McClain Coached 11 seasons at Illinois under Bill Self and Bruce Weber
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Wayne McClain spent 11 years with the Fighting Illini coaching staff, including the last 3 seasons as associate head coach. McClain came to Illinois following a legendary seven-year career as head coach at Peoria Manual High School where he led the Rams to three-straight AA state championships in his first three years as coach. USA Today named his 1997 squad, led by future Illini Sergio McClain, Marcus Griffin and Frank Williams, National High School Champions, and the senior McClain was named National High School Coach of the Year.
The Rams had records of 32-2, 31-2 and 31-1 in his first three seasons as head coach, winning state titles each season. McClain also earned Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1995, '96 and '97. The Rams won Midstate Six Conference titles in each of his first five years as head coach, while Manual also advanced to the Sweet 16 of the AA state tournament in 1998 and 1999.
He began his high school career in 1977, serving as an assistant basketball coach to the legendary Dick Van Scyoc for 18 years until being named head coach in 1995. McClain helped the Rams to the first of four straight state titles in 1994. His teaching career included teaching at the sixth grade level, teaching high school physical education and as the Manual High School Dean of Students.
Wayne's son, Sergio, was a player on all four Manual state championship squads prior to his career at Illinois, where he helped the Illini to two Big Ten titles. While at Manual, McClain coached four future Illini players including Sergio, Jerry Hester, Marcus Griffin and Frank Williams.
McClain earned a master's degree in physical education at Illinois State University in 1982 while teaching at Manual.
McClain has two children. His son, Sergio, was a four-year letterwinner on the Illini basketball team from 1998-2001 and graduated from Illinois, while his daughter, Brindeshie, earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the U of I. McClain also has a grandson, Sergio Jr.
The Wayne McClain File
Hometown: Peoria, Ill. Education: Illinois State, M.S., 1982 Family: Children, Sergio and Brindeshie; Grandson, Sergio Jr. Coaching Experience: 1977-94 Peoria (Ill.) Manual High School, Assistant Coach 1995-2001 Peoria (Ill.) Manual High School, Head Coach 2002-09 University of Illinois, Assistant Coach 2010-12 University of Illinois, Associate Head Coach