TriCounty For Manual High School basketball coach Wayne McClain it is three-for-three in Tri-County Male Coach of the Year honors.
In an unprecedented success story, the long-time former Manual assistant coach has been head coach for three seasons and has won three state championships!
Each of the first two won him Tri-County honors and so has the third, the first time anyone has been honored three years in succession.
The 1996-97 season saw Manual go 31-1 to raise McClain's three-year record to an amazing 94-4 (he was 32-2 and 31-1 in his first two seasons). The Rams were 15-1 against ranked teams from eight states.
In the state finals Manual whipped Chicago Young 51-46 in the first round, staged a brilliant rally to down Harvey Thornton 65-62 in the semi-finals and wound up the second state finals played in Peoria with a 47-43 win over Aurora West.
Manual was named the No. 1 team in the nation.
For Manual High School basketball coach Wayne McClain it is three-for-three in Tri-County Male Coach of the Year honors.
A native of Morton, Ill., Al Carius came to North Central in 1966 after two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois. As an undergraduate at Illinois, he was a two-time Big Ten Conference champion in cross country, and he added three Big Ten two-mile titles in track. He continued to run competitively until 1968, and at the end of the 1966 season, had the fifth-best time in the United States in the 3,000- meter steeplechase (8:48-plus, run at the Kentucky Relays).