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John Groce

95-75 as Illini coach (2012-17)

Now coaching Akron Zips

Larry Deutsch

Chief innovation officer

Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide

Bob Starkell

11 seasons leading women’s gymnastics

2009 National Coach of the Year

Tom Sinak

2-time all-Big Ten outfielder

Area manager, New American Funding

Terri Sullivan

2010 Big Ten softball coach of year

488-369-2 in 16 seasons

Bill Self

3 seasons, 3 NCAA tournaments

78-24 as Illini basketball coach (2000-03)

Ron Turner

Football coach, 1997-2004

Took ’01 Illini to Sugar Bowl

Kevin Hambly

Stanford volleyball coach

178-86, 6 NCAA tourney trips at Illinois

Tim Van Alstine

Associate VP, athletics director

Cardinal Stritch University

Ralph Cooper

Sports director

NewsChannel 10, Amarillo, Texas

Spencer Turkin

Play-by-play announcer

North Carolina A&T

Joni Comstock

Sr. VP of championships


Julie Peoples

Assistant executive director

Hart Felt Ministries

Graeme McGufficke

3-time Big Ten champ

N.C. political operative

Jessica (Galli) Cloy

7-time Paralympic medal winner

Holds three world records

Jim Vermette

CEO, UI Alumni Association (1967-84)

Executive VP, Cozad Asset Management

Reilly O’Toole

Former Illini quarterback

No. 8 all-time in pass efficiency

James Holzhauer

Professional sports gambler

Won $2,464,216 on 'Jeopardy!'

Heather (Foley) Hiltzik

Digital content & PR manager

David Leadbetter Golf

Ed Sherman

Longtime Chicago sportswriter

President, ShermanReport.com

Chris Jenkins

Director of communications

Metropolitan Milwaukee Assn. of Commerce

Alex Burge


Excel Sports Management

Richard Ahrenkiel


Lakewood Semiconductors

George Sakas

Director of economic development/strategic planning

Chicago Executive Airport