TriCounty Winning the State football championship in Class 4-A was a highlight for Washington High School Coach John Venturi in a very successful career as a player and coach.
Since he assumed the job as head football coach at Washington High School six years ago, the team has won the Mid-State 10 championship in 1981, then the Mid-Illini championship in 1982, became runner-up in Class 4-A in 1983, and then the State 4-A championship in 1985. His overall record at Washington High is 52 wins and 22 losses.
John had an illustrious career as an athlete at Pekin High School and the University of Missouri. He quarterbacked two Mid-State championship football teams for Pekin and was named to the Chicago American's AllState team in 1967. He played on the 1967 Pekin State basketball champion team. John lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Pekin High. He was quarterback on the 1970 University of Missouri football team which played in the Orange Bowl.
His coaching career has included one year as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri and four years as assistant coach in basketball, football and baseball at Peoria Central during which time Central won a state basketball championship in 1977.
John is the son of the highly respected and long time coach of Pekin High school, Joe Venturi.
Winning the State football championship in Class 4-A was a highlight for Washington High School Coach John Venturi in a very successful career as a player and coach.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.