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Illini West hires Justin Ellison to helm boys basketball...plus adds two other new coaches

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The Illini West Athletic Department has a few announcements.

First, Coach Bill Rasmussen’s resignation as the head boys basketball coach was accepted by our board of education this evening. We would like to thank Coach Rasmussen for his time and effort into the boys basketball program at Illini West. He stepped up at a time when we were in need of a coach and gave up many hours to his profession as a lawyer. Thank you Coach Rass!

Second, our head wrestling coach, Steve Wood, has graciously stepped aside as the head coach of the wrestling program. He is passing the program on to another coach at the high school. He is sticking around as an assistant to provide guidance to the new coach. It was not an easy decision for Coach Wood. He is very passionate about the wrestling program here at Illini West, proven by his 8 Years already dedicated to the program. Thanks Coach Woody for your time and effort.

Third, Coach Harold Northup’s resignation from his position of head golf coach was also accepted this evening. Coach Northup has put in countless hours as the head golf coach at Illini West. He coached two golfers at the state golf tournament, Aaron Neff and Evan McGaughey. Evan placed 9th in 2011. Thank you Coach Northup.

Now Illini West High School would like to welcome three new head coaches.

We are excited to announce Jonah Coggeshall as our new head wrestling coach. Jonah is a science teacher at Illini West. He also is an assistant football coach. He has spent one year as an assistant wrestling coach under Coach Wood. Jonah brings youthful exuberance and knowledge to the wrestling program. We look forward to watching the program continue to grow under his guidance.

We are excited to announce Justin Ellison as the head boys basketball coach at Illini West.

Justin was also hired as a PE teacher at the high school. He comes to us from Marion County High School in Missouri. He came highly recommended from a number of local basketball experts. He will mesh well with our current staff at Illini West. He is eager to get over here and get things going. It will be exciting to watch what Justin can do as he takes the reigns of the basketball program.

Also starting her new role this spring as the head girls track coach, taking over for Jerry Butcher, is Danielle Gronewold. She is an Illini West graduate who ran for and coached under Coach Butcher. Danielle is also an assistant volleyball coach at Illini West. She brings a tremendous amount of passion to her new role.

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