Inductees In his seven seasons as Peoria Central High School basketball coach, Bruce boyle compiled a record of 153-38 for a .801 winning percentage, the highest of any Peoria prep coach in seven or more seasons.
He coached Central to the 1977 state basketball championship with a 29-2 record, the Lions going unbeaten in the Mid-State 9.
During his head coaching career at Central his teams won two Mid-State 9 titles, five regional championships and made four state final appearances. Aside from his state title, his 1973-74 team finished third in the state.
He was the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association divisional Coach of the Year in 1974 and IBCA Coach of the Year in 1977.
Boyle was named Tri-County Sports Figure of the Year in 1977 and was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame in 1990. His state championship 1977 team was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
A native of Springfield and a graduate of Illinois State, Boyle was an assistant coach at Limestone for one year before joining the staff at Central in 1960. Coaching frosh-soph teams in four sports before coming varsity baseball and basketball coach in 1969, his various teams won 143-36.
In his seven seasons as Peoria Central High School basketball coach, Bruce boyle compiled a record of 153-38 for a .801 winning percentage, the highest of any Peoria prep coach in seven or more seasons.
The selection of Sheriff Mike McCoy as our Neve Harms Award winner this year was a natural. The Neve Harms Award is given each year to the person who makes significant contributions to the youth of the greater Peoria area. We've all heard and read about the run from Peoria to Memphis for St. Jude each August. Mike McCoy founded the St. Jude Run in 1982, and the children of St. Jude and their parents are well aware of this charity. This event has raised over $15.6 million dollars for St. Jude since its inception.