Coach of the Year: Dale Schuring, Arthur
Why: Took a team that started three sophomores, one junior and one freshman on varsity and guided them to a share of the Little Okaw Valley Conference title as well as a regional crown and a berth in the sectional finals. The 19-9 Knights secured a position among the state's final 16 Class 1A teams. He coached girls' basketball at the school eight years and boys for the past nine. His 17-year basketball record is 284-186.
Season highlight: The Elgin native (and Burlington Central High School graduate), who teaches mathematics, called the 2011-12 season "one of the most, if not the most, gratifying season I've ever been associated with because of the growth and improvement of the team over the course of a season. The players did a great job of working hard to improve every day and of buying into the personality and style of the team that it would take to be successful. Add in that they were so young and my son was a part of the experience made it even more special," Schuring said.
A few of my favorite things: Derrick Rose, a humble and reserved superstar ... Dick's Sporting Goods ... "Remember the Titans" ... "House" ... Chili's ... Grand Canyon ... Bahamas ... Bucket list wishes, to win a state championship, see the Cubs win a World Series and get to enjoy and be involved with grandchildren's lives if/when that happens.
About Coach Schuring: "I love the way he coaches and the way he handles himself. There's a time to be serious, but he also has fun. He's easy to get along with. I don't know anybody who has played for him who doesn't like him as a coach. We always have some type of game plan and know what we're dealing with. I can't wait for next year. I love Coach Schuring." — Arthur junior Evan Seegmiller