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.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.