Wayne L. King, Jr.
Director of Athletics
Phone: (815) 280-2210

Emily Marino
Women's Athletic Coordinator
Phone: (815) 280-2777

Gregg Braun
Student-Athlete Retention Specialist
Associate Head Baseball Coach
Phone: (815) 280-2263

Kerri O'Shea
Student-Athlete Retention Specialist
Phone: (815) 280-2591

Stephanie Kneip
Athletic Department Administrative Assistant
Sports Information Director
Phone: (815) 280-2431

Coaching Staff 

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Joe KuhnJoe Kuhn

Head Men's Basketball Coach

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Joe Kuhn is entering his 17th season as head coach of men's basketball at Joliet Junior College. During that span he has amassed an overall record of 367-162 and 391 career wins. JJC has won at least 20 games in ten of the last eleven seasons and twelve times under Kuhn. Coach Kuhn, who has been named District Coach of the Year six times, has guided the Wolves to the national tournament six times (2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004, 1998) and advanced to the national championship game three times (2010, 2008, 2005). Kuhn has coached fourteen All-Americans, seven N4C conference players of the year, and 31 all region players at JJC. The Wolves have played in the region championship game fifteen of his sixteen seasons, including fourteen in a row, and have won seven conference crowns (2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2004, 2003, 2001). Coach Kuhn, who was selected to the Region Iv Hall of Fame last Spring, is currently second on the career wins list behind A.A Fizz Wills.

Under the direction of Joe Kuhn, the Wolves claimed the 2010 NJCAA Division III National Championship in Delhi, NY with a 94-82 victory over Rochester Community Technical College. JJC used an explosive second half to capture the championship. Trailing 58-50 with 13:24 remaining in the game, the Wolves went on a 21-4 run to take control of the game. Lennell Pierce came off of the bench to lead JJC in scoring with 21 points, scoring 10 of his points in that run. Tournament MVP Brian Bradley tallied 19 and Jon Bartlett added 16. Kuhn was named the NJCAA Division III National Coach of the Year and Bradley National Player of the Year while Bartlett earned second team All-American honors. JJC advanced to the national tournament by defeating Milwaukee Area Technical College 84-70 to claim the Region IV crown. The Wolves, who won the N4C conference title, finished with a record of 30-5 which ties a school record previously set under Kuhn in the 2003-04 campaign.

JJC advanced to the national championship game two other times under Kuhn. The 2007-08 Wolves finished as the NJCAA national runner-up, falling to North Lake from Dallas, TX. in the championship game. The Wolves beat the College of DuPage in overtime to earn the Region IV championship and advance to the national tournament. In 2004-05, Kuhn and the Wolves advanced to the national championship game. JJC owned a one point lead late in the title game but a three pointer in the closing seconds by Hostos Community College (NY) finished the scoring. The Wolves had a chance to tie the game on a last second shot but it fell just short as they finished the season as the national runner-up, falling 73-71. JJC beat the College of DuPage in the Region IV championship 63-58 at A.A. Fizz Wills Gym, giving Kuhn his third region title. The Wolves eliminated Harper in the semi-finals.

Kuhn has guided the Wolves to the national tournament six times. The 2003-04 team qualified for the national tournament and finished with a 30-5 record. The Wolves set several school records, including wins in a season (30), 20 wins in a row, and an undefeated conference season. They won the Region IV championship with an amazing come from behind overtime win over Harper College. The Wolves, who trailed by 16 points with seven minutes left, put on a furious rally to claim the region championship to advance to the national tournament. JJC was rated as high as third in the NJCAA national polls. In his initial campaign as head coach (1997-98), Kuhn’s Wolves won 10 of their last 12 games to advance to the 1998 Division III national tournament in Delhi, N.Y. and finished third place overall. JJC defeated Rock Valley for the Region IV title and then Hazzard, KY in overtime to advance to the national tournament.

Joe Kuhn served as an assistant coach to Pat Klingler at JJC during the 1992-93 season. That year the Wolves advanced to the NJCAA Division II nationals in Delta, MI, finished with a mark of 30-6, and won the North Central Community College (N4C) championship.

Before accepting the coaching position at JJC, Kuhn was the head coach at Rich East High School for three seasons, 1994-96.

Kuhn was an assistant coach for Pat Sullivan at the University of St. Francis for two seasons (1990-92) before taking the assistant coaching position at JJC.

Prior to coaching at USF, Kuhn was a teacher and assistant coach for both basketball and baseball at Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL.

Kuhn is a 1981 graduate of Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, IL. He was a two-sport athlete playing both basketball and baseball. He attended Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL where he played basketball.

Kuhn received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Chicago State University and earned his master degrees in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University and educational leadership from American College of Education.

In addition to coaching the Wolves, Kuhn is currently a teacher at Rich East High School, where he has been teaching for the past 21 years. Kuhn resides in New Lenox with his wife Kathy and daughter Caitlin, 19.

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Keith Kinzler

Keith Kinzler

Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach

Keith Kinzler, who is entering his 17th season as the top JJC assistant coach, has been instrumental in the Wolves success including their run to the 2010 Division III National Championship. Keith teamed up with Kuhn in May of 1997 and has played an important role in the success of the Wolves. Their relationship dates back to the 1992-93 season when Kinzler was a player and Kuhn was an assistant coach. Kinzler has helped lead the Wolves to the national championship game three times, six national tournament appearances, six Region IV championships, and seven N4C conference crowns.

Kinzler played for JJC from 1991-93, is number two on the college’s all-time rebounding list with 861 boards in 70 games. That career total, which averages out to 12.3 rebounds per game, puts him second only to Sylvester Cottrell, who played for the Wolves from 1969-71. Kinzler is also second on the JJC all-time, single season list with 502 rebounds during the 1992-93 season (14.3 per game).

The 6-foot-9 Kinzler set a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II tournament record for rebounds in a game with 22 boards. One year later, Kinzler broke his own mark with 23 rebounds in a NJCAA Division II national tournament game. That record still stands today.

While a player with the Wolves, Kinzler helped Pat Klingler and company to a 55-17 record and a 1993 N4C championship. He scored 745 points throughout his career at JJC and earned All-N4C and All-Region honors during the 1992-93 season.

Following his time at JJC, Kinzler attended Morehead State University in Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. He played for the late Dick Fick. Keith is a 1990 graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy.

Kinzler, vice president of operations of Kinzler’s Janitorial Service, resides in Shorewood with his wife Tiffany and their three children, Kyle, 13, and Kailey, 12, and Khloe, 3.

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Erik Walton

Erik Walton

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Erik Walton is entering his seventh season as an assistant coach at JJC. In his initial season, the Wolves advanced to the NJCAA national championship game, falling to North Lake, TX. Erik assists with practices, recruiting and scouting.

Walton began his basketball career at Joliet Township High School. He played for the Steelmen from 1992 to 1996, being part of the teams that went to state championships in 1994 and 1995. Walton helped the Steelmen bring home the fourth place state trophy in 1995.

Walton began his college basketball career under Joliet Junior College's Joe Kuhn during Kuhn's first year as men's basketball coach. He played power forward and center during his two years at JJC. After returning to the team from an ACL injury, Walton became an integral part of the 1997-1998 men's basketball team that took third place at the NJCAA National Championships in Delhi, New York. Upon completion of his time at JJC, Walton went on to play for Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois.

Walton transferred to Aurora University to complete his bachelor's degree in history. During his time at AU, he was an assistant boy's basketball coach at Gompers Junior High. From there, he began work at Joliet Job Corps where he rebuilt the men's basketball program. Walton led his team to a third place finish in the Job Corps Region IV championship. During his time as a coach at Joliet Job Corps, his final record was 20-14.

Walton, who lives in Wilmington, is currently working for Cornerstone as a program director. Erik has a 18 year old daughter, Katie and a 16 year old son, William.

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Andy Carlson

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Andy Carlson is entering his second year on the JJC Basketball staff. Carlson, a 1987 graduate from Joliet Central, helped the Steelmen capture back-to-back regional championships.

Carlson then attended JJC from 1987-1989, where he helped restore a struggling program back to respectability. He averaged over 10 points a game his sophomore year. He played all three perimeter positions in addition to being one of the better post players, though undersized.

Carlson graduated from JJC in 1989, and began employment at the Will County Sheriff's Department where he is serving in his 23rd year.

Carlson coached two years at the YMCA and four years at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield.

Carlson lives in the Joliet area with his wife Maria and their twenty year old daughter, Andrea.

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Ken Wilson

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Ken Wilson has joined the Wolves coaching staff for the 2013-14 season. Ken is a 1988 graduate of Lemont High School where he prepped for former Wolves assistant John Jones. Ken's coaching career started in 1991 at St. Cyril's grade school in Lemont where he served as the 8th grade coach. In 1993, Wilson joined the staff at St. Lawrence where he was the sophomore coach for twelve seasons and won back to back Catholic league championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2005, Ken moved up to varsity assistant where he served through last season.

Ken, who helps run the family business Ken Wilson's Paving, resides in Lemont with his wife Jennifer and daughter Kaitlyn.

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