CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University (SXU) honors Athletics Director and Head Coach Bob Hallberg by naming the Shannon Center main arena floor the Bob Hallberg Court during a special dedication ceremony at 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The ceremony will be held at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 West 103rd, in the Shannon Center prior to the 7 p.m. women's basketball game against Trinity International University. Hallberg will offer his remarks immediately following the game.
Hallberg has a rich history with SXU Athletics. In 1971, he was named the head men's basketball coach and athletics director at Saint Xavier College and held the positions for six years. His teams won 127 games and two conference titles over the stretch. Hallberg became the first head coach of the Saint Xavier University women's basketball program in 1999 and also took over again as athletics director in May 2001.
He has had some notable accomplishments with the SXU women's basketball program. The Cougars reached the 100-win mark in only their fourth season of existence, have achieved at least 20 wins in each season (including a program-best 31 wins in 2010) and have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament each of the last 11 seasons. Since the team began playing in 2000, the Cougars have a 327-101 overall record (.764 win percentage).
Hallberg is a well-known figure on the Chicago hoops scene. He played basketball under legendary coaches Jim Arnenberg and Spin Salario. Hallberg received his degree in physical education from Chicago State in 1966 and a master's degree in physical education from George Williams University (Ill.). As a men's basketball coach, he has had successful stints at a number of area institutions, including Kennedy High School, Chicago State University (CSU) and University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).
His career coaching record (high school and college) is 905-390 (.698 win percentage). Hallberg has spent his entire coaching career building winning programs and the SXU women's basketball team is easily one of his most successful projects. In 13 years with a relatively new program, he has put together a national contender. In September 2012, Hallberg was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding coaching career.
He resides in Oak Lawn with his wife, Linda. They have three sons: Bob, Bill (Deanna) and Brian (Joy). He also has eight grandchildren: Nathan, Grace, Ben, Sofia, Gavin, Evan, Jason and Jake.