Jim Dietz, volleyball coach, gets 600th match win

Jim Dietz recently won his 600th match as volleyball coach at LLCC.

Dietz reached the milestone Sept. 22 when the Loggers swept Kirkwood Community College 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 at the Parkland Invitational.

Dietz’s current record at LLCC is 422 wins and 186 losses. He has led the Loggers to the national NJCAA tournament three times, placing second in both 2015 and 2016 and 11th in 2012. He also coached the Loggers to eight region final appearances and 36 tournament titles.

Dietz, a native of Davenport, Iowa, previously coached at Effingham St. Anthony High School, where he remains the winningest coach.

“To me, the 600 wins says more about the girls I’ve coached,” said Dietz. “I am far prouder of where those young women have wound up, as accountants, a doctor, two national-level sales managers, stay-at-home moms, and even a college department head. That’s my goal for athletes: use sports for leadership, self-confidence, then go pursue your dreams. It makes it all worthwhile.”

annual winter baseball camp Dec. 27-29

LLCC Athletics is offering its annual winter baseball camp Dec. 27, 28 and 29 in Cass Gymnasium. Registrations are being accepted now.

The three-day camp offers a session for ages eight through 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and a session for ages 11 and older from noon to 2:30 p.m. Professional instruction in hitting, fielding and pitching is being provided by Ryan Aper, LLCC alum and 2013 Miami Marlins sixth round draft pick; Justin Knoedler, LLCC alum, former major league catcher and current LLCC assistant baseball coach; Ron Riggle, LLCC head baseball coach; Steve Torricelli, LLCC assistant baseball coach; and Eric Weaver, former major league pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.

Cost for the camp is $120; after Dec. 16, cost is $140. Camp fee includes a T-shirt.  Submit the registration form to the Athletics office or call 786.2429 to sign up.

2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Due Oct. 31

LLCC is accepting nominations for its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction to be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Cass Gymnasium.  Introduction of inductees will take place at the half-time of the men’s basketball game against Illinois Central College, which begins at 3 p.m.

Any former male or female LLCC athlete who participated on one of the college’s athletic teams for at least one season prior to 2012 is eligible for nomination into the LLCC Athletic Hall of Fame.  Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 31, 2016.

To view past recipients, nominate a former LLCC athlete or for more information, contact Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director, at 786.2581, or visit the Athletic Hall of Fame web page.

accepting nominations for 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

LLCC is accepting nominations for its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction to be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Cass Gymnasium.  Introduction of inductees will take place at the half-time of the men’s basketball game against Illinois Central College, which begins at 3 p.m.

Any former male or female LLCC athlete who participated on one of the college’s athletic teams for at least one season prior to 2012 is eligible for nomination into the LLCC Athletic Hall of Fame.  Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 31, 2016.

To view past recipients, nominate a former LLCC athlete or for more information, contact Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director, at 786.2581, or visit the Athletic Hall of Fame web page.

Hear Inspirational Speaker Inky Johnson Tomorrow!

Please join us and encourage students to come hear inspirational speaker Inky Johnson tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Cass Gym! Light refreshments will be served. This former college football player for the Tennessee Volunteers, dealt a life-changing injury, is now changing the lives of others with his inspiring message to inky-johnsonembrace our challenges illustrated through his own dramatic story. Anyone can experience a life changing moment, but it is about how they persevere that determines their future! This will be an amazing opportunity for our students to be reminded that they can also persevere any challenges they may face.

Inky was featured on Sports Center and has published a book called INKY: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.  Learn more about him at www.inkyjohnson.com

Inspirational speaker Inky Johnson rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29

Please join us and encourage students to come hear inspirational speaker Inky Johnson on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. in Cass Gym. Light refreshments will be served. This former college football player for the Tennessee Volunteers, dealt a life-changing injury, is now changing the lives of others with his inspiring message to inky-johnsonembrace our challenges illustrated through his own dramatic story. Anyone can experience a life changing moment, but it is about how they persevere that determines their future! This will be an amazing opportunity for our students to be reminded that they can also persevere any challenges they may face.

Inky was featured on Sports Center and has published a book called INKY: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.  Learn more about him at www.inkyjohnson.com

accepting nominations for 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

LLCC is accepting nominations for its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction to be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Cass Gymnasium.  Introduction of inductees will take place at the half-time of the men’s basketball game against Illinois Central College, which begins at 3 p.m.  The public is invited.

Any former male or female LLCC athlete who participated on one of the college’s athletic teams for at least one season prior to 2012 is eligible for nomination into the LLCC Athletic Hall of Fame.  Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 31, 2016.

To view past recipients, nominate a former LLCC athlete or for more information, contact Ron Riggle, LLCC athletic director, at 786.2581, or visit the Athletic Hall of Fame web page.

2016 recipients of Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award announced

The 2016 recipients of the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award at have been announced. The award winners are baseball’s Ben Hecht of Effingham and volleyball’s Claire Reinthaler of Heyworth.

The LLCC Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award recognizes annually one LLCC male athlete and one female athlete. The award was established in February of 2015 in honor of Mr. Dhabalt, former athletic director, head men’s basketball coach and faculty member, and acknowledges his dedication to education, athletics and students at LLCC.

Read more about the players.