Joliet Junior College Wolves Basketball Coach Joe Kuhn celebrated a big accomplishment when he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame at Illinois State University’s Bone Center in Normal last month.
Kuhn was inducted after he recently achieved a total of 408 victories during his 18 years as a JJC coach this past season. And Kuhn is no stranger to success – he was named National Coach of the Year in 2010, and in that same year he led his team to win the Division III National Championship game.
Kuhn has taken his teams to the national championship six times during his career at JJC and has helped them advance to the final championship game three times. Kuhn has coached fourteen All-Americans, seven N4C conference players of the year, and 33 all region players at JJC, and was named District Coach of the Year six times.
Now that he’s officially a part of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, he said he feels extremely honored. During the ceremony, he was happy to have his family and his longtime mentor, John Jones, also a Hall of Fame recipient and a former JJC assistant basketball coach, by his side.
“On a personal level, it means a lot and it was a great experience,” he said. “The reward of coaching at JJC is that you get to help out all these young players. We get a wide range of talented kids, and it has been an honor to coach them each year.”
In addition to JJC, Kuhn teaches at Rich East High School, where he also coached for a time. Overall, Kuhn said JJC has been the perfect fit for him and he has enjoyed the experiences and people he’s met so far as the head basketball coach.
“It’s just a great experience to be at an institution that’s provided a lot of opportunities for a lot of people and it’s been a pleasure to see the college grow,” he said.
For more information about the Wolves basketball team, visit www.jjc.edu/athletics.