Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Under Sury's leadership the Chiefs have finished in the top-12 nationally each of the last two seasons
Jim Sury, Head Coach
Jim Sury is in his third season leading Waubonsee’s program after a pair record-setting campaigns. Last season Sury guided the Chiefs’ to an undefeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title with two-time NJCAA All-American and ISCC Player of the Year Julianna Wadsworth leading the way. Waubonsee went on to capture the Region IV crown for the second consecutive year, setting a school record with 18 consecutive victories and wins in a season with 27. Paced by point guard Coriesha Bailey, who led the nation with a school-record 241 assists, Waubonsee finished 11th at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. In his first season at the helm, Sury helped lead the Chiefs to the Region IV title for the first time ever and a berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, where unranked Waubonsee also placed 11th in the nation. Sury was named the Region IV Division II Coach of the Year and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Juco Coach of the Year each of the last two seasons, along with the ISCC’s Coach of the Year last season.
Sury also served as Waubonsee’s assistant women’s basketball coach for four years beginning in 2010. Prior to that he was an assistant to Waubonsee’s Men’s program for three years, twice helping direct the Chiefs to the Region IV title and NJCAA Division II National Tournament berths. Over the last nine years he has helped direct Waubonsee teams to 181 victories, an average of 20 per season.
Sury is a 1970 graduate of Marmion Academy where he was a three-year letterman in both basketball and baseball, reaching All-Suburban Catholic Conference (SCC) status in each. On the court he earned the Cadets’ Most Valuable Player Award, was named to the All-City team, and was a Chicago Sun-Times All-State selection his senior year. Sury finished his prep career with a memorable 33-point first half performance in a Regional Final loss to Aurora East High School, making 15 of 16 shots in the process. He was inducted into Marmion’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Sury excelled on the diamond as well and earned the Aurora Legion League’s Most Valuable Player Award the summer of 1970.
Sury went on to play both basketball and baseball for a year at Quincy College before joining the Navy for four years beginning in 1973. He graduated in 1980 from Hood University in Maryland with a degree in Psychology. Sury returned to his alma mater, serving as a boys’ varsity assistant coach of both basketball and baseball, and as the Cadets’ head sophomore baseball coach. In addition, Sury spent four years working with gangs and youth on the streets of Chicago through the Christopher House, earning accolades from the Chicago Tribune. He has also worked as a teacher, operated his own business and served on the Marmion Alumni Board. In addition, he runs J and J Shooting which specializes in ball-handling and basketball shooting skills. He and his wife Alice live in St. Charles.
Jim Williams, Assistant Coach
Jim Williams returns for his third season with Waubonsee’s coaching staff after helping guide the Chiefs to unprecedented heights the last two seasons. With Williams’ assistance Waubonsee has captured the Region IV title two years in a row, going on to finish 11th nationally at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament both years. The Chiefs also completed an undefeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title last year on their way to setting the program’s single-season mark for wins with 27. Williams brings a well-rounded resume to Waubonsee’s bench, having coached basketball, baseball and football at the prep and youth levels ever since he was just 22 years old. The last six seasons Williams has also coached basketball and baseball at his alma mater, Marmion Academy in Aurora.
Williams is a 1987 graduate of Marmion where he was a standout three-sport athlete. He earned All-Conference honors in football, basketball and baseball, while also being named the Cadets’ Most Valuable Player on the court and the diamond. His senior year he was named the Aurora Beacon-News “Player of the Year” averaging 19.0 points per game and 87 percent from the free throw line. Williams went to Rosary College in River Forest, now called Dominican University, on a full basketball scholarship, where he led the NAIA Mideast District in free throw percentage two years in row. He later transferred to Aurora University and finished ninth in the nation among NCAA Division III players in free throw percentage.
Coach Williams was inducted into Marmion’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In his spare time he teaches basketball skills, ball-handling and shooting technique through J & J Shooting, a company he co-owns with head coach Jim Sury. Williams resides in Naperville and has two grown children, daughter Jessica, who is an elementary school teacher in Plainfield, and son Tyler who recently completed his senior year at Robert Morris University.
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