NeveHarms Mike started his volunteering back in 1977 when he coached the Little League program in Peoria Heights. Don Matthews was the director. Mike later became the director of this program. The youths involved were 7 to 12 years old.
He also coached in the Little League program at the ALF's program at the Herke Field at Central High School.
He volunteered for many years at Woodrow Wilson and Hines grade school programs.
He eventually took over the program at Woodrow Wilson and was the director.
While at Peoria Central Little League he turned that program around, including a summer's end cookout for the parents and the young players, where everyone got involved with games and activities.
The many area coaches all said if you ever asked Mike Persich to help in any basketball or baseball programs where the youth of central Illinois were involved, Mike never hesitated to pitch in and help.
Mike received a certificate from Mayor Bud Grieves a few years ago which was a commendation for all the volunteering he does for our young people.
He has worked full time for the last 23 years at United Parcel Service.
Mike has worked with the basketball program at Woodruff on recent years and now is Assistant Varsity Coach there.
Mike credits his parents and four older brothers who helped him in growing up and being the citizen he is. Mike is married to his wife, Misty, and has a young son, Noah. Misty is expecting another child in September.
Mike started his volunteering back in 1977 when he coached the Little League program in Peoria Heights. Don Matthews was the director. Mike later became the director of this program. The youths involved were 7 to 12 years old.
1985 Elmwood Cross Country Team
Front row, left to right: Chris Stillson, Brian Hamby, Brad Hamby, Brett Simpson
The 1985 Elmwood Cross Country team had no returning runners from the 1984 top five. The top five for ’85 included two juniors who were 6th and 7th runners in ’84, a senior who did not run in ’84 (injury), a junior in his first year of cross country, and a sophomore who had never run in a varsity race. The team managed to work themselves up to the #3 ranking in the final poll. Then they proceeded to pull off an amazing upset by beating #1 Pontiac and #2 Yorkville 69-93-126 for the state championship. We have called this the miracle team considering their run to the championship with so little experience and depth. The Elmwood runners were: Sr. Stan Johnson, 3rd in 15:12; Jr. Tony McCoy, 17th in 15:37; Jr. Tom Gorham, 23rd in 15:42; Jr. Brent Simpson, 31st in 15:51; So. Ralph Phillips, 40th in 15:59; Jr. Brad Hamby, 124th in 17:20, and Jr. Brian Hamby, 158th in 18:08.