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Bob Lockart to be inducted into Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Bob Lockart to be inducted into Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

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BEDFORD PARK -- Bob Lockart, who is currently the boys' basketball coach at Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg, will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 2 at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena. 

Lockart, who teaches part-time at Windsor, has coached in five conferences, the Big 12, the Little Okaw Valley, the Apollo, the Okaw Valley, and the National Trail Conference. 

The list the inductees when the schools were listed for Lockart read, "Windsor, Neoga, etc." because he is coaching his seventh team. 

Prior to the season, Lockart had a record of 410-501 (.450) in 35 seasons. He has coached teams to 13 winnings seasons, was the 1986 JG-TC Coach of the Year as he guided Sullivan to a 24-5 Class A regional title. He is one of 20 that will be inducted in the coaches category. 

He began his coaching career at Argenta-Oreana and has also had two stints at Sullivan, two stints at Mattoon and coached at Decatur Eisenhower, Effingham, Neoga and WSS. 

One of his biggest wins occurred in the 1984-85 season when Sullivan upset previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Arthur in the regional semifinals. The Redskins finished 15-10 that year. 

Ryan Ghere, a math-teaching basketball lifer, led Mattoon to unforeseen heights

Lockart, who also coaches boys' golf at Mattoon, is a Shelbyville and Millikin grad. He played quarterback for the Big Blue. 

The 1986-87 Sullivan team won a Class A regional and went 17-9. His A-O team of 1981-92 went 23-2. He coached Mattoon to its last 20 win season in 1989-90, going 20-7. He led the Green Wave to a 1990 Charleston Holiday Tournament title. He coached current Mattoon boys basketball coach Ryan Ghere.

In seven years at Sullivan, Lockart went 107-76. In 13 years at Mattoon, he went 120-207. He was 15-35 in two seasons at Decatur Eisenhower. At Effingham, he was 58-66 in five years, while he went 33-15 at Argenta-Oreana and 61-87 in five years at Neoga. Last year he went 16-15 at WSS. 

Contact Mike Monahan at (217)-238-6854. Follow him on Twitter: @monahanmikejgtc


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