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Chad Altadonna
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2009 Individual Award Winner


As a three-year starter for Centralia Orphan basketball, he scored 1,233 career points on teams that were a combined 67-19 (1989 23-6, 1990 22-6), 1991 22-7). Altadonna was named MVP of the 1991 team averaging 18.1 points per game as well as 6.2 rebounds per game and shot 33 percent from three point range and 81 percent from the free throw line.

The 1990 Orphans were South Seven Conference champions. The 1991 team captured the Centralia Holiday Tourney title (1990) as Altadonna was named first team all-tournament.  He was also named first team all-tournament at the Salem Tourney (1991) and received first team All-South Seven Conference recognition in 1990 and 1991. 

After the 1991 season was completed, he was chosen to play in the IBCA all-star game in Peoria, the Lions Club all-star game at Rend Lake College and was one of 12 Southern Illinois players to be chosen to play in the “Hoops for the Homeless” charity all-star game in Evansville, IN. He was named first team all-Southern Illinois by the Evansville Courier and receivedhonorable mention All-State recognition from the Associated Press in 1990 and 1991.

He was the starting quarterback for three seasons of Orphan football and lettered in track as a hurdler.

After high school, Altadonna received a four year scholarship to play basketball at Illinois State University. He helped ISU to a 73-45 overall record in four seasons. They won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference titles in 1992, 1993 and made it to the second round of the NIT in 1995. As team captain in 1995, he led the Redbirds in scoring during MVC play and was sixth nationally in free throw percentage (90.7). He was also a MVC scholar athlete in 1992.

In 1996, he was a Redbird student assistant under head coach Kevin Stallings as ISU was 22-11 and went to the quarterfinal round of the NIT. After being an assistant coach at the University of North Texas, he returned to ISU in 1998. Before leaving to be on the Kansas State University staff in 2003-04,he helped ISU to two post-season tournaments including advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tourney with a 25-6 record in 1998. Following two seasons at KSU, Altadonna spent seven seasons as an assistant to Mike Miller at Eastern Illinois University.



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