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Well known coach dies

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2014

The former high school basketball coach considered the “Dean of Illinois 2 class basketball – Chuck Rolinski has died. The Peoria Journal Star says Rolinski passed away, at age 82, in OSF St. Francis in Peoria Tuesday afternoon. The Toluca High School basketball player and valedictorian went on to become the school’s basketball coach.

Over 34 years, he built a record of 649 wins and 262 losses. In 1972, Rolinski successfully lobbied the IHSA to split high school basketball into 2 classes based on enrollment. Rolinski, however, never got one of his teams to the quarterfinals in Champaign. Rolinski had been hospitalized since Labor Day due to a fall.

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