Bill Storrs Jr.
Bill Storrs Jr. - Head Coach - Baseball
The 2012 season treated Prairie State College head baseball coach Bill Storrs Jr. quite well.
Being elevated from associate head coach to head coach has the tendency to do that.
Recording the best record in school history does as well.
Storrs, who assumed command of the Pioneers’ program after his father, Bill Storrs, stepped down to an assistant coaching position, led PSC to its first 40-win campaign in 2012.
Prairie State posted an overall record of 40-13 during the first year of the Storrs Jr. era.
Three of Storrs’ charges were selected to the NJCAA All-Region IV team while a total of eight Pioneers earned spots on the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference team.
Storrs Jr. joined the coaching fraternity in 2009, serving as the Pioneers’ hitting instructor after completing his collegiate career at Robert Morris College in 2008.
Prior to going to Robert Morris, Storrs played at PSC in 2005. In his one-year stint at PSC, Storrs batted .402, which is the tenth-highest single-season total in team history, and hit five homers, equaling the fifth most by a Prairie State player. In all, Storrs hit 24 home runs at the collegiate level.
During his first season as hitting instructor in 2010, the Pioneers swung their way to a .357 team batting average, good for 15th in the nation.
Storrs also played a role in sophomore shortstop Dave Pellack turning in an outstanding campaign that year, one which saw him hit .457 with a school record 98 hits.
In the summer, Storrs plays for the Crestwood Panthers and was the runner up for the Chicago Suburban Baseball League 2008 Player of the Year. While playing for the Panthers in 2005, he was the league’s recipient of the College Player of the Year.
Storrs is the CSBL’s all-time leader in home runs and RBIs, and he is third in total bases. With the exception of triples and stolen bases, he ranks in the top-10 in all of the statistical categories on offense.
He also serves as the Panther’s general manager.
Storrs, who received a degree in business from Robert Morris, gives lessons at On-Deck Baseball Academy in Orland Park.
Bill Storrs - Assistant Coach - Baseball
After serving four seasons as head baseball coach at Prairie State College, Bill Storrs turned over the reigns of the Pioneers' program to son Bill Jr. in 2012.
And despite keeping a lower profile within the program, the elder Storrs still made major contributions during the 2012 slate, which concluded as the most successful regular-season in PSC baseball history.
Storrs produced an 88-107-1 career mark as head coach of the Pioneers.
In his first season as a PSC assistant, Storrs continued to put his thirty-plus years of coaching experience to good use, helping the Pioneers reach the 40-win mark for the first time in program history. Prairie State closed the 2012 schedule with a 40-13 record.
Storrs also lent a hand in helping several Pioneers earn post-season recognition as the team saw three of its players pick up NJCAA All-Region IV status while eight claimed All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference recognition.
PSC reached the 30-win plateau for the first time in the Storrs era in 2010, compiling a 34-23 overall mark.
The Pioneers finished with a 12-30 mark in 2009 and 16-24 record in 2008.
The Pioneers also found themselves just one win shy of claiming an NJCAA Region IV Sectional title following a pair of wins in the sectional tournament, one of which was a 20-4 victory over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Elgin.
Prairie State is not the first collegiate head-coaching position for Storrs either as he ran the Trinity Christian College baseball program from 1988-96.
Storrs' time at Trinity Christian was spent as both the associate head coach (1988-94) and as head coach (1995-96). During his entire tenure with the Trolls, he also was the lead recruiter.
As the associate head coach, Storrs was the third base coach, hitting coach and fielding instructor for catchers and infielders. Besides improving from eight wins to 20 in a two-year span, Trinity also sent its first player to the professional ranks when Bob Schaaf was inked to a contract.
Storrs experienced success as the Trolls' head coach, recording 20-plus wins, defeating St. Xavier and St. Francis for the first time in team history and advancing to the conference tournament.
In 1980 Storrs founded the Crestwood Panthers Amateur Baseball Team and assumed the role of head coach. Storrs continues to direct the Crestwood program today.
Crestwood also appeared in the NBC World Series in 1989 and 1999, ranking sixth and seventh, respectively. Furthermore, the Panthers claimed a pair of Chicago Suburban Baseball League crowns in 1999 and 2001.
In recognition of his team's accomplishments, Storrs was inducted into the Chicago Suburban Baseball League Hall of Fame in February 2009, and he was named as the NBC Coach of the Year and recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in 1996.
Along with coaching, Storrs, a Richards High School product who played collegiately at Lewis University, is the president of Storrs Insurance Agency, which he founded in 2000. Prior to starting up that company, he was an agent for Allstate Insurance for 20 years and received the organization's Most Distinguished Sales Leader on 15 occasions.
Storrs and his wife Kathleen have three children, including son Tim, who played at PSC during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, before finishing his career at Roosevelt University. They reside in Palos Heights.
After 30 years of coaching at both the high school and semipro levels, Tim Wilson made his collegiate coaching debut in 2010.
With the sustained success that the Pioneers have seen over his three seasons on PSC’s staff, it’s safe to say that that high school baseball’s loss has most definitely been Prairie State’s gain.
A 1968 graduate of Leo High School in Chicago, Wilson will once again occupy the position of pitching coach for the Pioneers entering the 2013 season.
Wilson’s pitching staff played a critical role in PSC’s first-ever 40-win campaign of 2012, posting a team earned run average of 2.87 with 328 strikeouts.
Wilson also was instrumental in the strong seasons turned in by sophomore hurlers Brendan Spongberg and Joe Ucho. Spongberg was an NJCAA All-Region IV Second Team selection and All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference First-Team pick while Ucho made the all-conference second team.
Wilson’s first season at PSC (2010) was a rousing success as the entire staff made great strides.
Wilson was especially crucial in the development of sophomore right-handed starter Joe Florek, whose late-season surge helped carry the Pioneers into the post season. Florek, finished the season with a team-high 77 strikeouts, good for second all-time in the PSC record book.
The long-time summer league coach also played a role in sophomore left-hander Nick Gross’s no-hitter against Illinois Valley, April 13.
Wilson, who served five years in the U.S. Navy, spent 10 seasons (1990-99) as the pitching coach at Oak Forest High School, working under legendary Bengals head coach Andy Scianna.
A longtime Healthcare Cost Consultant, Wilson also was an assistant varsity baseball coach at Marian Catholic High School for five seasons (2001, 2003-2006) and spent one year (2007) as a varsity assistant at Chicago Agricultural Science High School.
Wilson had a standout semipro career as well, playing both shortstop and second base for several teams in the Chicago Suburban League. He earned an Associates Degree from Moraine Valley Community College.
After a 23-year hiatus from the profession, former Boston Red Sox farmhand Mike Kane returns to the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant on head coach Bill Storrs Jr.'s staff in 2013.
Kane, a 1979 graduate of Oak Lawn High School, will serve primarily as the Pioneers' hitting and infield instructor.
A second-round draft pick of the Red Sox out of Chicago's Harry S. Truman College in 1983, Kane played two seasons in the Boston organization.
A 6-foot-1, 185-pound third baseman, Kane, turned in his best professional campaign in 1983 at Class A Elmira of the New York-Penn League. During that slate, the left-handed hitter batted .317.
After playing the 1984 season for Class A Winter Haven of the Florida State League, a knee injury put a halt to Kane's big-league aspirations.
Kane spent two seasons (1987-88) as an assistant coach at Moraine Valley and one (1989) as the head junior varsity coach at Lewis University.
Prior to enrolling at Truman, Kane who hails from a family of seven siblings, worked for the United State Postal Service as a mail carrier for two years before jumpstarting his baseball career.
A sales associate for a freight company, he resides in Tinley Park with wife Maureen, daughter Melissa and son Mark, a freshman infielder at PSC.