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John A. Logan College Founded.............................................1967 Enrollment........................................6,400 Nickname........ Volunteers & Lady Vols Colors.................................... Blue & Gray Affiliation............. Region 24 of NJCAA Conference Great Rivers Athletic Conf. Athletic Director..............Jerry Halstead Athletic Office Phone.....618-985-3741 Website............................... www.jalc.edu
FAN FACTS................................. 1 BASEBALL..............................2-3 MEN’S BASKETALL...............4-5 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL......6-7 MEN’S GOLF.............................. 8 WOMEN’S GOLF........................ 9
Officers of the College Dr. Michael Dreith, president Mr. Brad McCormick, vice-president Dr. Tim Daughtery, vice-president Dr. Deborah Payne, vice-president
SOFTBALL...........................10-11 VOLLEYBALL.......................... 12
The College’s main campus fronts Highway 13 and is located in Carterville, Illinois, only six miles east of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It also has extension centers in Du Quoin and West Frankfort. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and was ranked fifth in the nation by Rolling Stone magazine based on research conducted at the Center for the Study of Community Colleges.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Michael Hopkins, Chair Jim Snider, Vice-Chair Jaclyn Hancock, Secretary Don Brewer John F. O’Keefe Jacob “Jake” Rendleman John W. Sanders Joe Venable, Student Trustee Coaching Staff Jerry Halstead, baseball Kyle Smithpeters men’s basketball Marty Hawkins, women’s basketball Tom Ferris, men’s golf Bill Glenn, women’s golf Bruce Jilek, softball Bill Burnside, volleyball About the Conference The Great Rivers Athletic Conference consists of nine members: John A. Logan College, Kaskaskia College, Lake Land College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, Rend Lake College, Southeastern Illinois College, Southwestern Illinois College, and Wabash Valley College. Since play began in the league in 1982, Logan has earned 56 conference titles.
Loganâ€™s baseball team annually ranks among the elite in community college baseball. The Volunteers are the current Region 24 and Great Rivers Athletic Conference champions. They have won eight Region 24 titles overall, earned 10 conference crowns, and made two JUCO World Series appearances (1992 and 2002). Twelve Volunteers have earned NJCAA All-American honors. Four former Vols have made it to the Major Leagues highlighted by Jamie Carroll who is currently with the Minnesota Twins. The Vols won 41 games last spring, with two players chosen All-Conference as well as three being selected All-Region.
Jerry Halstead is in his 30th season as the head baseball coach at John A. Logan College. During that time he has built the program into one of the top baseball programs in the country. With an impressive record of 1,163-637, he ranks fifth in wins among active NJCAA coaches. He has also served as the athletic director at Logan since 2001. Halstead is from Carterville and attended Southern Illinois University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1982. While at SIU, he pitched for the Salukis for three years, helping win Missouri Valley Conference Championships and participating in the NCAA Tournament. Kyle Surprenant is in his first season as a full-time assistant baseball coach at John A. Logan College. A native of Chebanse, Illinois, he spent the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Logan. Before joining the Volunteers, he served two seasons as an assistant coach at Kankakee Community College. He has coached in the Coastal Plain League in Gastonia, North Carolina, the past two summers, and he played one year for the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League. Surprenant was a standout baseball player at Central High School in Clifton, Illinois. He played shortstop at Kankakee Community College and later at Western Illinois University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western in interdisciplinary studies and recently completed a master’s degree in sports management at Southern Illinois University. He will also work as an academic advisor at Logan. Halstead has built one of the top baseball programs in the country
Page Kirkpatrick serves as the Vols’ recruiting coordinator, a position he assumed in the spring of 2010. He handles all recruiting aspects, including finding future prospects, developing relationships, and coordinating recruiting visits. He is primarily involved in the summer recruitment at tournaments and showcases. Kirkpatrick is the head baseball Coach at Zeigler-RoyaltonChristopher and teaches at Zeigler-Royalton High School. He has been the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for the Southern Illinois Bullets summer team for the past seven years. Rounding out the baseball staff are volunteer coaches Doug Bogard (sixth year), and Bruce Whitecotton (sixth year), and Drew Homan (second year).
The menâ€™s basketball team, started in 1969, was the first intercollegiate sport offered at Logan. Always competitive, the program is a member of the ever-strong Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Former JALC teammates Lazeric Jones (UCLA) and Jesse Perry (Arizona) tangle in a PAC-10 matchup. Both Jones and Perry played for Logan from 2008-2010.
In addition to competing in one of the premier junior college conferences in the country, Logan also plays against top Division I nonleague opponents year in and year out. Logan has had 14 Division 1 basketball players come out of the program in the last 3 years. 4
Kyle Smithpeters became the seventh head men’s basketball coach in John A. Logan College history this year when he took over for long-time coach Mark Imhoff who retired in June. Smithpeters spent four seasons (2007-2011) as an assistant to Imhoff at Logan and served as an assistant coach at Division I Missouri State University last year. Raised in McLeansboro, Illinois, Smithpeters moved with his family to Harrisburg when he was 12. After graduating from Harrisburg High School in 2001, he attended Southeastern Illinois College where he played basketball for two years. The Falcons compiled a record of 55-6 during that time and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament, reaching the Final Four. In 2004, he transferred to Southern Illinois University where he was a part of two Missouri Valley Conference championship Saluki basketball teams and 2 NCAA tournament teams. He graduated from SIU with a bachelor’s degree in history education in 2006. He and his wife, Carrie, have a son, Tobey. They reside in Harrisburg. Zach Carpenter is in his second year as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Logan. Before joining the Volunteers, he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for two seasons (2009-2011) at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. The Warriors went 58-11 during that time and competed in the NJCAA National Tournament in 2011. Carpenter is from Cleveland, Tenn., and graduated from Bradley Central High School. He attended the University of Alabama at Huntsville where he played basketball for four years, helping his team win a Gulf South Conference Championship in 2002-03. After college he played professionally in Denmark for one season. After finishing his playing career, Carpenter worked as the director of basketball operations at Tennessee Tech University from 2006-2008 and earned a master’s degree in instructional leadership. He served as an assistant coach at Louisburg College in North Carolina in 2008-2009.
Established in 1978, the Lady Vols basketball team has a rich tradition of success. Logan has won 16 conference titles and 13 Region 24 Tournament titles overall. The Lady Vols have competed in the NJCAA National Tournament 13 times, including the 2010-11 season. Their best placement at Nationals came in 1988 when they finished second. They have also reached the Final 4 four times and the Final 8 ten times. Fourteen players have been named NJCAA All-Americans. 6
Hawkins, Buldtman-Shelby lead Lady Vols Marty Hawkins is his 19th season with the women’s basketball program at John A. Logan College, and 15th as head coach. In 2000-2001, he led the Lady Vols to a Final 8 finish at the NJCAA National Tournament and in 2010-2011, the Lady Vols placed in the Final 16 at nationals. Before coming to Logan, he coached one season at Morton Community College and 14 at Loyola-Chicago. A Chicago native and 1974 DePaul University graduate, he got his start in collegiate athletics first as an equipment manager, and then as sports information director at DePaul. During his tenure at DePaul, he worked in publications, statistics, and radio-TV production for the nationally ranked Blue Demons men’s squad. In 1978, he moved to Loyola University to assume the same responsibilities. In 1979, Hawkins took on the task of building the women’s basketball program while continuing in sports information. He left the administrative post in 1981 to devote his energy to coaching basketball. Hawkins then steered the program in its move from AWIA Division II to NCAA Division I. During his tenure at Loyola, the Lady Ramblers won 227 games and three league championships. His teams had four 20-win seasons and victories over Division I powers like Kansas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Illinois. He was named conference Coach of the Year three times and had a graduation rate of over 90 percent. In 14 seasons as head coach at Logan, Hawkins’ record is 256-172. He has 486 career wins as a head coach. He has a bachelor’s degree (with honors) and a master’s degree in economics from DePaul. Amanda Buldtman-Shelby begins her sixth year as the assistant coach for the Lady Vols. Born and raised in Metropolis, Illinois, she graduated from Massac County High School in 1998. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she played basketball for four years. During her tenure with the Cougars, her team qualified twice for the Division II NCAA Tournament. She graduated from SIUE in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. In 2006, Buldtman-Shelby completed with honors a Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in sports studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While working on that degree, she did an internship with Logan’s women’s basketball program where she served as a volunteer assistant coach. Amanda and her family reside in Herrin and enjoy spending time with their son, Ethan.
Men’s golf enjoys national spotlight Men’s golf at JALC is one of the premier programs in the country. The Volunteers have won two NJCAA National championships, 2009 and 2011. They also have two runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2010. Two Volunteers have claimed national medalist honors, Marcelo Rozo (2010) and Filip Timmerman (2011). Logan has qualified for 12 consecutive appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament and never finished lower than eighth place. Last year, the team placed third at Nationals. The Vols are also the reigning Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 Tournament champions, earning that distinction 10 of the past 12 years. Logan has produced nine of the last 10 individual Region 24 Tournament medalists, and 15 Volunteers have earned All-American honors, including current players Steve Souchek and Tucker Guisewite. Last year, the Vols were named an Academic Spring Team of the Year by the NJCAA, and two players were selected NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Tom Ferris became the head coach for Logan’s men’s golf team in 1999, and he has turned the program into a perennial national contender. He has been named Region 24 Coach of the Year 10 times and earned National Coach of the Year honors in 2011. Before taking over the men’s program, he coached the College’s women’s golf team when it was created in 1998. The Lady Vols won the Region 24 Tournament title in 1998 and qualified for nationals both years that he was at the helm. In addition to his coaching duties, Ferris serves as the Athletic Department’s network coordinator. He has been providing play-by-play and color commentary for Logan basketball games since they began airing on the radio. A key voice on the Volunteer Network, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a broadcaster. He is a 1962 graduate of Wichita State University where he played football and baseball. The father of three, he and his wife, Kay, reside in Marion.
Notable success for women’s golf
Begun in 1998, Logan’s women’s golf program has enjoyed much success. The Lady Vols have won four Region 24 Tournament titles, and they have competed in 11 NJCAA National Tournaments. Their best finish at Nationals came in 2002 when they placed fourth. Logan has had seven individual Region 24 Tournament medalists. Three Lady Vols have earned NJCAA All-American honors and one was an honorable mention All-American selection. Bill Glenn took over the reins of the women’s golf program at Logan in 2004. He earned Region 24 Coach of the Year honors in 2010. The Lady Vols have won one Region 24 Tournament title (2011) and placed second six times under his direction, participating in six NJCAA National Tournaments. Born in Georgia and raised in Chicago, Glenn moved to southern Illinois when he attended Southern Illinois University on a gymnastics scholarship. While at SIU, he studied physical education and radio and television. He also works as an announcer for the Southern Illinois Miners, known affectionately to the public as “Wild Bill.” He and his wife, Tracey, live in Herrin and have four children: Lauren, Matthew, Taylor, and Michaela. Glenn is being assisted by Harry Melvin.
Loganâ€™s softball team, which has been ranked nationally, has achieved success both on the playing field and in the classroom. The program won its first Region 24 title in 2010 and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Saint George, Utah, where it finished ninth overall. The Volsâ€™ 39 wins that spring were the most in school history. Logan has won four conference titles, produced seven NJCAA All-Americans, and had one player who competed in the 2008 Olympics. Last season, the Vols reached the semifinals of the Region 24 Tournament. Three players earned All-Region honors and three were named to the All-Tournament Team. Two players were also selected to the Great Rivers Athletic All-Conference team. Logan has been selected an Academic Spring Team of the Year multiple times by the NJCAA, including last season. One player was chosen an NJCAA Academic All-American, and four made the GRAC Academic All-Conference team.
Jileks bring wealth of coaching experience Benton native Bruce Jilek, now beginning his 11th season on the job, took over the reins of the Logan softball program in January of 2003. He brought a wealth of coaching experience with him from Herrin High School, where he built quite an impressive record of achievement. In 22 years there, he compiled 539 wins against only 102 losses, won 18 conference championships and 19 regional titles. His Tigers teams made eight state playoff appearances, finishing second on four different occasions (1980, 1981, 1993, 1998). The Illinois High School Coaches Association and Herrin High School Hall of Famer has put together a record of 323-163 since accepting the head coaching position with the Vols. Best known for his knowledge as a pitching instructor, Jilek has worked with several All-Americans and one of his protégés was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic team. Another of his former pupils, Kerri Blaylock, is the longtime head coach for the SIU Salukis softball team. In addition to softball, Jilek also coached football and basketball at Herrin. Herrin High School will be honoring Bruce Jilek this spring by naming the new varsity softball field “Jilek Field”. He attended SIU and played football for the Salukis. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SIU. Angie (Brewer) Jilek, a Benton native like her husband, is beginning her 10th season as the assistant coach for Logan. Along with her on-field coaching duties, she coordinates recruitment, travel, fundraising, and scheduling for the Vols. Before coming to JALC, Angie had coaching stints with Shawnee Community College, Waltonville High School, and Mid-Continent University. She also has international coaching experience, working for USA Athletes International. As a member of that organization, she has led U.S. teams into softball competition in Europe. Angie also serves as an academic advisor at the college. She was a standout athlete at both Benton High School and Rend Lake College before pursing her academic career. She earned her bachelor’s degree from SIU and her master’s from Rockford College.
The JALC volleyball program competes at the NJCAA Division I level and is both the reigning Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 champion. Overall, the team has won five GRAC championships and six Region 24 titles, including the last four. The Lady Vols gained national attention with two top-10 finishes in the NJCAA National Tournament (eighth in 2000 and seventh in 2002), and four players have been selected NJCAA All-Americans. Last year, five Lady Vols were selected All-Conference and three were named All-Region. This fall marks Bill Burnside’s fourth season as head volleyball coach at John A. Logan College. He spent seven seasons as assistant volleyball coach for the Lady Vols before taking over the reins from Fae Ragan who resigned the head coach position after 22 years. In addition to his coaching experience at Logan, Burnside served as head volleyball coach at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, for four years. He has also coached men’s club teams, worked at collegiate volleyball camps, and earned a USA Volleyball CAP Level II Coaching Certification. A native of Lewes, Delaware, he played club volleyball at the University of Delaware for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in physical education from Southern Illinois University. Along with his coaching responsibilities, he works as an academic advisor at the College. James White is in his second season as assistant volleyball coach at Logan. Originally from Flossmoor, Illinois, he was a four-year letter winner in volleyball in high school. He played club volleyball at Iowa State University for one year and at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for three years. While at SIUC, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the intercollegiate Saluki volleyball team and served one year as the assistant volleyball coach at Murphysboro High School. White earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from SIUC in 2010 and is currently working on a master’s degree in the same field.