OGLESBY — Josh Nauman will take on a different role with the Illinois Valley Community College coaching staff, moving from an assistant’s job for the men’s team to become the head coach for the women.
Nauman takes over for Tom Ptak, who resigned after six seasons as the head women’s coach. The Granville resident was IVCC men’s assistant the past two seasons and was head boys coach at Putnam County High School for seven years.
“Josh had tremendous success as a head coach,” IVCC Athletic Director Cory Tomasson said in a news release. “I expect his knowledge of the game and his passion for coaching will truly benefit IVCC.
“As the men’s assistant, he learned about our athletic department’s policies and procedures and the nature of college athletics. He is very familiar with our district and has built strong relationships with area coaches.”
Nauman is excited for the new job.
“I’m thrilled. It’s very exciting to get a head coaching job at the college level. I haven’t coached women’s basketball before, but it’s still just basketball. I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
“Hopefully we can keep most of the best area talent. If we can do that, we have a chance to be very successful. Right now the first priority is to fill out the roster for this season. As of now, we only have five players signed. Hopefully we can fill a few more roster spots quickly. Overall, it’s just very exciting, and I can’t wait to meet the team and get started.”
Nauman was head coach at Putnam County from 2010 to 2017, posting a 141-69 record with four Tri-County Conference and two regional championships.
Nauman is the founder of the Illinois Valley All-Star Game at IVCC, which allows area high school seniors an opportunity to play a final game with other local players.
“The event has been a huge success and should serve as a recruiting tool for him going forward,” said Tomasson.