Former Illini assistant helped lead the Maroons to a sectional final.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Took over a program which won five games the previous year and guided the school to an 18-11 record, a regional championship and into the Sweet 16 in Class 3A, before losing in the sectional finals to eventual state runner-up Lincoln.
From Wayne McClain: “You are always fortunate to win a state championship and as the years go by they become more significant to you. This group reminds me of my first year of coaching (at Peoria Manual) because of some of the highs we reached. We were able to beat both the No. 1 (Springfield Lanphier) and No. 2 (Lincoln) teams in the state, I don’t think any other team this year can be able to say that. It just goes to show how fortunate you have to be for everything to turn out correctly to not only get to the state championship game but also win it.”
A few of my favorites: Biaggi’s, Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse ... most things on CNN ... not a fan of texting, try to avoid texting as much as possible ... Black Cadillac SRX ... after a game, cheese pizza ... before a game, like to be in solitude ... pet peeve is not practicing or playing hard. If you aren’t playing hard, you should go home ... next goal, for Champaign Central to be state champions ...
Four living people I’d like to have dinner with: my wife Robin, my son Sergio, my daughter Brindeshie and my grandson Sergio Jr.
About Coach McClain: “Off the court, he is laid back. On the court, he is on us all the time. He changed our style of play. He pushed me in practice to play harder. It was a blessing to play for him.” — senior Sean Suggs
About Coach McClain: “He was a tough coach, but overall it was good. He teaches us right and wrong. Everybody bought into what he was saying.” — senior Isiah Smith