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Former Illini hoops assistant coach McClain dies

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois assistant coach and current Champaign Central High School head basketball coach Wayne McClain has died. He was 59.

Principal Joe Williams said McClain died Wednesday at a local hospital after an unspecified illness.

McClain was an assistant coach at Illinois from 2002 through 2012, ending his tenure there as an associate head coach under Bruce Weber.

But McClain made his reputation as a coach at Peoria Manual High School, where he won state titles in his first three seasons in the mid-1990s.

Williams says McClain had “really, really, really high expectations, and he never wavered in those expectations.”

Williams says the Central players were shocked and that McClain’s son, former Illinois player Sergio McClain, met with the team.

 

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