St. Teresa’s Joe Venturi Gym Court Named For Former Coach Bill Ipsen


Former St. Teresa super-sectional players, from the left, Drew Burrows, Nick Sanford and Brennan McElroy, with their former coach, Bill Ipsen, who was back in Joe Venturi Gym to receive the honor of having the court named for him through the generosity of Jack and Barbara McCoy, the two on the right. (Photo by J. Thomas McNamara)

By J. Thomas McNamara

Whoever first said one can’t return home obviously didn’t know Jack and Barbara McCoy and their love for St. Teresa High School for what it has achieved in producing outstanding students, who graduated from there and who went on to become successes in business, in medicine, in coaching, and in other fields to numerous to mention here. That’s among the reasons the McCoys continue to give generously of their treasure to name school facilities after those who played integral parts in St. Teresa athletics which is why the Bulldogs play football and boys and girls soccer and the Catholic Dawgs Junior Football League teams play on Boehm-Davis-Munn Field.

Then there’s Joe Venturi Gym where the boys and girls basketball teams play their games and where the volleyball team does the same as the McCoys made sure with their generosity that the gym would be named after Venturi.

And now, last Monday night at halftime of the lady Bulldogs last home game the McCoys brought back one of the school’s more successful coaches, who left here for Tolono Unity and who is now coach at Champaign Judah Christian, to be honored with the naming of the court after Bill Ipsen. Mistakenly, some St. Teresa fans at the game thought that the Ipsen name was replacing Joe Venturi Gym which is not the case. The court on which games are played is being named Bill Ipsen Court. Hopefully, this will clear up the misconception some had following the program.


Check out complete story with photos in this week’s “Irish Stew” in the print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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