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Bill Davies
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1993 Individual Award Winner


 

In 1950, Davies returned to Centralia High School as a teacher and coach. He graduated from CHS in 1943 after having played on three basketball teams with a combined record of 104-14 and taking third place and first place state tourney trophies. He also lettered in football as the 1942 team finished 8-0-2.

As head basketball coach for three seasons beginning in 1959-60 his teams had a record of 77-17.  The 1960-61 and 1961-62 teams each had 29 game win streaks. The 1961 team was rated number two in the state. They fell by two points to eventual undefeated state champ Collinsville in the super-sectional. The 1962 team was rated number one in the state before falling to Chicago (Carver) in the state quarterfinals.

In 1962-63 he was named head basketball coach at Streator High School. Through 1970-71, his teams totaled a record of 134-86. The 1964 team was 24-4 and lost by six points to eventual state champ Pekin in the super-sectional.

In his varsity basketball coaching career of twelve years Davies coached eight all-state players, fifteen all-conference players, and had seven straight years with a team rated in the top sixteen in the state. 

In 1980, he was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame.


 

 

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