Sauk Valley Community College

an institution of higher education that provides quality learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of its students and community

Men's Basketball Coaches

Skyhawk Men's Basketball Coaches

Head Coach Russ Damhoff 


Head Coach Russ Damhoff

Head coach Russ Damhoff begins his 28th season as coach of the Skyhawk’s. Last season the Skyhawk’s posted their 2nd straight 20 win seasonat 21-11 overall. “Last year’s team was one of the best we have had”, stated Damhoff. “The record was deceiving, they went 6-2 against Highland, Kankakee, Kennedy-King, and Malcolm X in the regular season”. The season was also highlighted by all four sophomore starters moving on to play 4-year scholarship basketball.

This year is a new challenge but the goals never change for Damhoff. “Each year you want to develop the players and the team to their highest level so they can reach their goals and dreams of that special season. “At my age, you cherish each season a little more and want to do something special for our school and our fans.”

A graduate of Prophetstown High School, Damhoff earned both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Physical Education (1985) from Northern Illinois University. He and his wife, Jackie, reside in the Dixon area. Both enjoy the outdoors where you will find them cycling, rollerblading (Jackie only), or pontooning on the Rock River

Assistant Coach Chase Randall

Assistant Coach CHase Randall

Sauk Valley Community College alum Chase Randall joins the Skyhawk’s men’s basketball program in his third season as an assistant coach and brings a unique experience to the program.  Randall served as a student manager for two seasons with the DePaul University Men’s Basketball program as an undergraduate student. During this time, he worked and was mentored by Division I coaches Jerry Wainwright and Oliver Purnell. Before transferring to DePaul, Randall attended Sauk Valley Community College where he was assistant coach for the Rock Falls High School boys’ basketball program for two seasons.

Randall completed his associate degree from Sauk Valley Community College in June of 2009.  After transferring, Randall completed his undergraduate degree in physical education from DePaul University in June of 2011.

Randall believes that as a member of the staff he can contribute to the overall success of the program, school and community.