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Area roundup: JJC's Kuhn selected for NJCAA Hall of Fame

Published: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 11:01 p.m. CST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – The 2017 class of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame was released Monday and one of the five inductees is Joliet Junior College coach Joe Kuhn, who is the 12th Illinois coach honored and the second from JJC, joining A.A. “Fizz” Wills, who was in the hall’s inaugural class in 1984.

Kuhn began his 20th season with Joliet in 2016. He helped guide the Wolves to 431 wins entering this season, including the 2010 NJCAA DIII men’s basketball championship and a runner-up finish at the national tournament in 2008 and 2005. JJC has had 15 straight NJCAA Region 4 Championship appearances, 30 wins in a season and 21 wins in a row – all program bests. 

Joliet has won at least 20 games in 13 of the last 14 seasons, which includes a current streak of 11. Kuhn’s has been recognized through various coach of the year awards, including 2010 National Coach of the Year, District 2 Coach of the Year (6), Region IV Coach of the Year (6), North Central Community College Conference (7), Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (6), and Indiana Basketball News’ Coach of the Year in 2006.

During his tenure at JJC, Kuhn has coached a total of 15 NJCAA All-Americans – including 2009-10 DIII Player of the Year Brian Bradley – and a total of 35 All-Region players.

Before taking over at Joliet, Kuhn had various coaching jobs, including as the head coach at Rich East from 1994-96, an assistant coach under Pat Klingler at Joliet during the 1992-93 season and an assistant coach at the University of St. Francis under Pat Sullivan.

Kuhn is currently a teacher at Rich East, where he has been for the last 25 years. He resides in New Lenox with his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Caitlin.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Madison 81, JJC 58: Robbie Brooks (Plainfield Central) scored 19 points for JJC (14-4, 0-2) in the N4C road loss. Jarret Gmazel (Lincoln-Way Central) chipped in eight for the Wolves, who shot 32 percent.

JOLIET CENTRAL FUNDRAISER

Texas Hold ’Em: The Joliet Township Athletic Boosters will hold their annual Texas Hold ’Em Fundraiser beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Moran A.C. on Nicholson Street in Joliet.

The cost is $100 a person presale and $110 at the door. Seventy percent of the take will be paid out. There will be a rebuy in the first hour, food, a cash bar, raffles and a 50-50.

To register, send name, phone and entry donation to Joliet Central High School, 201 E. Jefferson St., Joliet 60431; Attn: Athletic Department/Boosters. For information, email jgrzetich@jths.org or jtboosters@gmail.com.

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