Inductees Tom Coker coached tennis at Bradley University for 27 years after compiling an outstanding record as a tennis star in his undergraduate days at Bradley.
Coker ranked among the top 32 singles players in the NCCA while a player at Bradley in 1935 and advanced further in the NCAA tournament than anybody in Peoria tennis history. As a collegian he was the Little 19 singles and doubles champion for two straight years. Between 1935 and 1953 he won over 250 championships throughout the Midwest including the Illinois-Indiana Invitational, the Central Illinois tourney at Decatur, the Peoria Star Invitational, the Moline Centennial tournament and the Burlington, Iowa, Invitational.
As Bradley's tennis coach for 27 years (1957-83) his teams won 314 matches and lost 199. His 1968 team was 16-0 in dual matches, winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship and finishing 26th in the NCAA championships.
Tom Coker coached tennis at Bradley University for 27 years after compiling an outstanding record as a tennis star in his undergraduate days at Bradley.
1951 Pekin Baseball Team
FRONT ROW (L to R): Phil Shannabarger, Don Lee, Emil Monge, Dick Heihs, Steve Holzapple, Gary Kinder, Cliff Houghton, John Watson, Rich Lee.
Pekin's state champions, taking a 16-5 record into the elite field at Caterpillar's Tom Connor Field, used a combination of Tom Trumpy's skilled pitching arm and timely hitting to whip Big 12 conference foes Streator and Decatur in the first two games before belting Alton 11-5 in a wild title game.