Ron Helberg, a coaching force, ITCCCA officer, IHSA Official, and Hall of Fame member passed away last night from surgical complications. He fought Parkinson’s for the last 20 years.
Ron was a founding member of ITCCCA and head coach at Palatine, Maine East, and Evanston. Under his leadership, his teams won 4 state titles and several athletes earned notable accomplishments: Larry Kelly, the national high school 880 record holder, Howeard Jones, state champ in the 100 and 220 for three consecutive years, and Nat Page, the first 7-foot high jumper in Illinois.
Ron’s service and leadership will be honored and celebrated at a ceremony to be held in November.