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|'Knox Family' Member Returns Home
|The former Knox Men's basketball coach who said he's happy to be a part of the 'Knox Family' has had a huge welcome home party as the college honored the man who earned 258 career coaching victories for the Prairie Fire by rededicating the refurbished court in his honor. Knox celebrated it's homecoming basketball game with a halftime ceremony featuring Tim Heimann.
Heimann had coached the Prairie Fire for over two decades and has recently had his fair share of heath problems and said he's so thankful for all the support he's received during his medical complications. He said he's happy to be back to visit and see all the friendly faces but admits it's hard to watch a game from the stands.
Heimann tells WGIL, he has learned an important lesson in his time dealing with his medical situation and has found good things along side the tough times.
"My dad's favorite saying was it's an ill wind that blows no good. No matter how desperate or rotten the situation seems, there really is something good out of it if you look for it. If you add up all the negatives I've had physically in the last 18 months, and add up all the positives, there's no question the positives far outweigh the negatives."
Heimann did admit he was exhausted from the days events but says it was the highlight of his year.
He tearfully thanked alumni, current students, and staff, and his players who gave their all for him during his acceptance speech. He said he's learned valuable lessons in his coaching time from players and their parents and would love to help them both with whatever problems they've had.
He said it's all just a part of the 'Knox Family'.
(Former Knox Basketball Coach Tim Heimann addresses the crowd at a ceremony rededicating the court at Memorial Gym in his honor Saturday. WGIL News story and photos by Dominic Fortini)
|02 07 09 by Newsroom
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