Basketball (Men) – Coaching Staff
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Head Coach, Tony Wysinger, has long been part of Peoria’s great basketball tradition. After completing a stellar career at the University of Illinois, he was named to the All-Century team in the Peoria area. He holds the record for most assists in one game (16) and has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in Illinois basketball history.
Since the 2000-2001 season, the Cougars have won the M-WAC (Mid-West Athletic Conference) title outright three out of the last nine years. They have consistently finished in the top 10 defensively and top 10 offensively in the nation. In Coach Wysinger’s tenure at ICC, the Cougars have been able to establish school records in wins in a season (29) and consecutive wins in a season (15) as well as his fourth straight 20 win seasons.
Coach Wysinger has been named Conference Coach of the Year three times and Region Coach of the Year twice as well as being named District 8 Coach of the year.
Assistant Coach, Fred Dixon, is a graduate of Woodruff High School and a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He has spent the last 14 years as an assistant basketball coach at ICC, and the past season as the Associate Head Coach. Coach Dixon grew up in Peoria and has an intense desire to develop and mentor the young men of this team and the community. He has his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Robert Morris University., is a DSP at The Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton, IL and is married to Imelda M. Dixon
Dustin Warfield, assistant men’s basketball coach, is entering his fifth year with the Cougars. He played his high school basketball at Peoria High where the team won a state title (2004). After high school, Dustin played at Lewis University where he started all four years. In 2007-2008, the team went to the Division II National Tournament. After graduating with a degree in Sports Managment with a minor in Athletic Coaching, Dustin coached one year at Dunlap High School as an assistant for the boy’s varsity basketball team (2008). Dustin now is in charge of memberships at CougarPlex Fitness Center on the ICC campus and plans to pursue his Master’s Degree in coaching.
Assistant Coach Dave Best is in his second year at ICC. Dave is a graduate of Metamora High School, where he played on two Regional Championship teams. He was Associate Head Coach at Metamora from 2002-2005. He also has done the play by play commentary covering Metamora Basketball for MTCO Communications. His desire is to develop players for future success, both on and off the court. Dave has a career as Zone Manager for Uniform Solutions, Elkhart, IN. He and his wife, Amy, have one daughter, Chelsea, who is a junior at Metamora High School.
Chris Williams begins his second year as assistant men’s basketball coach. Williams was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, attended St. Boniface Grade School where he was the all-time leading scorer. Chris attended Spalding High School and was in the first class of Peoria Notre Dame High School. He later went on to play at Rockford College. Chris volunteered his time at local organizations from 1993 to 2006 by mentoring and coaching. In 2006 he was the assistant coach at Pleasant Valley. He also co-founded the Peoria Heat AAU Program in 2006. In 2010 to 2012 he became the head coach at Peoria Academy.