Two past coaching greats, a veteran official and a longtime announcer will be inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Shrine.
The honorees include coaches Jim Trett of Sioux Falls and the late Gus Kolb, official Randy Stanton of Rapid City and announcer Kevin Phillips of Rapid City.
Trett graduated from Oakes (N.D.) High School in 1973 and Valley City (N.D.) State University in 1979. He earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from South Dakota State University.
Trett coached high school basketball for 33 years at Northwestern High School in Mellette, Luverne (Minn.) and Sioux Falls Washington.
He ranks 10th all-time in South Dakota victories with 577 – compiling career records of 98-54 (girls) and 479-276 (boys). Trett guided Northwestern’s boys to state Class B titles in 1989 and 1991 and Sioux Falls Washington’s boys to state Class AA titles in 2001 and 2003. Northwestern made eight trips to state and Washington 10 during Trett’s tenure.
Trett is past president of the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. His coaching honors included – 1990 Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year, finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2004, five-time SDBCA Regional Coach of the year and a two-time Sioux Falls Public School Coach of the Year. He also received a Distinguished Service Award from Valley City State
He has been inducted into the Oakes High School Hall of Fame, Sioux Falls Washington Hall of Fame, South Dakota Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Trett and his wife (Jennifer) have been married for 35 years and have three children David, Lindsey and Justin (Paige).
Kolb participated in all sports before graduating from Leola High School in 1943 and South Dakota State University in 1951 – before embarking on a lengthy and successful high school coaching career at Ree Heights, Forestburg, Egan, Deubrook and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.
He began his coaching career in Ree Heights in 1954 by coaching all sports. Girls basketball was not an official sport yet, but he did lead the team to two undefeated seasons.
It was at Cheyenne Agency, which later became Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, that he became such a well-known and respected coach. His 1958 team won 32 games in a row and finished third in the state and his 1961 team was 20-9 and placed fifth. It was the 1959 team that made its mark, capturing the imagination of all South Dakotans on the way to winning the State B title in the Huron Arena.
Stories about Kolb are numerous. Examples include: Did he really originate the zone press in basketball? Was he the only South Dakotan to receive the national “Pop Warner” award?
The bottom line is that his career record in 14 years was 234 wins and 112 losses.
Shortly after his high school graduation, Stanton followed the urging of his high school coaches who persuaded him to register as a football and basketball official in Wyoming in 1971.
His nearly 49-year officiating career has included 28 South Dakota state high school basketball tournaments and six championship games; four South Dakota state high school football championship games and 30 Lakota National Invitational basketball tournaments in which he worked five championship games.
Stanton also spent 10 years as the Region 10 Coordinator of officials and recently received the 2019-2020 NFOA Girls’ Basketball Official of the Year.
His biggest supporters have include his wife Sandy and daughter Melissa, son Reggie and granddaughter Alexia, who all competed in high school athletics.
He also would like to thank the many officials who help mentor him as a young official and the many others he worked with throughout his career who will continue to be his best friends.
Kevin was a three sport athlete in Edgeley (N.D.), playing basketball, football and track. He announced his first girls’ basketball game in 1980 and also wrote sports stroies for the Edgeley Mail newspaper while still in high school.
He attended college at North Dakota State University and became the sports editor of the school paper – “The Spectrum” – as a freshman.
Phillips started his radio career in Fargo in 1982. His first play-by-play was a North Dakota State/University of Minnesota baseball game. He served as the sports director at radio stations in New Ulm and Mankato (Minn.), before becoming heading to Rapid City, where he has a done a morning radio show with three local morning sportscasts each day since 1989.
Phillips has also served as a public address announcer at Douglas, Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central high schools and South Dakota Mines and has also worked numerous South Dakota High School Activities Association state tournaments in Rapid City.
He is a member of the Rapid City Sports Officials group and has been inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame.
Kevin and his wife Marcy have two daughters and four grandchildren.