TriCounty Lorene Ramsey wins her second consecutive Coach of the Year award and third overall, her Illinois Central College women's basketball team repeating as National Junior College Division II national champions.
One of the nation's most respected coaches, Ramsey has coached the ICC basketball and softball Cougars to over 500 wins in each sport, her basketball teams appearing in 14 national tournaments and winning 30 or more games in eight of the last 12 seasons.
A member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame after ending a brilliant pitching career with the Pekin Lettes, Ramsey has also led ICC to a National softball crown and two runner-up finishes. A recipient of many honors in her long coaching and playing career, she was also selected National Junior College Division II Basketball Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993.
Lorene Ramsey wins her second consecutive Coach of the Year award and third overall, her Illinois Central College women's basketball team repeating as National Junior College Division II national champions.
|Dawdy Hawkins |
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states. His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central. He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60. Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state tournament (1954, 56, 59) and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances (1964, 65, 66, 67, 73), including state championship teams in 1964 and 1967.