Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
The Holiday Gift Auction is Live! Click here and bid now on great local gifts!
Local Editorials

SVCC coach nets a milestone; congratulations

The men’s basketball coach at SVCC endured a tough first season, but the succeeding 26 seasons more than made up for it. Kudos to Coach Russ Damhoff on his 500th career victory.

Impressive is the word to describe Thursday’s 500th career victory for Russ Damhoff, men’s basketball coach at Sauk Valley Community College.

The Skyhawks roared past Black Hawk East, 91-60, as Damhoff marked the coaching milestone in his 27th year on the job.

That accomplishment is even more impressive because Damhoff’s first season gave little indication of future success.

The 1986-87 Sauk men’s team endured an 18-game losing streak en route to a 3-27 season record.

Ouch!

As Damhoff observed, “If we would have kept going at that pace, it would have taken over 160 years to get 500 wins.”

But Damhoff righted the ship, and impressively so.

During the next 25 seasons, Damhoff’s teams averaged 19 wins a year.

After posting another victory Saturday, this year’s team is 11-5. That’s impressive, given that none of the starters from last year’s 23-9 squad are still around.

Damhoff obviously has learned how to win: Recruit players with talent, skills, athleticism and ability. Familiarize players with his winning system. Focus on timing, execution and teamwork. Set goals and work to achieve them. Provide the right leadership to help those athletes reach their potential and dreams.

The lessons from his first season served as a foundation and motivation for better times ahead: Learn from your mistakes. Work through adversity. Believe in yourself. Don’t give up.

Basketball fans can catch the Skyhawks’ next home game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when they host IVCC. After that, remaining home games will be Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 12, 14, 16 and 23.

We congratulate Coach Damhoff for persevering through a tough first year, making the next 26 seasons pretty darn exciting, and notching his 500th career win.

The Damhoff-O-Meter now stands at 501. Good luck, Coach. Keep winning, and keep it spinning.

Loading more