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Rick Moss
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2004 Individual Award Winner


Moss came to Centralia High School as head basketball coach and athletic director for the 1993-94 season. After being an assistant basketball coach for five years at the University of Iowa, he decided to return to the prep ranks. 

Prior to this, he rang up a record of 255-72 at three other Illinois high schools.  In nine seasons at CHS, he complied a record of 210-53 (80%). His 1995 team made it all the way to the Super Sectional with a record of 27-2. In 1998, the Orphans went back to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1964 and had a record of 27-6. During Mossís final season here in 2002, the team captured third place at State with a record of 27-6.  This was the first State tournament hardware for an Orphan basketball team since 1963.

During Mossís tenure, CHS teams won seven South Seven Conference titles and took a trophy each year from the Centralia Holiday Tournament with two titles (1994 and 1997).

He became the first coach to win Centralia Holiday Tournament titles from two different schools as his Summit (Argo) team won in 1987. He holds the record of having coached eight teams to the CHT title game.

Mossís twenty-two year prep coaching record is 465-125 (79%) and at age 32, he became the youngest coach in Illinois prep history to win 200 games. His teams won 18 of 21 conference championships at four different schools.

He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001.



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