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Former Pirate Dee Brown Joins Illini Coaching Staff | Retired East Wrestling Coach A Hall Of Famer

Dee brownWednesday, May 18, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

Former Proviso East basketball standout and star University of Illinois Fighting Illini point guard Dee Brown, 31, will return to his college alma mater as the first-ever director of player development and alumni relations. Brown will serve in the position under Illinois Head Basketball Coach John Groce.

According to a report in scout.com, Brown’s duties will include “scheduling and coordinating all student-athlete life skills enhancement opportunities and community service participation, providing off-the-court guidance to players during their collegiate careers and beyond, coordinating video materials, contributing to on-campus recruiting-related activities and directing correspondence with high school coaches, and representing the program at various public and alumni events.”

“Dee Brown’s passion for the University of Illinois and Fighting Illini Athletics is unmatched,” Groce told the publication. “He stands as one of the greatest to ever play here, but anyone who knows Dee knows that he does not rest upon past accomplishments. He is committed to paying it forward as a mentor to our current student-athletes. He has a tremendous future in the coaching profession and we are thrilled to welcome him to our staff as we work collectively in building a championship program.”

In a statement, Brown noted that he was “excited to begin this next chapter in my career,” according to a Chicago Tribune report.

“I thought my love for this university couldn’t exceed what it was when I played here, but my experience over this last year has only strengthened it. I believe in the vision that Coach Groce has for our program, and my role will be to help our players become the best they can be, on the basketball court and in all facets of life.”

Retired Proviso East Teacher, Coach Named to Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

GlennLid-SSGlenn Lid, the popular science teacher and longtime freshman wrestling coach at Proviso East who retired in 2014, was inducted last month into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame.

Lid, who had been freshman wrestling coach at the high school since 1979, was one of 17 inductees into the hall’s Class of 2016. He still teaches golf at the high school

“I have prided myself in providing an environment for wrestlers who for the majority of the time have never wrestled in their life to become state qualifiers,” Lid told Proviso Township District 209.

“We are there for the students who aren’t able to get into or afford  private schools, charter schools, or magnetic schools. We are there to keep kids off the streets and away from negative peer pressure. Many have gone on to become All Americans in college wrestling and are now currently coaches or officials themselves.”

To read more on the honor, click here.

Proviso East Track Student-Athlete Signs with Clarke University

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Ajah Morgan, a Proviso East senior track star, signs a letter of intent to run track at Clarke University in Iowa this fall during a May 11 signing ceremony. | Proviso Township District 209

Ajah Morgan, a senior at Proviso East High School and a girls’ track team standout, signed a letter of intent on May 11 to continue her track career at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in the fall.

Morgan, who was surrounded by her parents and teammates during the signing ceremony, said she chose Clarke among other schools, including Western Illinois University and Illinois State University.

“They had a really good track team and the school is really nice,” Morgan told District 209. “They have good educational programs and majors. Everything in that school is new.”

Brian Colbert, the high school’s assistant principal for athletics and activities, told District 209 that Morgan had “given herself an opportunity to move on and get a college education.”

“We’re very proud of what she’s done,” he said.

To read more about Morgan, click here. VFP

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