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Dick Estergard

Inducted 1994

Biography

Dick earned four basketball and three football letters at Elgin High School before graduating in 1950. He was a member of the Maroon Sweet Sixteen teams in 1949 and 1950 and was captain his senior year. He attended Bradley University and was a standout for its basketball team. His rugged style of play in the paint resulted in a career total of 1414 rebounds that still stands as the school record along with the records for season (20.0) and career (16.1) rebounding averages. He owns the top three rebounding seasons in Bradley's history while being the only player to grab more than 400 in two different seasons. During his senior season, in a game against Marquette, he set the single game scoring record with 33 points. In 1954 he became the only person from Elgin to play in an NCAA basketball title game. That Bradley team won 19 games before losing to LaSalle University in the final. In the championship game, Dick scored 21 points and established a new title game record for free-throw percentage by connecting on 11 of 12 free throws (91.7%). He was inducted into the Bradley University Hall of Fame in 1956. After graduation he entered the Air Force where he played on the United States Council International Sports Military Basketball Team which won the International Military Basketball Championship. He later coached for 7 seasons at the New Mexico Military Institute, where his teams posted a record of 101-59, a .631 winning percentage.field.