Inductees Dick Van Scyoc ended a 45-year high school basketball career on the highest note possible. His 45th and final year of coaching and his 28th at Peoria Manual brought him both his first state championship and left him as the winningest coach in Illinois prep circles with an 826-400 record.
During his long coaching career, Van Scyoc was 27-24 in two seasons at Armington, 256-120 in 15 seasons at Washington and 543-246 in 28 years at Manual.
A graduate of Eureka High School (where he pitched a no-hit game) and Illinois Wesleyan University, Van Scyoc took Manual teams into the final four at Champaign five times.
He was fourth in 1972 when his team finished 25-8, third in 1986 with a 31-2 record, third again in 1988 at 29-5, second in 1991 with a 31-3 mark, and then won it all last season when his Rams, playing perhaps the most difficult schedule in the school's history, finished 27-6.
In addition to his success in the state finals, his teams have won eight titles at the Pontiac Holiday tournament, one while he was at Washington and seven, including five in succession, while at Manual.
Van Scyoc, who left the bench at 70, retired from basketball to enter private business. "If I hadn't gotten into business for myself," he explained, "I'd have coached another year."
Van Scyoc is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and a member of the Order of Titans at Illinois Wesleyan. He was one of four finalists for the National Coach of the Year Award for 1994. He was named TriCounty Sports Figure of the year for 1991 by the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
Dick Van Scyoc ended a 45-year high school basketball career on the highest note possible. His 45th and final year of coaching and his 28th at Peoria Manual brought him both his first state championship and left him as the winningest coach in Illinois prep circles with an 826-400 record.
With an amazing career of 36 years, few Central Illinois football coaches were better known and more successful than George Taylor. Taylor spent 27 years as a football coach in Chillicothe, where for many years he also coached the baseball, basketball, and track teams. When he retired from coaching in 1972, his football record at Chillicothe was 162-79-11 with 12 conference championships and three undefeated seasons. His two sons, Ron and Tim, played quarterback for him, throwing for a combined 94 touchdowns. Ron went on to quarterback several University of Missouri bowl game teams, and Tim is now a successful television actor known as Josh Taylor.