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Head Basketball Coach at University of Illinois

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John Groce Biography

John Groce was born September 7, 1971 in Muncie, Indiana and is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.

He was named as the head men's basketball coach at Ohio University on June 27, 2008, replacing Tim O'Shea, who resigned to take the head coach position at Bryant University. Groce was at Ohio University from 2008 to 2012 and led the school to the NCAA tournament twice, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2012 that ended with a 7365 overtime loss to North Carolina. Ohio University had not been that far in the tournament since 1964. In four seasons at Ohio University, Groce was 8556 overall and 3430 in Mid-American Conference games.

Groce finalized negotiations to become the men's basketball head coach at the University of Illinois on March 28, 2012. The Illini have started 12-0 under Groce, the best start for a first year coach in the team's modern era. The team won the 2012 Maui Invitational by defeating Butler University in the championship game. Groce's top priority at Illinois is getting his players to buy into and demonstrate the values of what he calls Toughness and Togetherness, or T-n-T. Groce demands hard work and emphasizes the importance of every practice, game, and loose ball. To motivate his team, he has his players wear wristbands with the date 3-19-13 on it, which is the first day of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


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