Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
Tom Wierzba

Tom is not one of the modern coaches who coach only one sport. After graduating from Knox College he started his career in coaching and 38 years later he had 611 career wins. He has coached at Greenview, Bushnell Prairie City, Jerseyville and the last 26 years at Farmington High School where he had 520 wins.

Tom took 7 Farmington boys basketball teams to the Super Sectionals, winning 5 of them. The 1998 team went undefeated in regular season play and finished 3rd at State with a 33-1 record. The 2007 team brought home a 4th place trophy to cap a 32-3 season.

Tom also was an outstanding girl’s softball coach compiling a record of 225-50 in 10 seasons. He saw his team win the IHSA State Title in 1989 and repeated in 1991, while placing 4th in 1990.

Over the years Tom has worked with the IHSA organizing and conducting coaching clinics. In 2001 Tom was inducted in the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame. Tom was the Region High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 2009 and also a finalist for coach of the year with the National High School Coaches Association. Tom became President of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association in 2009.