Legendary Basketball Coach Bill Probst has Passed Away

A local legend in the world of basketball, Bill Probst, 75, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a stroke.

The legendary basketball coach, Bill Probst, who coached thousands of players at all levels of the sport, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 75.

Throughout his career, Probst coached kids from elementary school all the way through the college-level. Along with the dozens of basketball camps he ran in the summers, coach Probst drove winning programs at St. Viator High School, Harper and McHenry County colleges, Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights and Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine.

The man who lived and breathed the game of basketball, Probst spent much of his life on the court and continued to coach up until his death. Probst ran the successful AAU program, Northwest Basketball Academy where he coached seventh and eighth grade AAU teams.

According to the Daily Herald, Probts was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the St. Viator High School Athletic Hall of Fame just three days before his death.

Probts, 75, passed away Tuesday morning due to complications from a stroke. Services are pending. 

Craig Apelbaum October 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Pam Lau October 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
A great Coach, but even a greater man off the court! A true mentor to my children!
Nick Helmer Jr. October 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I had the honor of playing in Coach Probst's program from 1983 to 1987 at Saint Viator. Our senior year we won the school's first regional championship. He touched the lives of many and inspired players to play above their ability. RIP Coach
HollyandWayne October 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Bill Probst was a miracle worker. He took our son when he was only in 4th grade at Immanuel Lutheran in Palatine, and made him a lover of the game. He developed skills, knowledge and passion due to Bill's coaching. Loved the man! He is now in a better place!
Thanks coach! October 25, 2012 at 02:57 AM
An amazing man and coach. I owe much of my success in life to whom I have become because of Coach Probst.
Emmett McGovern October 28, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Bill loved the game of basketball and simply loved to teach the game. He coached me in the 7th grade and instilled a passion in me that I have carried all my life in my own playing and coaching career. In recent years I would run into him in gyms all over the chicago area. I loved him, I will miss him dearly and I will remember Bill and his wife Joann in my prayers. Thanks for all you gave me Bill. He was a basketball lifer.
RB Player November 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I only knew Coach Probst for one season but it was one of my favorite and most trying times in basketball. Not only did Probst push us, he believed that we could be better and also saw potential in all of us, building our confidence. I loved the way he coached; I've never heard anyone say some of the things he said, giving us all a good laugh. He will be greatly missed.


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