Class of 2017

Chillicothe – IVC

Greg was first introduced to the sport of wrestling through watching his brother and future IWCOA Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Easter while wrestling for Peoria Richwoods. His only decision at that point was what weight class he would wrestle at in High School. Greg won 50 matches on the varsity in 2 seasons as a starter. He was the team MVP, Conference and IHSA Regional Champion and he finished 3rd in the IHSA Sectional tournament. He wrestled for coaches Larry Meyer and Bill Stimeling. Greg also played football and ran track for the Richwoods Knights.

In college Greg wrestled at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa and at Illinois State University under IWCOA Hall of Fame Coach Dr. Robert Koehler. Greg would earn his Bachelor’s degree at ISU and his Master’s Degree at Governors State University.

After graduating, Greg was hired to teach history at Illinois Valley Central School District. He was hired as an assistant wrestling coach by IWCOA Hall of Fame coach Lou Pronga. Greg was an assistant for 9 years before being hired as the head coach at IVC. Greg spent 14 years at the helm. He coached 23 conference champions, 52 sectional qualifiers, 12 state qualifiers. Nine of his IHSA state qualifiers reached the podium and 2 were IHSA State Champions. Greg’s teams won 146 dual meet victories.

During his tenure at IVC Greg also lead the Softball program to 371 victories in his 25 years as head coach. Greg has been inducted into the Illinois Coaches Associations Softball Hall of Fame.

Greg was a Lambda Chi Alpha founder and president at ISU. He has been an NHSACA at large board member and the softball chairman. He has been the ICA Softball Chairman and he has served on the IHSA Advisory Board.

Greg would like to thank the outstanding athletes he has coached and IWCOA Hall of Famers, Dan Fulscher, Mike Manahan, Jack Stoudt and Bob Easter for helping him understand the sport of wrestling better.

Greg would like to thank his wife Martha and his sons Steven and Andrew for their unconditional love and support throughout his teaching and coaching career. Greg lives in Peoria. He is retired, and he enjoys golfing, fishing and his grandchildren.