Women's Basketball Coaches
Head Coach: Karen Wiley
McHenry County College (MCC) athletic director and head women’s basketball coach Karen Wiley was named Skyway Conference Newcomer Coach of the Year 2014-15. In her first year at the helm, the MCC women’s basketball team had its best finish in six years and a 12-game turnaround from the previous season with wins over Skyway’s conference champion during regular season and defeating the number-one regional seed Black Hawk East at the Region IV tournament. Wiley’s teams have since had 5 all-conference players, 4 All-Region players, and 2 team members earning Region IV All-Tournament honors in just two seasons completed.
No stranger to college athletics, Wiley was athletic director at Kishwaukee College in Malta for 10 years. She also served as Kishwaukee’s head women’s basketball coach for 14 years. Her 2013-14 squad won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region IV Tournament crown and advanced to the NJCAA D II National Tournament. Her dynamic squad finished in eighth place at nationals, with a 30-7 overall. Coach Wiley’s 2012 squad also demonstrated their national-level talents, with a NJCAA National Tournament Final Four finish. In addition, she has recruited and directed the advancement of 14 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 10 NJCAA Basketball All-Americans, nine WBCA All-Americans, 61 Academic All-Conference honorees, four 1,000 point scorers, 21 All-Region selections, and four NJCAA Region IV MVP’s. While coaching at Kishwaukee, Wiley was the first coach to ever reach 100 wins in the program and earned national recognition from the WBCA with her team’s GPA. In 2013, Wiley was one of three finalists for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Russell Athletic/WBCA Junior College National Coach of the year.
As MCC’s Athletics Director, Wiley has pushed for even greater academic success for student athletes. The department’s GPA goal of 3.0 is continually met by the majority of teams. Several teams have been recognized as NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year as well as graduating a number of NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Wiley notes that her students' success is more important to her than all of the wins, awards, or recognition. "Those things are nice, but they don't last," she said. Rather, Wiley cares more about the kind of person her athletes become after they graduate—what they do with the tools and lessons learned. "I know the season has been a success when players come back after two or three years, when I hear they remain goal-oriented, have found their passion, and continue to pass along the fire I may have lit in them," Wiley said. “I am blessed to love what I do and do what I love.”
Wiley has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and a Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Contact Coach Wiley at email@example.com.
Assistant Coach: Rich DeTamble
Rich DeTamble is in his second year at MCC as Recruiting Coordinator and defensive strategist. This season Coach DeTamble was integral in bringing one of the largest recruiting classes in program history. His passion, positive energy, and enthusiasm are contagious for the entire program.
Coach DeTamble comes to us following a highly successful head coaching tenure at Harvest Christian Academy (HCA) where he coached for four years. Coach DeTamble built HCA to a 1A/2A powerhouse during his tenure 2014-2017. His record as head coach for the Lions was 77-20 bringing in 3 conference, 3 regional, 2 sectionals, 1 super-sectional and numerous tournament championships. In the 2016-2017 campaign, his team advanced to the State Finals achieving a 4th place Illinois High School Association finish with a 29-5 campaign. Coach DeTamble received Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors in each of his years as head coach. In his 25 years of coaching both women's and men's basketball, he also founded three school district travel systems to enhance each area's youth and adult programs. Coach DeTamble currently is the Director of Illinois Star Athletics where he coaches teams of all levels. Over 20 of his student-athletes have gone on to participate at the junior college, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, D2, D3 and D1 levels.
Coach DeTamble currently resides in Hampshire, Illinois, and is a retired firefighter/paramedic.
Assistant Coach: Ken Ruud
Ken Ruud is a long-time veteran of the MCC women's basketball program. During his head coaching tenure 1997-2006, his teams won seven consecutive ISCC conference titles 2000-2006 seasons, and played in four Region IV Finals. He was also named as the ISCC Coach of the Year seven times. Many of his players also earned post-season honors including: seven NJCAA All-Americans, one Kodak All-American and 1 NJCAA Hall of Fame. He remains active in the coaching world, training area players and consulting with our community’s high school girls’ basketball coaches. He was inducted into the MCC Athletic Department Hall of Fame in 2018. He also keeps active as a private real estate attorney at law and resides in Marengo.
Manager: Jon Steiner
Head Coach: Karen Wiley
Assistant Coaches: Ken Ruud, Rich DeTamble
For more information, contact Karen Wiley, Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation A127A
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