On Thursday, the University of Illinois announced former Ohio University coach John Groce as their new men’s basketball coach.
Groce seems to win wherever he goes; he led his 13 seeded Ohio Bobcats to this year’s Sweet 16 and nearly advanced to the Elite eight, but lost to one seeded UNC in overtime. Groce was 85-56 as a head coach at Ohio from 2009-2012 and in his 19 years of coaching experience (being an assistant coach and head coach) he has only been a part of one losing season which was in 2008-2009 when his Ohio Bobcats went 15-17 in his first year as head coach. His cumulative coaching record over that 19 year span is 434-212.
In his many years of experience, he has coached at well-respected basketball programs, such as Taylor, North Carolina State, Butler, Xavier, Ohio State(including a National Championship appearance), and of course, Ohio University.
Not only does Groce have an impressive resume as a coach, he was named Rivals.com 2006 “recruiter of the year” while he was an assistant coach at Ohio State University.
Groce has an established winning tradition and is “Excited to be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”