BOISE, Idaho Long before Ron Dibelius was an assistant to the athletic director at Boise State University, he was an outstanding high school basketball player in his native state of Wisconsin. On October 6 (Saturday), 2007, Dibelius will be honored for those accomplishments on the court when he is inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Several former players and coaches from the Wisconsin high school and college ranks will join Dibelius at the induction ceremony, including former University of Wisconsin and Washington State University head coach Dick Bennett.
Dibelius was a three-sport letterman at St. Mary’s High School in Menasha, Wisconsin. While earning varsity letters in football and baseball, it was the basketball court where Dibelius had his most success.
Playing on two state championship teams, Dibelius carved his named in the annals of Wisconsin basketball history when he scored a record 76 points in a single game. Dibelius connected on 33 of 39 field goal attempts in the game, made 10 free throws and at one point scored 32 straight points for St. Mary’s.
Dibelius attended Marquette University and in his first collegiate game scored 29 points against the University of Illinois.
Following his sophomore season at Marquette, Dibelius signed a professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators’ organization. He later completed his collegiate basketball career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he is also a member of the athletic hall of fame, and is a 1961 graduate. In 1961, Dibelius was a 10th round draft pick of the New York Knicks.
Dibelius later went into the insurance business and moved to Idaho in 1966. In the fall of 1988, he joined the Bronco athletic staff as the head men’s tennis coach. Dibelius has been a member of the athletic administrative staff since 1992.