Illinois Central College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Steve Garber has resigned in order to explore other opportunities. Athletic Director Sue Sinclair received his resignation today.
Sinclair credits Garber with his service, dedication, and success he brought the program. “Coach Garber has been a loyal member of the women’s basketball program for 15 years – first as an assistant coach and then as head coach, a position he’s held for nine years,” she said.
Garber first extended gratitude to his predecessor. “I would like to thank Lorene Ramsey for opening up the opportunity that has given me 15 years of service in the women’s basketball program,” he said.
In his tenure, ICC has won four national championships – one while he was at the helm and three while on the coaching staff as an assistant. Under his leadership as head coach, the Cougars also won runner-up (2005) and third place (2008) finishes in the national championship as well.
While citing the success of the program, he immediately shifted focus to the players. “My most memorable experience, however, has been with the people I have coached over the years. Most have gone on to play at four-year schools all across the country, while others finished their education and entered their professional careers immediately. Having coached two qualifying NJCAA All-Academic teams has been a proud accomplishment which we strive for each year in stressing the student-athlete experience,” Garber said.
“I feel humbled in having worked within the community through the women’s basketball program in a variety of community services, including the Peoria Girls Sports League, the Special Olympics, the United Way, Girl Scouts, Lymphoma Society, and fundraising for cancer awareness through my Women’s Basketball Coaches Association membership. These have all been a part of my great experiences in the last nine years at ICC. Lastly, I would like to thank my assistant coaches, notably Greg Martin, who has stood loyal to me and the program.”
“I look forward to continuing with the same efforts on my next road forward and wish the program continued success,” Garber concluded.
Sinclair added, “He has certainly brought the program success on the court as evidenced by his career win-loss record of 230-69 during his time as head coach. He has masterful knowledge of and commitment to the game. ICC is grateful for his contributions to the program and the college and wishes him well.”
The college will conduct an open national search for Garber’s replacement.
Article courtesy ICC Sports Information.