April 8, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College men’s basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters has been selected as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) “Coach of the Year” for the 2014-15 season.

Smithpeters and the Volunteers compiled a 27-7 overall record, including a Great Rives Athletic Conference, Region 24, and District 16 championship. For those accomplishments, the Harrisburg native received the “Coach of the Year” award for the region and district.

Logan made only its second trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament with the only previous trip coming 20 years earlier in 1995.

In three seasons at the helm of the program, Smithpeters has compiled a solid overall record of 65-30.

“Obviously, I’m thankful for the recognition from the IBCA. It is a surprise,” Smithpeters said. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to the guys playing for you and I was fortunate enough to have some talented young men who bought in to our way of doing things from Day One. I am also thankful to have an outstanding staff working with me in Zach Carpenter and Charlie Jones. They deserve a lot of the credit.”

Smithpeters said he is excited about the prospects for next year with returning lettermen: Tamas Bruce, Ranell Crossland, Devontavius Payne and Justin Lukens, as well as redshirt freshman Al Jones.

“That’s a pretty good core group to build around this off season,” he said. “We have made some nice steps forward with the program the last couple of years and hope we can take it a step further next year by returning to Nationals and winning some games. That’s the goal.”

 

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