There are few people I’ve come across who have had the level of dedication to the game that Ken has had,” Albrecht said. “Dedication to teaching the game, dedication to learning the game, dedication to respecting the game. There aren’t many people who are more dedicated to the game of basketball than Ken Libby.”

Libby has worked primarily with forwards since coming to STLCC, and his teams have reaped the benefits. Since Libby’s arrival, the Magic/Archers have had four post men named NJCAA All-Americans—Alex Jackson in 2007, Bill Brandenburg in 2008, Rodney Ford in 2009 and Ryun Davis in 2012.

Much of that collegiate success has been derived from Libby’s renowned recruiting efforts, an area of the college game on which he has long placed a strong emphasis.

“In high school, you get who Mommy and Daddy send to school,” Libby said. “So if you don’t have a point guard, you have to make one. But in college, if you don’t have a point guard, that’s on you, and it’s up to you to find one.”

In all of his coaching stops, Libby has manned the sidelines for 43 seasons. Over that time, Libby has seen the game—and its players—evolve significantly, an adjustment that he, along with many other successful long-time coaches, have had to make.

“It’s changed tremendously, but teaching fundamentals is still the backbone,” Libby said. “It starts with fundamentals and goes beyond that. All coaches that have some experience can tell you that (the game) has definitely changed. The game has changed, but the fundamentals have not.”
In addition to his coaching career, Libby also served as the president of the MBCA in 2000.