Seven coaches were voted into ITCCCA’s Coaches Hall-of-Fame at the recent Hall-of-Fame Committee meeting. They will be inducted at the annual ITCCCA Hall-of-Fame Banquet, following the Clinic on January 11, 2014. The selection meeting takes place in October each year. ITCCCA by-laws allow the committee to select up to seven members each year. This year there were nearly 40 coaches nominated.
The committee consists of 18 Hall-of-Fame coaches through Illinois. Each region of the State is represented. Eighteen of those coaches cast votes this year. Each of the candidates was discussed at length with concern focusing on the three C’s – coaching record, contribution to the sports outside of coaching, and character. The committee was faced with a tough task of only selecting seven inductees. Each of the members present placed a secret ballot where they were allowed to vote for seven coaches. The votes were cast and counted.
The following coaches have been selected for this year:
Derrick R. Calhoun (Chicago Morgan High School) In his 25 years as coach of Morgan Park girls track and field and cross country teams, the Mustangs have had unparalleled success. The track and field teams have earned 7 IHSA State Championships and earn 7 State Runner-up titles. They also won 15 consecutive Chicago city championships in track and field and 9 City Championships in cross country. 43 times his athletes have won gold medals at the state track and field meet. Derrick has coached 18 individual and 25 relay state champions. Six times his athletes have set state records. Morgan Park girls have earned a total of 106 individual state metals. Derrick has also been involved in track and field on a national level. In 2011 he was head coach for the USA world youth team which competed in Lilli France. He also served as USA youth national team coach in Poland and Hungary. Eight times he has been awarded ITCCCA Coach-of-the-Year.
Doug Engle (Oregon High School) In over 20 years as coach at Oregon high school, Doug has been one of the most successful throws coaches in Illinois. Every year he has coached, he has qualified at least one thrower to the IHSA State meet. Doug has coached 64 state qualifiers. 16 of his athletes have earned all-State honors. In six of his seasons Doug has qualified at least four different athletes to the state meet. Once he qualified six different athletes. Doug has proven he is a hard worker. He is always running one or both of the throw events at most meets. A true technician of the throw events Doug won ITCCCA’s assistant coach of the year award in 1999. He is known as a coach who can make the average athlete into a great athlete.
David Jokisch (Carlinville High School) He was the Carlinville high school track and field and/or cross-country coach from 1970 through 2001. His boys track and field team won 9 sectional titles. The team was IHSA Class A State Track and Field Champions in 1996 and State Runner-ups in 1995. He also coached Carlinville’s girls cross country team to 2nd place at the 1996 IHSA Class A State Meet. During his coaching career, Dave’s athletes won 33 State medals. He coached Babatunde Ridley to six individual State Championships including a record of 24′ 2″ in the long jump. While coaching at Carlinville, Dave hosted many meets making Carlinville the hotspot of track in the south central Illinois area. After retiring from teaching and coaching Dave continued to stay involved in track and field. He has been owner and operator of a track and cross-country timing services for nine years.
Jim Martin (Wheaton North High School) He has spent over 40 years coaching mostly at Wheaton North High School. He has served as both head boys track and field coach and head boy’s cross-country coach. He is currently an assistant coach in track and field at Wheaton North. His responsibilities include the sprint hurdles and relays. Jim has coached 30 State medalist including 8 IHSA State Champions. He also served as a coach for Wheaton North when the team placed 3rd in IHSA State Track and Field meet in 2002 and 2004. Seven times the track and field team has won sectional championships and ten times won the DuPage Valley conference track and field championship. Coach Martin has been a registered IHSA official for 35 years and has worked the State Meet 10 times.
John McInerney (Eastern Illinois University) He has served as a coach of cross country and track and field for over 25 years. After stints at Charleston and Crystal Lake South High Schools, John became the head men’s cross country coach and assistant men’s track coach at Eastern Illinois University in 1990. He also became the head women’s cross country coach and assistant women’s track coach in 1997. He continued in those duties until retiring from coaching in 2004. At Eastern teams he coached won 33 Ohio Valley conference championships. In cross country John coached athletes to a total of 60 all-conference honors. Four times his athletes won the individual conference championship. He has served as assistant meet manager for both the boys and girls IHSA State Track & Field Meets for 15 years.
Irv Sanderson (Erie and Prophetstown High Schools) He began his coaching career in 1961. He spent 48 years of his life serving as a track coach. Most of that time was at Prophetstown and Erie Co-op. He was also head cross country coach for Prophetstown from 1969 to 1989. In cross country his teams qualified for the State meet three times. In 1981 his team won the district and placed 3rd in the IHSA State Meet. He coach five athletes to state medals. His tenure as a track and field coach included 11 conference championships and 2 Sectional championships. In 1975 his team placed 4th at the IHSA Class A State Track and Field Meet. In the State meet Irv has coach 28 individual place winners along with 8 relay place winners. He coached 5 State Champions. Two athletes set class a state records in the 100 yard dash (1975) and the pole vault (1980).
Pete Struck (Rich Township and Carl Sandburg High Schools) He has been involved with coaching cross country and track and field for 34 years. He began his career in the Rich Township District where he coached for 16 years. He primarily coached at Rich East. He then went to Carl Sandburg High School where he has been involved in both sports for a total of 18 years. Pete has coached a total of 11 athletes to All-State performances. At Carl Sandburg he qualified seven teams to the IHSA State Cross Country finals. His boys won the 2001 sectional championship. His teams also captured six regional titles. Pete continues to mentor coaches and is an IHSA official starter and coach at Carl Sandburg. He, also, continues to works the State meets for cross-country and track and field.