Karrie Redeker will begin her 8th season in the fall of 2020 as the Head Coach for the storied ICC women’s basketball program. The Cougars had another stellar season in 2019-20 as they finished with a 25-7 record, #9 national ranking, and won the MWAC Conference regular season title in undefeated fashion for the second year in a row. The Cougars’ season ended abruptly in the Region 24 title game as they lost 80-75 to Lake Land in overtime, denying the Cougars a chance for a three-peat as Region 24 champs and a third-consecutive national tournament bid. Redeker won her 500th overall game (college & high school combined) on December 30, 2019 in an overtime thriller against rival Kirkwood to win the prestigious Cougar Holiday Tourney and was also named MWAC Coach of the Year for the team’s success. Individual awards poured in for the Cougars, as Summer Stoewer was named a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American, MWAC Player of the Year, and All-Region, Ayanna Gibbs was named MWAC Co-Freshman of the Year and All-Region, and Josi Becker was also All-Region.
In addition to succeeding on the court, the Cougars were also very active in the community. Along with the ICC men’s basketball team, the ladies raised over $1,500 in their “Stronger Together/Survivor Celebration” campaigns for the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and the American Cancer Society. The ladies spent over 25 hours volunteering at Loaves & Fish Soup Kitchen, Illinois Cancer Care Golf Outing, Hult Center Lobster Boil Fundraiser, Special Olympics Bowling & Basketball Skills’ Competition, and at Lincoln Elementary School in Morton.
Redeker has led ICC to the national tournament three times: in 2018-19 the team went 32-3 while winning a program record 32 games in a row before falling in the Elite Eight, in 2017-18 they brought home a 5th place national finish, and in 2015-16 the team advanced all the way to the national championship game but settled for a national runner-up finish with a 32-5 overall record. Redeker also guided ICC to their 1,300th win in program history on December 29, 2018. Since arriving in 2013, the Cougars have a 199-38 overall record under her tutelage while playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. In thirteen years at the junior college level, she has coached ten All-Americans (including first teamers Jemia Carpenter and Destiny Ramsey in ’15-16) and 7 Academic All-Americans (Josi Becker in ’19-20 & ’18-19, Kellyn Maynard & Aubrey Magro in ’17-18).
Assistant Coach - 9th year with ICC
With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Stan Prosser begins his eighth year as an assistant for the women’s basketball team. Prosser’s specialty is helping the Cougar post players thrive, both in the paint and on the boards. Previously at Eureka, Manito-Forman, and Midwest Central (Manito) high schools, he coached boys and girls basketball, as well as volleyball, cross country and track since 1980. A Villa Grove High School basketball star, Prosser graduated in 1975 and moved on to Eureka College. There he continued his basketball legacy eventually entering their Hall of Fame in 1991. Prosser was an Assistant Coach on Eureka College’s Men’s 1993-94 NAIA (D-2) National Championship basketball team that also was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Now retired from teaching, Prosser and wife, Jill, live in Goodfield and have three grown children: Chelsea, who played for Coach Redeker at Parkland College; Jordan, who played at Bradley; and Josh, who participated on the ISU track team.
Assistant Coach - 23rd year with ICC
Assistant Coach, Greg Martin, begins his 22nd season as part of the ICC Women’s Basketball staff. He began coaching over forty years ago at St. Patrick’s Grade School in Washington, IL. After teaching for 18 years at the junior high level, Greg moved on to Washington Community High School where he taught in the Social Studies department. Coach Martin also serves as the JV volleyball coach and JV and varsity coach of both softball and girls’ basketball while at WCHS. A graduate of Eureka College, Greg retired from teaching at the end of the 2006-07 school year after 38 years in the classroom. As an assistant coach, Greg’s ability to listen, motivate, and encourage brings out the best of players in their mental approach to perform at greater heights. His demeanor allows players to relax and achieve the success that is expected in the women’s basketball program at Illinois Central College. Coach Martin and his wife Barb have been married 51 years; they have two married daughters, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Assistant Coach - 9th year with ICC
Dennie Hieronymus begins his 8th season on the ICC women’s basketball staff, specializing in scouting, recruiting, and film exchange. Previously, Hieronymus assisted Coach Redeker for six years while she was at Parkland College. He began his personal basketball career after starring in three sports at Octavia High School (now Ridgeview High School) at Colfax. Hieronymus then earned degrees from Illinois State (1971) and Central Washington University (1994). As a career Naval Aviation Officer from 1972 to 1992, he held many positions, most notably flying numerous missions in P-3s, C-130s and C-118s, and served aboard three aircraft carriers. He also was the Navy recruiter for Officer Programs at five central Illinois universities. Upon retiring from the Navy, he returned to assist with the management of the family farm. Hieronymus resides in Normal and has two adult children, Cara and Ryan. He is an avid Cubs’ fan and also has two grandsons, Noah and Marshall.
Assistant Coach - 5th year with ICC
Jayson Alexander begins his fourth year as an assistant coach for Women’s Basketball and has made an impact on the team with his vibrant personality and passion for the game. He specializes in individual workouts and works with the guards in practice. He also handles daily operations with travel and food arrangements. Jayson earned his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eureka College in May 2018. He is originally from Las Vegas, NV, and currently resides in Dunlap.
Assistant Coach - 4th year with ICC
Assistant Coach, Brooklyn Eberle, begins her 3rd year at ICC and is well-known in the Peoria area. She played at Manual High School and then moved on to Quincy University. Eberle graduated from QU and returned to Peoria to work at Harrison School in District 150 as well as coach the Peoria Pride AAU basketball team. Coach Eberle brings enthusiasm to the squad and works with all players in practice.