Inductees "Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states.
His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central.
He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60.
Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state tournament (1954, 56, 59) and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances (1964, 65, 66, 67, 73), including state championship teams in 1964 and 1967.
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states.
|2007 Tri-County Female Coach of the Year|
In her first season as a high school head coach, Mallicoat took the Deer Creek-Mackinaw volleyball team to the lHSA state finals, where the Indians finished fourth in Class lA. With only 10 girls on the roster, Mallicoat mentored the team to a 33-6 match record and the first state trophy ever won by a Dee-Mack girls team.