Ashley Berggren (women's basketball), Jenna Hall (softball) and Lindsey Nimmo Bristow (women’s tennis) joined more than a dozen other recipients, including all-time men’s basketball scoring leader Deon Thomas, All-American football greats Simeon Rice and David Williams, and longtime track and cross-country coach Gary Wieneke at Friday's ceremony at State Farm Center.

Newcomers could factor heavily into any potential success for several Illinois teams this season. With the athletic year underway, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY spotlights 10 Illini that could make the most difference:

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Monday marks the start of the $25,000 Neitzel Family Open — an International Tennis Federation event — at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, running through July 28. Illinois men’s coach Brad Dancer discusses what’s on tap.

The man who coached longer at the University of Illinois than any other person died 57 years ago today at the age of 75. Ed Manley, a native St. Louisan, directed Illini men’s swimming and diving for 37 years after being hired by George Huff in 1912.

In a spinoff of our 'UI 150 & Beyond' project, we asked 10 former Illini coaches now living elsewhere to tell us about the first spot (other than a sports facility) or story that comes to mind when they think back to their C-U days.

SinglesSingh, Centennial No. 3 14-0 1.000Subbiah, Uni HIgh No. 3 6-0 1.000Taritsa, Uni High No. 4 5-0 1.000Dalling, Uni High No. 4 3-0 1.000Gray, Uni High No. 6 3-0 1.000Scaggs, Centennial No. 2 15-1 .938Braun, Centennial No. 5 16-2 .889Gunn, Central No. 2 7-1 .875Rossow, Central No. 3 7-1 .875

A proud UI contingent was on hand Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., as Howard Milton, senior associate athletic director for development, picked up his 'Fundraiser of the Year' award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.

SinglesPlayer, School Pos. Rec. Pct.Singh, Centennial No. 3 14-0 1.000Subbiah, Uni HIgh No. 3 6-0 1.000Taritsa, Uni High No. 4 5-0 1.000Dalling, Uni High No. 4 3-0 1.000Gray, Uni High No. 6 3-0 1.000Baillon, St. Thomas More No. 1 17-1 .944Scaggs, Centennial No. 2 15-1 .938

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin, 11am
Oct. 26 at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers, TBA
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, TBA
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA