TriCounty No high school boys basketball coach in Illinois has ever had a start like Wayne McClain of Manual, for the second consecutive time named the Tri-County Male Coach of the Year by the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
In his first season as head coach after a long apprenticeship to Dick Van Scyoc, the state's winningest coach of all time, all McClain did was direct the Rams to a 32-2 record and a state championship, the second in a row for Manual.
And for an encore?
Manual was just as potent last season, going 31-1, was ranked the No. 1 team in the state all season and climaxed things by whipping Harvey Thornton for the second straight time to again win the state title.
Which means McClain is two-for-two in the search for the most coveted state trophy in basketball and Manual had won three consecutive state titles.
A former Ram player who also played one season at Bradley, McClain put teams on the floor, led by 6-foot-5 son Sergio McClain and 6-foot-9 Marcus Griffin, that boasted great firepower, strong rebounding and a style of play that was so intense it totally disrupted team after team.
For his first two seasons, McClain's teams went 63-3.
No high school boys basketball coach in Illinois has ever had a start like Wayne McClain of Manual, for the second consecutive time named the Tri-County Male Coach of the Year by the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
|1985 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
After long years of promoting and supporting sports projects and activities in the Peoria area, Pete Vonachen took on a leadership role in late 1983 as owner of the Peoria Chiefs, Class A professional baseball team. He returned pro baseball to Peoria in a most successful way. Under his direction Meinen Baseball Field was completely modernized to create comfort for the fans. An electronic scoreboard was installed, and adequate parking was provided. He made fun at the ballpark a reality.