Inductees Ken Hinrichs, who served as head football coach at Manual High School for 17 years, compiled the highest winning percentage in the history of local sports. He was also an outstanding lineman for Bradley.
He coached four unbeaten teams and during one five-season stretch (1956-1960) his teams went 45-2-3. His teams lost two or fewer games in nine of his 17 seasons and his total career won-lost record of 121-40-7 for .752 is the strongest ever compiled by an area coach with a tenure of more than ten years.
The 3,891 points scored by his teams is the most in the history of Peoria high school football. Several of his Manual teams were ranked among the state's top ten, and his teams were always known as well disciplined, superbly prepared units.
Ken Hinrichs, who served as head football coach at Manual High School for 17 years, compiled the highest winning percentage in the history of local sports. He was also an outstanding lineman for Bradley.
With an amazing career of 36 years, few Central Illinois football coaches were better known and more successful than George Taylor. Taylor spent 27 years as a football coach in Chillicothe, where for many years he also coached the baseball, basketball, and track teams. When he retired from coaching in 1972, his football record at Chillicothe was 162-79-11 with 12 conference championships and three undefeated seasons. His two sons, Ron and Tim, played quarterback for him, throwing for a combined 94 touchdowns. Ron went on to quarterback several University of Missouri bowl game teams, and Tim is now a successful television actor known as Josh Taylor.