The 2014-2015 season has gotten off to a great start for Joliet Junior College head basketball coach Joe Kuhn and the JJC men’s basketball team. In addition to ending 2014 with a strong, 12-2 record, Coach Kuhn learned he was recently selected to enter the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and earned his 400th win at JJC on Dec. 20 with a home game win against Moraine Valley Community College. He has a career record of 425 wins overall.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the Hall of Fame, and be recognized for the success that our program has had,” said Kuhn. “A lot of people don’t realize the work and time that goes into building a good team, and I couldn’t have done it without my assistant coach Keith Kinzler, who has been with me my whole career at JJC. It’s a team effort.”
Kuhn is currently in his 18th season at JJC, during which time he’s garnered a very impressive record. In addition to leading the Wolves to a 2010 NJCAA Division III National Championship, he has been named District Coach of the Year six times, has guided the Wolves to the national tournament six times (2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004, 1998) and advanced to the national championship game three times (2010, 2008, 2005). Kuhn has coached fourteen All-Americans, seven N4C conference players of the year, and 33 all region players at JJC.
“Joe has done an outstanding job here at JJC,” said JJC Director of Athletics Wayne L. King, Jr. “As a part-time coach, all the extra hours he has put in over the years have come back to reward him. I am happy for and proud of Joe; he is well deserved of this award.”
As the team heads into the rest of the season in 2015, Kuhn is optimistic that they will continue the momentum they’ve built early in the season.
“I like how our team is progressing this year,” he said. “We still have a long way to go, but we are definitely enjoying what we’ve accomplished so far.”
For more information about the JJC men’s basketball team, visit http://www.jjc.edu/athletics/mens-basketball/Pages/default.aspx