CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Wayne McClain, the former Illinois assistant men's basketball coach and standout high school coach, died Wednesday. He was 59.
McClain died at a hospital in Urbana after a brief, unspecified illness, Champaign Central High School Principal Joe Williams said. McClain had coached Central's boys basketball team since last season.
Before spending several years as an assistant coach at Illinois, McClain made his reputation at Peoria Manual High School, where he started as an assistant coach in 1977 and guided three teams to state titles in his first three seasons as head coach in the mid-1990s. He also helped maintain a pipeline of Peoria basketball talent to the Illini.