2018 TABC Hall of Fame Inductees


          The selection committee for the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame met during the TABC clinic in San Antonio and has announced their selections for the class of 2018:

Robert Capello, (Coach) graduated from Edcouch-Elsa HS and Texas A & I University.  He has been coaching for 52 years with stints that include Edcouch-Elsa, Uvalde, Barbers Hill, Lyford, and Donna. Included in his 1,004 wins are 32 play-off appearances and 25 district championships.

Tony Harper, (Coach), a graduate of UTEP, has coached at EP Burges, El Paso, EP Montwood, and EP Cathedral. In his 45 years as a head coach, he has won 1,000 games which include winning 15 district championships, 30 state play-off appearances, and one state tournament appearance.

Carl Irlbeck, (Coach), a native of Happy, coached at Nazareth, Clarendon, Abernathy, Plainview, Monterrey and Hart, while compiling  1,058 wins, including 28 play-off appearances, 25 district championships, and 3 state champions.

Sue Janes-Caddell, (Player), Sundown HS, led team to 3 consecutive state championships, 1961, 62, 63. Named All-State Tournament, 1961, 1962, and 1963. She broke three state tournament records at the time.

Noel Johnston, (Player), Nazareth, led team to back to back championships in 1990 and 1991.  Named All-State in 1990 and 1991 and was selected to the All-State tournament team in 1990 and 1991.

Angela Lawson, (Player), Longview HS, led team to two state tournament appearances including an undefeated 39-0 state championship in 1984. Named Miss Basketball in the state of Texas, in 1984. Scored 3,011 points, had 900+ rebounds,and had over 1,000 assists in her career.

Phil McNeely,(Coach), was the head basketball coach at  Duncanville HS, for 25 years. During that span, he won 702  games including 18 district championships, 10 regional tournaments, 7 regional finals, 5 state tournament appearances and 3 state champions in 1991, 1999, and 2007 (39-0).

Gary Sibley, (Player), Hurst Bell HS. 1963, 64, 65. Three consecutive years District MVP. Three years All-State. Led state in scoring senior year with 29 points per game.  Selected All-State Tournament as a Sophomore.


         This deserving group of Texas legends will be inducted during the 2018 TABC clinic in San Antonio on Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 pm. To nominate coaches, players and contributors to be considered for the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, send information to the TABC office by email (tabchoops@aol.com) or by mail (TABC, PO Box 2886, Sugar Land, TX, 77487). The committee will meet again in May to select the class of 2019 so you have plenty of time. The more information, the better. Congratulations class of 2018.