Chiefs coaches recognized

By on June 17, 2010

ELGIN—The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) honored a pair of current Waubonsee Community College coaches and a former coach at the league’s Annual President’s Luncheon on June 10 at Elgin Community College. Chiefs’ men’s basketball head coach Dave Heiss along with former Waubonsee coach and administrator Ray Lumpp, were inducted into the ISCC’s Hall of Fame. Long-time Chiefs’ baseball head coach Dave Randall was also honored as the ISCC’s Male Coach of the Year for 2009-2010 after leading the Chiefs to the ISCC and Region IV titles.

Heiss has led Waubonsee to nine league championships, four Region IV crowns and 483 wins over the last 25 years. He began coaching the Chiefs in 1986 and has built the program into a perennial power, winning 20 or more games 13 times. Heiss is the ISCC’s all-time record holder for career wins with 216 and counting, and he’s been named the league’s Coach of the Year nine times. He has also been selected as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and the Region IV Basketball Coach of the Year four times. Additionally, Heiss has guided the Chiefs’ golf program for the last 18 years, orchestrating two ISCC title winners and a Region IV crown, while helping 32 golfers reach All-Conference status. Heiss previously was enshrined into the Aurora West High School Hall of Fame, the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame and the IBCA Hall of Fame.

From Waubonsee’s inception, Lumpp was an integral part of the school and its athletic program. He was the school’s first physical education instructor and the first men’s basketball coach, directing the program until 1980. He guided the Chiefs to four ISCC Championships in the 1970’s, and his 1977 team earned a trip to the Illinois Region IV Finals, at a time when all Illinois community colleges were in one division. Coach Lumpp came back to guide the Chiefs for just the 1984-85 season, leading the team to a second-place finish in the ISCC. It was the fifth runner-up finish for Waubonsee under Lumpp’s leadership, meaning his Chiefs finished first or second in the Skyway nine of the 11 seasons he guided them. His teams won 75 percent of their league contests, going 101-34 overall with just one sub-.500 season, never finishing lower than fourth. Lumpp took over as Waubonsee’s athletic director in 1974 and held that position until his retirement in 1986. He also served as the Region IV Wrestling Chairman for 11 years during a time that Waubonsee hosted the Region IV Wrestling Championships. Even after retirement, Lumpp served as the officiating assignor of a variety of sports for the ISCC. Lumpp currently lives in the Knoxville, Tenn., suburb of Loudon.

Randall just completed his 33rd year directing the Chiefs’ baseball program, the longest current tenure in any sport for the NJCAA’s Region IV. His teams have been ranked in the top-15 of the NJCAA’s non-scholarship Division III polls for 16 of the last 19 years, including this year’s team which finished seventh in the nation. Randall has guided the Chiefs’ baseball program to 762 wins overall. The lone non-scholarship baseball program in the ISCC, Waubonsee has captured the league title four times under his direction, including this past spring. Randall is also the baseball chairman for the ISCC, serves as Awards Chairman for the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Committee and is the Region IV Code of Conduct chairman. Additionally, Randall is a member of the Region IV Hall of Fame and the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.