Ohio native Mick Reuter has been named as the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year for the first time.
He guided Oakton Community College to a 16-15 overall record, going 9-5 as co-champions of the ISCC. He is in sixth year as head coach at Oakton, located in Des Plaines in the northwest suburbs.
“It is a true honor and a testament to my assistant coaches,” said Reuter, 1992 graduate of Ohio High School. “Our conference and region is littered with very talented and dedicated coaches. The award is a reflection of three years of hard work by the coaching staff and the athletes. We gutted the team three years ago and this was the year we were building toward and will continue to build from.”
Reuter started as an assistant at Oakton in 1998, taking over as head coach in 2008. He started working full-time in the athletic office in 2003.
Reuter made a homecoming of sorts in the region tournament at IVCC where the Raiders lost to South Suburban College, 71-61.
No BV homecoming for Kirby: You’ll have to cross Jason Kirby off the list of candidates for their Bureau Valley football job. There will be no homecoming for the former Storm coach at Bureau Valley, who on Monday night was named as the new coach at East Moline United Township.
Kirby had thrown his name in the ring at BV, where he coached from 2000-05, taking his last team to the 3A state title game. East Moline becomes the seventh head job for the nomadic coach, after spending just one year at Canton. Other stops include Jacksonville Routt (1998-99), Herrin (2006), Sherrard (2007-09) and Rockridge (2010-12). He has a 97-64 career record in 15 years.
Kirby takes over a Panthers program that has gone 19-89 since its last playoff bid in 2001.
“I’m excited,” Kirby told the Dispatch/Argus. “I know that we’ve got a lot of work to do. If we have a good plan and people work hard, we have an opportunity to succeed like they have in all the other sports at UT.”
Kirby and Spencer Davis of Princeton, were two of 20 applicants for the Storm job, principal Eric Lawson confirmed. He said the coach could be hired at the April board meeting
Officially speaking: Neponset’s Dale Brady will be officiating the NCAA Division III Men’s basketball tournament round of 16 teams based out of Stevens Point, Wis., this weekend. He worked his way through the Illinois High School ranks to the college game. His dad, Don, was a longtime successful IHSA officials.
• Lydia Stephens, formerly of Princeton, took part in the Iowa Class 2A State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines. She is a junior guard/post for Des Moines Christian, which bowed out in the state quarterfinals with a 66-53 loss to eventual state champ Western Christian (27-1). Des Moines Christian finished 20-5.
Iowa recently went from four classes to five. The private schools do not have a multiplier as they do in Illinois, but there are not as many of them.
Western Christian took second in the state volleyball tournament and won the state track meet last spring.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.