Excerpts from the Register-Mail:
Ever since Tim Heimann retired nearly four months ago, Knox College menâ€™s basketball coach Rob Purlee has been a one-man coaching staff…..
Knox reached an agreement Thursday with central Illinois native Bobby Wheet, an assistant at Hartwick College in New York, to join Purleeâ€™s staff as a paid assistant coach. Wheet will serve as the lead assistant on a staff that already includes former Prairie Fire player and fan favorite John Baillie….
Wheet, who coached middle-school basketball while playing football at Central College in Pella, Iowa, said the opportunity to coach in a basketball city such as Galesburg at a college where millions of dollars have been infused in the athletic department in the last half-decade sold him on coming here.
â€œObviously, the location is great. Knox is in a great city â€” Galesburg is a basketball town. I know because when I was growing up I was a Joey Range fan,â€ said Wheet, who grew up an hour and a half south in Minier. â€œWhen I met coach Purlee, when I heard his vision for the program and where itâ€™s going, I knew it was a great opportunity. It just seems like athletics overall is going in the right direction.â€