Inductees Heather Cassady was a fierce competitor on the hardwood floor. Heather was certainly blessed with athletic ability, but always worked harder to be the best player on the floor. She had a standout career at Dunlap High School and Indiana University.
Heather was a three-time Peoria Journal Star class A basketball player of the year, and runner-up for Ms. Basketball in 1998. While at Dunlap she scored 1,945 points in her career with 927 assists (second in the state all-time) and 525 steals (top 10 all-time) and helped the Dunlap Eagles to their first state basketball tournament appearance in school history in 1996, when they finished in fourth place. Heather earned a basketball scholarship to University of Indiana where she went on to star. At Indiana Heather finished with 1,301 points and 411 assists. In 2002, she led Indiana to the Big Ten tournament championship and was named MVP of the tournament. She also was named to the Academic-Big Ten three times, and two time second team All-Big Ten. Heather was twice named the Tri-County Female Athlete of the year, in 1996 while a sophomore at Dunlap, and in 2002 while a senior at Indiana. She went on to play professionally in Greece. When she returned to the United States she served as an assistant coach for four years at Indiana State. The Sycamores won a Missouri Valley Conference title during her tenure. She also taught at Southern Illinois, worked in marking, and coached at a high school in the St Louis area, before returning to Peoria in the fall of 2011. In April 2012, Heather was inducted to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as an athlete. Today Heather is the head coach at Richwoods High school.
Heather Cassady was a fierce competitor on the hardwood floor. Heather was certainly blessed with athletic ability, but always worked harder to be the best player on the floor. She had a standout career at Dunlap High School and Indiana University.
|2009 Tri-County Co-Male Coach of the Year|
In Pat Ryan's 20th season as head coach at his high school alma mater, the 13-1 Redbirds rebounded from their first regular-season loss since 2005 to claim their second state title in three years.