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 29th season as coach of the Skyhawk’s. Last season the Skyhawk’s posted their 3rd straight 20 win seasonat 20-12 overall. "We worked hard all year to become a good team and at the end of the season we felt like we had reached that goal. "Our single-possession loss to top-seeded Kankakee in the Regional Semi-Finals was disappointing because we felt like we let it get away."

This year will be a new challenge for the Skyhawks as the lose 5 of their top 6 scorers; "Our goals will not change. We want to reach the goals that will make this season special; conference, region, and an opportunity to reach the nationals. It is Sauk Valley's 50th Anniversary and we want to make it a special season."

A graduate of Prophetstown High School, Coach 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 Dustin Fritsch

Dustin Fritsch starts his first year as Assistant Coach for the Skyhawks, however he is not new to the Skyhawk Basketball Program. Coach Fritsch started for the Skyhawks in 2010 and 2011, was named Arrowhead All-Conference his sophomore season, and earned team MVP Honors.

Coach Fritsch transferred to Eureka College where he helped lead the Red Devils to their best record in 20 years and was named First-Team All-SLIAC for the 2011-12 season. Known for his relentless effort and outstanding team play, Coach Fritsch will bring that work ethic and his understanding of the Skyhawk system to the program.

Fritsch completed his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science in May 2014.