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Blue Devils Head Coach Brian Hancock Reaches 100 Wins

“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.” – Vince Lombardi

 

     During his six years here at Kaskaskia College, Brian Hancock, Blue Devils head basketball coach, has encouraged his players to work hard to obtain success.  Coach Hancock found that to be true as he celebrated his win number 100 at Kaskaskia College.

 

     Over the last 20 years, Coach Hancock has accumulated over 418 wins. He has been to the National tournament twice and experienced much success in his own basketball career.  However, Coach Hancock believes the most rewarding part of coaching is watching athletes succeed.  “Just like any coach, you want to win games.  But a milestone like 100 wins makes me think back to the kids I have worked with over the last six years.   At this level, having the ability to see athletes move on to a NCAA division 1 or division 2 school program is a positive thing to experience.  Helping them make that transition and move on is the most rewarding,” stated Hancock.

 

     Aside from just the players, these last six years have had memorable games that make the 100 wins that much sweeter. “Last year we beat the number two team in the country and two years ago we beat Three Rivers Community College in a Thanksgiving tournament at their place,” explained Hancock. “Their head coach, Gene Bess, has been there for 43 years and has a record number of wins at 1154. There are certain games like those that stand out over the years.”

 

     Coach Hancock has had over 60 players move from a junior college to division 1 schools during his twenty years as a coach.  Along with Kaskaskia College, he has coached at three other national community colleges.  He was assistant coach at North Idaho College for five years, the College of Southern Idaho for five years, and Barton County Community College for one year.  Hancock felt fortunate to have coached players that have drawn so much interest amongst scouts and had the chance to move on and play basketball at universities.

 

     Along with Coach Hancock reaching his 100th win, the Blue Devils reached a benchmark goal of 20 wins during the same game. Hancock said, “The thing that helped us this year was a good nucleus of returning players.  The kids had a good understanding of how strong our conference is and what it takes to be successful in our conference.  My returning players really did a good job of conveying that to our younger newer guys.  There is no substitute for the experience piece.  We have some freshmen that have picked up some really good experience this year which really helps to set a foundation for next year.  As a coach, you grow to appreciate that.”

 

    The Blue Devils ended their season against John A. Logan College on March 6 with a winning season of 20 wins and 12 losses.  “I have really enjoyed working with this group this year.  As a coach, you get a feel for your player’s personality.  You know where their mindset is which I think at this time of year was really important.  They brought the right effort and energy that we needed to have a successful season.” 

 

     Coach Hancock’s next goal is to take the Blue Devils to the Junior College National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.  “The fan base there is crazy for basketball.  It’s the perfect setting for junior college basketball.” ​ 



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