Basketball coach brings new blood to program

Excerpts from the Register-Mail:

Ever since Tim Heimann retired nearly four months ago, Knox College men’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 Purlee’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.

“Obviously, the location is great. Knox is in a great city — Galesburg is a basketball town. I know because when I was growing up I was a Joey Range fan,” said Wheet, who grew up an hour and a half south in Minier. “When I met coach Purlee, when I heard his vision for the program and where it’s going, I knew it was a great opportunity. It just seems like athletics overall is going in the right direction.”