Coach Cahan Inducted into IHSBCA Hall of Fame
WARRIOR PRIDE: Crete-Monee high School Coach Gene Cahan Inducted into Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Hall of Fame
Crete-Monee School District 201-U salutes CMHS Coach Gene Cahan for his induction into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last month. The honor recognizes those coaches who have led an exemplary career of integrity, dedication, service, and commitment to their program, to their profession, and to Illinois High School Baseball. The formal dinner and induction took place on January 21, 2017 at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel.
“I’ve enjoyed every year I’ve coached. The memories that I’ll take with me is of the growth and success that each athlete/student had during the year,” he said.
This spring will mark Coach Cahan’s 30th year as head coach at Crete-Monee High School. He started his coaching career at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School (his alma mater) in 1982 before beginning his 33-year tenure at CMHS. Under his leadership, the team has won 11 Conference Championships, four Regional Championships, and recorded 495 wins. His teams have won more than 20 games 11 times, including setting the school record with 25 wins. Coach Cahan has been a member of the IHSBCA for 35 years, served as President and Vice President of the SICA Baseball Coaches Association, and was a Regional Summer League Director for over 15 years.
Through his leadership a number of players, parents and coaches have spent countless volunteer hours working on the baseball field to turn it into one of the best in the south suburbs. Coach Cahan has had 170 players selected to All-Conference teams, 20 baseball players are in the CMHS Hall of Fame, six players have been drafted, and one of them won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001!
Ask what is the one thing he hopes to have instilled in his players and he will tell you, “I hope I’ve taught them that hard work pays off.” “It’s not the failures but it’s all about getting up again that makes for successful athletes, students, and careers,” he adds.
Coach Gene Cahan will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Crete-Monee High School, District administration, school board, parents, volunteers, and especially students, honor him for this magnificent accomplishment. In true Coach Cahan fashion, he reluctantly accepts the accolades but instead redirects them toward others. “This honor is a reflection of all the people who have worked hard and built a reputation of what Warrior Baseball is. It is an honor for me to accept it for all of them – athletes, parents, assistant coaches, school and community – It took everyone to make this possible for me,” he said.