TriCounty Bradley soccer coach Jim DeRose, leading his Braves to a national ranking for the first time and the school's first ever Missouri Valley Conference title, is the Tri-County Male Coach of the Year for 1998.
Coaching Bradley to a 14-2-2 season, DeRose, a native of Cinnaminson, N.J., ran his three year BU record to 32-21-2. Bradley clinched its first Valley title with a 2-1 overtime win over Drake.
Bradley then fell in the first round of the Valley playoffs, a defeat that cost the Braves a spot in the NCAA post-season tournament. He has used enthusiasm, a hard work ethic and personal popularity to make the main fall men's sport on the hilltop a major item.
DeRose came to Bradley after spending the 1995 season as the top assistant coach at the University of Richmond, where he also served as Director of Tournament Operations for the 1995 NCAA Division I men's soccer national championship.
Before that he spent three seasons as an assistant at Illinois State before they dropped the sport. He also was an assistant at Vermont University in 1991 and began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Johnson State College of Vermont in 1989.
As a goalkeeper for Johnson State, he helped the Badgers to consecutive NAIA national championship tourney appearances for a team that was in the top 20 rankings. As a senior in 1989 he was named an NAIA first team all-American and was named New England Player of the Year. In post-season play, he was named MVP of the Senior Bowl played in Tempe, Ariz.
He later played professionally with the New Mexico Chiles of the American Professional Soccer League in 1990.
Bradley soccer coach Jim DeRose, leading his Braves to a national ranking for the first time and the school's first ever Missouri Valley Conference title, is the Tri-County Male Coach of the Year for 1998.
1974-75 Richwoods Boys Basketball Team
Left to right: Coach Hammerton, K. Sims, J. Hohstadt, J. Grigsby, K. Westervelt, A. Cornelius, M. Smith, D. Marr, D. Holcomb, C. Williams, S. Miller, G. St. Julian, D. Stein, J. Dixon, K. Kowalis, Assistant Coaches Eisele and Snarr.
The Knights looked promising with four-returning lettermen. They remained undefeated through every MS-9 bout including a sellout game with Peoria High. The Knights only fell once to upstate Thornton, to take second in the Pekin Holiday Tournament. The perfect conference record got Richwoods its second consecutive crown. It was only the second time in conference history that a perfect record had been accomplished. The Knights were led by Chris Williams with 801 points that season which was a school record. Other players that performed outstanding that year were Kevin Westervelt, all-conference guard; Derek Holcomb, a defensive specialist and all-conference center; and Jim Hohstadt, conference leader in free-throw shooting. The Ricwoods Regional proved to be two of the best games they played all year. They set a school scoring record with 121 points in defeating Canton. In the title game they defeated Galesburg and won a chance to meet arch rival Peoria High in the Sectional. The Knights were able to avenge their loss from last year and beat Peoria High and advance to the Super Sectional, where they defeated North Central Sterling Warriors. The Knights found themselves in the Elite Eight for the first time. They won their first game at state then dropped the last two to finish fourth in the state. The Knights finished with a 30-3 record and 16-0 in conference play.